Books for Adults-Good Reads
- Laughing IS Conceivable by Lori Shandle-Fox. This book is billed as "One Woman's Extremely Funny Peek into the Extremely Unfunny World of Infertility." Written by a former stand-up comic while she was undergoing IUI and IVF treatments, the author tries to use humor to provide support to those who are dealing with infertility. A quick read.
- Navigating the
Land of If: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your
Options by Melissa Ford. Great read. Very informative
information from someone who has been there. Ford shares her
hard-earned knowledge and insights, helping couples struggling with
infertility understand the lingo, learn the details doctors tend to
leave out, and keep their emotional sanity despite seemingly
insurmountable obstacles. Navigating the Land of If gives the
nitty-gritty on injections, rejections, biting your tongue during
happy parent-to-be conversations, and trying not to cry over baby
shower invitations. With chapters that include how-to’s for
same-sex couples, and present adoption or remaining child-free as
plausible alternatives, Ford tells you exactly what you need to
know, from one infertile to another.
- Pregnant with
Hope: Good News for Infertile Couples by Susan Radulovacki.
Six million U.S. couples are currently struggling with infertility.
Living in a culture that celebrates effortless success only makes
that burden harder to bear. Why is everyone else able to conceive?
What does it mean to be singled-out for suffering? And, where is
God in all this? Many people never find the answers, but it doesn't
have to be that way. Author Susan Radulovacki guides couples
through ten scripture-based messages of insight and hope. Topics
include feeling desperate, facing defeat, asking why, finding
peace, and much more. In addition, ten couples share detailed
accounts of their challenging--and ultimately
successful--infertility journeys. Each of their stories
demonstrates God's desire to transform the experience from a
heartbreaking quest into life-changing good news. If you are
searching for comfort and hope in the midst of infertility, read
Pregnant with Hope.
- How to Make Love
to a Plastic Cup by Greg Wolfe. First and foremost, this is a
very good book about the biology and medicine of infertility.
Anyone, male or female, could learn a thing or two, but this book
is specifically written by a guy for guys from a guy’s
perspective. Although Wolfe has male infertility and does a great
job of explaining the physical and emotional aspects of male
factor, the book is for any man who is part of an infertile couple,
regardless of the cause. I interviewed Greg on the
November 3, 2010 Creating a Family show.
- Waiting for
Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Fertility
Doctors, An Oscar, An Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night, and One
Woman's Quest to Become a Mother by Peggy Orenstein. Ms.
Orenstein knows how to write and she tells with wit and passion her
6+ year journey with infertility that ultimately ended successfully
with the birth of her daughter when Orenstein was almost 42.
This memoir is funny, sad, frustrating, and
most of all, honest. I suspect many of you will see yourself and
feel less alone. It’s a great read. I interviewed Peggy on
the November 19,
2008 Creating a Family show, so check out that interview as
- Tiny Toes
by Kelly Damron. Kelly writes honestly about her journey through
infertility, prematurity and depression. This trip almost cost her
her marriage and one of her daughters, but ultimately it is a book
about triumph. She survives and so does her marriage and daughter.
This survival is a testament to hard work, counseling, and modern
medicine (antidepressants and the NICU in equal measure). This is a
cautionary tale to those who think twins are the preferred outcome
of Assisted Reproductive Technology. I interviewed Kelly for the
January 14, 2009 Creating
a Family show on how to reduce the risk of
- Embryo Culture:
Making Babies in the Twenty-first Century by Beth Kohl. This
is a well written memoir of the author's journey through IVF. She
experienced her share of the ups and downs and heartache and
uncertainty before becoming the parent of three daughters through
IVF. She tells about it all in this well written and thoughtful
Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction is Changing Men, Women, and
the World by Liza Mundy. This book is not for you if you
simply want to have a baby and think as little as possible about
the ethical issues you might encounter along the way. But if you
have room to ponder exactly what this brave new world might bring,
then this is a great introduction to the issues. Mundy covers it
all from advanced maternal age; to donor egg, sperm, or both; to
surrogacy; to the preference for twins; and everything else you can
think to ponder on.
- Hopeful Heat
Peaceful Mind: Managing Infertility by Carol F. Jones. This is
a wonderfully hopeful and helpful book about surviving infertility.
The author, Carol Jones has been our guest on the
Creating a Family show, and is a therapist specializing in
infertility. I particularly like the breath of this book which
helps you cope with the impact of infertility on your
relationships, your sex life, your friends, and your
- On Fertile
Ground: Healing Infertility by Helen
Adreinne. This compassionate book was written by an infertility
therapist and hypnotherapist with over 30 years’ experience
helping infertility patients. She believes it is not only possible
to survive infertility with your sanity intact, but also to grow
through the experience. Her wisdom and experience shines through.
This one’s a keeper.