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About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope Paperback – Bargain Price, December 26, 2006
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1) Dismissal of miscarriage in comparison to stillbirth - Be aware that this book contains stories involving pregnancy losses after 20 weeks which should not truly be classified as miscarriage. One of these stories contains a comment that I found very upsetting. The author had stillbirth and commented that she wasn't helped by the stories and comforting words of people whom she knew in real life who had had miscarriages because that wasn't the same as what she experienced. She stated that these other women had not seen their babies little hands or stroked their hair, so they didn't understand what she was going through. I understand that this book is a compilation of various women's personal experiences, and it's not as if the entire book undermines the significance of miscarriage. However, mothers and fathers who have miscarriages often struggle in part because people fail to recognize their loss as significant. Everyone understands that a woman and her partner need time to grieve if a child is stillborn or if an infant suddenly dies, however, people seem to have more difficulty realizing that miscarriage is also a real loss. In fact, I learned in some of my other eading that past studies indicate that women who lose babies in all these various ways grieve similarly.Read more ›
As for a book I do recommend (and one that I felt I could relate to every single woman in the book) was called Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart by Allen and Marks.
I wish there was a sequel to this one, perhaps one where more women chose not to have more kids or to stop trying. The only thing that got to me a little was how many of the authors chose to go on and try again.
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Just what I needed to help me get through my miscarriage. I needed to hear personal stories from other women who have been through the same thing as me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lo
This book is well-written, and I could identify with many of the accounts. However, the description should have clearly stated that there were also personal accounts of abortions. Read morePublished 24 months ago by R.K.
I received this book quickly, and it was in the condition that was expressed in the advertisement. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about what women... Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by K Eggenschwiller
I have read this book after both if my miscarriages and gifted it to my friends when they have lost their babies. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Rachel E
This book is ideal for couples working through the pain of miscarriage loss. It is a collection of essays written by published authors who have experienced preganancy loss first... Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by J. Schafrath
bought this for my friend who had suffered a miscarriage - many of the stories she could relate to - some of course were not applicable but the table of contents does a good job of... Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by M. Canaday
20 different sharings on miscarriage. Some had successful pregnancies and some didn't. Some women made the difficult decision to abort their pregnancy. Read morePublished on May 2, 2008 by Ruth Wheadon