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Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth About Miscarriage Paperback – March 28, 2007
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1) It provides detailed information about why/how miscarriage occurs which I have never read elsewhere despite (unfortunately) countless hours spent researching the subject. Cohen (who is a science writer) interviewed experts in genetics and recurrent miscarriage and scoured files and viewed slides collected in miscarriage studies. This book presents far more information than a typical book on pregnancy loss provides, and Cohen does a commendable job of making some really complex biology accessible to the average reader.
2) The book explains why there is so much controversy surrounding miscarriage treatments. In short, to prove a treatment really works, doctors need to design a trial that shows the treatment is more effective than doing nothing at all. But women miscarry for many different reasons and a treatment that might help a woman who miscarries due to hormonal problems obviously won't help one who has a structural problem with her uterus, for example. One scientist quoted says miscarriage is a "malfunction," not a sickness, so a study of miscarriage treatments is more difficult to design than a study of say, diabetes treatments, where patients are much more alike. There's also, Cohen says, little financial incentive for the pharmaceutical companies to do them, but that's another issue. The result is VERY FEW treatments are actually proven to work--they might or they might not, nobody has much data to show.
3) The book explains why doctors are so apt to tell you "just try again." This is the good news promised on the cover: Even women who have had 4 miscarriages in a row are likely to carry a baby to term with NO intervention whatsoever.Read more ›
One's first surprise is how humans ever manage to reproduce at all when approximately seven out of every ten conceptions fail. The next surprise is that early home pregnancy tests can be as much a curse as an announcement of happy news. By now knowing just days after conception that they are pregnant, most women will likely "experience" early miscarriages that would have gone unnoticed or been regarded as simply late periods a mere ten years ago. More of these women will believe they have a problem conceiving when what they are really experiencing is the body's very normal method of maintaining only those fertilized eggs most likely to develop into healthy babies.
Cohen describes extremely intriguing cellular studies of conceptions from the first moments of fertilization to weeks after implantation to demonstrate what really happens when sperm meets egg and the many things that can go wrong. Almost all of the early failures are due to either problems with implantation (often hormonal or a matter of bad timing) or chromosomal defects that occur at the very first stages of cell division, which are infinitely more common than anyone knew before.Read more ›
After reading reviews of this book, I thought that it would be worth a read. And it was. I had little or no hope that I'd ever carry a child to term. I wanted to move on to adoption, while my husband wants to continue trying to conceive, through in vitro fertilization.
Well, this book has given me hope again. I learned that it's not just "a miracle" when a woman with repeat miscarriages has a healthy kid.
It's a well-written and compassionately written book. It helps so much when people have experienced this unbearable pain of miscarriage write these types of books.
I recommend this book to any woman I know who suffers the heartache of a miscarriage. Doctors will tell you over and over again that it just happens, and to keep trying. That's just not good enough for most of us. We need to know WHY it keeps happening and WHY it is possible to still be successful. This book will answer those questions.
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As a health care provider and someone who has experienced 5 miscarriages, I learned a great deal and was given so much hope. I LOVE this book.Published 9 days ago by K. Holt
Was wonderful at a time when I really needed something. Helped me understand better.Published 7 months ago by LOVE my prime!
This book is full of interesting information. However, I would not recommend anyone read this if they are still emotional about their loss. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Laura
Great insight to miscarriages. Totally helps me heal from my losses.Published 11 months ago by A. Mellor
I just started reading coming to term. so far its heart felt and makes me feel understood.Published 13 months ago by Hernan
I wish I could have my money back. But it's my own fault - I didn't look at publication date. 2005 makes this book almost 10 years old. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SF Mom
Thank you Jon Cohen for writing this book. It was so helpful for my daughter and me after her second miscarriage. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Rucker
Recently I picked up the book Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth About Miscarriage by Jon Cohen. Sometimes I haunt the Baby Center discussion boards for other moms to connect... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by QueenBeeBooks
First a little history...I have a 6 year old daughter and now have my rainbow - 6 month old daughter. After my first I had three miscarriages over the course of 4 years. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by zoesmom84