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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Epigraph Publishing (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936940116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936940110
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirkus Reviews
"A candid, valuable look at infertility."
Midwest Book Review
"...humorous and thoughtful...very much recommended."
Bookviews
"For anyone encountering this problem, this book must be read."
Paul De Angelis, co-author of Dear Mrs. Kennedy
"This memoir is funny, sad, touching, always human, never dull."


GRADE A BABY EGGS: AN INFERTILITY MEMOIR AWARD WINNING BOOK!
National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner for Women's Issues.
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards Gold Winner for Women's Issues.
USA Best Book Awards Winner for Women's Health
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for Health/Fitness.
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for Women's Issues.

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Over six million couples in the United States struggle with infertility and the hope and pain surrounding it. More and more of them are turning to in vitro fertilization as a path to parenthood, using egg donors and sperm donors and sophisticated medical procedures to achieve their dream of creating a family. Victoria Hopewell entered into this world upon her second marriage, when she found herself unable to become pregnant with a much wanted child. Follow the poignant and informative story of her search for a "Grade A" baby egg in today's unregulated donor egg market and learn the processes, procedures, and pitfalls that lie in wait for anyone hoping to conceive via in vitro fertilization.

More About the Author

Victoria Hopewell is the pen name of a Ph.D. clinical psychologist whose experiences with infertility have brought her to the forefront of this thought-provoking topic. While she's counseled a handful of the over 7 million infertile people in the United States, it was her own story that gave birth to Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir.

After remarrying later in life, the then 44-year old was intent on having a child with her new husband--a once confirmed-bachelor, the last in a long line of descendants of an illustrious Jewish scholar. With old eggs and a fresh desire, Victoria underwent every procedure from Lupron shots through egg harvesting and in vitro fertilization (IVF), journeying toward the acceptance of using a donor egg. Placed on a lengthy waitlist, Victoria and her husband embarked on a surrealistic egg hunt to find their own donor. Their experience led to an insider's account of the hidden world of egg donation--where good eggs are pricey and a perfect egg commands top dollar.

Following her undergraduate degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology, Victoria completed her internship in the psychiatry department of Harvard Medical School. She has been an instructor in psychology at the medical schools of Harvard and Cornell, and her research has been published in medical journals. Currently, she has a private practice in New York. Most importantly, Victoria Hopewell has herself battled infertility.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JCW on November 8, 2011
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I knew little about the subject of this book until I read this illuminating memoir which exposes a whole underground fertility economy. I found this a fascinating saga of this couple's emotional struggle to expand their family while at the same time to support one another in a loving relationship. Victoria Hopewell creates a vivid portrait of the roller coaster of those difficult and frustrating years, and she does it with great humor and heart. Her book demonstrates thorough attention to detail, while at the same time it is highly readable. It also serves to raise our awareness of the need for regulation and reform in this area. A courageous and deeply personal account.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DEDogTrainer on December 13, 2012
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Struggling with infertility and having started the donor egg process after IVF didn't work for my husband and I, I was very interested in reading this book. I have to say that I was very disappointed. I found that I was simply unable to relate to her at all. We all, regardless of why we are at the doctors, we must all be our own advocates and fight for everything that we want. We can never settle for anything less than fair and honest care. The author of this book is a trained psychologist and her husband is a respected doctor. I found that the book looked at infertility as simply an older woman's issue and this is simply not true. The book was interesting in that it simply gave a 43+ woman's point of view on her infertility journey. I learned nothing new about donor eggs etc. I learned more about this option for expanding a family in an hour search on google. I am sorry that any woman, regardless of age, has to deal with the most devastating and heart wrecking disease. Its unfair and cruel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BL on December 8, 2011
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This book might be subtitled "An Infertility Memoir" but it's so much more. At its core is a story about love and sacrifice and family. I found it charming. Funny. Heartbreaking. Honest. As well as, highly informative. We accompany the irresistible Hopewell on her IVF journey with all its staggering twists and turns into the intriguing (often jaw-dropping) unregulated world of egg donations.

Definitely a great read: Grade A-plus!
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By Amy Edelman on October 9, 2012
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Victoria Hopewell, a middle aged clinical psychologist, has recently remarried and has two daughters from her previous union. But her new husband, a charming Jewish doctor, wants a biological child of his own, so despite her daughters' misgivings, she embarks on a mission to please her new man. Unfortunately, she is told that a woman in her mid-forties has a slim chance of becoming pregnant, and so begins this fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling Hopewell's three-year baby-making mission.

Determined to succeed no matter the odds, Hopewell doggedly investigates a number of avenues, including in vitro fertilization and donor eggs. Along the way the couple also grapples with their own feelings about adoption and surrogate mothers and the implications of egg donors (will the child one day want to meet its egg mother?).

Hopewell takes readers through every step, every near-success and every total failure with honesty, humor and insight, revealing that the process is much more complicated, convoluted, and expensive than one might ever imagine (the couple spends more than $70,000 on their baby dream).

"Grade A Baby Eggs" will be eye-opening and helpful for any couple considering this route, but more than that it's a tale of courage, steadfastness, trust, and the ability to put one foot in front of the other and keep on truckin'. Hopewell's optimism never seems to wane and she adds just the right pinch of wit and wisdom to her prose. Readers will be inspired and entertained by the author's journey--and by the way she gracefully learns to fully appreciate the gifts that are already hers.

Reviewed by Kathryn Livingston for IndieReader
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By MR on March 14, 2012
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I found this memoir fascinating and could not put it down.
It's both an emotional and humorous account of the
relationships within a family impacted by the stresses
of infertility. Having undergone treatments myself, I could
easily relate to the author's quest for a baby and willingness
to undergo whatever was necessary. It is very personal, candid,
and includes the practical realities of dealing with infertility.
I highly recommend it!
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