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Miscarriage, Medicine & Miracles: Everything You Need to Know about Miscarriage Hardcover – April 29, 2008

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"Dr. Young and Amy Zavatto have produced the most comprehensive patient-directed book on the subject of miscarriage and pregnancy loss that that I have seen. It presents complete and scientifically sound information on the causes and prevention of recurrent miscarriage and does so in a fashion that does not require a medical education to understand….It will be an excellent guide for women and their partners who have experienced these problems."—Richard H. Schwarz, M.D., FACOG, FRCOG, Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maimonides Medical Center Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

"This book deals with an issue that is not much talked about. It offers solutions in a down to earth manner that is easily accessible to everyone….I wish this book had been around when I was having the personal experience of multiple miscarriages."—Rebecca Lisa Shiffman, MD, Director of Obstetrics and Vicechair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Methodist Hospital

"Miscarriage is among the most common and most misunderstood aspects of all modern medicine. Dr Bruce Young, a pioneer and international leader in perinatal medicine, and Amy Zavatto, a patient who has experienced a miscarriage, have teamed up to write a comprehensive and compassionate analysis of this subject. All women who anticipate getting pregnant would benefit from this invaluable and unique text."—Frank A. Chervenak, M.D., Given Foundation Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Weill Cornell Medical Center

"Comprehensive information on the causes and preventions of miscarriage."—Miami Herald

About the Author

Bruce Young, MD., is internationally known as a leader and innovator in obstetrics and gynecology. He developed the first obstetrical intensive care unit and founded the Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at NYU Medical Center. He is the Silverman Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Medical School and is listed among America’s Top Doctors and in New York magazine’s Best Doctors 2008.

Amy Zavatto is a writer in New York City. Her work appears on Planned Parenthood’s Teen Wire website, as well as in New York magazine, Food & Wine, and Plenty.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553805509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553805505
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,931,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This medical-based book on pregnancy loss is a very traditional doctor-to-patient manual.

The book contains all the classic elements: signs of an impending loss, common causes, treatments, and thoughts on prevention. It has a nicely expanded section on the impact of health conditions that can complicate a pregnancy. Some of the stories were out-and-out riveting, including patient histories where one twin was failing and they had to make a careful decision on when to deliver for the safety of both, and the harrowing case of a woman with kidney disease trying to delay the birth so her baby would survive, even though she was risking death herself.

However, I have some very sharp criticisms. First, I was shocked at the tone of the Table of Contents.

I'm not sure who thought glib chapter titles such as "scarred and scared" for scar tissue or "misplaced trust" for ectopic were a good idea, but miscarriage is not and will never be funny. Do not try to be clever or use flip word play about women who are in real pain.

This happened again in the myths section. Young calmly talks about how working out, having sex, and caring for your other children are perfectly safe activities. Then, inexplicably, he gets cute, saying that because of the association between night work and an increased risk of miscarriage, "...You can work very hard, only not at night!"

Is that supposed to be funny? Are all the women who have evening shifts, nurses and factory workers and 911 operators, supposed to read that and think -- I killed my baby? Once again I sat the book down and reflected on whether or not I could recommend it.

Since it does its job efficiently most of the time, I will, with some reservation, say, yes, I can recommend it to you.
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This book contained a lot of information and you don't need a medical degree to understand the terminology. After 3 miscarriages, I wanted to be as informed as possible about causes and prevention because I know miscarriage is not something that "just happens". This book answered a lot of questions and made my discussions with my doctor more productive. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has experienced even one miscarriage.
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This is a wonderful book. It is a perfect blend of valuable, well-explained medical information and encouraging, uplifting real-life stories of how different couples overcame a variety of fertility issues to realize their dreams of parenthood. It is very positively written and I would recommend it to anyone who is having trouble conceiving, especially if they have suffered a miscarriage.
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This is the best book I have read on miscarriage. It has helped me tremendously to deal with and understand my own miscarriages. After reading Miscarriage, Medicine, and Miracles, I have great hope and am ready to try again.
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By Bettiann King on December 2, 2013
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This book is lame and I can't believe I wasted my money on it. Maybe if you have just had one miscarriage and you've never used something called the internet to look information up, this book would be helpful to you. But for an old hat like me, who just completed mc number 3, well....I think I could have probably written this book from the hours I've put in with "Dr. Google."

Pass. You'll learn nothing new, nor gain any new insights, which is what I was hoping to do. :(
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There are so few science-based resources out there for women who have suffered RPL (recurrent pregnancy loss) and it's nice to finally have a book that addresses the underlying causes of miscarriage, as well as possible solutions, in specific detail. Some reviewers found this book too heavy on the medical side of things, but that was exactly what I wanted. The emotional side of miscarriage is actually covered fairly well by a number of good books and resources, but I've found the lack of available medical information frustrating. This book was really illuminating and helpful. Also, just because it focused on the science doesn't mean it lacked heart -- the doctor who co-wrote this book clearly cares a lot, and has a really refreshing, pro-active attitude about miscarriage. He seems to truly understand that the current culture and attitudes surrounding miscarriage ("It's nature's way") are grossly unsatisfying and inadequate, and don't make a good enough effort to root out miscarriages underlying causes. Currently, most OBs will tell you that 50% of miscarriages have no underlying cause; Dr. Young thinks we just aren't looking hard enough. One story that stuck with me was the one where he removed a pituitary tumor from a patient, and it stabilized her hormones so she could carry a pregnancy to term. I'm not saying he has all the answers, but I liked his attitude. Instead of approaching miscarriage like, "We probably won't find an answer so let's not bother to look for one," he says, "We might find an answer so let's try to look for one." I'm convinced that this 50% statistic would be different if we tried a little harder and changed the current, prevailing miscarriage culture, which right now comes down to a shrug of the shoulders and a pat on the back.
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