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Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It Hardcover – May 7, 2013

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This intriguing (and often funny) book about women, including the author, who choose to freeze their eggs is hard to put down. As Richards notes, society sees “Clock Tickers” who take charge this way as being desperate or self-indulgent. Au contraire, she argues, citing all the reasons such a woman should be appreciated for making enormous efforts to ensure that she has “a better chance of finding a partner and father for her children, avoiding birth defects, and becoming financially secure so she can hold up her end of a marriage or support a family.” A meta-analysis of a dozen studies turned up the following reasons women freeze their eggs: “divorce, a family history of premature menopause, career or educational opportunity, lack of a supportive partner,” or “just not feeling financially secure or emotionally stable enough to bring children into their lives.” The author expertly weaves facts about freezing with the stories of real women, including herself. For Richards, “Egg freezing allowed me to change the narrative of my life from mourning and desperation to hope and potential.” A thought-provoking, well-written story for women who worry about their declining fertility. --Karen Springen

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"A fascinating, well-researched account of uncharted medical advances poised to turn the dating landscape upside down, Motherhood, Rescheduled reads like a page-turner novel full of suspense, plot twists, humor, and heartbreak. What’s amazing is that it’s real. I cheered, I cried, and stayed up way too late wondering what would become of these women, then stayed up even later pondering the provocative questions their stories raise." (Lori Gottlieb, author of The New York Times bestseller Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough)

"Motherhood, Rescheduled is exactly the book my generation of women has needed. The option to delay parenthood is fantastically liberating, but with freedom comes the paradox of choice. With refreshing clarity and grace, Sarah Elizabeth Richards completely demystifies the social, emotional, and scientific complexities of egg freezing, arming the rest of us with the information we need to better plot our own lives. I only wish it had come along sooner." (Kate Bolick, contributing editor for The Atlantic)

"Sarah captures the anxiety of a generation of women caught between unparalleled opportunity and the limits of their own biology. Pausing the biological clock with egg freezing could be as important to this generation as the birth control pill was to the last. She makes a compelling case for using the technology as an acceptable and affirming family planning choice." (Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Unexpected Adventures in Finding Love, Commitment, and Motherhood)

“Intriguing (and often funny)…. A thought-provoking, well-written story for women who worry about their declining fertility.” (Booklist)

“[Richards] writes movingly about the vicissitudes of online dating and the pain of the breakup of a loving relationship with an ambivalent partner, as well as the anguish many women feel when contemplating a childless future….A page-turner in which each of the stories is different but compelling.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition first Printing edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141656702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416567028
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are considering freezing, I would recommend you read, in this order:

1. This book
2. HOW TO IMPROVE EGG QUALITY by Darja Wagner
http://www.amazon.com/HOW-IMPROVE-EGG-QUALITY-Pregnant-ebook/dp/B00HIPVZM2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420652432&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+improve+egg+quality
3. IT BEGINS WITH THE EGG by Rebecca Fett (http://www.amazon.com/Starts-Egg-Pregnant-Naturally-Miscarriage-ebook/dp/B00J9Q3NQ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420651859&sr=8-1&keywords=it+starts+with+the+egg

This book was a bit depressing. However, I feel it was realistic - a good honest look at what egg freezing can and cannot do for you. I left it feeling fairly down, and machinating how I could squeeze 4-6 cycles of freezing in order to try to have a good chance of having as many kids as I'd like. However, I was still glad to have read it. I would rather know a hard truth, especially when it can impact so much of our lives, than bury my head in the sand.

After reading it and talking about it with my significant other, family, and a trusted friend who'd done the hormone tests herself, I went ahead and charged forward with my hormone tests. I found my doctor, and decided to schedule it for ASAP: 3-4 months from when I read this book, just to give me time to start taking a good prenatal (Garden of Life Kind Organics Prenatal, , Fertility Blend, , and to change my diet into a low carb high protein, with fresh foods - and to also increase exercise and sleep and reduce stress). They say eggs take 3-4 months to mature, so I gave myself just enough time for my health changes to make a difference in my eggs.
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This book is exciting and profound. This book will change the entire way women view their fertility and planning their family.I had no idea women could freeze their own eggs for later use. I couldn't put it down wanting to see what happens next to these 5 amazing women who froze their own eggs. But the message here is so much bigger than that. By freezing their own eggs while young women are no longer tied to a biological ticking clock. Women can now control when they want to have babies. I kept thinking about the birth defects from older eggs when women marry later in life. This is ground breaking science that all young women must know about. Kudos to the author for weaving this new science into the heartfelt stories of everyday women.
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Motherhood Rescheduled gives a very personal glimpse into the lives of four women on the journey to freeze their eggs and prolong their fertility. As a women just shy of 30 who definitely wants children, just not "right now", this book was an wonderfully insightful read. Over the past couple of years, I have watched my friends start families and felt the pressure that the sand in the hour glass of my fertility is slowly but surely running out. Now I know there are other options, such as egg freezing, available. The author weaves the narratives of each woman together with the scientific facts such that the book reads like fiction, yet you come away feeling empowered with a plethora of information about egg freezing. A must read for all women, especially those of us in our reproductive prime. Motherhood Rescheduled shows us that women have the power to throw that fertility clock out the window and start families when we're truly ready, not when Mother Nature tells us to.
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I am 29 years old and just froze my eggs. I only discovered this book a few days after my procedure, but once I did, I devoured the text in less than 48 hours. It is a fascinating read, beautifully written, full of valuable information for would-be moms of all ages, and an incredible comfort to someone who has just gone through the crazy, expensive, relatively rare experience of egg freezing.

The book starts out "In a recovery room of a fertility clinic in midtown Manhattan, I popped open my eyes and wondered when my surgery would start." The author's boyfriend stood by in the waiting room to pick her up. This almost exactly described my experience a few days ago. This book is SPOT ON. If you want to know what it's like to inject yourself with hormones, navigate awkward conversations about family-planning with a new boyfriend, and write a big check for a wing and a prayer... this book tells it like it is.

Understandably, none of my friends in their late 20's or early 30's have undergone this procedure. It's cost-preventative for MOST women, and at the dawn of your 30's, it still seems like there's plenty of time. I was diagnosed with PCOS, a very common hormone disorder that can lead to fertility problems, a little over a year ago. This diagnosis catapulted me into the mommy debate (when/if) a bit prematurely. I'm glad it did. While it may seem overly cautious to freeze on the cusp of 30, I was told that my young age would result in higher quality eggs and lower cost of treatment overall due to lower doses of fertility drugs.

Of course, I didn't know anyone undergoing the process, and it was lonely and scary.
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