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Motherhoodwinked - An Infertility Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Anne-Marie Scully
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Born in 1981, shortly after the first IVF baby, Anne-Marie Scully grew up in a world where infertility is a problem everyone assumes can be fixed.

Named for the frustration Anne-Marie felt when realizing that becoming a mother was not a given and that IVF was not a guaranteed 'Plan B', Motherhoodwinked documents the pain and the shame of life as an infertile woman.

But Motherhoodwinked is more than just another trying to conceive memoir, it is an important social commentary on the impact infertility has on the lives of those going through it and how the modern digital age has both helped and hindered the journey.

With heartbreaking honesty Anne-Marie takes us on a journey from her initial optimism and excitement at finally trying for a baby and fulfilling her lifelong dream to become a mother, through to her increasingly complex pregnancy plan, her experiments with holistic therapies, the NaPro program and finally her experience with ICSI and IVF.

Sometimes sad, sometimes laugh out loud funny Motherhoodwinked offers both couples going through infertility and their support networks coping skills for how to survive this lonely journey, that actually affects one in six couples.


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About the Author

Anne-Marie Scully is an Irish author and founder of digital publishing company Orchard Wall Publishing www.orchardwallpublishing.com. Motherhoodwinked, her first book, is a memoir documenting her struggle with infertility and IVF. Named for the frustration Anne-Marie felt at finding out that having a baby was not a given, as she had been led to believe since she was a child, Motherhoodwinked documents the pain and the shame of life as an infertile woman. Anne-Marie holds a BA in English literature from Trinity College Dublin and worked for almost eight years in the online marketing sector of Google before leaving to set up her own company in 2012. She lives with her husband Micheal in Dublin, Ireland and is still hoping to add motherhood to her biography at some stage in the future. To find out more about Motherhoodwinked you can visit www.motherhoodwinked.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 288 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494291169
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orchard Wall Publishing (June 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BCLCYGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rarely addressed subject written with honesty... February 23, 2013
By Ed Fox
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great read-the author takes an unsentimental and very honest approach to what is a very private struggle. Because of the authors stubbornness and strength this book is not as heavy as the title may suggest; it is very moving. Infertility was a subject I was ignorant of until I read Scully's book. I'm glad I have rectified that somewhat here. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener February 19, 2013
By missd
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I bought this book as I wanted to better understand what my friends in a similar situation are going through. The author's honesty and openness really brought home the pain and desperation couples in this situation must be feeling, no matter how they outwardly appear. Humbled and inspired by the author's strong character and determination, I hope that one day this couple's dreams come true - they deserve it. For me this is a must read for those who would like to understand and support family and friends who are having this same experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that "gets me" January 1, 2014
By Ronnie
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When I started to read this book, I couldn't believe how there is finally someone out there who knows what I'm going through. The process of trying, the strains on your relationship and your body, the treatments, pills, shots and timing, hope and disappointments and the much less talked about jealousy for someone else who has become pregnant while also being happy for her, no one really understands that if you haven't experienced it. It was like someone went into my head and pulled all of my thoughts out and put them to paper. My only gripe is that while I know that this is an autobiography documenting her experiences, I was hoping that given the target audience that this book was written for, the author would have included some resources she found to be useful during her struggles, i.e. websites, other books, etc. It's a trivial point but one worth noting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was very glad to find this book and have the opportunity to learn another's thoughts, feelings and overall experience with infertility. I have been struggling with infertility, and it can be a very lonely and isolating experience. I am glad this book was written. I also emailed the author and she replied back personally right away with kind inspirational words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Yes. I found myself shaking my head, thinking YES, this is how I feel, THIS is how it was during treatment.

I have been struggling with infertility for almost 3 years and it is difficult and all-consuming. I think about it constantly and in every aspect of my life. Finances, friendships, my relationship with my husband, and my emotional and physical health. I have tried staying positive, but really, no one understands what it is like. This book feels like I've spoken to myself - like I've been able to vocalize my feelings about IVF and I feel stronger for reading it. I picked up this book two months before our second IVF cycle (Sept 2013) and am so glad I did.

If you need a memoir that is honest and real, Motherhoodwinked is a wonderful read.

Best of luck to all of us still hoping for a child to bring into our families of two!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 27, 2013
By Jerron
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A brilliant and painfully honest story. Anyone who has been touched by this topic directly or indirectly can relate to the pain the author is going through. A brilliant read for for anyone thinking about starting a family or who has been touched by infertility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down until I finished it! March 12, 2013
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Beautifully written by a very talented author. It really is an incredible story by an incredibly brave person - inspirational!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book to be frustrating in that it is mostly a recap of her subjective experience (written in broad strokes) versus a detailed recounting of what she did and, more importantly (to me), what exactly she tried. I felt slightly hoodwinked because I picked this book over others assuming it would be more targeted in its criticism of individual doctors and institutions that had taken advantage of them. Mostly it seems like her doctors were trying to do the right thing and it didn't work-- again, because of the limited detail, we don't know whether they gave her the wrong meds, failed to provide the necessary screenings, offered the wrong procedures, etc.

As someone who has just begun to recognize the possibility of infertility, even though I could empathize with a lot of her feelings of frustration, loss and jealousy, I did not find this book to be encouraging, educational or uplifting (though it was engrossing). I think it is enough information for those who are curious as to "what is my friend who says she's nervous about doing IVF up to?" I did not think in provided much information about what one could expect in terms of tests, treatment protocols or specific pros and cons of her various treatments or even the specifics of how she managed to stay employed during the still invasive treatments leading up to IVF (when she would speak in generalities about turning down assignments and opportunities). As an aside, Ms. Scully makes IVF seem significantly more difficult and frightening than many other people who have described their experiences in other places. Finally, as some other commentators have mentioned, there's no mention of the resources she found helpful (beyond family and friends) or specific practices she adopted to help salvage her relationship.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very accurate and helpful with my own struggle
Dealing with infertility feels like you are the only one going through it. I have wonderful family and friends but they cannot help me through my personal losses and pains. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Y. Davila
5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed
We have been struggling with a type of infertility where we consistently get pregnant, but lose our babies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric James Kleitch
5.0 out of 5 stars feeling
Having been a person who has done some of these procedures, it was nice to read that I am not alone in the emotional roller coaster this puts you through. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!!
Excellent book for anyone going through infertility, no matter what stage of the journey you're in!
Published 3 months ago by Jodi Harkins
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU AREN'T ALONE
Anne-Marie Scully has finally addressed an issue not often shared; the anguish and grief experienced by those of us suffering from infertility. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MozzGoggs
4.0 out of 5 stars good for those beginning infertility treatments
A little depressing but realistic view of the challenges couples face going through infertility. Wish there was more to the ending
Published 4 months ago by Danielle Tabor
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and personable!
I cried and laughed with her. She is an amazing story-teller and easy to relate to! This book is amazing!
Published 4 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the mark in a very different way.
As someone who has been actively dealing with infertility for nearly 4 years this book was a refreshing change from other books, forums, etc. about infertility. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ann Barnes Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Give to your friends and family if they don't understand
This was a heartbreaking story because it is so similar to our own. On the one hand, it was very honest and helps knowing not everyone else's stories have happy endings. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JJB
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
As someone around the age of the author when she first started trying, I've noticed a lot of friends getting pregnant and having babies. And other friends trying. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pigglies
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More About the Author

Anne-Marie Scully is a 33-year-old Irish woman living in Dublin. Five Million Born is her second book. Her first book, Motherhoodwinked - An Infertility Memoir, documents her journey through her struggle with infertility and her first two IVF treatment cycles. Following the publication of Motherhoodwinked, Anne-Marie and her husband Micheal attempted a third round of IVF: their daughter, Grace, was born in February 2014. In addition to writing, Anne-Marie runs the digital publishing company Orchard Wall Publishing.

Anne-Marie also holds a BA in English literature from Trinity College Dublin and worked for almost eight years in the online marketing sector of Google before leaving to set up her own company in 2012.

If you would like to contact Anne-Marie directly with comments or questions you may do so by emailing her at annemarie@orchardwallpublishing.com. You can also find her on Twitter at @Orchard_Wall.

To find out more about Motherhoodwinked you can visit www.motherhoodwinked.com

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