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Our Heartbreaking Choices: Forty-Six Women Share Their Stories of Interrupting a Much-Wanted Pregnancy Paperback – October 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 1 edition (October 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595530478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595530472
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christie Brooks is a stay-at-home mom and volunteer host of a grief support message board on BabyCenter.com.Originally from western New York, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 1993. She currently resides in central Virginia with her husband and two young daughters.

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Christie Brooks, originally from Rochester, New York, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the State University of New York at Brockport. After her unborn baby was diagnosed with a life-threatening birth defect in 2003, she chose to interrupt the pregnancy during the 5th month. Since that time she has been a staunch advocate and supporter of women who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy due to a fetal anomaly or a serious complication with the mother's health.
"Our Heartbreaking Choices" is the winner of the USA Book News "National Best Books 2009" award in Women's Issues, and a finalist in the "2010 International Book Awards" in the Women's Issues category.

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If you are experiencing the loss of a heartbreaking choice, I urge you to read this book, as you will know you are not the only one who has experienced the pain.
Jamie C
I highly recommend this book to offer support to women, and their families, when it comes to a termination of a pregnancy due to a poor prenatal diagnosis.
M. Salome

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The TRUTH on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Whether you agree, disagree or have no clue what it would be like to have to make " A Heartbreaking Choice," you can't help but be humanized by these stories.

A Heartbreaking choice is just that - nothing more or nothing less. Women that have been faced with poor diagnosis of a much wanted pregnancy feel as if their world has been shattered. There isn't enough spiritual or religious glue to help to put the pieces of ones entire life back together.

Termination is a ridiculous argument that will never be satisfied by either side. But in reality, termination is not black or white, it doesn't lend itself to the stereotypical judgements. When a child's diagnosis is grim while still in the womb, there are many, many more "what if's" that flash in front of your dazed eyes. Letting your unborn baby pass before birth, not knowing what devastation may happen after they are born, is an act of absolute bravery.

Again, right or wrong, it isn't the point and shouldn't be part of this discussion. What should be offered is surrendered support. So surrender your judgements and listen with your open heart to these womens' stories and realize that no matter how you look at this, it is and always will be, A HEART BREAKING CHOICE!

Bravi Raggazzi!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Petrin on October 19, 2008
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This book is an excellent resource for those of us who have suffered the loss of the child wanted so mnuch but never got to know. Knowing you are not alone and that others have been there before is of great comfort.

This book also includes many resources about prenatal testing and other web sites on the diagnosis each of the women were dealt. It also was reviewed by some of the most prominent people in the womens reproductive rights movement.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Salome on October 19, 2008
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I highly recommend this book to offer support to women, and their families, when it comes to a termination of a pregnancy due to a poor prenatal diagnosis. The women in this book are REAL. Their stories are REAL. Their grief is REAL. Support for these women, and future women who experience a loss such as this, is NECESSARY but seems to be non-existent. It's FANTASTIC that these 46 women put their stories out there in order to help others by sharing their heartbreaking, life altering, personal stories of grief. KUDOS to them! I hope each and every one of the contributors to this book realizes how important their stories are, and that the children they lost, and the decision they faced, will be able to help future women. These women are offering Support, Empathy, Compassion, Understanding, Respect and Enlightenment, or to use one word that sums it up, "SECURE". Hugs to everyone that contributed!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Coleen Holley on October 20, 2008
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In today's politically charged atmosphere about abortion, the women who put themselves out there with their heart-felts stories need to be applauded! The subject of abortion is such a huge issue and these women tackle it head-on, and prove without a doubt that there are times when an abortion is not only necessary, but the most loving decision that a woman can make for her family, herself and most of all, for her child! This book contains the heart and soul of women who have wrestled with a decision that NO parent should ever be faced with. They have each realized that letting their precious children go was the kindest thing they could do. As parents, isn't it our responsibility to protect our children; what happens when no matter what decision you make will mean your child will either suffer and most likely die or be faced with a life time of disabilities and suffering? These women have shown us that there are many types of love, and their love is the most selfless and meaningful love I could imagine. My heart goes out to them and their families; and I highly recommend this book for anyone who has faced or may be facing making "A Heartbreaking Choice."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Texas reader on October 19, 2008
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This book speaks to a need that has been mostly unfulfilled in the publishing world. Real women tell real stories of what it means to terminate a much-wanted pregnancy and why the right to do so is necessary. It also contains several excellent resources that will help others walking in their shoes to navigate the difficult choices families have to make when they receive a poor prenatal diagnosis.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Veronica on January 27, 2009
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If you've ever been in the position of receiving a devastating prenatal diagnosis you are not alone. It cetainly feels like it at the time. The women who shared their stories in this book have provided such a needed resource at a time in one's life when grief can be overwhelming. It was so helpful to me to have a tangible source of support when going through the loss of my much wanted daughter. I am glad that this resource is out there for other women going through such an awful and little known about situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Kelm on June 3, 2013
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An important read for anyone who has had to make the most difficult choice a mother can make, to end or prevent the suffering of her unborn child by taking the pain of grief upon herself. Such a "heartbreaking choice" is politically unpopular and can make the parents feel very alone and unsupported. This book of essays shows us that we are not alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie C on April 11, 2013
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I lost my much wanted son at almost 24 weeks due to severe fetal anomalies, and joined a group of women in a club no one wants to join. Their support over the years helped me in more ways than I can count. These are the stories of my friends, sisters, and confidants. If you are experiencing the loss of a heartbreaking choice, I urge you to read this book, as you will know you are not the only one who has experienced the pain. You will realize that we have survived, and you will too. I am so sorry for your loss.
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