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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581826109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581826104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,404,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jill S. Browning is a freelance writer who specializes in subjects related to parenting. A contributing writer with Chicago Parent magazine, she has written articles for Parenting and the Christian Science Monitor.

Kelly James-Enger has written five books, including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life, and more than 50 articles for national magazines, including Family Circle, Health, Redbook, and Women's Day.

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This book is a must read for couples enduring infertility.
AndiC
The first-person accounts of couples who experienced or are experiencing infertility are encouraging, funny, poignant, and honest.
H. Weir
I read The Belated Baby in one sitting often with tears in my eyes.
Katherine

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on July 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read The Belated Baby in one sitting often with tears in my eyes. Reading it felt like sitting with a good friend who has felt the pain and disappointment all women feel who have struggled with infertility. As a hopeful, waiting adoptive mother-to-be, I found it particularly helpful in foreshadowing what may come after our much longed for baby finally arrives. In one excerpt the author describes herself sitting in a coffee shop when an expectant mom comes in and sits beside her. When the author feels her body stiffen but her heart soften, I felt hopeful that someday I too will feel that brand of genuine joy for the happiness of other women. Knowing that it is normal for the disappointment of infertility to persist even after the baby arrives is a good lesson and reading the book before parenthood for the still childless couple is a great way to prepare for the emotions that are sure to remain even after children. Those of us who are infertile are going to walk again someday, and the arrival of a baby helps us to do that, but most of us will always walk with just a little limp---it's the battle wound of what it took for us to get there. The book was hopeful and sensible and validates every feeling I have as someone who cannot create children. A must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina B. Tessina on May 21, 2008
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The Belated Baby: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility
As a licensed psychotherapist, I have counseled couples struggling with infertility, miscarriages, fertility treatment, surrogacy and adoption decisions. It's a long, painful road. Couples who ache to have their own children struggle with the mystifying lack of success, the difficult processes of infertility treatment, the ups and downs of hormone treatment, and the grief and frustration of trying and failing, over and over again. When they finally do achieve their dream of parenthood, the longed-for experience is colored by their painful history. The Belated Baby is written by women who have been there, and it pulls no punches; but it manages to be encouraging and helpful at the same time. The quotes from couples and individuals who are going through the struggle, and those who have been successful, through many different means, are instructive, supportive and encouraging. This is a survivor's handbook, which will be of tremendous value to any parents on this journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Geiger on May 27, 2008
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I had tears in my eyes while reading most of this book. What a comfort to read about the struggles, frustrations, and (belated) elation of other women.

Infertility is a long, lonely struggle and one that emotionally numbed me to core. I feel blessed to have my children, but have lost myself in the process. The authors assuaged my guilt and gave me the stepping stones to find my way back.

This book is a "must read" for anyone that has ever taken the long, winding path to parenthood.
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Loved this book. It covers the many stages that couples may go through as they struggle with infertility. The first-person accounts of couples who experienced or are experiencing infertility are encouraging, funny, poignant, and honest. Many different experiences are documented including fertility drugs, IVF, surrogacy, and domestic and international adoption. The authors offer a frank and straightforward discussion of these issues...a discussion only made more insightful by their own experiences with what can be an alternately heartbreaking and joyful journey.
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