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The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy--Naturally--and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health Paperback – April 22, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade (April 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583331824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583331828
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Katie Springer teaches Fertility Awareness to women, couples, and healthcare professionals. She has written about Fertility Awareness for Our Bodies, Ourselves 2005, Alternative Therapies, and Mothering magazine. Her novel The Wholeness of a Broken Heart was a selection of Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. Visit her website, www.KatieSinger.com.

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Katie Singer is a writer and certified fertility educator. Since 1997, she has taught Fertility Awareness to health care professionals and women and couples from their teens on up. Her book, The Garden of Fertility, was published by Avery/Penguin in 2004. Her writing about Fertility Awareness has also been published in Alternative Therapies; Mothering; and Wise Traditions.

Singer's novel, The Wholeness of a Broken Heart (Riverhead/Penguin), explores themes of fertility through four generations of Jewish mothers and daughters. The book was a selection of Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program and has been translated into three languages. For more information about the novel, please visit www.KatieSinger.com.

Katie is currently working on a new novel and essays about fertility and ecology.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sally W Fallon on August 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fertility Awareness-a method for preventing or achieving pregnancy based on daily charting of the waking temperature and cervical fluid-is the answer for those who want to space their children, become pregnant or even regain reproductive health without the use of hormones or drugs. For those couples conscious of Dr. Price's discoveries about the importance of spacing children, this book lights the way.

In Garden of Fertility, Katie Singer dovetails step-by-step instructions, including excellent sample charts and diagrams on how to gauge fertility patterns, with fascinating testimonials. This is much more than a how-to book; it presents a model of relationships that partake in the natural rhythms of the earth and moon. In many of the book's testimonials, women describe how participation in Fertility Awareness helped them achieve an unexpected sense of femininity at once peaceful and strong. Even more moving are the remarks of men, who describe an increased sense of belonging in the reproductive process, and increased closeness to their partners when they are aware of fertility patterns in a relationship. One important benefit of joint participation in Fertility Awareness is increased communication between partners.

Singer does not ignore the influence of diet on reproductive health. Happily, her advice is based on the teachings of Weston Price. She explains the fundamental importance of fat-soluble vitamins A and D, as well as vitamin E, iodine and zinc for reproductive health. Dietary suggestions include cod liver oil, egg yolks, butter, liver, seafood and lard. She also warns against commercial vegetable oils, trans fats, sugar, white flour, soy, caffeine and foods grown with pesticides.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Around the time I began using The Pill, a friend mentioned the fertility awareness method, FAM, to me. I wrote it off as the infamous "rhythm method." A year later, desperate to come off the Pill (not a good experience for me), I decided that FAM might be worth looking into.

So I went to the book store and bought The Garden of Fertility.

I have read it and re-read it. I've discovered that FAM is NOT the rhythm method. The rhythm method is based on average days of ovulation, which few women fit into. FAM is based on YOUR OWN CURRENT, RELIABLE SYMPTOMS TO KNOW YOUR FERTILE DAYS.

I thought at first that charting my temp would be a pain and that I'd be too squeamish to check cervical mucus. These things have turned out to be a breeze, and I have a comfort with my body that I've never know before. I LOVE to chart, it tells me so much other than when I am ovulating (the book will explain).

Not only is this book good for preventing pregnancy, but when it is time to make babies, we'll know the fertile days.

The book also has great information about improving your reproductive health (nutrition, night-lighting, etc.).

I wish I'd discovered this book earlier. It has changed my view of birth control in so many ways...
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Wang on August 30, 2004
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I bought this book when I recently attended a class given by Katie Singer on Fertility Awareness. I have been wanting to learn Fertility Awareness/Natural Family Planning for a long time for several reasons: to know more about my body and how exactly my cycles work, to gauge my gynecological health & have a tool for discovering problems, and to adhere to my church's teachings on birth control (I'm Catholic).

I think this book is a fantastic resource for non-Catholics wanting to learn this tool. The Catholic organizations that are the main teachers of FA/NFP couch this information (naturally) within Catholic theology on marriage and sex. "The Garden of Fertility" teaches FA in a totally secular way and shows why any woman in any situation should be interested in learning this tool. As an example, she quotes lesbians who use FA, even though they obviously aren't interested in

conceiving or preventing pregnancy.

I also enjoyed the sections about strengthening and improving your gynecological health through diet and other natural means. I think she is right on the money that poor diet and overuse of pharmaceuticals are the root of many women's problem cycles. And you will KNOW when you have problem cycles by looking at your charts!

Highly recommended! Thank you for making this information available to all women.
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50 of 66 people found the following review helpful By V. Brock on December 25, 2006
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Good points: While its coverage of fertility awareness is somewhat perfunctory compared to the other major books on the subject (by Toni Weschler and the Kippleys), it explains it in a new way. I particularly liked her comparison of vaginal sensation to sensation inside your nose - you can tell whether your nose is wet or dry just by paying attention to it, with no need to stick a finger in there. The same is possible with the vulva.

Singer takes fertility awareness beyond birth control or pregnancy acheivement. She gives examples and tools for readers to use the awareness aspect of FA to become aware of many other aspects of their lives, including both physical and psychological health. I found the presentation and explanation of Susan Weed's Six Steps of Healing particularly inspiring.

This is also the best presentation of fertility during breastfeeding that I have read (others I have read are "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" and "The Art of Natural Family Planning"). Though I have heard good things about "Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing" and it might be technically better, many might be turned off by its religious content.

Bad points: Singer mixes up theories for which there is strong scientific evidence and growing support (such as the dangers of phthalates), theories that have weak or no support in the scientific community (bras cause cancer), and statements that are outright false (pre-ejaculate contains viable sperm - the only three studies ever done found no such thing).

She mixes up sound nutritional advice (excess refined flour and sugar is unhealthy) with false nutritional advice (plant oils, which contain high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fats, she says are unhealthy.
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