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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Twin Peas, LLC (November 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979374308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979374302
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,254,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a drive within the genetic code of human beings that can be as urgent as the need for food, water, or sleep. It is the urge to procreate. When Kelly Damron and her husband tried to have children in 2001 she had to deal with the problem of infertility. She was finally able to conceive only to have her twin daughters born prematurely in 2004. Then after their troubled birth, Kelly found herself experiencing postpartum depression. She went on to join the march of Dimes as an active volunteer in 2006 and became the co-chair of the Family Teams Committee for the March for Babies (formerly known as WalkAmerica). She was the Mission Family presenter for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica event on May 17, 2007, and has become involved with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, assisting in their Marketing and Events Committees. In Tiny Toes: A Couple's Journey Through Infertility, Prematurity, And Depression Kelly candidly records her personal story, drawing upon both her experience and subsequent hard-won expertise. Now the mother of two happy and healthy little girls, Kelly has written Tiny Toes for the benefit of the thousands of others who every year must deal with what she's had to cope with -- infertility and premature births, and sometimes a combination of both. Strongly recommended reading, especially for the one in eight couples encountering infertility and the 12.5% of women whose babies are born prematurely, Tiny Toes is as informed and informative as it is inspired and inspiring. -Susan Bethany, Reviewer, Midwest Book Review --Midwest Book Review

The book is not just about infertility, but a look into how relationships can change and impact a couple when they are faced with adversity. This is a honest, personal story of a couple's struggle to create a family. Damron tackles the effects of infertility, including how it damaged many of her relationships. By exposing her emotional trials and marital struggles, she gives other women the permission to feel angry, sad and hopeless. After conquering infertility, the couple was faced with the premature birth of her twin daughters, and describes in detail the medical and emotional aspects of such as trauma. The story is infused with medical terminology to help the reader learn and understand the technical aspects of infertility and prematurity. By demonstrating how she was able to overcome the depression that was keeping her from her own joy, Damron provides a heartwarming end to her journey and hope for the reader that they, too, can overcome any challenge. -Joanne Henning Tedesco, Editor of Arizona Networking News --Arizona Networking News

I was totally unaware that over two million couples in the US each year are faced with infertility. Kelly Damron and her husband were among them. Her book Tiny Toes frankly allows the reader into her psyche as she discovers and reacts to the news of their infertility. The reader is taken on a gut wrenching journey as the Damron's investigate their options, decide on in vitro fertilization, select a doctor, go through the agonizingly stressful IVF procedure, succeed in achieving pregnancy, tread the tightrope of disaster as their twins are born ten weeks early and persevere under incredible pressure as the two pound girls battle life threatening physical problems. Kelly falls prey to clinical depression. Her husband, who must be a saint, holds their strained marriage together until counseling and medication help Kelly conquer depression. The book is extremely well written, shining a light into an area of the human condition that needs illumination. It is a must read for anyone facing infertility, IVF, premature birth or depression. Thanks for taking me on your journey. -Mark Landsberg, Author of Landsberg's Law; A Journey of Discovery --Self Publishers Place

About the Author

Kelly K. Damron s experience with infertility started in 2001. Her twin daughters were born prematurely in 2004 and she has completed extensive research on the statistics of prematurity. Her personal experience with and extensive research in the areas of infertility, premature babies, and pregnancy-related depression support her expertise in these areas.
The premature birth of her daughters led Ms. Damron to join the March of Dimes as an active volunteer in 2006. She is the Co-Chair of the 2008 Family Teams Committee for March for Babies (formerly known as WalkAmerica). In 2007, she joined the local chapter of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association as a volunteer.

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I read this book in one day as I couldn't put it down.
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Thanks, Kelly, for being willing to share your most personal challenges and triumphs!
Julie Smith David
Kelly Damron's book Tiny Toes is a must read for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Buzz Nuckols on January 3, 2008
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I recently read Tiny Toes and found a lot of great technical information on the subjects of infertility and premature birth woven into a pungent story of a couple who had to deal with both of these issues.A must read for any couple looking into and wanting incite into infertility options or the chalenges presented by premature births.
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I read TINY TOES right smack dab in the middle of the IVF/ICSI cycle my wife and I were going through in December 2007. It was an incredibly stressful time for us because we were spending $18,000 in the HOPES that it would result in the baby we have been longing to have for 13 years of marriage. Seeing how much Kelly Damron poured out her heart about the enormous pain and anguish she went through emotionally, mentally, and spiritually through the disapproval of her in-laws to the stress of not being able to have a child with a husband who was ambivalent at best was reassuring to me that we made the right choice. Yes, it was immeasurably difficult to go through that, but it was the right choice.

But the IVF was only the beginning for the Damrons. Then their twin baby girls were premature and the worries about whether they would survive again brought on intense feelings that ran deeper than surface emotional responses. All of this stress led to a depression for Kelly unlike anything she had ever been through before in her life. It was obviously a frustrating time for her husband as I can certainly relate.

You'll quickly fall in love with Kelly's story told in an unabashed, take-it-as-it-is style that you'll appreciate the longer you go through the book. This ain't no Pollyanna-ish feel good book that gives you the warm fuzzies about how everything turns out so perfectly. Quite the contrary! But through it all, Kelly is optimistic and encouraging to others who endure similar circumstances which is why she is a leading voice on behalf of couples who endure infertility, premature births, and the depression that can result from this.

As for my wife and I, our IVF/ICSI cycle failed to produce a child and it was our one and only shot at this.
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There is a drive within the genetic code of human beings that can be as urgent as the need for food, water, or sleep. It is the urge to procreate. When Kelly Damron and her husband tried to have children in 2001 she had to deal with the problem of infertility. She was finally able to conceive only to have her twin daughters born prematurely in 2004. Then after their troubled birth, Kelly found herself experiencing postpartum depression. She went on to join the march of Dimes as an active volunteer in 2006 and became the co-chair of the Family Teams Committee for the March for Babies (formerly known as WalkAmerica). She was the Mission Family presenter for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica event on May 17, 2007, and has become involved with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, assisting in their Marketing and Events Committees. In "Tiny Toes: A Couple's Journey Through Infertility, Prematurity, And Depression" Kelly candidly records her personal story, drawing upon both her experience and subsequent hard-won expertise. Now the mother of two happy and healthy little girls, Kelly has written "Tiny Toes" for the benefit of the thousands of others who every year must deal with what she's had to cope with -- infertility and premature births, and sometimes a combination of both. Strongly recommended reading, especially for the one in eight couples encountering infertility and the 12.5% of women whose babies are born prematurely, "Tiny Toes" is as informed and informative as it is inspired and inspiring.
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As an individual who dealt with infertility in the past and currently works with couples struuggling with these issues in outpatient treatment, I found Tiny Toes by Kelly Damron to be an excellent resource to anyone facing infertilitry and/or prematurity. Not only does it provide informative technical information, but also honestly and directly addresses the emotional stuggles faced by couples going through this process. This book is an invaluable resource to those early in the process in identifying, preparing for and dealing with the many emotional issues. Those who have already gone through the process of infertility and/or prematurity will find this book to be normalizing and validating. Furthermore, this book is a wonderful resource for extended family and friends who want to learn about the physical and emotional struuggles in order to be understanding and supportive to their loved ones. I will continue to recommend this courageous and helpful book to anyone I encounter struggling with similar issues!
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By Teri Hatfield on January 20, 2008
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Tiny Toes is a very open memoir of this couple's journey to become a family. Any woman who has experienced difficulty with pregnancy will appreciate knowing she is not alone in this emotionally entangled topic. Kelly Damron weaves helpful and eye-opening facts into her story of how her heartfelt journey affected her as a woman, wife and mother. Too often it's a subject couples don't think of addressing until knee-deep in the midst and this book may truly help avoid the feeling of being alone in the battle. Add to this is a chapter by her husband, Dave, which is a helpful glimpse inside the man's perspective. Whether you are a mom of preemies, multiples or in the struggle to arrive at motherhood, you'll find a special understanding here and appreciate Kelly's relating it to you as if you were best friends.
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