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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425215873
  • ASIN: B001G8WLPW
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,311,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Pregnant for the fifth time, Klein knew she would have to marshal all available resources to ensure a healthy delivery. Unfortunately for this high-risk mom, the news couldn't have come at a worse time. She, husband Jon, and five-year-old daughter Maddie had just moved across the country and knew little about their new city. They had no doctor, few friends, and no family close by. Three previous pregnancies having ended in miscarriage, Klein felt that she and she alone would have to be the assertive, outspoken advocate of her unborn child. She wasted no time. She notes that nearly half of the estimated two million miscarriages per year are the results of treatable conditions and also that high-risk pregnant women must demand certain tests and interventions. She did demand them, and this journal of her pregnancy puts the authority of personal experience behind heavy-duty advice on what expectant mothers, especially those who have had one or more miscarriages, must do to ensure a full-term pregnancy. Chavez, Donna

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Pregnant for the fifth time, Klein knew she would have to marshal all available resources to ensure a healthy delivery. Unfortunately for this high-risk mom, the news couldn't have come at a worse time. She, husband Jon, and five-year-old daughter Maddie had just moved across the country and knew little about their new city. They had no doctor, few friends, and no family close by. Three previous pregnancies having ended in miscarriage, Klein felt that she and she alone would have to be the assertive, outspoken advocate of her unborn child. She wasted no time. She notes that nearly half of the estimated two million miscarriages per year are the results of treatable conditions and also that high-risk pregnant women must demand certain tests and interventions. She did demand them, and this journal of her pregnancy plus the authority of personal experience behind heavy-duty advice on what expectant mothers, especially those who have had one or more miscarriages, must do to ensure a full-term pregnancy.
-- Booklist

"I am a visual reader and this book affected me more than I would have expected. What I mean is that I "see" what I read. It is almost as if I am experiencing it myself as I read the words on the page. I had no idea before hand just how much this book would pull at my heart or how much time I would spend crying, unable to read any further for hours at a time. This is a personal journey written almost like a combination between a blog and journal. If you are sensitive to miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth, or have ever experienced any of these, this book may bring those memories screaming back to you as it did for me. I recommend keeping tissues or a hankie on hand while reading the book.

"What this book will also do is inform you of different conditions that cause miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. One that the author Darci has is called Factor V Leiden. This condition impairs the body's natural ability to breakdown and dissolve blood clots. These clots can then travel through the blood stream and find their way to a developing baby's placenta or umbilical cord blocking the flow of needed nutrients and either causing miscarriage or fetal growth retardation. Another condition that the author has is an incompetent cervix. This is the label placed on a cervix that, for unknown reasons, weakens in the second trimester of pregnancy and can no longer support the weight of the developing baby. As the cervix weakens and becomes thinner labor starts and very premature delivery is the normal outcome.

"There are treatments for both Factor V Leiden and for incompetent cervix, which the author experiences and shares with you in her book. It's more than just the treatment that Darci receives that stirs the emotions as you read; it's her vivid memories of her losses, her daily struggle to maintain a pregnancy that she could lose at any moment, and the family dynamic that changes throughout her pregnancy. As I read the book I could "see" Darci resting on her couch in her new house, or confined to bed and scared to move. I could picture the conversations with her husband, the looks that they would exchange, the pain and fear that would show in their eyes.

"Darci's pregnancy journey ends in the triumphant birth of her son Sam by scheduled C-section, but that is not where the story ends by any means at all. Included in the book are several wonderful resources for the reader. In "What Every Woman Should Know About Pregnancy Loss" Darci makes statements and offers as much information as a woman needs to make her choices about getting additional testing, as well as knowing what the current guidelines set forth by the ACOG are and why most women are not offered additional testing and treatment for different conditions. She also explains why many miscarriages and stillbirths can be prevented with different treatments, like cervical cerclage.

"Other resources offered in the book include information on organizations that offer referrals to different physicians. An explanation of the organization and what it offers as well as their URL is included for the reader. She also recommends books about the newest treatments to prevent pregnancy loss as well as the emotional tolls that are experienced after a pregnancy loss and how to prepare for a future pregnancy.

"This is such a well-written book that is full of information, reality, and hope that I recommend it to all women and couples that have suffered a loss. If you as a woman have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth, and you and your partner are having difficulties understanding how each other is coping with the loss, this book may give your partner a look at how one woman has lived with and relived her loss. It may open the doors of communication that is needed and allow you to support each other as you grieve and hopefully prepare to take the pregnancy journey again."
--Debbi Secaur, TTC Dreams

More About the Author

I'm the doting mother of two wonderful children. Maddie and Sam are absolute blessings. After losing four babies and fighting to create my wonderful family, I wrote 'To Full Term' because I wanted to share my own story of loss and recovery, and of both the hurt and the hope in between. Too many women suffer loss in silence, feeling isolated, and like no one understands the anguish of pregnancy loss. I do understand, and my goal is to bring comfort to others, as well as hope.

There's more about the book at http://www.tofullterm.com

I also founded http://www.preventpregnancyloss.org to raise awareness about the toll of loss, and encourage families to seek answers after loss. Sadly, many losses are never explained. But others are- or could be- if thorough testing were regularly offered to women after loss. But it's not. I lost four babies before being diagnosed with two treatable conditions. With treatment I'm now blessed with two amazing kids. I feel lucky- but I can't stop thinking about how many other women are in the middle of a story like mine, wondering how it's going to end.

If you're struggling to recover after loss, I hope you're surrounded with love and support. And if you're pregnant after loss(es) I wish you moments of peace between the fear that often overpowers the joy and hope of pregnancy.

Warm regards,
Darci Klein

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Bravo to Darci Klein for telling a story that so many women need to hear.
Heather Olson
It was extremely helpful, both emotionally as well as by giving ways to medically advocate for you and your unborn baby.
Michele
I couldn't put it down, even though I knew how the story ended from reading the cover.
Sabrina Parr

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Erlichman on June 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
First things first: I'm a family friend of the Kleins: I've known Darci's husband since childhood and Darci since they married nearly 15 years ago. And I also reviewed the book as Darci was writing it.

But despite living through Darci's pregnancy (as much as someone 3,000 miles away can experience it) and knowing the story, I honestly found "To Full Term" a powerful and engaging story which taught me something about Darci, about her relationship with her husband, and perhaps most important of all, about the remarkable lack of attention pregnancy loss gets and the importance of being an educated and engaged parent and patient. I have no doubt that Darci's fight for the care she received was truly a fight for her son Sam's life, one that would have been lost had she not been so committed.

This is a gripping story that reads like great fiction -- with interesting, sympethetic characters and compelling drama -- but it's also a shocking expose on one important way our health care providers and the medical community fail us, and it's a story that needs to be told.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Roy on August 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book primarily for women in the determined phase after their miscarriages, who want to hear a strong, steady voice describing one mother's search for answers to her recurring losses.

Interweaved in the story are background facts, statistics about loss, the National Institutes of Health's woeful funding on miscarriage, and what she feels is the incriminating lack of chromosomal testing on early miscarriages to separate women into those who had "bad luck," and those who have a problem that can be treated to save pregnancies.

Klein's story is passionate and clearly told. She was adamant that she not lose any more babies and demanded medical intervention to save them.

I do think, however, that her mixture of stats and story is not very helpful in the early days following your first loss. It's hard to feel emotionally involved in her journey when you are constantly being fed facts in an order that might not be what you want to know, when you want to know it. Her writing is very edgy and strong, a voice that might be difficult to relate to during your saddest days.

But for those of you who have had two losses or more, those of you who are determined, frustrated, and maybe still a bit angry at your lack of answers or your care, then this is a solidly written and researched book about the journey.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Parr on June 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was nervous that this book would concentrate too much on medical terms and be dull, but was pleasantly suprised that this was a funny, interesting, and captivating book. I couldn't put it down, even though I knew how the story ended from reading the cover. I would feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone. Great book, great topic!
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The book is a must read to help all of us understand the taboo subject of miscarriage. The author enlightens us with a moving, beautifully written and medically informative account of her struggle to carry her baby to full term. I found her voice extremely likable and funny even though she was telling us a heart wrenching story of how she lost baby after baby and wouldn't give up, even when it seemed like rest of the world had given up hope.

Her story is beautiful because she took the hurt, anger and frustration of miscarriage and channeled it into research, study and finally, the success in carrying her son "to full term."

The book is also a great lesson to all of us about taking control of our own medical care, reproductive health, and family life. This book is a great gift to give someone who has suffered miscarriage as a way of giving them hope and empowerment to do something positive. I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosiebaby on May 8, 2009
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This is a very up to date and very informative book. I am so glad that I purchased this book as it was invaluable when I went and saw my Fertility Expert, who I felt could have been far more helpful. I was able to ask informed questions and get far better actions taken not to mention the tests that I asked about. If I did not have this book I would still be paying too much money and getting nowhere fast. I recommend this book to everyone who has had unanswered questions about this issue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lily on June 14, 2012
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I purchased this book after my second unexplained miscarriage. I was sick of being told it was just natures way. I had chromosomal studies done and learnt that the baby was normal but was still told to just try again. I was also shocked by how flippantly I was told how common miscarriage was and that I needed to go through another miscarriage to have the answers I wanted. I knew this was wrong but felt like a lonely voice in a sea of professionals telling me this happens all the time. I read to full term and it gave me the strength, courage and backing I needed to seek the answers, tests and appointments with specialists I needed. I am currently pregnant again and draw on the strength from the book constantly when I am being fed doctor jargon not properly explained. I ask questions, probe deeply and do my own research. Although my issues are not the same as darci's, I found the information in the book excellent. This book certainly helped me and I recommend you read it if you are at the stage of needing answers and the strength to help you along in your journey. I had to stop and swap the book for a box of tissues many times throughout but I think this also helped me heal. Thank you darci and congratulations on your family which you fought so hard to create and deserve to enjoy everyday.
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