The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
|Length: 50 pages|
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Top Customer Reviews
And I completely agree - if you want children - DON'T WAIT. Turns out the advice I least wanted to hear and fought the hardest against was the most accurate...Just do us a favor and try to be kind with it...
And yet I read it from start to finish, as if transfixed, and hardly noticed the passing time. Writing like this, writing that bears incredible emotional truth and packages it seamlessly alongside cultural trends and statistics that tell us something about the age in which we live, is hard to come by. It's hard to come by, which is why Holly Finn's piece deserves a read.
If I found it enthralling- and I'm one of the few people to type this cliche line and actually mean it- surely you will too.
Holly is an extraordinary writer, generous with her story (her triumphs and her insecurities), compassionate and open. Admittedly, my gender will never undergo an invasive procedure to save eggs, and on the top of my "to read" list is not a book on reproductive issues. (I read this book though, on my iPhone, in one sitting.) Yes, a tremendous amount of information is provided and you will be forever better prepared to cheer, console, sympathize and empathize with the women (and their partners, families and friends) in your life who choose IVF.
What I found most compelling is the under-theme -- Holly has risked everything for love. Yes, she could foster and/or adopt (if we read this book solely as a tactical manual on getting to motherhood). And yes, she could spend her dollars elsewhere. And in about two sentences I can summarize why, for guys, "over 40" + "fatherhood" is a dimming prospect.
This book is about a journey, a victim-less one, and having the balls (or as Danica Patrick remarked, the ovaries) to follow your passions, and how hard it can be to do so. I was inspired by the story. Whether he is a Lucas (or a Lucy), IVF, donor egg, foster, adopted, god-mothered or special-aunted, a child today (or a pre-person tomorrow) can count on having a courageous role model in his/her life.
One of the most important lessons for younger people thinking about kids is not to assume that medical technology will fix it for you no matter how long you wait (true for both males and females, the world is now learning).. And even if it works for you, it's still a very hard process, so don't discount the difficulties of going this route. IVF isn't for sissies, that's for sure. It's magical when it works, but never easy.
Another lesson is to make sure your IVF doctor really knows his/her stuff. If you are a difficult case, find the best doctor you can. Don't go with practitioners who are just average, because time's a wasting and a lot of this treatment regimen is based on the doctor's judgment, not on massive double blind studies. Many of the drugs are prescribed "off label", which is legal as long as a doctor does it, but it's really a judgment call by the doctor.
You need to do your homework--ask about success rates for IVF practices you are considering, and ask about success rates for people with health issues like yours, not just on average. If you don't like what you hear when you ask these perfectly legitimate questions, then go elsewhere.
Finn's book is a great window onto the challenge of IVF. I think men and women in their twenties and thirties should read it so they can be fully informed about their reproductive choices, now and in the future.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had the amazing opportunity to meet and see Holly during her stays in Denver (I was her "trigger" nurse). Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Stephens
Some good information. Style is just okay with a few powerful lines sprinkled in. Ending could have been much better, more creative if not hopeful.Published 20 months ago by snowhawk
Interesting reading and could relate to the stories. Very easy to read Would recommend this book to those who are unfortunately going through fertility issues.Published on July 8, 2013 by Jo-Anne Karabelas
I truly feel for the author for what she knows and for what she does not. As someone who has experienced IVF, I would not wish it on anyone. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by J. Pickens
This book contains tons of information for anyone experiencing infertility, but there really is no plot. If you are looking for a fertility resource, this is a great book. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by lesley robbins
In vitro fertilization is "intensive, invasive, and long." The author knows all the things she has done wrong. She knows at forty, she is late to the dance. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Amelia Gremelspacher
It's not clear if Ms. Finn wants to have a child because of a deep maternal instinct, which she insists, or a self-centered need to have the perfect little accessory for her... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Lori Lowthert
This book is informative....for me, something i can relate to....unfortunately. There is a lot of useful information in her book.Published on November 23, 2012 by JOANN CHINO-OLIVIERI
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