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- Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007414331
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007414338
- Product Dimensions : 9 x 6 x 1.25 inches
- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers; UK ed. edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language: : English
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I didn't read all of the stories, only the ones I related to personally (probably about 7 out of 20+). Each person's story is briefly introduced by the editor, and then wrapped up with some informative commentary on a particular topic the woman's story featured (PCOS, male-factor infertility, etc) and, if you are in the UK, resources.
Of note: The book is open-minded enough to include a same-sex couple's story, and a single-mother-by-choice's story. There are 20+ stories, and there is probably at least one story every reader can relate to (I was surprised to find my own situation mirrored in the editor's experience, which she relates in the introduction).
There are no miracle cures promised, no false hopes pressed on you, no religious preaching. Just sincere compassion and empathy from people who have gone through the IVF experience (with various degrees of success).
Personally I found it a really helpful and positive read.
Tip: Get comfortable and cozy in a private spot, with a box of tissues handy, before reading.
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Good honest account of the emotional journey of ivf.
It is a brilliant book with stories from women that even if you aren't in their exact position, you can relate to. Would recommend this book to couples about to start and currently going through IVF. Many a word of wisdom amongst the real life stories and insightful writing by the author Brigid.