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Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss Paperback – October 1, 2000
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The authors cover every topic (from how to cope when there's no known medical reason for a baby's death and how to prepare physically and emotionally for a complicated pregnancy) with expertise, candor and compassion. (Publishers Weekly)
Trying Again extends a helping hand to couples coping with their loss and at the same time contemplating future pregnancies. (Genese Valley Parent)
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Accompanied by ob-gyn authority Dr. John R. Sussman, Ann Douglas draws from her own trial of losing a child to share firsthand details about the physical and emotional challenges of a subsequent pregnancy. She also includes the emotional stories of other women's ordeals with pregnancy or child loss, imparting their advice and letting you know you're not alone. By countering common fertility myths and teaching the facts about prenatal testing, Trying Again explores in detail all the pertinent procedures and measures to create the best possible conditions for a healthy baby.
Top Customer Reviews
Many books are available for people who are pregnant, who want to get pregnant, or who are grieving the loss of a baby. This book is different because it focuses on that fragile period between having lost a child and the decision to, and the act of, trying to become pregnant with another one. Instead of glossing over or whispering about death, this book faces this common experience head on, offering both compassion and practical information and advice about why this happens and how to go on from here. The personal accounts of the several women and men who went through miscarriage, stillbirth, and early infant death are especially helpful, because readers can understand that this experience is not uncommon--even though their emotional response to it may be unique.
I wish this book had been available when I lost my first baby at 12 weeks into the pregnancy. It would have helped me get through the five months of grief, anger, resentment, guilt, and shattered trust and self-confidence that followed. I plan to give copies of this book to friends, and I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to try again.
It's so true that when you lose a baby so many well-meaning people urge you to try again - as if being pregnant again will make everything better. I too thought everthing would be better but in my case my efforts to try again resulted in two more losses. I too thought that everything would be better if I could just hold onto another pregnancy. When I became pregnant fear and anxiety were my constant companions. Reading Ann's book has given me a sense of normalcy. I certainly am not the only one out there whose pregnancy was 38 weeks of near panic. This is a book that acknowledges those feelings and gives you ideas for how to cope.
The one area that I wish Ann had discussed was when you decide to stop "trying again". I had three losses before we had our precious 3 year old. We tried to get pregnant a fifth time and after a year finally decided to stop trying. That decision created another loss for us. Somehow our grief was deeper as we re-grieved all our losses and then grieved for the children we would not have.
This is a good book. I have given copies to friends that are trying again.
Losing a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth is a tragedy that few people can imagine until they have had the unfortunate experience of living through it. Many people urge the bereaved couple to "try again" (as if that will make everything all better). They often do not realize how the loss of the previous pregnancy colours every facet of trying or being pregnant again.
As someone who has lived through the loss of a child and the birth of a subsequent baby -- as well as being a gifted writer on pregnancy and parenting issues -- Ann is uniquely qualified to explore every aspect of this largely unexplored subject. The book is thorough and presents lots of factual information, as well as the voices of bereaved parents who have made the courageous decision to try again to bring a living child home. For me, it was the stories and examples of these other bereaved parents that really "made" the book.
I would highly recommend this book for any bereaved parent struggling with the decision to try again or going through a subsequent pregnancy, as well as those in a position to provide support to these brave couples.
I would urge other readers to try not to be put off by this single (and I would say unfairly harsh) review of this book. Trying Again has been a huge blessing to me during a very difficult time in my life. It makes me sad that another reader fails to appreciate what a wonderful gift these authors have given the world in writing this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as helpful of a book as I thought. Had some good points in it, but would have rather checked it out of a library than bought it.Published 4 months ago by SAPMama
I've had two healthy children in previous years with no complications. This year I've been pregnant twice. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Htaylor7108
Lots of detailed clinical information and lots of personal stories. A bit too clinical for me at times - perhaps because I am orientated to doing my own clinical research and was... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sulona
Great information. Good resource for helping people move forward.Published 16 months ago by Leticia Boughton
I bought this book for a bereavement group library. The people in the group suggested it so it is probably good.Published 19 months ago by Lady Di
After my miscarriage I found it hard to get excited about pregnancy. I think this book was good in that it acknowledged some of the feelings I was having which helped me to move... Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by Sarah GBW
I also read Preganacy after A loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death byCarol cirilli, at the same time while I was pregnant. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Rita Kais
After trying for four years to have my family, my Husband and I finally got pregnant with help with fertility meds. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Terran