Belated Baby: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility

Belated Baby: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility

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Overview

Approximately 7.3 million American women have struggled with infertility. Most of them, whether or not they use fertility treatments, do not realize that when they have their baby (or babies) whether through birth or via adoption the echoes of their infertility will be felt long after they are living out their dream of having their own baby. Jill S. Browning and Kelly James-Enger explain that every woman who experiences infertility is forever changed, even when she eventually has the child she yearned for. The experience may have also hurt their relationship with their husband and sometimes permanently altered relationships with their extended families. Studies show that even after the desperation of infertility subsides, emotional wounds still fester and an asterisk accompanies her bundle of joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581826104
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jill S. Browning is a freelance writer who specializes in subjects related to parenting. A contributing writer with Chicago Parent magazine, she has written articles for Parenting and the Christian Science Monitor.

Kelly James-Enger has written five books, including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life, and more than 50 articles for national magazines, including Family Circle, Health, Redbook, and Women's Day.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword   Brenda Strong     xi
The Precarious Path to Parenthood: Dealing with Your History     3
Finally Expecting: Waiting for Baby     23
Parents at Last: Home with Your Child     45
Maintaining the Bond: Your Relationship with Your Partner     71
Family Ties: How Your Relationships Change     93
Bitterness Isn't Beautiful: Your Relationship with Other Parents (and the World)     113
Money Matters: Cash Crunches and Career Conundrums     137
Your Family's Story: To Tell or Not-and How?     163
Drying Again: Adding Another Child to Your Family     185
Infertile Forever: Your Journey as a Parent and as a Person     207
Appendix     223
Glossary     231
Index     237

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