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IVF: An Emotional Companion

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  14 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
'IVF' is an invaluable, personal support, based on women's first hand experiences, for anyone struggling to conceive. Sharing the real life stories of 23 women who have had, and who have worked their way through, fertility problems, this book is a lifeline for women and couples everywhere wanting to have a baby.
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Eliza Genang
Jun 10, 2014 Eliza Genang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in the UK and a few years old but still relevant to this Australian reader. Real stories eloquently told and artfully contextualised. I liked the calm reflective tone and was grateful that it wasn't at all sensationalised. I probably wouldn't recommend it to fertility treatment newbies, most of the stories are of long and painful journeys, but among the stories there is a good diversity of experiences and treatment outcomes. I especially appreciated the inclusion of stories of people who ...more
Feb 04, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really lovely and compassionately written book, filling a neglected gap. Books on the technicalities of fertility treatments are a dime a dozen, but books offering emotional support are harder to find.

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 infertil
Hayley DeRoche
Sep 15, 2013 Hayley DeRoche rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I can't say that I particularly identified with any of the stories here, and it should be noted that the talk of free NHS cycles may fill the US reader with pangs of jealousy, but on the other hand, there are little bits of wisdom in each story worth hanging onto. The book presents a wide range of stories, so not everyone is really meant to identify with all of the situations anyway. A worthwhile read overall, if not wildly illuminating. (Now I feel like an ass with this review. It's all fine an ...more
I gave this book a 4 star as in 'I liked it' … it's well worth the read just to ask yourself some questions about your emotional state and what if scenarios … I can see myself dipping in and out of it again should any of the circumstances detailed in the book come up during our treatment.
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