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by Jessica Hiemstra , Lisa Martin-Demoor (Goodreads Author) , Kim Jernigan , Sadiqa de Meijer , Fiona Tinwei Lam , Lorri Neilsen Glenn , Susan Olding (Goodreads Author) , Laura Rock , more…Gail Marlene Schwartz , Maureen Scott Harris , Carrie Snyder (Goodreads Author) , Cathy Stonehouse , Chris Tarry (Goodreads Author) , Chris Arthur , Kim Aubrey , Janet Baker , Yvonne Blomer , Jennifer Bowering Delisle (Goodreads Author) , Kevin Bray , Erika Connor …less
One size fits all does not apply to pregnancy and childbirth. Each one is different, unique, and comes with its share of pleasure and pain. But how does one prepare for an unexpected loss of a pregnancy or hoped-for baby? In How to Expect What You're Not Expecting, writers share their true stories of miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility, and other, related losses. This lit ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by TouchWood Editions
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I've been putting this off for... oh... a year and a half. And it was a review book. Then I devoured it in a day and a half. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a parent, or wants to be, whether or not you've lost a pregnancy or child. As this collection reminded me, the luckiest parents in the world will still learn something about loss through their experiences.
After my first miscarriage in 2001, I searched in vain for books on the subject. Apart from the dry and directive pamphlets put out by fertility specialists and grief counselors, there were few options. Though invisible to most people, my loss was a gaping gulf that separated me from the rest of the maternal world, from those whose parental lives were proceeding as planned. This lack of supportive and insightful reading on the subject reinforced my sense of isolation, deepening my loss. In this ...more