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Jessica Hepburn
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The Pursuit of Motherhood

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  12 reviews
If you've ever felt a crumpling in your chest when another friend tells you that they're pregnant… If you've ever wondered why everyone else seems to find it so easy… If you've ever experienced the pursuit of motherhood… This book is for you.

It is currently estimated that one in five couples have difficulty conceiving. Hepburn’s book which describes her long and, at time
ebook, 124 pages
Published February 2014 by Matador (first published January 27th 2014)
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Laurie Prim
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a really powerful infertility memoir. The author is a highly accomplished, no nonsense business woman (she runs one of London’s leading theaters) who brings her “Let’s get this done” attitude to having baby via IVF after a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. But seven years of chronic treatment failure and grief is a storm that will batter the strongest of sails, and I found myself both cheering and aching for her, and certainly relating.

The author writes about her journey with unflinc
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we get it, you lived in Oxford
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book at 1am and stayed up reading jt until it was light outside - I was gripped - I laughed out loud and shed quite a few tears. Extremely relatable to me, someone at the start of the IVF journey, I could have written some parts myself.
Laura Mainwaring
I bought this late at night and ended up staying up into the early hours reading it, finishing the book the next morning.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Good read about someones journey to have children that did not ultimately result in a baby!
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
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The Northern Bookworm
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Moving, thought provoking and honest. Helps to make what can be a very painful journey seem a little more hopeful.
Margaret Grant
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brave and honest.

Sarah Watt
I read this thinking it would give me some insight into what would motivate someone to go through 7 years of trying to have a baby including 10 rounds of IVF and £50,000 of debt. Not really. It was a blow-by-blow account of every harrowing twist and turn in the trying process, and was powerfully written in that respect, but there was no real examination of the underlying desire for a child - until the very end:

"... has the moment finally come to explore all the alternative possibilities – includ
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read and one of the very few books dealing with this issue that get it right.
Lots of kudos to the author and her husband.

Small warning though: my copy's binding was pretty messed up, with every other page sticking together.
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By my friend and superwoman Jess Hepburn. Compelling and simple account of her struggle to have a child and why she has since turned to extreme challenges instead e.g. Channel swimmer, marathon runner! Jess' voice is a wise one for my generation. ...more
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