Family Bound: One Couple's Journey Through Infertility and Adoption

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Statistics show that over two million couples will experience some type of infertility issue when they try to become pregnant. However, when you are one of those two million, you feel completely alone and believe that no one can truly understand what you are going through. This honest and revealing book documents one couple's long and arduous journey to become parents from the eyes of the author. The longer this process took, the more emotional and difficult things became, and the more the author relied on this ...
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Overview

Statistics show that over two million couples will experience some type of infertility issue when they try to become pregnant. However, when you are one of those two million, you feel completely alone and believe that no one can truly understand what you are going through. This honest and revealing book documents one couple's long and arduous journey to become parents from the eyes of the author. The longer this process took, the more emotional and difficult things became, and the more the author relied on this journal to sort out all the emotions she was having. She never expected that this journal would last for years, hundreds of hormone shots and pills, blood draws, surgical procedures, terrorist attacks, international flights and the most emotional and financial roller coaster that she had ever been on. But she and her husband were desperate to become parents, to have their own child to love, to hug, to experience life with. By sharing their experience, this book offers insight into the emotional, physical and sociological effects infertility has on a couple's relationship, their families, friends and themselves as individuals. It also provides in-depth detail of popular infertility treatments, domestic and international adoption processes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595274291
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/14/2003
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Lacks truly useful information

    I know this was not meant to be a great work of literature, but I was very disappointed by this book. Aside from the typos and the inaccuracies, I found little truly helpful information. Every infertility patient I know (including my husband and me) looks for coping mechanisms and ways to survive the indescribable emotional hell of infertility. This book offers little of that. What I was looking for was not a detailed description of the various medical protocols (we have a good doctor for that), but survival tips, ways to find humor among the grim moments, and most of all how to retain confidence and remain a loving human being when all around you seems to fall apart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2003

    Giving birth is an irrepressible need

    Carrie Ostrea¿s experience with infertility will speak to many couples who experience infertility. They will find their own feelings and frustrations acknowledged in this poignant portrayal of the emotional, physical and sociological effects infertility has on a couple¿s relationship. Like Beverly Barna¿s book says, Infertility Sucks and we can see throughout Ostrea¿s book what miseries she went through. The grieving over something so fundamental as giving birth is painful to read about. But there is a bright light at the end of this tunnel: Adoption. Ostrea¿s story has a happy ending with good advice on adoption to boot. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    Most honest and truthful book about IF and adoption I've ever read

    I heard about this book from a friend of mine in my Resolve group. She kept touting it as a 'must read' and I admit I was skeptical because I was tired of books that glorify and sensationalize infertility treatments. But this book was totally DIFFERENT! It was very honest, truthfully and realistic view of the infertility process, especially the in-vitro fertilization attempts which I have too much experience with. The adoption section was very interesting for me as we have just started the process. The author is an amazing woman and was extremely brave by letting it all out there for the world to read and share. I feel very comforted in the path we are taking to become parents ourselves after reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    It was like reading my future!

    This book has helped me sooo much! My husband and I are both experiencing fertility problems and are dealing with our options right now. Reading about the procedures that Carrie went though, and seeing her and Robert's emotions along the way just made it so real for me. I was able to see what it would be like if we went through certain procedures - how I would feel, the emotional and financial toll, etc. Also - I just loved reading about the adoption. Personally, we are leaning toward adoption and probably even from Russia so reading this story has given me nothing but encouragement. She opened my eyes to the process and I feel like I know more about what we will have ahead of us. Her willingness to share the good times and the bad is what made this book so wonderful! I felt like I was living through it as I read along. Highly recommended if you are having any fertility problems and want to know what lies ahead of you. Also - recommended if you are interested in adoption - great success story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Family Bound: One Couple's Journey Through Infertility and Adoption

    I've been going through infertility treatments for seven years and reading this book was very cathartic for me. It was very reassuring hearing someone else's situation with infertility and the author expresses herself without holding back. I had never considered adoption before but I have a different view of adoption thanks to this author. Adoption doesn't seem as scary and unknown now that I've read this book. Very, very good book and I will recommend this to everyone in my Resolve chapter to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    Excellent book for everyone to read

    This book is an honest account of what the author went through trying to have a family. I think it is an excellent book for everyone to read, whether you are going through infertility and adoption or not. It really helps you understand the feelings and emotions that people have during these trying times and the joy when the adoption is finalized. We are looking into adopting and appreciated the honest view of the process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    Family Bound: One Couple's Journey Through Infertility and Adoption

    This book was really great. My sister and her husband have been going through infertility treatments and it really opened my eyes to what they have been going through. The author really pours her heart into this book and you find yourself emotionally invested in her story. I felt myself becoming very sad during their bad times and excited when things were looking up for them. I'm also glad this wasn't one of those 'stop treatments or adopt and you you find yourself pregnant' books because that is so unrealistic.

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