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In this gritty and honest memoir, Manterfield traces her spiraling route from rational 21st century woman...
In this gritty and honest memoir, Manterfield traces her spiraling route from rational 21st century woman to desperate mama-wannabe. She examines the siren song of motherhood, the insidious lure of the fertility industry, and the repercussions of being childless in a mom-centric society. But this isn't just another infertility story with another miracle baby ending, nor is it a sad introspective of a childless woman; this is a story about love, desire, and choices-and ultimately about hope. It is the story of a woman who escapes her addiction, not with a baby, but with her sanity, her marriage, and her sense-of-self intact.
Posted September 29, 2011
I bought this book as a means to understand more about the infertility roller coaster and what I possibly could expect as I consider my family building options. This woman's journey takes you through her infertility treatments, consultations, dealing with interations with family, friends and co-workers (figuring out how to answer the requisite "Do you have kids?" and "Oh just relax and they'll come" remarks), and at the end - a final decision regarding getting off the roller coaster for the last time to save herself, her sanity and her marriage. I recommend this book for anyone who has someone in their life who wants children but can't. This is for those of you who wants to know more to understand and empathize, but don't want to pry and ask. I also recommend this to those who - unfortunately, find themselves handing over their schedules, wallets, minds, hearts, hopes and dreams to step onto the infertility/family building roller coaster. This book helps you understand that you are not alone, and yes, there is an option to let go of your dream of having a baby and that it's okay to say no to motherhood. It's okay, and you'll be fine.
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