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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robin Webb Corbett, PhD, RN C(East Carolina University)
Description: This book explores the psychological journey of parents going through in vitro fertilization (IVF), discussing the emotional cost and challenges of the process.
Purpose: It is intended to raise awareness of the emotional issues that may arise during IVF treatment, pregnancy, delivery, and parenting, and it provides concrete strategies to address these concerns. The book provides a voice, previously unheard, for IVF families and the healthcare professionals working with them — a most worthy objective.
Audience: The audience includes families who are exploring IVF or have achieved success with IVF as well as the healthcare professionals working with them. The author, a counselor who has worked with IVF families since 2002, has noted the tremendous impact of IVF on family dynamics.
Features: In addition to discussing issues arising in families exploring IVF, during the pregnancy, and through birth and parenting, the book also addresses the perspective of the child and developing self esteem. Strengths of this book include identification of the issues of concern and discussion of strategies to address these concerns. A strength and limitation of this book is its international voice, which may limit its appeal to an American audience.
Assessment: I highly recommend this book for healthcare professionals and for families considering IVF. I have already shared this book with a couple who are contemplating IVF. While healthcare providers may share information and empathize with couples contending with infertility, this book allows the family to go over the information repeatedly and at their own speed.