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Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss [Paperback]

Ann Douglas , John R. Sussman
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Oct. 1 2000
Trying Again lessens the uncertainties about pregnancy after miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss by providing the facts to help you determine if you and your partner are emotionally ready for another pregnancy. It also imparts essential advice about preparing and planning for another baby when you decide the time is right.

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Featured in The Dallas Morning News.

The authors cover every topic (from how to cope when there's no known medical reason for a baby's death and how to prepare physically and emotionally for a complicated pregnancy) with expertise, candor and compassion. (Publishers Weekly)

Trying Again extends a helping hand to couples coping with their loss and at the same time contemplating future pregnancies. (Genese Valley Parent)

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Written especially for parents who have lost a child, Trying Again lessens the uncertainties about pregnancy after miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss by providing the facts to help you determine if you and your partner are emotionally ready for another pregnancy. It also imparts essential advice about preparing and planning for another baby when you decide the time is right.

Accompanied by ob-gyn authority Dr. John R. Sussman, Ann Douglas draws from her own trial of losing a child to share firsthand details about the physical and emotional challenges of a subsequent pregnancy. She also includes the emotional stories of other women's ordeals with pregnancy or child loss, imparting their advice and letting you know you're not alone. By countering common fertility myths and teaching the facts about prenatal testing, Trying Again explores in detail all the pertinent procedures and measures to create the best possible conditions for a healthy baby.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate, gentle, and reassuring July 9 2003
By adriana
This is the first review I've ever written for, although I often shop here. I felt compelled to write because I felt that a recent review totally missed the mark about this wonderful book. The authors have done an incredible job, in my opinion, of balancing information with emotional support. They include quotes and stories from dozens and dozens of parents who have been through the death of a baby and who have somehow found the courage to try again. (BTW -- I didn't take "trying again" to imply a previous failure at all. To me, it merely refered to trying to conceive after a loss. I didn't find the title offensive in the least.) And as for the reviewer's comment about the book being potentially offensive to a pro-life reader, that comment is totally off the mark. There are one or two stories of women who made the heartwrenching decision to terminate, but there is never any attempt to say that this is the right or wrong decision. I thought the authors were very balanced in their discussion of this difficult and emotionally loaded issue.
I would urge other readers to try not to be put off by this single (and I would say unfairly harsh) review of this book. Trying Again has been a huge blessing to me during a very difficult time in my life. It makes me sad that another reader fails to appreciate what a wonderful gift these authors have given the world in writing this book.
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This book did not make me feel like I was overreacting because I "only" had a miscarriage, something that I wish my doctor and her staff hadn't done. Instead, it addressed all of my concerns, like what is the chance this will happen again. And the beautiful thing about the book is it provides ALL of the necessary tips for conceiving even while I'm am still busy healing. So, I feel like I have something positive to set my sites on when it is time. I started reading this book absolutely hopeless and have ended it feeling blessed that I had the little bit of time that I had being pregnant, without any of the guilty feelings. I realized I had done everything I could have to prevent this from happening. Honestly, I would recommend this book to anyone trying to conceive, not just people who have lost a child. I wish I had this information when I was going into this pregnancy. This book is 100% grounded in fact, which was very reassuring. Absolutely priceless to my husband and I.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ready to try again May 20 2002
I thought the information it this book was very well organized and laid out in an easy to find manner. I was surprised at all the things that can go wrong during a pregnancy, but found it reassuring that many of the women who offered testimonials went on to have healthy children. I plan to share the book with my sister who also recently had a baby who was stillborn. I hope that it will help give her hope as it has helped me. It has only been a few weeks since my own daughter was stillborn but knowing that others have survived this tragedy helps me know that I can survive, too.
I especially enjoyed the section about how people felt when their subsequent children were born. I plan to try again very soon, and I want my boys to know that they did have a baby sister, even if it was for just a little while, and that they may still have another little sister soon. Or a brother, that would be wonderful, too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Just One Caveat March 11 2003
By A Customer
Like the other reviewers, I agree that this book has a lot of very good information about losing a baby and trying again.
However, after my 2 miscarriages I have become extremely sensitive and emotional about the issue of abortion/terminations. When I read in this book about a woman who had chosen to abort because her baby had Down's Syndrome, I felt like I'd had the breath knocked out of me. It shook me up badly and made it difficult to focus on reading (I finally just set the book aside).
So, if you, like me, are very hurt by and sensitive to references to abortions, be aware that there are a few mentions of it in this book.
However, if you're *not* bothered by references to abortion, I can recommend this book without reservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" if you are trying again. Dec 21 2000
I wish I'd had this book four years ago when I first started "trying again" to have a baby. I am one of the parents interviewed for this book.
It's so true that when you lose a baby so many well-meaning people urge you to try again - as if being pregnant again will make everything better. I too thought everthing would be better but in my case my efforts to try again resulted in two more losses. I too thought that everything would be better if I could just hold onto another pregnancy. When I became pregnant fear and anxiety were my constant companions. Reading Ann's book has given me a sense of normalcy. I certainly am not the only one out there whose pregnancy was 38 weeks of near panic. This is a book that acknowledges those feelings and gives you ideas for how to cope.
The one area that I wish Ann had discussed was when you decide to stop "trying again". I had three losses before we had our precious 3 year old. We tried to get pregnant a fifth time and after a year finally decided to stop trying. That decision created another loss for us. Somehow our grief was deeper as we re-grieved all our losses and then grieved for the children we would not have.
This is a good book. I have given copies to friends that are trying again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So helpful
After having two miscarriages back to back, this book was so helpful. Insightful personal stories and information that was relative to my experience especially addressing the fear... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary-Kathryn
4.0 out of 5 stars validating and reassuring
After having experienced the death of my premature baby at 22 weeks, I searched for information and help with sorting out my feelings and understanding why this happened and what... Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by Nicole G. Franks
3.0 out of 5 stars okay medical info, not much emotional support
I reviewed Trying Again for my local infant loss support group after already having a subsequent pregnancy. Read more
Published on July 4 2003 by Jane Lebak
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reassuring Read
Having just lost a baby to stillbirth, I ordered this book in hopes to trying to conceive again. It is a reassuring book for those of us who have lost a baby and anxiously want to... Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by Tracey Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book has in print every thought that I had after my miscarriage. I found it very comforting to know that it was not only OK to be having the thoughts and feelings I was... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what's needed
When I lost my first baby to a miscarriage, I needed information! I searched high and low... and found this book. It really helped... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by "kim31118"
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
My husband and I were told at our first prenatal visit (10wks) that we had lost our baby. One week out I was hungry for information on why this had happened to us. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars compassionate and informative
Ann Douglas and John R. Sussman, M.D., show that there is really light at the end of the tunnel! They offer advice in a very imformative way that leaves the expectant mother full... Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2001 by Kelly Peterson
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