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Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility by [Diamond, Martha, Diamond, David, Jaffe, Janet]
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This empathetic self-help book argues that when couples find out that they can't have a baby, they're inflicted with an "unacknowledged trauma that leaves them feeling not only frustrated and angry, but sad, frightened, confused, guilty, overwhelmed and out of control." Having found little support for their own struggles with infertility trauma, Jaffe and the Diamonds (all clinical psychologists) co-founded The Center for Reproductive Psychology in San Diego, Calif. Here they sympathetically cover the core psychological issues of the matter, including the initial shock and denial, the persistent feelings of not being "healthy" or "normal," the relationship problems, the loss of sexual privacy, the grief and the belief that you're not really an adult until you have a child. Using their own and their patients' experiences, the authors offer many approaches to these problems: journaling, talking about infertility with your partner, practicing rituals to validate the losses, incorporating structure into your daily life and seeking out support groups and therapy. But the most important step, they say, is to recognize infertility for the trauma that it is. "Your losses are real," they explain. "Infertility does not merely represent a recent failed pregnancy, but a whole lifetime of dreams, hopes and plans that have gone horribly awry." One in ten adults of reproductive age is affected by infertility. For them, and for the friends and professionals who want to help them, this book provides compassionate insight into infertility's often unacknowledged ramifications.
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"Must reading for the thousands of people struggling with the pain of infertility."-Christiane Northrup, M.D.
"I would HIGHLY recommend this book as required reading for anyone with infertility, all who work with infertility, as well as the families of persons with infertility."
--Marjut Herzog, President of RESOLVE, South Florida
"A new, creative approach that avoids psychological and medical jargon and makes the issues accessible to any reader."
--Miriam Tasini, Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA Medical School

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (June 1 2005)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BJ0CCS
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e5d0e1c) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
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HASH(0x9e3ea408) out of 5 stars Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility Aug. 31 2006
By K. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I can't say enough good things about this book. For several years,I have had problems mourning and moving past my infertility. This book helped me finally move on from the hurt and disappointment because it helped me realize that lots of other people feel the same pain and anger when they struggle with infertility. It made me realize that I am NORMAL and infertility is a devastating thing that should not be taken lightly. I feel so much better having read this book.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0eee58) out of 5 stars A must have. . . Sept. 1 2005
By NW Parents - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Out of all the fertility "help" books, this was our favorite. Not only was it informative but it helped us to feel 'normal' amidst a trying process. In fact we loved this book so much that we bought one for each of our parents. It's another tool to help educate them about the trauma we've experienced for over three years.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d735468) out of 5 stars Helps you see an end to suffering March 28 2009
By Sarah in Idaho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When my husband and I were going through infertility this book was the only thing that really helped us. We started reading it and every feeling that we ever had was in there. I was so glad to read something that was exactly how I was feeling. I highly recommend this book to those that don't really like to go and talk to someone about how they feel. It also helps to get on infertility forums, but even that was too painful after awhile. Every week you would see someone that found out they were pregnant. I just couldn't keep up with forums. I read this book twice and think that it was what eventually helped us move forward with our life. I know that I will be OK without children and if we ever decide to go with adoption, I feel that my infertility issues will be easier to deal with.

Remember that infertility never fully goes away. The feelings you have can come back. This book helped me deal with making them not as life altering. Those that are suffering still, please know that there are others who feel the same and eventually there is an end in sight.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dfa8540) out of 5 stars Talk About Validating Your Feelings... May 15 2008
By A. Harrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow! This book was amazingly on target. Just about everything I was feeling while going through infertility treatments was discussed. It really validated my feelings and provided very helpful insights on dealing with all the ups and downs while undegoing treatments! I only wished I read this sooner! I strongly encourage anyone going thru infertility to read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d72d660) out of 5 stars finally ... feeling heard and understood Jan. 28 2008
By Miss California - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the midst of one of the most painful struggles of our lives (dealing with infertility), I cannot say how healing it was to finally feel heard and understood. When I first read about the "trauma of infertility" the authors describe, I thought that's exactly it - that's what we're going through!
There are lots of good books out there that deal with infertility, but let this be one of the first ones you read. You won't regret it.