Coping with Miscarriage and Baby Loss Books
Losing a pregnancy or a baby through miscarriage or stillbirth is devastating, and can have long-term emotional effects on both parents. These compassionate and informative books can help you through the inevitable—and necessary—grieving process.
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Dr. Deborah L. David
Dr. Deborah David offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair after the tragedy of pregnancy loss—and encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. The book includes information on issues such as the death of one or more babies from a multiple birth, pregnancy interruption, and the questioning of aggressive medical intervention. Most importantly, parents facing the death of a baby will find necessary support in this gentle guide.
Waiting: A Diary of Loss and Pregnancy by Ellen Judith Riech
Author Ellen Judith Reich faces the grief and fear from two prior miscarriages as she blossoms—physically and emotionally—during her third pregnancy. Women who have miscarried will find comfort in her words and come to understand the emotional ups and downs that comes with losing a pregnancy.
Miscarriage: Why It Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks—A Doctor's Guide to the Facts by Dr. Henry Lerner
Whether it happens in the first trimester or later in pregnancy, a miscarriage is an emotionally traumatic experience for all involved. The book helps with the unanswered questions: “Why did it happen?” “Did I do anything to cause my miscarriage?” “Will I have a miscarriage the next time I get pregnant?” Most important of all, you will want to know, “What can I do to best prevent miscarrying again?”
Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart by Marie Allen and Shelly Marks
Based on the author’s own experiences with miscarriage, this book contains personal stories of 100 women, as well as interviews with fathers on how the tragedy affected them. This candid book helps women understand and work through their feelings and concerns.
How to Prevent Miscarriage and Other Crisis of Pregnancy by Carol Colman and Dr. Stefan Semchyshyn
A leading high-risk pregnancy doctor’s prescriptions for carrying your baby to term. Dr. Stefan Semchyshyn explains the causes of miscarriage and how the expectant mother can work with her doctor to ensure that avoidable miscarriages are avoided.
Motherhood After Miscarriage by Kathleen Diamond
It is estimated that approximately one-half of all pregnancies result in miscarriage. Kathleen Diamond, an expert in genetic research who has experienced miscarriages herself, asks, “Why is miscarriage still widely seen as an ‘unnatural’ event, a disease, or failure on the part of the prospective mother?” She explains in simple, easy-to-understand language the physical process of early pregnancy. The book also explores the myths and realities associated with miscarriage, the pros and cons of in vitro fertilization and hormone treatments, and risk for mothers over 35—and much more.
Preventing Miscarriage: The Good News by Jonathan Scher
A reassuring and informative book that offers hope to expectant parents through inspiring stories about women who delivered healthy babies after years of heartbreak and tragedy. Provides the latest medical information on preventing recurrent miscarriages, including why couples with “unexplained infertility” actually may be suffering repeat pregnancy loss due to failure of the embryo to implant in the womb, important immunological and tissue tests that may explain or prevent miscarriage, and emerging treatments such as heparin and I.V.I.G.
Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse
This book is often given to bereaved parents to offer guidance in their decision-making process after their baby’s death. It encourages families to meet their babies and say hello before rushing to say goodbye, and offers suggestions on memorializing the baby. It acsaxlso covers how to handle anniversaries, holidays, the birth of other babies in the parents’ close circle, and ongoing support about subjects such as returning to work or to life, couple grieving, surviving children, feeling guilty, having another child or not, and feeling lonely.
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