I would like to express my gratitude for the positive feedback I have already received about my new book: 'Holding the Baby Dream'.
Available at: http://www.amazon.com
I am very proud of not only my book but what it represents; namely the support it can offer to others. I have spoken to many of you already, who have read my book. It makes my heart so full to hear how much it has helped you.
I have heard how much it helped one lady. This lady has just found out she is pregnant again and has no infertility issues herself but has friends who are going through IVF. Reading my book has helped her to have an understanding of what they may be going through, how they may be feeling, and how she can better support them.
I have spoken to another lady who was in the midst of IVF. She had not felt brave enough before to read anything on the topic and although it was difficult for her she was going to purchase my book, as she felt it would help her to read about someone else's journey.
I have spoken to yet another lady who read my book. She found it a challenging read as she never had children herself and did not want children. Feelings of guilt came up for her for not holding the baby dream herself; and not wanting to have children.
I know we all experience different lessons in our life and have different journeys. I am also aware that even if we all had the same journey we would all experience it differently. The main themes coming out of my book; which are making readers think, as they seem to relate to all women are:
- Societies expectations of us, as women
- Other people's lack of understanding of what we are going through, when we can not fall pregnant easily
- How many people each of us know who are experiencing infertility and/or going through IVF
- The pain of seeing friends and family becoming pregnant and having children, when we can't
- The pressure this journey puts on our relationships (with our partners, friends and family)
- How we grieve, how long it takes and how difficult it is
- How it helps to have memories of our lost babies/children - tattoos, photos, ashes, objects etc.
- How validating it is to hear we are not alone
- How helpful it is to be able to talk to someone who understands or will listen, without trying to fix things or treat us like we are broken
I am sure there are many more. Feel free to join the discussion. I would love to know what you thought of the book or what themes it has brought up for you.
With love and light, until next time.