A book for you to read…

41lAyCT6t+L._SY445_And it’s not one of mine…

After reading dozens of fertility books over the years, I’ve realised how hard it is to get a memoir about treatment right and to tell your own story in a way that other people will actually want to read, but Jessica Hepburn has managed it brilliantly in her book The Pursuit of Motherhood.

Jessica’s story is not an easy one – a seven year journey through a number of fertility clinics offering different variations on IVF/ICSI with early miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy – but that doesn’t make it a gloomy or depressing read. Jessica’s light touch, her honesty about her feelings and her openness about the way her fertility problems impact on her life make her book a compelling read which will resonate with anyone who has personal experience of infertility. What I did find depressing was the total lack of empathy she sometimes experienced from staff working in fertility clinics – and I can see I will be using some of her examples when I speak at a training day for fertility specialists later this year…

The Pursuit of Motherhood is more than just one woman’s journey through treatment though, it’s also an informative book. Jessica has experience of a range of clinics offering everything from immune therapy with “Mr T” to natural cycle IVF, and provides fascinating insights from the patient’s view of the different approaches. Whether you’re at the start of your journey or in the middle of treatment, I think you’ll find something for you in Jessica’s book.

 

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