The Best Fertility Books to OwnKatlyn Joy |28, November 2011
When you are ready to start a family, or add to yours, fertility advice can be gathered from the most diverse places. However, solid advice that will yield results and are grounded in true research can be hard to find.
Books that have passed muster, from reproductive medicine experts, infertile couples and couples who have just been on a mission to conceive are valuable resources from any family trying to have a baby.
What makes a must-have for the pre-expectant parent's bookshelf?
- Up to date statistics and medical findings. Books with copyrights extending back decades are apt to contain out of date information or worse.
- User friendly tone. If you need a scientific dictionary to comprehend what you're reading, you're less likely to glean much from the pages.
- Pertinent information. If you are simply on a journey to conceive, a book that spends half of its volume discussing the process of adoption is not a wise purchase.
- Logical and easy to follow organization. A good book on fertility will be simply organized so that you can flip open to the section that you need at the time. You shouldn't have to navigate chapter after chapter trying to find out the basics of in vitro for instance.
- Endorsements. Not every book will have the same kind of acknowledgment from the fertility community. Some may have the backing of a support group, others a professional medical group, while others may boast hundreds of satisfied readers who give the best testimony of all; babies born after learning something from the book.
Top 5 Fertility Books
1. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health, by Toni Weschler. While the advice in this book is not limited to trying to conceive, it covers fertility signs and processes in depth so that the information is useful to any woman whether trying to get pregnant, or trying to avoid it. Not a quick, breezy read as it is over 500 pages, but readers describe it as easy to follow and empowering.
2. What to Expect Before You Are Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff. This fourth edition is much like the other books in the bestselling, What to Expect series with a conversational tone and chapters packed with helpful info. This book will show couples how to prepare themselves physically, emotionally and with their insurance/careers. Not probably as in depth as some other books, but a good place to start.
3. A Baby At Last! by Dr. Zev Rosenwaks, Dr. Marc Goldstein, and Mark L. Fuerst. This book is a product of New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center's fertility center. This center is consider a pioneer among fertility practices and so the information in this book reflects a high level of medical professionalism and the cutting edge in reproductive treatment and advice.
4. The Infertility Workbook, by Barbara Blitzer, LCSW-C, Med. The author of this fertility book draws on the mind-body connection in trying to conceive and based the exercises contained in the chapters on research done at Harvard University. This book is in a workbook format and each chapter focuses on one stage of the conception process. Geared to women, the book helps them to feel more in charge of their fertility by showing practical methods and techniques to improve chances for getting pregnant.
5. Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility, by Sami S. David. The author is a notable expert in the field, as a reproductive endocrinologist and the first doctor in New York to successfully perform IVF. This book is holistic in its approach, encompassing the best of both Eastern and Western fertility medicine.
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