Infertility and PTSD: The Uncharted Storm, Joanna Flemmons, LCSW (2018)
Summary: The book provides fictional case examples of trauma and PTSD. The book provides trauma psychoeducation, the neuroscience of trauma and it's impact on changing cognitions and regulating anxiety. The book provides research about the changing physiology with chronic trauma while providing practical evidence-based suggestions and treatment pathway considerations for trauma-informed therapy. The published research studies about infertility and PTSD are also cited/credited in the book
Madeira, Jody Lynee (2017) Taking Baby Steps
In Taking Baby Steps Jody Lynee Maderia takes readers inside the infertility experience, from dealing with infertility-related emotions to forming treatment relationships with medical professionals and confronting difficult medical decisions. Based on hundreds of interviews, this book investigates how women, men, and medical professionals negotiate infertility's rocky terrain to create life and build families--a journey across personal, medical, legal and ethical minefields that can test mental and physical heal, friendships and marriages, spirituality, and financial security.
Healing Mind, Healthy Woman: Using the Mind/Body Connection to Manage Stress and Take Control of Your Life (1997)
Although this is not a book exclusively for individuals with infertility, there is one chapter devoted exclusively to infertility and there are numerous examples from Ali's infertility patients. The focus of the book is teaching mind/body skills, including cognitive-behavioral and relaxation strategies.
Six Steps to Increased Fertility: An Integrated Medical and Mind/Body Approach to Promote Conception (2000) (co-authored with Drs. Barbieri and Loughlin)
This may be a bit outdated medically but the mind/body sections are still effective.
Self-Nurture: Learning to Care for Yourself as Effectively as You Care for Everyone Else (2001)
This is aimed at all women who struggle with meeting their own needs. There are numerous stories of women included as well as many cognitive-behavioral strategies.
Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility (2004)
This book is aimed at women struggling to get pregnant, whether or not in treatment. It contains dozens of patient stories as well as numerous cognitive-behavioral and relaxation strategies. It is a very hands on skills acquisition book.
Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How to Break Free From the Perfection Deception (2008)
This book is aimed at women who struggle with achieving perfection in many areas of their life, including body image, parenting, their home, and their relationships.
Live a Little (2009) (co-authored with Dr. Susan Love)
This is aimed at all women, not just those with infertility. The aim of the book is to educate women about what the research actually shows in terms of the impact of lifestyle habits on our health.
Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom (2016)
Although not aimed specifically at women who have conceived after infertility, the book is meant for women who are experiencing anxiety or distress while pregnant. It is comprised of numerous stress reducing strategies, with a cognitive-behavioral focus.
Reproductive Trauma: Psychotherapy with Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Clients (APA, 2011) This can be thought of as a kind of handbook for therapists in working with this population, and provides theoretical constructs as well as practical advice in clinicians.
Noonan, Jen (2015) In Due Time. A journey Through Infertility, Loss and Embracing the Unknown. Denver: Mission Bay Press
In Due Time chronicles Jen’s initial difficulty to conceive her son followed by the most physically and emotionally demanding time trying to expand her family. Intimate details of infertility testing and medication through failed attempts at pregnancy, in vitro attempts and embryo transfers are divulged. An emotional mixture of hope, defeat, success, and loss depicts her lengthy struggle to embrace the unknown.
Eichberg, Carrie (2017) Building My Family: A Story of Egg Donation and Surrogacy
This book is aimed at heterosexual couples wanting to explain to their children their birth story. It is for children born through both surrogacy and egg donation.
Stamm, Linda, (2016) Harry the Helper: A family uses a gestational carrier to have another baby
Blitzer, Barbara. (2011). The Infertility Workbook: A Mind-Body Program to Enhance Fertility, Reduce Stress, and Maintain Emotional Balance. New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
Charlesworth, Liza. (2004). The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need to Know to Maximize Your Chances of Success. Da Capo Press.
Daniluk, Judith C. (2001). The Infertility Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Cope with the Challenges While Maintaining Your Sanity, Dignity, and Relationships. New Harbinger.
Domar, Alice D., and Levert, Suzanne. (2004). Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar’s Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility. Penguin Books.
Ford, Melissa. (2009). Navigating the Land of If: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options. Seal Press.
Glazer, Ellen Sarasohn. (1998). The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility. Jossey-Bass.
Jaffe, Janet, Diamond, David, and Diamond, Martha. (2005). Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility. St. Martin’s Griffin, NY.
Kinsey, Danielle. (2011). Journey to Destiny, Travelling Through Infertility. iUniverse.
Nadeau, Jenna Currier, and Nadeau, Mike. (2007). The Empty Picture Frame: An Inconceivable Journey Through Infertility. Outskirts Press.
Orenstein, Peggy. (2007). Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother. Bloomsbury.
Swire-Falker, Elizabeth. (2004). The Infertility Survival Handbook. Riverhead Trade.
Waits, Kristine. (2010). Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me? Endurance Publishing.
The Male Experience of Infertility
Rawlings, David, and Looi, Karen. (2006). Swimming Upstream: The Struggle to Conceive. Available at http://www.swimmingupstream.com.au/
Sedeka, Marc. (2011). What He Can Expect When She’s Not Expecting. Skyhorse Publishing.
Shover, Leslie R and Thomas, Anthony J. (2008; 2nd edition). Overcoming Male Infertility: Understanding Causes and Treatments. Wiley & Sons.
Wolfe, Greg. (2010). How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup. HarperCollins Publishers.
Simons, Harriet Fishman. (2007). Wanting Another Child: Coping with Secondary Infertility. Jossey-Bass, Incorporated Publishers.
Books in the “General Infertility” Section (above) that also have good chapters on secondary infertility include: The Long Awaited Stork: Parenting After Infertility, by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer; and Conquering Infertility, by Alice Domar.
Donor Conception and Third-Party Reproduction
Kim Bergman (2019). Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (What You Need to Know About Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and Sperm Donation). This book provides guidance on the complex process of using donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo, and surrogacy to have children. The book guides parents to seek reputable experts (medical, mental health, legal, financial) they need to help them through the process and includes stories of real people who have successfully navigated the process of third party reproduction
Gatlin, Marna, LieberWilkins, Carole. (2019) Let's Talk About Egg Donation was written by, for, and about families built through egg and embryo donation. It takes the reader on a journey from infertility diagnosis, to pregnancy, to how to talk to your child about egg donation. Let's Talk About Egg Donation tells true stories of real families who are parenting via egg and embryo donation. Their stories are woven throughout the book to craft an informative, easy-to-read narrative that focuses on positive language choices. This is the first book written by mothers through egg donation that gives age-appropriate scripts which engender confidence in parents in talking to kids and others about donor conception.
Daniels, Ken. (2004) Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination. Dunmore Press.
Davis, Lennard J. (2009). Go Ask Your Father: One Man’s Obsession with finding His Origins Through DNA Testing. Bantam Dell.
Donor Conception Network. (2012). Mixed Blessings: Building a Family With and Without Donor Help. Available from the Donor Conception Network website: www.dcnetwork.org.
Donor Conception Network. Talking and Telling. Available at www.dcnetwork.org or http://www.infertilitynetwork.org. For parents of children 0-7, 8-11, 12-16, 17-adult.
Ehrensaft, Diane. (2005). Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families. Guilford Press. Highly comprehensive book. Written for both a professional and a general audience.
Friedman, J.S. (2007-2nd edition). Building Your Family Through Egg Donation – What You Will Want to Know About the Emotional Aspects, Bonding, and Disclosure Issues. Jolance Press. Available through the author.
Glazer, Ellen S. and Sterling, Evelina W. (2005). Having Your Baby through Egg Donation. Perspectives Press. Available throughwww.perspectivespress.com.
Griswold, Zara. (2006). Surrogacy was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories. Nightingale Press.
Lorbach, Caroline. (2003). Experiences of Donor Conception: Parents, Offspring, and Donors Through the Years. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Lorbach, Caroline. (2009 – 2nd edition). Experiences of Donor Conception: Parents, Offspring, and Donors Through the Years. New Zealand: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Mundy, Liza. (2008). Everything Conceivable: How the Science of Assisted Reproduction is Changing our World. Anchor Books.
Zeigler, Stacy. (2004). Pathways to Parenthood: The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy. Brown Walker Press.
Aizley, Harlyn. (2006). Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Moms Tell All. Beacon Press.
American Psychological Association. (2005). Lesbian and Gay Parenting. Available through the American Psychological Association.
Ball, Carlos A. (2012). The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood. University Press.
Bernstein, Robert A. (2005). Families of Value: Personal Profiles of Pioneering Lesbian and Gay Parents. Marlowe and Company. An Imprint of AvalonPublishing.
Brill, Stephanie and Sacks, Preston. (2006). The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth. Alyson Publications.
Clifford, Denis, Hertz, Frederick, and Doskow, Emily. (2007). A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. Nolo Press.
Lev, Arlene Istar. (2004). The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide. Berkley Trade Paperback.
Miller, Amie Klempnauer. (2010). She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood. Beacon Press.
Pepper, Rachel. (2005). The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Preconception Through Birth.Cleis Press.
Single Parent by Choice Families
Hertz, Rosanna. (2008). Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family. Oxford University Press.
Mattes, J. (1997). Single Mothers by Choice: A Guide for Single Women Who are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood. Three Rivers Press.
Morrissette, Mikki. (2008). Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide. Houghton Mifflin Company.
Parenting Over 40
London, Nancy. (2001). Hot Flashes Warm Bottles: First-Time Mothers Over 40. Celestial Arts.
Brodzinsky, David M. (2011). Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men: A New Dimension in Family Diversity. Oxford University Press.
Cranshaw, Marilyn and Balen, Rachel. (2010). Adopting After Infertility: Practice, Research and Personal Experience. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Johnston, Patricia Irwin. (2008). Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families. Perspectives Press.
Pavao, Joyce. (2005). The Family of Adoption: Completely Revised and Updated. Beacon Press.
Carter, Jean W., and Carter, Michael. (1998). Sweet Grapes: How to Stop Being Infertile and Start Living Again. Perspectives Press.
Manterfield, Lisa. (2010). I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home. Steel Rose Press.
Scott, Laura. (2010). Two is Enough: A Couples Guide to Living Childless by Choice. Seal Press.
Tsigdinos, Pamela Mahoney. (2009). Silent Sorority: A Barren Woman Gets Busy, Angry, Lost and Found. BookSurge Publishing.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Grassi, Angela and Mattei, Stephanie B. (2009). The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health. Luca Publishing.
Vliet, Elizabeth Lee. (2006). The Savvy Woman’s Guide To PCOS. The Savvy Woman’s Guide Publishing, Inc.
Miscarriage, Fetal Anomaly & Termination
Allen, M., and Marks, S. (1993). Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart. Jon Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Cohen, Jon. (2007). Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth About Miscarriage. Rutgers University Press.
Davis, Deborah. (1996). Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Revised Edition: Surviving the Death of Your Baby. Fulcrum.
Kluger-Bell, Kim. (2000). Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other Pregnancy Loss. Harper Collins.
McCracken, Elizabeth. (2008). An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir. Little, Brown and Company.
Kohn, Ingrid, Wilkins, Isabelle A., and Moffitt, Perry-Lynn. (2000). A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss—Guidance and Support for You and Your Family. Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Vredevelt, Pam. (2009). Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those that Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy. RandomHouse.
Taylor, Zoe. (2010). Pregnancy Loss: Surviving Miscarriage and Stillbirth. Kindle e-book.
For Parents Receiving News of a Fetal Anomaly
Brooks, Christie. (2008). Our Heartbreaking Choices: Forty-Six Women Share Their Stories of Interrupting a Much-Wanted Pregnancy. iUniverse, Inc.
Ilse, Sherokee. (2005). Precious Lives Painful Choices: A Prenatal Decision-Making Guide. Wintergreen Press.
Mayer-Whittington, Nancy. (2007). For the Love of Angela. Saint Catherine of Siena Press.
DePuy, Candace and Dovitch, Dana. (1997). The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion. Fireside.
Torre-Bueno, Ava. (1997). Peace After Abortion. Pimpernel Press.
For Pregnancy After Loss
Lanham, Carol Ciruli. (1999). Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death. Berkley Trade.
Douglas, Ann and Sussman, John R. (2012). Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss. Taylor Trade Publishing.
Cox, Francesca. (2012). Celebrating Pregnancy Again. Kindle e-book.
Erickson-Schroth, Laura. (2014). Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Oxford University Press.