I think I'll suggest that my husband read this too.
Although he doesn't talk about it much, I know it's been hard on him too. Mar 07, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: Few infertility memoirs on the market these days feature the childfree ending, but the chidlfree-and-not-by-choice community is one that is slowly growing and one to which I recently joined the ranks. Lisa's story, humorously told, was one which resonated with both myself and my husband. The long time desire for a child, finding one's partner somewhat late in life, the ensuing struggle to have a child while keeping one's sanity and marriage together; and finally coming to the slow realization th Few infertility memoirs on the market these days feature the childfree ending, but the chidlfree-and-not-by-choice community is one that is slowly growing and one to which I recently joined the ranks.
The long time desire for a child, finding one's partner somewhat late in life, the ensuing struggle to have a child while keeping one's sanity and marriage together; and finally coming to the slow realization that infertility is not a problem with a simple resolution.
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I would have liked to hear more about life after the decision to live child-free; how the author came to terms with that and any suggestions she might have for a newbie like me. However, she does have an online community and a blog which I've found to be a great resource. Oct 27, Julie rated it really liked it. There were moments when I wasn't sure how I felt about this book. Not because it wasn't goo, but because her story is so different from my own.
In the end I'm very glad I read it.
I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood
It gives me hope that I will be okay if my dream of having kids doesn't come true. I felt like the author was speaking from my very own life experiences most of the time. It seems that women in my situation are often only told the success stories. But I often wonder what happens to those that this never happens to? Dec 25, Susan Bazzett-Griffith rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a difficult book to read, having struggled with infertility myself and been blessed with one miraculous little boy and suffering 4 miscarriages before needing a hysterectomy.
Lisa Manterfield's journey through a myriad of doctors and the repeated fundamental stages of grief over a six year period is rendered thoughtfully and powerfully through her memoir. I could feel her desperation and heartbreak, and at the end, her begrudging acceptance. The one thing I didn't like readin 3. The one thing I didn't like reading about, however, was her disdain for and near automatic rejection of IVF treatments as unnatural.
I understand having personal limits for what infertility causes people to go through, but I felt like she was somewhat disrespectful in her views of that option of conception, which soured me a bit on her personality while reading the rest of the book.
I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home
Regardless, this book is well-written and honest in its portrayal of the difficult and sometimes taboo subject of what it is like being a woman who can't have a baby when everyone around her seems to get pregnant without so much trouble. I admire her courage in writing it, and admire her final decision to just move on and enjoy the life she has, while mourning the life she wanted so badly for so long.
Recommended for women who have struggled with infertility or those who want to understand the pain in its diagnosis. May 15, Kattie rated it liked it. This book is a great contribution to the infertile community. I would highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with infertility, or knows anyone dealing with infertility.
It really helps you understand what women go through. Lisa is an excellent writer, so the book is a quick read I finished it in one afternoon. See what else I thought about this book on September 18, at www. Lisa writes a very honest account of her own story of infertility and the subsequent decision to live without children. She writes with compassion, humour and insight, and I hope gives other women hope that life continues to be full with or without children.
Apr 28, Anni rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book! Very seldom do you find a book that is full of "real" thoughts and feelings from the author. So many women struggle with infertility and this was an honest approach to one couple's story. What a great read. Mar 30, Shannon Baas rated it it was amazing. This is a good book. Like any author worth her salt, I started a blog to continue the story where the book left off and to find an audience of interested readers.
What I discovered was a worldwide community of women struggling with the same issues I was facing. As more women joined in the conversation about making peace with a life without children, I began to see that there was a shocking lack of resources on this topic.
- Vino e pane (Oscar classici moderni Vol. 119) (Italian Edition).
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Most of the infertility resources covered treatment, adoption, and psychological welfare, but dried up for people facing a life without children. Fueled by a desire to change the conversation about childlessness, Life Without Baby was born. My Mission is to to provide resources, community, compassion, and support to women facing a life without children.
Three years later, the site offers support and community to thousands of women from over countries. For more information, please visit the Life Without Baby website. How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood Lisa Manterfield was a sensible year-old when she met The One a man who sparked a passion for tango, an urge to break down closed doors, and a deep-rooted desire to reproduce.
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Lisa Manterfield was a sensible year-old when she met The One—a man who sparked a passion for tango, an urge to break down closed doors, and a deep-rooted desire to reproduce. Five years later she was a baby addict, hiding her addiction, plotting a maternity ward heist, and threatening anything that got in her way, including her beloved husband and his pesky practicality. In this gritty, award-winning memoir, Manterfield traces her spiraling route from rational 21st-century woman to desperate mama-wannabe.
She examines the siren song of motherhood, the insidious lure of the fertility industry, and the repercussions of being childless in a mom-centric society. It is the story of a woman who escapes her addiction, not with a baby, but with her sanity, her marriage, and her sense-of-self intact. As funny as it is moving.