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How to Prevent Miscariage and Other Crisis of Pregnancy
Stefan Semchyshyn, Carol Colman
Most Americans still believe that miscarriage is unstoppable. Dr. Semchyshryn says miscarriage does not have to happen, as evidenced by his remarkable 95 percent success rate of bringing miscarriage prone women to term. This book describes how the mother-to-be can work with her doctor to ensure that avoidable miscarriages are avoided.

Loss During Pregnancy or in the Newborn Period
James Woods, Jenifer Woods
The authors examine the biological implications and psychological challenges of the loss of a baby during pregnancy or in the newborn period. The scope of this book is broad; the editors have chosen to address pregnancy loss from many angles: loss at the various stages of pregnancy, the medical causes of loss, methods of preventing fetal death, the roles of various care providers, and issues of counseling and ethics. The book encourages a broad definition of pregnancy loss by including such information as the feelings of loss experienced by birth parents who give children up for adoption. The authors represent many disciplines and include a funeral director and parents who have experienced pregnancy loss.

Love, Labour and Loss: Stillbirth and Neonatal Death
Jo Benson

Miscarriage: The Facts
Gillian C.L. Lachelin
Provides an explanation of the events during early pregnancy, and discusses the factors that adversely affect the embryo. Causes and preventitive treatments are discussed. Advice on future pregnancies is offered.

Preventing Miscarriage: The Good News
Jonathan Scher
New medical technology as reported in Preventing Miscarriage; The Good News pinpoints the causes and latest treatments available to prevent loss of pregnancy. This book presents a great deal of information in a sensitive, accessible and thorough manner. Would be of particular interest to those women who have experienced multiple miscarriages.

The SIDS Survival Guide
Joani Nelson Horchler, Robin Rice Morris
Although this book is primarily a resource for grief-stricken families recovering from the loss of their children, it's also a primer for all prospective parents, especially the chapter titled "What Everyone Should Know about SIDS." The information is interlaced with heartrending personal experiences and poetry supplied by family members who responded to Horchler's call for contributions through parent support groups. Resources are cited, including two addresses to help remove one's name from new-parent mailing lists and avoid the deluge of junk mail proffering special offers--a painful reminder of loss.

The Grieving and Supportive Side of Loss

A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss - Guidance and Support for You and Your Family
Ingrid Kohn, Perry-Lynn Moffitt
A warm, invaluable guide for parents who have endured one of the most unrecognized sorrows in life: the loss of an unborn or newborn baby. Examines such issues as why men and women grieve differently, the impact pregnancy loss can have on each parent's career, how to cope with ending an impaired pregnancy, the dual burden of pregnancy loss and infertility, and managing stress during a pregnancy that follows a loss. Up-to-date medical information, discussions of medical care, and an extensive resource appendix listing support groups, infertility and adoption resources, books, and more.

After the Darkest Hour the Sun Will Shine Again: A Parent's Guide to Coping With the Loss of a Child
Elizabeth Mehren
This inspiring guide to coping with the loss of a child combines the author's own story with the experience and wisdom of others who have gone through this tragedy.

After the Death of a Child: Living With Loss Through the Years
Ann Finkbeiner
This book explores our own resilience in the midst of one of the most distressful forms of human suffering, the death of a child. Because children aren't supposed to die, the loss is not only painful but profoundly disorienting. Finkbeiner, whose only child died in 1987, refers to her own experience and the experience of others to show that while bereaved parents can never really let go, they can and do recover, often developing a new appreciation for their own lives.

An Ambitious Sort fo Grief: A Diary of Pregnancy and Neo-Natal Loss
Marion Cohen
A 120 page book expressing the many aspects of a mother's bereavement, grief and recovery.

Counting to Zero
Marion Deutshe Cohen
A tender and moving collection of miscarriage poems.

Dear Cheyenne; A Journey Into Grief, A Collection of Angels & Love, A Celebration of Motherhood
Joanne Cacciatore
This book contains a wealth of helpful information for families after the death of a child. The lack of societal support and the overriding feelings of isolation and debilitating guilt/grief exacerbates a parent's disconnectedness. This book helps to make reality more clear after the tragedy of a child's death. It teaches skills necessary to integrate our pain into the day to day life we once knew as "normal." It also contains beautiful poetry, appropriate for memorial services, honest grief information and a self help section. It also includes information on how men and women often express grief unique from one another. This is the true emotional path of the journey...a side rarely embarked into.

Empty Arms: Emotional Support for Those Who Have Suffered Miscarriage or Stillbirth
Pam W. Vredevelt
Such an event can be one of the most devastating experiences a couple ever knows. Frequently, pain over the loss of a child is compounded by feelings of guilt and anger as grieving parents anguish.

Empty Cradle, Broken heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby
Deborah L. Davis
The heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death affects families everywhere. The impact is great; the aftermath difficult. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair. Deborah Davis, Ph.D., encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. Incisive comments from parents who have suffered through the death of a baby convincingly relay this message: "You are not alone and you can survive." Doctors, nurses, relatives, and friends eager to lend support will find these suggestions enlightening.

Ended Beginnings
Claudia Panuthos, Catherine Romeo
Because of its wide scope (infertility, miscarriage, sudden infant death, abortion, release to adoption; emotional disappointments including handicapped babies, cesareans, premature or traumatic birth; and help for grieving children), this book will help parents and care-givers understand the great burden of all loss experienced.

I'll Hold You in Heaven: Healings and Hope for the Parent of a Miscarried, Aborted, or Stillborn Child
Jack Hayford
Compassionate Answers for Parents' Most Troubling Questions. Parents who have lost a child before birth, or soon after, experience a special kind of grief. Pastor Jack Hayford offers this warm, encouraging, hopeful message to these parents and answers questions such as: What happened to my baby after it died? Will I ever see my baby again, and will I recognize him?What happes if I've had an abortion? Does God have a reason for letting my child die? How can I help a friend who's in grief?

The Lone Twin: Understanding Twin Bereavement and Loss
Joan Woodward

Miscarriage: A Man's Book
Rick Wheat
After the two of you have gone through this,you will be different people. You will know things about each other that you could not have learned any other way. You will have feelings and knowledge of yourselves that you would have never experienced. And you will be able to touch the hearts of others because you will have lived in your own.

Recovering From the Loss of a Child
Katherine Fair Donnelly
The death of a child is one of life's cruelest blows. This comforting book offers bereaved parents, siblings, and others inspiring firsthand accounts from people who have survived this heartbreaking experience. In addition to healing advice, the book illustrates how such deaths affect family relationships.

When a Baby Dies: The Experience of Late Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Neonatal Death
Nancy Kohner, Alix Henley
A compassionate source of insight and information for handling one of life's most painful ordeals, When a Baby Dies provides understanding, encouragement, and ways to cope with grief, as well as sources of support and preventive steps for future pregnancies.

The Difficult Choice of Termination

A Time to Decide A Time to Heal: For Parents Making Difficult Decisions About Babies They Love
Molly A. Minnick, et al
This is an excellent book for those who are facing a difficult decision regarding abnormalities in their unborn children. The book skillfully presents the voices of the parents and those who help them come to their decisions. There is no effort to bias the reader as the book progresses, there are just the words of the parents. There is concise, clear presentation of fact regarding the process from the clinical perspective. It would also be a gentle and loving way for someone to express their concern and non judgemental support for anyone facing this decision.

For Better or Worse: For Couples Whose Child Has Died
Maribeth Wilder Doerr

A Mother's Dilemma: A Spiritual Search for Meaning Following Pregnancy Interruption After Prenatal Diagnosis
Wendy L. Lyon

Precious Lives Painful Choices: A Prenatal Decision-Making Guide
Sherokee Ilse
"When you, the parents are told the devastating news that there is something seriously wrong with your baby, you are thrown into a position of playing God with your baby's life. Not an easy place to be for we humans. It bothered me deeply that supportive careproviders or family members often seem to have so much influence on what decision you, the parents make. A physician's comment, a relative's recommendation, a piece of literature loaded with information on termination, for instance, without "equally" presenting continuing the pregnancy, are all leading vulnerable people, such as you, at a time when you need to make one of the most important decisions of your lives. I wanted to see something more balanced, a resource that helped you understand that either decision--to continue or end the pregnancy is PAINFUL and HARD and the implications will LAST A LIFETIME." ... the Author

Pregnancy and Parenting After Loss

Motherhood After Miscarriage
Kathleen Diamond

Dr. Kathleen Diamond, an expert in genetic research, explains in simple, easy-to-understand language the physical process of early pregnancy. Dr. Diamond is also a mother of two who has herself experienced four miscarriages. Motherhood After Miscarriage is a compelling, understandable explanation of a sensitive issue that has been ignored for too long. "What happened-and why? Should I try again-and if so, how can I maximize the chances for a safe birth?" This book has the answers and also explores: Myths and realities associated with miscarriage; Summaries of the known and suspected causes of single and recurrent miscarriage; The pros and cons of hormone treatments and in vitro fertilization and Miscarriage risks for prospective mothers over 35.

Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Or Infant Death
Carol Cirulli Lanham
For a woman who has experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of an infant, conceiving another child can be fraught with mixed emotions. This guide, filled with up-to-date medical information and written by a woman who herself experienced a successful pregnancy after the loss of her first baby, can help women cope with their anxiety. It offers guidance for women asking such questions as: Why did it happen--and how can I make sure it doesn't happen again? Will my next pregnancy be considered high-risk? How long should I wait before getting pregnant again? What can I expect at prenatal exams? Will I ever be able to love another baby as much as I love the one I lost? Pregnancy after a loss can be a time of great emotional upheaval--but also, a time of healing and hope. With this sensible, sensitive guide, women can put their minds at ease--and learn to look forward to the future as they make peace with the past.

Books for Siblings

Heaven's Not a Crying Place
Joey O'Connor
Drawing upon his unique position as a minister, parent, and mortician's son, Joey O'Connor writes compassionately about issues surrounding death and dying, teaching how to help children trust God and celebrate life - and how to deal with, learn from, and grow in the face of death.

I'll Always Love You
Hans Wilhelm
In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. Teaches the important lesson that you never stop loving, even when someone dies.

No New Baby: For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth
Marilyn Gryte
For youngsters whose mommy miscarries, this is a very tender book that explains how you're not to blame, how we don't always have answers, and that it's okay to be sad and ask questions.

Remember the Secret
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
This beautiful story teaches about love, caring, and loss. A wonderful book for children to learn about the value of life as well as the reality of death and dying. It illustrates a more religious background and message.

Stacy Had a Little Sister
Wendie C. Old
Young Stacy has mixed emotions about the birth of her new sister, Ashley. While Stacy misses the attention her parents formerly devoted to her, she is anxious for Ashley to grow so they can play together. When the baby dies unexpectedly, a victim of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), Stacy worries that somehow she may be responsible or that SIDS may be contagious. Finally, her grieving parents manage to assure her that she neither caused nor is in danger of contracting the mysterious illness. Old has done a commendable job of portraying the wide range of emotions encountered by young families experiencing both the birth and death of a child.


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