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Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss Bookshelf

Welcome to StorkNet's Pregnancy and Infant Loss Bookshelf. I'm sorry you have to be here, whether you've lost a baby or you know someone who has. It's certainly not something we plan for or even expect. Hopefully, these books will help. Also, visit StorkNet's Pregnancy and Infant Loss Cubby for articles and support. Warm hugs to you!

Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death
by Sherokee Ilse; Revised edition (January 20, 2000), published by Wintergreen Press

Review: This is Sherokee Ilse's first book and her best. A classic, this book was one of the first to offer support to families after their baby's death and to guide caregivers in their support of these families. With over 250,000 in print, this book touches the hearts of families at the time of their loss and over time as they heal. No matter how, or at what age or gestational age a baby dies, their parents are invited to be supported by Sherokee and her husband David, who themselves have been there. With compassion, guidance and practical suggestions are offered for the decision-making at the time (including why and how one might see, hold, and memorialize one's baby) and over time (such as how to handle such times as anniversaries, holidays, the birth of other babies in the parents close circle.) An excellent bibliography and resource section is included.

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Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby
by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D.; Revised and Expanded Edition, paperback, 268 pages

Review: This is one of the best books out there on pregnancy/infant loss. It covers the spectrum of issues including difficult decisions and an EXCELLENT chapter on subsequent pregnancy. Dr. Davis is a bereaved parent herself with extensive experience working with grieving families. Her heart and her expertise is in this book. It's definitely worth your time and your money.

Please read our review of this book at the StorkNet Bookshelf.

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Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream
by Sherokee Ilse and Linda Hammer Burns; Paperback, Wintergreen Press

Review: This book is one of the first and best books on miscarriage written in easy to read terms. It's vintage Sherokee Ilse! Miscarriage offers a sensitive, comprehensive, and insightful perspective on possible causes, medical terminology, choices and decisions, emotional aspects, coping suggestions, choices for the future, and resources for families experiencing a miscarriage. Those who have suffered a miscarrisge will find emotional and medical support that far surpasses any other book on this subject. Family and friends will learn about miscarriage and how to help their loved ones.

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Miscarriage: Why it Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks--A Doctor's Guide to the Facts
by Henry Lerner, MD; paperback - 272 pages, published March 2003 by Perseus Books

Synopsis: This compassionate and authoritative guide fills the information void. From the causes of miscarriage -- chromosomal, illness-related, immunologic -- to the diagnostic tests and surgical procedures now available to help prevent you from miscarrying again, Dr. Henry Lerner has compiled the most current medical information on why miscarriages do and don't happen, and explains the best methods for recovering and preparing to conceive again. He also includes reassuring and practical advice from an expert in women's reproductive psychology on coping with the disappointment and depression that often accompany the loss of your pregnancy, and the anxiety that may come with your next positive pregnancy test.

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Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart
by Shelly Marks, Marie Allen; paperback, 258 pages

Review: Written by a couple of friends of mine, Shelly and Marie interviewed a hundred women, compiled their experiences and put together a wonderfully candid and helpful book. Both women experienced miscarriage and are able to add their insight and compassion into this book. This candid and poignant book helps you understand and work through your deepest feelings and concerns and, most importantly, reassures you that you aren't alone.

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A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss - Guidance and Support for You and Your Family
by Ingrid Kohn and Perry-Lynn Moffitt; Paperback, 299 pages 2nd edition, published January 15, 2000

Review: A Silent Sorrow draws from interviews with bereaved parents to illustrate coping strategies that have proven effective in such difficult situtations. Well organized, easily accessible, and filled with practical suggestions for each topic it covers, A Silent Sorrow is a positive first step for bereaved parents and their families, providing support and guidance to help resolve the grief and enable them to look to the future with hope.

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