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Fertility and Pre-pregnancy Planning Bookshelf

Welcome to StorkNet's Fertility and Pre-pregnancy Planning/Preconception Bookshelf. There are so many books available on this subject that we know it can be hard to select the best. Let us help! We've chosen the best books based on visitor input and our own reviews so you don't have to weed through them all. Enjoy! Don't forget to visit StorkNet's Preconception Channel for articles and information on planning and conceiving your new little baby.

The Couple's Guide to Fertility: Updated with the Newest Scientific Techniques to Help You Have a Baby
by Gary S. Berger, M.D., Marc Goldstein, M.D., and Mark Fuerst; Paperback - 457 pages, third edition, published September 2001 by Broadway Books

Synopsis: The third edition of The Couple's Guide to Fertility: Entirely Revised and Updated with the Newest Scientific Techniques to Help You Have a Baby offers a helpful survey of a couple's options, including hormone therapies, surgery, in vitro fertilization, sperm injection, egg and sperm donors, adoption, surrogate motherhood and alternative therapies. The book emphasizes the need for careful testing and identification of the causes of infertility before treatment is considered.

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The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy--Naturally--and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health
by Katie Singer; paperback - 320 pages, published April 2004 by Avery

Synopsis: The Garden of Fertility is a guide to using fertility awareness-that is, reading fertility signals in order to prevent or achieve pregnancy. Certified fertility educator Katie Singer explains how to observe and chart fertility cycles to determine when a woman is most fertile to increase chances of conception, or to exercise birth control naturally-a method that, when followed precisely, is as effective as the Pill. Unlike other books on fertility awareness, The Garden of Fertility also describes how to use the charts to gauge gynecological health and offers nonmedical options for strengthening reproductive wellness. This book provides all the information women never learned in sex education class, but should have.

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Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book : America's Leading Infertility Expert Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant
by Richard Marrs, MD; Paperback - 510 pages, published March 1998 by Dell Books

Synopsis: A pioneer in the field of assisted reproduction, Dr. Richard Marrs has spent his life counseling couples who struggle with the pain of infertility, developing new treatments, and helping thousands to experience the wonder of birth. Now Dr. Marrs shares his knowledge and expertise in a groundbreaking book that answers all your questions, understands your concerns, and covers every aspect of fertility problems, including infertility's emotional price as well as its financial one. Based on the latest research and technologies--and the real-life experiences of thousands of couples--Dr. Marrs tells you everything you need to know about getting pregnant.

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Making a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant
by Debra Fulghum Bruce and Samuel Thatcher, MD, PhD; paperback, 416 pages, published July 5, 2000 by Ballantine Books

Synopsis: Making a Baby provides the information you need to become your most fertile--and increase your chances for having the baby you've always wanted. Up-to-date, comprehensive, written with compassion and clarity, this book reveals how to protect, increase, and extend your fertility.
Read our guest interview with Dr. Thatcher

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Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready
by Mary Kittel with Deborah Metzger, M.D., Ph.D.; paperback - 352 pages, Reprint edition, published August 2004 by Rodale

Synopsis: Many women today dream of having it all-a challenging career, a satisfying personal life, a loving mate, and a baby whenever they're ready. But there's no denying the fact that their biological clocks are ticking away. The odds of conceiving drop by 15 to 20 percent for a woman in her early 30s and plummet to less than 50 percent when she's in her 40s. The good news is that there are a host of natural strategies every would-be mom can use today to preserve and optimize her fertility, so that she can conceive quickly and easily when she's ready.
Read StorkNet's complete review!

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Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement
by Toni Weschler; Paperback, 512 pages, published October 2006 by Collins

Synopsis: Fully illustrated with eight pages of color graphics and filled with helpful examples and charts, Taking Charge of Your Fertility provides a complete and fascinating window into your reproductive system. The book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to: enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices; maximize your odds of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your infertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to your pregnancy; increase your chances of choosing the gender of your baby; and gain control of your sexual and gynecological health.

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Your Fertility Signals: Using Them to Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy Naturally
by Merryl Winstein; Paperback - 159 pages, published May 1991 by Smooth Stone Press

Synopsis: Presented in question-and-answer format, one of the most straightforward self-help books on fertility aims to help couples achieve or prevent pregnancy without using contraceptives. It advocates not the outdated rhythm method, but quick, daily examinations of cervical mucus and body temperature to ascertain when the few days of fertility occur. Winstein also covers the practical aspects of sexual abstinence during the fertile period, breastfeeding's role in fertility, returning to normal cycles after using the pill, and how ovulation occurs. Assuming normal fertility, she yet includes an explanatory, alphabetical list of infertility problems. An accurate, lovingly illustrated handbook that does much to dispel the mystery and imagined difficulty centered around birth control. Further information, readings list, references, glossary, index.

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