Grade A Baby Eggs by Victoria Hopewell
An Infertility Memoir

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An exceedingly honest examination of the reality of infertility and the emotionally traumatic experiences involved. In what is said and left unsaid in Hopewell's memoir, a clear picture emerges of the emotional effects that infertility has on a couple trying to conceive, as well as how it affects their lives in ways they hadn't imagined. From descriptions of treatments and procedures to an insightful look at the community within the world of in vitro fertilization patients, a reader looking to learn about IVF or the process of using a donor egg will find many answers here. Hopewell takes the reader through the ordeal chronologically with chapter titles that humorously depict the stages of a harrowing experience. Her honesty illuminates the stark reality of infertility and the many unappealing procedures required to verify it, as well as unglamorous other means to become pregnant, if the woman so chooses. Parallel to the medical aspects is Hopewell's personal experience: the upsetting conversations with her children about the specifics of adding a new family member and the difficulties she faced in making the decision to use a donor egg. The emotional implications of any pregnancy can be far-reaching--the ostensibly joyous occasion can be colored by any number of complications, as Hopewell frankly describes. Well-written and thoughtful, Hopewell's memoir sheds a sometimes unflattering light on her life en route to an unconventional pregnancy; her bluntness is to be commended because it may be just what some women in similar circumstances need. Readers will gain a new understanding of how infertility affects one's family, social circle, career and self-perception. A candid, valuable look at infertility. Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744 indie@kirkusreviews.com
 

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Victoria Hopewell is the pen name of a Ph.D. clinical psychologist whose experiences with infertility have brought her to the forefront of this thought-provoking topic. While she's counseled a handful of the over 7 million infertile people in the United States, it was her own story that gave birth to Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir.After remarrying later in life, the then 44-year old was intent on having a child with her new husband--a once confirmed-bachelor, the last in a long line of descendants of an illustrious Jewish scholar. With old eggs and a fresh desire, Victoria underwent every procedure from Lupron shots through egg harvesting and in vitro fertilization (IVF), journeying toward the acceptance of using a donor egg. Placed on a lengthy waitlist, Victoria and her husband embarked on a surrealistic egg hunt to find their own donor. Their experience led to an insider's account of the hidden world of egg donation--where good eggs are pricey and a perfect egg commands top dollar.Following her undergraduate degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology, Victoria completed her internship in the psychiatry department of Harvard Medical School. She has been an instructor in psychology at the medical schools of Harvard and Cornell, and her research has been published in medical journals. Currently, she has a private practice in New York. Most importantly, Victoria Hopewell has herself battled infertility.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Epigraph Books. 214 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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From descriptions of treatments and procedures to an insightful look at the community within the world of in vitro fertilization patients, a reader looking to learn about IVF or the process of using a donor egg will find many answers here.

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