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The emotion trauma of in-fertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 0 comments

KristenMagnacca.comWhile many of her friends were comparing car seats, baby feeding schedules and Mommy and Me playgroups, Kristen Magnacca and her husband were immersed in a world of temperature-taking, monitoring monthly. . .

Once consumed by trying to have a baby, Magnacca, now the mother of two, has written "Love and Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing Infertility, Marriage and Life."

Magnacca has served as an expert on the emotional aspects of in-fertility and conducts seminars nationally. In her book, Magnacca offers 28 strategies for coping with the emotional aspects of in-fertility.

She addressed a group of women who attended her workshop and book signing at the Westport Women's Club, sponsored by New England Fertility of Stamford in recognition of National Infertility Awareness Week.

Magnacca told her personal story of her quest to have a child and the process of realization that the goal of having a child had become all-consuming to the detriment of her other relationships, self-esteem and creativity.

"Everything in my life revolved around pregnancy," she said. "I took all of my other creativity and put it on a shelf, because I was trying to create a family."

In-fertility is a major crisis for one in eight couples, according to Resolve-The National Infertility Association. The losses include the loss of a genetic legacy, loss of the parenting experience, loss of sense of hope for the future, and low feelings of self-worth.

Love and In-fertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing In-fertility, Marriage, and LifeLove and In-fertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing In-fertility, Marriage, and Life
-- When trying to create a family, a couple’s normal life can be immediately and radically changed. 

Overwhelming feelings of confusion, hopelessness, and loss of control can leave couples working to overcome in-fertility unable to communicate with each other or proceed calmly with their daily lives. 

The effort to create a baby overrides all other activities, and after a while, making love can turn into making work!

Love and In-fertility provides a lifeline for couples struggling with in-fertility. 

Author Kristen Magnacca shares twenty-eight simple yet powerful strategies to help couples open lines of communication, maintain a sense of control over their lives, and help them deal with the changes they’ll face while working to become parents.

Kristen introduces each strategy with a true experience from her own long struggle with in-fertility and then provides a step-by-step system to implement the recommendation into daily life.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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