Coping With Infertility, Miscarriage, and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective…

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Coping With Infertility, Miscarriage, and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective…

Wenzel, A. (2014). Coping with infertility, miscarriage, and neonatal loss: Finding perspective and creating meaning. Washington, DC: APA Books (LifeTools).

Perhaps the most dreaded nightmare for adults of childbearing age is infertility or a pregnancy loss. These events are collectively described as reproductive loss because in all instances, one experiences the loss of a greatly anticipated addition to the family that is expected to add layer of meaning in life, perhaps like no other event could do. Many people who have experienced reproductive observe that there are few established rituals in today’s society for grieving such events, in contrast to the rituals for grieving the loss of a parent or spouse, as well as no clear expectations for ways to handle and work through these events. This book applies the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, the most well-researched psychotherapeutic approach for treating mood, anxiety disorders, and stress-related disorders, to the unique experience of reproductive loss. It describes specific strategies for coping, finding perspective, overcoming avoidance, creating meaning, and living a valued life, regardless of the number of children one has. It provides steps for reengaging in life, clarifying one’s values, modifying unhelpful thinking, communicating effectively, solving problems, and achieving acceptance. The result is a pathway toward hope and grace after the devastation of a profound sorrow.

Praise for Coping With Infertility, Miscarriage, and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective and Creating Meaning

As a fertility and adoption coach I find this book to be such a helpful and practical tool to turn to when supporting my clients through the most unspeakable of losses.

— Jenilyn Gilbert, Fertility and Adoption Coach