Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It

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Simon and Schuster, May 7, 2013 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 283 pages
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How would you live your life if you could stop your biological clock? If you could be free of the "baby panic" that has tormented an entire generation of women who postponed motherhood to pursue careers or find the right mate? Would you date better? Marry later? Relax more? In Motherhood, Rescheduled, journalist Sarah Elizabeth Richards tells the stories of four women—including herself—who attempt to turn back time by freezing their eggs and chart a new course through their thirties and forties. Their journeys are bumpy, hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always rewarding.

Just a decade ago, the idea of women freezing their eggs seemed futile or dangerous. But with new advances in medicine, women who choose this route face no higher risk of birth defects in their babies than other women, and pregnancy rates using frozen eggs are approaching those using fresh eggs. At a time when one in five American women between the ages of forty and forty-four is childless and half of those women say they wish they could have children, Richards offers a hopeful message: women approaching the end of their babymaking days do not need to settle, and even twentysomethings who want to prolong their dating years do not need to fret.

Richards tells the history of this controversial science, from its moments of premature enthusiasm to the exciting race that led to the big breakthroughs. She also explores the hard facts of egg freezing—from the cost and practical obstacles to the probabilities of success. Above all, she shares the stories of these women, and especially her own, with emotional honesty and compassion, and makes the journey for all ultimately redeeming.
  

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Review: Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It

User Review  - Theodora Blanchfield - Goodreads

The author is a friend of mine, so I wanted to read this to support her, and frankly because I was curious. I had a hard time getting through it not because of the writing but because of the emotions ... Read full review

Review: Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It

User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

I read this on the recommendation of a wonderful blogger I follow, Christina Bartholomew of Hands Full and (Mostly) Loving It. She wrote a post on how the window of your fertility is in actuality a ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Introduction
3
Longings
11
Sarah
13
Monica
18
Kelly
24
Hannah
30
Sarah
36
Hannah
129
Monica
133
Douots
137
Sarah
139
Time
151
Monica
153
Kelly
158
Hannah
162

Hypotheses
43
Dr Michael Tucker
45
Sarah
55
Christy Jones
60
Reprieve
67
Monica
69
Kelly
73
Hannah
80
Sarah
84
Men
93
Monica
95
Kelly
100
Hannah
105
Sarah
108
Monica
112
Kelly
119
Sarah
123
Sarah
170
Monica
179
Kelly
184
Hannah
189
Monica
195
Kelly
202
Sarah
208
Reckoning
213
Kelly
215
onica
217
H annah
227
Kelly
230
S arah
235
Epilogue
241
flcknowledgments 257
261
Index
267
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Sarah Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist specializing in health and science, psychology, and social issues and has written for more than two dozen newspapers, magazines, and websites, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, Elle, Marie Claire, Slate, and Salon. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds master’s degrees from the Graduate School of Journalism and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She lives in Manhattan.

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