Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth About Miscarriage

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 11, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 288 pages
After his wife lost four pregnancies, Jon Cohen set out to gather the most comprehensive and accurate information on miscarriage – a topic shrouded in myth, hype, and uncertainty. The result of his mission is a uniquely revealing and inspirational book for every woman who has lost at least one pregnancy – and for her partner, family, and close friends.
Approaching the topic from a reporter's perspective, Cohen takes us on a surprising journey into the laboratories and clinics of researchers at the front, weaving together their cutting-edge findings with intimate portraits of a dozen families who have had difficulty bringing a baby to term. Couples who seek medical help for miscarriage often encounter conflicting information about the causes of pregnancy loss and ways to prevent it. Cohen's investigation synthesizes the latest scientific findings and unearths some surprising facts. We learn, for example, that nearly seven out of ten women who have had three or more miscarriages can still carry a child to term without medical intervention. Cohen also scrutinizes the full array of treatments, showing readers how to distinguish promising new options from the useless or even dangerous ones.
Coming to Term is the first book to turn a journalistic spotlight on a subject that has remained largely in the shadows. With an unrelenting eye and the compassion that comes from personal experience, Jon Cohen offers a message that is both enlightening and surprisingly hopeful.

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I have the bizarre need to emphasize that I am not pregnant, I am not planning to become pregnant, and I have never had a miscarriage. This book is in actual fact a rather amazing piece of work about ... Read full review

COMING TO TERM: Mysteries, Myths, and the Latest Science of Miscarriage

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A deft melding of what researchers are learning about miscarriage, persistent misconceptions about it, and deeply personal stories of women who have repeatedly miscarried.Science writer Cohen (Shots ... Read full review


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Jon Cohen won the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers for his book Shots in the Dark. He is a correspondent for Science and has written for the Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and other publications.

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