Monday, April 14, 2014

Motherhoodwinked: An Infertility Memoir by Anne-Marie Scully

Mother Hoodwinked is a very personal and intimate look at Scully's struggle with infertility. She doesn't hold anything back as she writes about her disappointment, jealousy, and anger. She also writes about how her determination to become a mother negatively affected her relationship with her husband. This was a fascinating look into the mental and physical toll that infertility takes on both the wife and husband.

I read this book very quickly. She's a good writer. My only wish is that she had written the Epilogue section a bit later. It sounds like she wrote it pretty much after her second attempt with IVF, and I wonder if she waited a bit longer, she might have more perspective on everything.

I'm not sure if I would recommend this to a woman who is experiencing infertility. It doesn't provide much hope and doesn't have a happy ending, but it does provide some normalization of the whole process I suppose. This book would be really helpful for friends and family of someone going through infertility treatments so that they could better understand the struggle and know how to offer support.

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