We live in a goal-driven culture, where we’re taught to dream big, set goals, and never, never give up hope. But when it comes to dreams of a family, the playing field changes dramatically. Wanting a baby goes way beyond setting a goal and striving to reach it, and the factors that push us towards that goal are numerous and complicated.
In the first of a four-part Life Without Baby series, author and blogger Lisa Manterfield guides you through what may be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make: choosing to let go of the dream of motherhood and moving towards accepting a life without children. Sharing her own story and wisdom gained from the worldwide Life Without Baby community, Manterfield gently guides you to discover when it’s time to let go, how to create a meaningful ending to an indefinite journey, and how to begin making peace with a life without children. Most of all, she offers hope, support, and the affirmation that you are not going through this alone.
“Page by page, Lisa holds your hand with gentle, unflinching support, openly sharing her story with you, and giving you permission, guidance, and gentle queries that help in your journey of healing. I only wish that when people called their reproductive endocrinologists’ offices to tell them that they were “drawing a line in the sand” that the doctors were honor-bound by the Hippocratic Oath to send their patients a copy of this wonderful guidebook.”
~ Tracey Cleantis, author of The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward
“Many women end fertility workups and failed treatments lost in a maze of murky what ifs and lacking a sense of direction. With a calm, clear voice Lisa Manterfield distills hard-won knowledge into a much needed framework. Readers will take away valuable insights and—through useful exercises—find a way to put competing desires and raw emotions into context and construct a path forward.”
~ Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, author of Silent Sorority