Books


Are you a reader? Want to know some books I would recommend? Here is a great list of books on: stillbirth, miscarriage, infant loss, infertility, and trying-to-conceive. If there are any books that you would like to add, feel free to comment below or send a request by e-mail to littlehearttinywings@gmail.com. 

Books on Stillbirth and Miscarriage


They Were Still Born By Janel C. Atlas

"In 2006, Janel Atlas became one of those mothers who left the hospital with empty arms; her second daughter, Beatrice Dianne, was stillborn at 36 weeks. Reaching out for comfort, she realized a dire need shared by so many others like her, and so was born a collection of new essays by writers each sharing their firsthand experiences with stillbirth. 

Atlas includes selections not only from mothers but also fathers and grandparents, all of whom have intimate stories to share with readers. In addition, there are selections that answer many of the medical questions families have in the wake of a stillbirth and that offer the latest research on this devastating loss and how it might be prevented."



Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D.

"The heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death affects thousands of U.S. families every year. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair after such tragedy. Deborah Davis encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. This book strives to cover many different kinds of loss, including information on issues such as the death of one or more babies from a multiple birth, pregnancy interruption, and the questioning of aggressive medical intervention. 

There is also a special chapter for fathers as well as a chapter on "protective parenting" to help anxious parents enjoy their precious living children. Doctors, nurses, relatives, friends, and other support persons can gain special insight. Most importantly, parents facing the death of a baby will find necessary support in this gentle guide."


I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith

"In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her “incompatible with life.” Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth."



An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir by Elizabeth McCracken

"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending," writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir. A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. But suddenly she fell in love, got married, and two years ago was living in a remote part of France, working on her novel, and waiting for the birth of her first child. 

"This book is about what happened next. In her ninth month of pregnancy, she learned that her baby boy had died. How do you deal with and recover from this kind of loss? Of course you don't--but you go on. And if you have ever experienced loss or love someone who has, the company of this remarkable book will help you go on. With humor and warmth and unfailing generosity, McCracken considers the nature of love and grief. She opens her heart and leaves all of ours the richer for it."


Made for a Different Land: Eternal Hope for Baby Loss by Lianna Davis

"Having children miscarried, stillborn, and lost in infancy, the author and contributors have experienced the testing, consuming shock of grief. Together, they seek to become less private with their loss experiences in order to testify with emotionally rich and honest expressions as to how knowing Christ has breathed eternal hope into their hollowest days. In Scripture, they see a God who is both familiar with sorrow and powerfully able to form pain into his glorious purposes. Even amidst the intensity of loss, they greatly rejoice in the better, heavenly country for which their children were made."


Books on Infertility and Trying-to-Conceive

Nothing to Hold But Hope by Jennifer Kostick

"Two things can happen through grief: we can become comfortable with it, allowing it to become an unwanted companion, or we can let hope rise. The latter is anything but easy; it’s a journey. In Nothing to Hold but Hope, Jennifer Kostick takes us through her real life struggle of pain, telling us the story of her fifteen-year battle through miscarriage, stillbirth, and secondary infertility. She invites us to walk with her through the desert of grief while searching for hope. Throughout each step, Jennifer paints a candid portrait of what the battle of grief looks like, while providing encouragement for the weary heart along the way."


I STILL Want to Be a Mom: An Inspirational Guide to Help Women Struggling with Infertility by Shara Hutchinson

"Shara Hutchinson is a mom who had to conquer infertility to live her dream. After over six rounds of Clomid, two miscarriages, two laparoscopic surgeries, one D&C, two failed IVF cycles, one failed FET, and an ectopic pregnancy, she was finally able to have her miracle baby from her third IVF cycle (fourth embryo transfer). She is passionate about inspiring and encouraging women who are struggling with infertility to pursue and achieve motherhood despite the many challenges they may face."


When God Says "Wait" by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

"Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God... like David, Moses, Miriam, and Naomi, whose stories will equip you to live your own story—particularly your problematic waiting times—with faith, patience, perspective, and a healthy dose of humor."


Birthed by Elizabeth Hagan

"When infertility painfully interrupted Elizabeth Hagan's plan to start a family, the path of grace offered her another way. Instead of giving birth to a child, she birthed herself instead. Along the way, she learned you can't control how fast your dreams come true, if they come true at all, but you can find grace for embracing your life in the present tense, grief and all. 

Through her new book Birthed, Elizabeth Hagan offers her story as a companion and guide for living through your own pain and loss. For the one in eight couples who face infertility, you will know you are not alone and a long season of grief does not have to destroy your marriage or your friendships with childbearing friends. For those friends and family members of infertile couples, there are no "one size fits all" answers to a fertility journey-medically, emotionally, or spiritually-and the worst thing you can say is nothing at all. Adoption is never the complete solution to infertility, and through it all, pain can never be fixed, only lived through. So allow grace to help you begin to live today in the present moment."


Longing For Motherhood by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik

"Childlessness remains a taboo topic in today’s culture, especially in Christian circles. Many women feel isolated, ashamed, or uncertain of how to reconcile this trial with a loving God. The death of the dream of motherhood—whether from infertility, barrenness, miscarriage, or the loss of a child—is one of the hardest journeys women can walk through. 

In Longing for Motherhood, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik speaks to these burdens specifically. She shares vulnerably about her own journey of childlessness and how she has ultimately come to view her story through the lens of Scripture and our hope in Christ. While remaining tender and empathetic toward suffering and longing, she discusses the comfort we have in knowing that the Lord is sovereign over all, and that His love is sufficient to carry us through any and every situation."


The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean M. Twenge Ph.D.

"Comforting and intimate, this “girlfriend” guide to getting pregnant gets to the heart of all the emotional issues around having children—biological pressure, in-law pressures, greater social pressures—to support women who are considering getting pregnant. Trying to get pregnant is enough to make any woman impatient. 

The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is a complete guide to the medical, psychological, social, and sexual aspects of getting pregnant, told in a funny, compassionate way, like talking to a good friend who’s been through it all. And in fact, Dr. Jean Twenge has been through it all—the mother of three young children, she started researching fertility when trying to conceive for the first time. A renowned sociologist and professor at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge brought her research background to the huge amount of information—sometimes contradictory, frequently alarmist, and often discouraging— that she encountered online, from family and friends, and in books, and decided to go into the latest studies to find out the real story."


Other books (Miscellaneous/Fiction) 

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck  
Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent 
The Birth House by Ami Mckay (fiction)


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