Question: Who is the intended audience?
Answer: Women and couples who have fertility related difficulties, single women interested in extending their childbearing years, and anyone wishing to continue birthing new creations (books, businesses, healthier bodies).
Q: What is the book about?
A: After a decade and a half of teaching, the book outlines the Fertile Heart™ Conceptions diagnostic tools that have given thousands of women the confidence to pursue motherhood without succumbing to the collective hysteria of the last good egg (readers in their forties) or turning the biological clock into a time bomb (the younger reader). Weaved into the narrative are case histories of clients, followed by a practice section with imagery, movement sequences, dream reading and a discussion of fertility boosting foods and recipes. The imagery, movement and dream work help identify inner obstacles that hinder conception. With the current expansion of the $5.5 billion baby-making business worldwide, The Fertile Female offers a much needed antidote to the ills of the Infertility Industrial Complex.
Q: Why are you the best person to write this book?
A: In 1992 I was diagnosed with soaring hormone levels which according to the latest research in reproductive endocrinology reduced my childbearing years to zero. Several world class specialists concurred that I was beyond repair. Hormone stimulants or medical technology was no longer an option. In a last ditch effort to prop up my wilting ovaries I began a physical and emotional overhaul with radical lifestyle changes and rigorous self-examination. My first book, Inconceivable (Doubleday 2001) takes the reader through that pilgrimage from total despair to a place where I began to trust myself and how that led to conceiving my daughter naturally at the age of 44. Soon after I conceived, I began sharing my experience through informal support groups and later workshops and my website, www.fertileheart.com. In 2001 I was on Oprah and Good Morning America and my work became known internationally.
Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic?
A: Rather than bemoan the white-knuckle ride of the “infertile,” or overwhelm the reader with medical jargon, the intention of my work is to turn this difficulty into the absolutely best thing that ever happened to us. Regardless of outcome. It’s not motherhood that saves our lives. It’s that a baby is for many of us the one shiny apple we’ll do anything to reach. And in the process we discover that we are far more fertile than we ever imagined. We can then go on and apply the same tools to birth all our subsequent creations.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about this book?
A: Though my approach was initially met with skepticism in the medical community, in the last ten years a growing body of scientific literature validates my work. Most recently, several new studies link fertility treatments with birth defects, findings that encourage more and more people to seek alternatives to conventional treatment.