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The Baby Doctor isn't a baby who is a doctor. He's a doctor who uses IVF technology to 'make' babies. And he's helping the family in this story have their second IVF baby. Reading The Baby Doctor with the big brother or sister-to-be in your family can help explain why mummy is feeling tired and going to see the doctor a lot. Reading it with your own miracle baby can help you tell them about the special way they came into the world. There is also space where you can put photos of your own child's IVF story including embryo photos and ultrasound images.
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Leah Bryan wrote The Baby Doctor while daydreaming about how she would like to tell her own future IVF miracles about how they came into the world. This is her second book.Review:
I was offered a copy of this book to review, and I said yes, because I just thought it was a top idea. There are two aims. The first is to help you explain your child's conception to them - a sort of alternative birds-and-bees talk - openly and at an early stage so they can grow up knowing they're just another type of normal. The second aim is to help explain to your older child what's going on in mum and dad's life as they try again. The book tells the story of a particular family who are trying to conceive their second IVF child. There is a brief and simple explanation of IVF itself, but most of this short tale is devoted to life outside the petri dish - the reasons for the treatment, the daily injections and frequent appointments and blood tests. I love the way it portrays the usual feelings of IVF as normal and not-the-child's-fault, and I applaud the subtle suggestions it gives in terms of how to react, both of which things are woven neatly into the storyline. On one page, the teary mother is sad coming home from the clinic after her blood test, so the little girl tries to cheer her up by offering her a lollypop. On another page, there's a chance for Grandma - or other babysitter - to take the hint by helping the older child craft up a get well card for mum on EPU day. Very clever and constructive. I did an email interview with Leah Bryan, the author, although this is not to leave out Sara Riches, who has illustrated beautifully. Both of them come from our side of the stirrups, with Sara being the proud mum of two IVF sons, and Leah being the proud mum of embryos and reader extraordinaire to foster kids. Leah's inspiration came one morning, and when she investigated, she found a clear gap in the literary offerings. She's also kept the details deliberately simple, so parents can start reading it early on, but intends it to be used as a foundation, so parents can add information as circumstances or agegroup require. 'I think that IVF parents know all too well the details of an IVF cycle so I made the book as simple as possible to empower the parents to add in details such as ICSI, frozen cycles, assisted hatching, donor eggs or sperm - any additional details that apply to their family and they feel their child is ready to hear about. Equally they can skip over some of the words and make it even simpler if they want to.' The book contains an album section at the back, where you can add your own pictures, or someone else's pictures, if your clinic was too stingy to give you an embryo photo like mine was, because to be honest, they all look roughly the same at the six-cell stage anyway. This personalises it, of course, helping to continue the dialogue, and also makes it seem that bit more special for the child. 'I imagine it could be used regularly as part of storytime from when the child is a baby so that they'll always know how wanted they were and how loved they are.' --Infertile Fantasies blog
This book tells the story of a family who are hoping to have their second baby using IVF technology, and the story is told from the perspective of the big-sister-to-be. With simple text and colourful illustrations, as well as a section at the back for photos, this book would be helpful in explaining IVF to children. --Sunny Days Magazine
This book tells the story of a family who are hoping to have their second baby using IVF technology, and the story is told from the perspective of the big-sister-to-be. With simple text and colourful illustrations, as well as a section at the back for photos, this book would be helpful in explaining IVF to children. --Infertile Fantasies
A new book titled The Baby Doctor- Explaining IVF to Your Child tackles a subject that not many others do: how to explain to an IVF child how they were conceived. The Baby Doctor tells the story of a family who is hoping to have their second IVF baby. It helps explain the reasons for the treatment, the daily injections, frequent appointments and blood tests. Some couples may choose to keep this a secret, feeling that there's no real reason to bring up a subject that might only confuse and worry their child. But for those who decide to disclose the details, this book can be a good approach. By not focusing on the technical details, the book has a light approach that won't perplex your youngster. Talking about how much Mommy and Daddy wanted a child and the lengths they had to go to will help your child realize how special they are. IVF parents can use this book to introduce the subject of IVF and it also makes it easier for parents to continue the dialogue with the child. --Fertility Bits
This book tells the story of a family who are hoping to have their second baby using IVF technology, and the story is told from the perspective of the big-sister-to-be. With simple text and colourful illustrations, as well as a section at the back for photos, this book would be helpful in explaining IVF to children. --Webchild
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