Coping With Infertility, Miscarriage, and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective and Creating Meaning
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
Pregnancy loss can be devastating, regardless of whether it is early or late in pregnancy or in the short period after a baby is born. In many instances, similar emotions are experienced when a couple learns that their fertility treatments were unsuccessful.
This wise, compassionate book teaches proven cognitive-behavioral strategies for coping with infertility and pregnancy loss. You will learn about common grief experiences that occur with such losses, as well as ways to find perspective and meaning, identify and change unhelpful thoughts, gain acceptance, reconnect with others, and reengage in life. By applying these strategies, you can break out of the cycle of sadness and rumination and heal with grace and dignity.
As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Amy Wenzel has helped countless women who have experienced infertility, pregnancy loss, and other reproductive traumas. Her extensive knowledge and compassion — augmented by her personal experience coping with neonatal loss and infertility — will help you effectively manage the grief associated with reproductive loss.
- Normalizing Emotional Experiences
- Getting By in the First Weeks
- Getting Involved in Life in the Later Weeks
- Coping With Disturbing Thoughts and Images of the Loss
- Coping With Disturbing Thoughts and Images About the Future
- Interacting With Others
- Gradual Exposure to Avoided Situations
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Staying Mindful and Achieving Acceptance
- Creating a New Normal and Finding Meaning
Appendix: Mindfulness Resources
About the Author
Amy Wenzel, PhD, is owner of Wenzel Consulting, LLC, clinical assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, adjunct faculty at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and affiliate at the Postpartum Stress Center.
She is the author or editor of 14 books and approximately 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, many on the topic of cognitive behavioral therapy and perinatal psychology. She lectures internationally on these topics and regularly provides workshops and webinars to clinicians who are acquiring skill in cognitive behavioral therapy.
Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (now the Brain and Behavior Foundation). She currently divides her time between scholarly writing and research, training and consultation, and clinical practice.
Visit Dr. Wenzel's website for a full description of her professional activities.