R E V I E W S
The end of IVF?
"If you' re having difficulty conceiving, then help is at hand. It comes not in the form of expensive drugs, but in a new book that takes a simpler approach to the treatment of infertility.
— Sunday Times Online, Read Full Review
David, Sami S. & Jill Blakeway. Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility. Little, Brown. Aug. 2009. c.384p. illus. index. ISBN 978-0-316-02450-1. $25.99. HEALTH
"Millions of American women seek fertility treatments every year. These treatments are difficult to endure and can have adverse effects on health. David, a reproductive endocrinologist, and Blakeway, a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist, present a program of integrating lifestyle changes with traditional and alternative therapies to achieve pregnancy with minimal use of assisted-reproductive technology (ART). They explain the mechanics of conception and its impediments, outlining five fertility types, common fertility problems and solutions, and a three-month program that they posit will lead to pregnancy. In a final section, the authors discuss when and how to use ART if necessary. An appendix includes a resource list and instructions for using a basal temperature chart.
Verdict This is a helpful, supportive book that provides viable options for couples who are trying to conceive."
—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., LIBRARY JOURNAL.com
"Making Babies is an excellent, well-organized guide on how to get pregnant naturally. It combines the best of both Western and Chinese methods."
— Marc Goldstein, MD, co-author of the upcoming A Baby At Last! and Surgeon-in-Chief, Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at New YorkPresbyterianHospital/ WeillCornellMedicalCollege
"Ask a fancy reproductive endocrinologist about acupuncture and you're likely to hear, 'If it relaxes you, it's fine with me.' In other words, the official position of the high-tech fertility folks on traditional fertility medicine amounts to benign ignorance. Making Babies will change that. Here's proof that traditional and modern methods work, and not only that: they work better together. This is very good news for mothers, fathers, and babies."
— Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods
"Making Babies is a marriage made in heaven. The best of western medicine combined with the yin-yang approach of the east. The end result? Restored fertility and vibrant health. Lovely.”
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Selves
“We applaud the main message of this book: improving your health improves your chances of fertility. Making Babies is a must-read for couples wanting to increase their chances of conceiving.”
—William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N., co-authors of The Pregnancy Book and The Baby Book
“This dynamic medical team provides easy to understand viewpoints from the ancient system of Chinese medicine along with practical advances in Western reproductive technology. Simple, informative, and entertaining, Making Babiesgives you answers, and hope.”
—Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure
“Filled with invaluable guidance from two seasoned, brilliant clinicians, Making Babies can speed up the arrival of your child without depleting your ovarian reserve or your bank account. It might even save your life.”
—Julia Indichova, author of Inconceivable
“Making Babies is a must read for any woman who wants to become pregnant. Its unique, holistic approach to conception encompasses traditional Western and Eastern medicine, proven alternatives, and lifestyle modifications. It offers women (and couples) solid medical information and advice that can help them increase their chances of conception, often in the quickest, most cost-effective, and least invasive manner.”
—Joan Liebmann-Smith, Ph.D., coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Getting Pregnant and Body Signs: How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective .