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I thank the highest power for the story of Stella in The Joy of Later Motherhood. Stella's spiritual resolve has shown me how I have let go of mine. As a result my faith has been reignited and I have started investing in my spiritual connection once more.
Thank you, Bettina, from the bottom of my heart, I am a new person after reading this book. I have been doing the body based things with a lot of negative mental chatter and without the faith in a greater power, however no more, I have seen the damage I'm exposing myself to and I'm opening myself up to be healed, helped and letting unhelpful mental habits go. I feel I have a complete and healthy approach to go forward to claim what I truly want, I was born to be a mother and God wants me to be a mother.
I encourage anyone who is harbouring doubts on the fertility journey, no matter what your age, to read this book and allow it to touch you to help identify areas which may be blocking you so you can address from a place of greater ease and umderstanding.
This is an inspiring book which has been a joy to read for me. It covers lots of interviews with 40+ mums and looks at pregnancy & motherhood from a mind, body, and spirit perspective. Overall it makes you feel good about yourself and life overall.
I had just turned 40, and recently had an ectopic pregnancy, when this book came into my life. I have had to postpone having children due to severe health problems and was going around in circles, asking myself if it maybe it is too late. When I read it and learned all these wonderful stories of women that were able to conceive and birth healthy children way over their 40's (including Bettina), I started to relax. It was really like balm for the soul. Bettina not only helps you understand that "no matter what happens, you will be ok" (if you are able to conceive or not, you are enough), but also gets into the important steps you should take before getting pregnant in your 40's, including mind, body, and spirit.
I love this book, because it helped me to move on to other projects which are key to our family planning (while not forgetting this one) without fear, and to map a plan of actionable steps to prepare for pregnancy. Now I am confident that my body will be able to conceive when time is right, and that no matter what, I will be fine. Thank you Bettina!
I was quite surprised by the pretty much universally positive reviews on this book. While I enjoyed it at the beginning, I got more and more irritated as I got further in. Concepts like being surrounded by "spirit babies" awaiting a womb, clearing chakras and birthing fantasy babies got old, in addition to casual references to such things as European summer homes, as though they're a common luxury. The author also comes across as being anti-Assisted Reproductive Technology and Western medicine, and seems to suggest that if you can't conceive it's a problem with your attitude. In one particularly egregious example, one of the women profiled dismisses her doctor as a know-nothing, and reasons that if she could conquer her adult acne without help, she could darn well solve her fertility issues on her own.
I can see how this book could be incredibly frustrating to a woman in her 40s who has been trying to conceive for years; to sum it up, as per my reading, the author basically says "yeah, at 44 I decided to get around to having a kid and was pregnant in three months because my mindset was right." The general tone of the book came across as smug and entitled. I am open to the spiritual world, etc. to some degree, but this went much further than I found realistic or useful.
This book is such a gift to those of us wanting to become mothers later in life. I've read it three times! Once after my first miscarriage at 39, again as I was feeling optimistic and hopeful to try again, and recently after my second miscarriage. At 41, I definitely have a voice inside that tells me I'm too old (thank you cultural conditioning!) With every setback, I've found solace in this book and the stories have helped enormously. They remind me that we all have a personal journey. The book was very engaging with well thought out interviews by the author. It gives me hope and helps to squelch the narrative that women in our 40's are too old. I'm a healthy woman and I trust that my journey will take me to motherhood. I will always credit this book for being a huge support along the way.
This is a fantastic read for any woman in their late 30s or 40s who is aiming for a natural pregnancy. Having tired of the pressures and anxieties of a “geriatric pregnancy” deemed by society, Gordon-Wayne’s texts reads like wise comfort from a friend. I feel much more relaxed!
Amazing reading! I loved the stories; they filled me up with optimism and hope. The book is full of information as well. I would definitely recommend as one of my favorite fertility books out there. Waiting for your next book, Bettina :)
I have read, and loved The Joy of Later Motherhood, and recommended it to several people!! I truly loved this book, and really appreciate the insights and new place I can come to about my fertility and having a baby naturally. I am doing everything I can right now to enhance my fertility, and I am sure when I am in the process of actively trying to get pregnant I will revisit this book and all of the notes I have taken.