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Title:
Coping with infertility, miscarriage, and neonatal loss : finding perspective and creating meaning
Author:
Wenzel, Amy, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, [2014]
Physical Description:
ix, 267 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
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.
Language:
English
Contents:
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.
ISBN:
9781433816925
Format :
Book

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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.


Author Notes

Amy Wenzel, PhD, owner of Wenzel Consulting, LLC, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and adjunct faculty at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy as well as an affiliate at the Postpartum Stress Center. She has written 14 books and approximately 100 journal articles and book chapters, many on the topic of cognitive behavioral therapy and perinatal psychology. She lectures internationally and provides workshops and webinars. She currently divides her time between writing and research, training and consultation, and clinical practice. Visit http://dramywenzel.com for a full description of Dr. Wenzel's professional activities. APA LifeTools is an imprint of the American Psychological Association, the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the largest association of psychologists worldwide.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Chapter 1 Normalizing Emotional Experiencesp. 13
Chapter 2 Getting By in the First Weeksp. 35
Chapter 3 Getting Involved in Life in the Later Weeksp. 63
Chapter 4 Coping With Disturbing Thoughts and Images of the Lossp. 87
Chapter 5 Coping With Disturbing Thoughts and Images About the Futurep. 115
Chapter 6 Interacting With Othersp. 133
Chapter 7 Gradual Exposure to Avoided Situationsp. 163
Chapter 8 Problem Solving and Decision Makingp. 181
Chapter 9 Staying Mindful and Achieving Acceptancep. 201
Chapter 10 Creating a New Normal and Finding Meaningp. 223
Postscriptp. 243
Appendix: Mindfulness Resourcesp. 247
Notesp. 249
Indexp. 253
About the Authorp. 267

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