Navigating the Land of If is a guide for navigating the complex world of infertility.
The Land of If got its name not only because “IF” is the abbreviation for “infertility” in the online world, but also because there are so many “ifs” inherent in being here. No stranger to the Land of If herself, Ford shares her hard-earned knowledge and insights, helping people struggling with infertility understand the lingo, learn the details doctors tend to leave out, and keep their emotional sanity despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Navigating the Land of If gives the nitty-gritty on injections, rejections, biting your tongue during happy parent-to-be conversations, and trying not to cry over baby shower invitations. With chapters that include how-to’s for same-sex couples and present adoption or remaining child-free as plausible alternatives, Ford tells you exactly what you need to know, from one infertile to another.
Praise for Navigating the Land of If:
“The ‘Land of If’ is a place that none of us want to visit. But for the millions of women who find ourselves marooned there, Melissa Ford is an invaluable guide. She describes its complex terrain honestly: with sympathy, clarity and just the right amount of wit. If you want to survive, and thrive, during your stay here, this is the book you must get.”
–Peggy Orenstein, author of Waiting for Daisy
“Navigating the Land of If is like a field guide, witty advice column and how-to manual all rolled up in one intelligent and well-written compendium. It is essential reading for anyone going through infertility treatment and for those who love them.”
–Beth Kohl, author of Embryo Culture: Making Babies in the Twenty-First Century
“Navigating the Land of If is a welcome guidebook for any woman who’s felt like a lonely traveler on the road to motherland. With the sensible, frank, and compassionate advice of someone who’s been there, Melissa Ford will help you understand where you are, where you’re going, and what you’ll need along the way. Every woman grappling with infertility and the feeling of being a stranger in a strange land should have Melissa’s wonderful writing and comforting voice as her tour guide.”
–Andi Buchanan, co-author of the Daring Book for Girls