2007 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist Awards announced today

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Maryann Batsakis of ForeWord Magazine announced that Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire by Iris Waichler, MSW,LCSW, (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing) is a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine 2007 Book of the Year Awards. The awards will be presented in New York City on June 2, 2007.

Maryann Batsakis, of ForeWord Magazine, announced that Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire (ISBN: 1932279-22-9, April 2006) is a finalist for the Book of the Year Awards presented by ForeWord Magazine. The winners will be announced at the BEA convention on June 2, 2007. Ms. Waichler's book also received the NAPPA gold award from the National Parenting Publications for the best book in their pregnancy and birth category. In October 2006, USA BookNews gave their Finalist award to Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster for their Pregnancy and Childbirth category.

The author, Iris Waichler, MSW,LCSW became pregnant after a year and a half struggle with infertility. She had her daughter at age 45. In her book she shares her battle with infertility and also interviews other men and women who share their experience and knowledge about their struggles with infertility. This book is written from both a personal and professional perspective. "My goal in writing this book is to educate and empower people engaged in their own infertility battles. I also wanted it to be a one stop shopping book that would offer these people, their friends, and families, all of the information they would need to cope with and understand the challenges of infertility. I wanted them to know they do not have to feel isolated and alone."

Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD, well known national and international author and speaker said, "Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster is loaded with practical and inspiring real world solutions that can help everyone who has been labeled 'infertile.' "

Ms. Waichler has been a medical social worker in large teaching hospitals in Chicago for 13 years. She is also the author of Patient Power: How to Have a Say During your Hospital Stay. (Betterway Publications, 1986.) Ms. Waichler has been a licensed clinical social worker for 30 years. She has led Pregnant at Last (PAL) support groups for people who have gotten pregnant after infertility treatment, done individual counseling, and led many workshops on infertility related topics. She lives in Chicago with her husband Steve, and their daughter, Grace.

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