Unique Children's Book "I Can't Wait to Meet You" Helps Parents Explain In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

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1 out of every 6 couples, roughly 7.3 million people, are in need of assisted reproduction. New studies have shown that IVF children can benefit from simple, positive honest explanation of how they were conceived. These families are at the threshold of where the miracle of love and science intersect.

There is a much needed place for a book that explains In Vitro Fertilization to children and parents alike.

It would seem that every one of us either knows someone who has gone through assisted reproduction or has gone through it themselves. The trend these days is that women are waiting far longer to have families, after first securing their professional lives. Roughly 1 out of 6 couples, or 7.3 million people, are in need of assisted reproduction. It has been featured in segments on shows like The View and Oprah, recognizing the world of infertility and sharing these families’ stories.

Claudia Santorelli-Bates is no exception. After going through this arduous process herself to conceive her first child, she began thinking about how she was going to talk to this child about how she/he was conceived. But her search for a children’s book explaining the concept of in vitro fertilization (IVF) left her empty-handed. She knew she couldn’t be the only parent wanting to share this information with her child. And so I Can’t Wait To Meet You was born.

The Psychological Component of The American Society of Reproductive Medicine has taken an official position on the subject of telling an IVF child of his origins. In the best interests of the child it is recommended that those who are conceived by this method have a right to full disclosure. Claudia has written a charming book for these children and their parents so that the concept can be introduced when they are very young.

“In I Can’t Wait To Meet You, the wonders of biology and science are simplified. The microscopic becomes large enough for the child to visualize how he or she came to be. And just as important, this book will leave the little ones with a sense of how loved and wanted they are. I Can’t Wait To Meet You is one of those books that parents will be asked to read again and again.” – Helen Adrienne, LCSW, BCD, a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City who has worked with infertility patients since 1979, and author of forthcoming book, On Fertile Ground. 

Claudia has touched on a subject that is complex yet poignant for these times, filling a much-needed void for this sort of material. She presents a simple way of explaining this painstaking process, the lengths people are willing to go to start a family, and a means of sharing that experience with their children. Light-hearted in tone and beautifully illustrated, this book is sure to become an important part of these families’ lives.

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