New York, NY (PRWEB) April 25, 2013
As the U.S. observes National Infertility Awareness Week (April 21-27), a memoir written by a New York-based psychologist recounting her long battle against infertility has quietly been receiving critical acclaim that would make any author proud. Described by ForeWord Reviews as a “frank and revealing exposé of modern struggles against infertility, and an absorbing exploration of the challenges that come with finding love in one’s forties,” Victoria Hopewell’s Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir (Epigraph Books, paper, $15.95) has been the recipient of several literary awards, including ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award, USA Best Book Award in the category of women’s health, the National Indie Excellence Book Award in the category of women’s issues, and the Next Generation Indie Book Award, where the book placed finalist in both the women’s issues and health/wellness categories.
What does this mean for Victoria Hopewell, a clinical psychologist who has held academic appointments at the medical schools of both Harvard and Cornell? “It’s gratifying to know that my book is being acknowledged nationally, and by professional readers who understand the issues.” Such attention, says Hopewell, “should help expand my reach to the book’s core audience—the millions of women who, like me, have experienced disheartening infertility issues.”
According to the latest statistics, eight babies are born in the U.S. every minute. But 7.3 million individuals in the U.S. suffer from some form of infertility. The lengths people will go to have a child are mind-boggling. Grade A Baby Eggs shines a much-needed spotlight on the fertility business, but also tells a deeply personal story, that of the author’s own battle against infertility.
“There are more than 100,000 IVF attempts each year,” says Victoria Hopewell, who went from hoping to use her own eggs at the age of forty-four, to purchasing someone else’s eggs. “Each in-vitro attempt costs, on average, more than $12,000. Women go broke trying to get pregnant, and only 15 states require insurance.” Writing from a dual—professional and personal—perspective, Hopewell chronicles her attempts to have a baby through in vitro. Throughout, she conveys a life-affirming optimism that readers who are faced with the roller-coaster ride of treating infertility will find reassuring.
“Reading Grade A Baby Eggs not only taught me more than I ever knew about today's fascinating fertility subcultures,” says author Paul De Angelis, “but brought me an entirely new insight into how commercialized even so sacred an activity as human reproduction can become. This memoir is funny, sad, touching, always human, never dull.”
“An exceedingly honest examination of the reality of infertility and the emotionally traumatic experiences involved. . . . Well-written and thoughtful. . . . Readers will gain a new understanding of how infertility affects one’s family, social circle, career and self-perception. A candid, valuable look at infertility.”
“The author, a clinical psychologist who has held academic appointments at the medical schools of both Harvard and Cornell, reveals the truth about the in-vitro fertilization industry. . . . For anyone encountering this problem, this book must be read.”
Victoria Hopewell is the pen name of a PhD clinical psychologist who interned in the psychiatry department of Harvard Medical School. An instructor in psychology at the medical schools of both Harvard and Cornell, she is now in private practice in New York, where she has counseled infertile couples. Victoria Hopewell is also host of the Internet radio show "In Search of Fertility."
For more information, please visit http://www.gradeababyeggs.com.
Media contact: Victor Gulotta
Gulotta Communications, Inc.