Top Books on Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage, Ectopic Pregnancy, Stillbirth

Pregnancy losses, like miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, can effect about 1 in 5 couples. When you're going through a loss it can feel like you are the only one who has ever felt this way. You may want answers to technical questions. You may want to know how others felt. You might even want to know what happens next. These books can help answer those questions.

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This book has a lot of information that is technical in nature. One thing that is really helpful is that the types of losses are broken down: miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, etc. There is also the best section on religious and non-religious ceremonies for remembering baby.


This book is comprised of stories from women who have experienced the pain of miscarriage. The stories are varied in how the pregnancy ended, including surgery, natural miscarriage, etc. The stories are heart breaking and warm at the same time. Definitely a tear jerker.


This book focuses more on stillbirth and losing your newborn than some of the other books. The stories and personal narratives are compelling and loving.

When Hello Means Goodbye

Preparing for the birth of your baby that has already passed or will pass shortly is the main theme of this book. It deals with a lot of emotions and practicalities of stillbirth and neonatal death.


Ann Douglas writes this heartwarming book after having been there herself. She interviewed hundreds of parents on physical and emotional issues of attempting a pregnancy after a loss. A must read for any one considered a subsequent pregnancy.

Preventing Miscarriage: The Good News

Preventing Miscarriage
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This book offers some basic information on why miscarriage happens and how to hopefully prevent it. While no book can offer a magic cure, you can at least cure your conscious.

Getting Pregnant & Staying Pregnant

Getting Pregnant, Staying Pregnant
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This book also tries to help you stay pregnant but includes high risk pregnancy issues as well. This includes cerclage, preterm labor, etc.

Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death

Sherokee Ilse is a leader in this field. She was one of the original authors, educators, and parents out there discussing this painful issue. She brings her personal story and the death of her son to this topic and gently guides you through various helpful thoughts and decisions.

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