The Baby Decision (Paperback)

How to Make the Most Important Decision of Your Life

By Merle a. Bombardieri Msw Licsw

Orchard View Press, 9780997500707, 354pp.

Publication Date: August 5, 2016

List Price: 21.95*
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The Baby Decision is a clear, compassionate guide to making a parenting or childfree decision with confidence. Many women of childbearing age and their partners find it hard to make this life-changing decision. Without a crystal ball, what can you do? Some women say "I like the idea of motherhood, but how do I know I'd really enjoy it? What will happen to my job, my relationship, my sanity?" Or they say, "I'm leaning toward being childfree, but will I be sorry later?"

Merle Bombardieri, MSW, LICSW has been helping people make this decision for over thirty years in her therapy and coaching practice and in her Baby Decision Workshops. With a depth that only a psychotherapist can provide, she shows you strategies for dealing with doubt and ambivalence and uncovering your deepest self-knowledge. Through anecdotes, exercises, guidelines, and checklists, she leads you to your best possible choice.

Imagine the relief of finally cutting through the tangled vines of pros and cons and seeing a clear decision emerge. Merle helps you not only to make a decision but to use it as an opportunity for you and your relationship to grow.

You will learn how to:

- Use dozens of "Secret Doors" exercises to uncover hidden feelings and wisdom.

- Separate your own needs and preferences from societal myths and expectations.

- Give full consideration to the rewards and opportunities of living childfree.

- Talk constructively with your partner even if you disagree.

- Manage work-life balance and keep your relationship strong.

- Make decisions about one-child families, single and gay parenting, fertility and adoption.

- Borrow some of the benefits of the other choice.

You will also learn how to trust your decision and make the most of it.

- Includes resources and bibliography.

- Bonus section: Preparing your body for a healthy pregnancy.

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