Assisted conception resources

If you have recently embarked on the journey of assisted conception you'll soon realise there are plenty of resources out there. This list has been compiled by Essential Baby members of the Assisted Conception forum.


The Baby Doctor: Explaining IVF to Your Child
by Leah Bryan and Sarah Riches.
A picture book to read to your IVF child to explain how they were conceived.

Inconceivable by Ben Elton
Comic novel (supposedly somewhat autobiographical) about a couple with unexplained infertility and their entry into AC. Especially good for newbies, DH's, family and friends as it's easy to read, entertaining and illustrates some of the emotional issues. Also been made into a movie called, "Maybe Baby" although the ending might be different from the book

The Baby Trail by Sinead Moriarty
Comic look at life on the AC rollercoaster.

Getting Pregnant by Professor Robert Jansen
Its an Australian book written by a doctor at Sydney IVF. On the cover, they refer to the book as "A compassionate resource to overcoming infertility and avoiding miscarriage" and it manages to succeed very well at being compassionate and reassuring.

When Empty Arms become a Heavy Burden
Great for those contemplating what to do after ART does not work for them.

When your Womb is Empty
Great for those new to Assisted Conception or those struggling to accept their infertility

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A woman's guide to identifying and managing PCOS by Dr John Eden

The Infertility Handbook - A guide to making babies
by Jacqueline Tomlins
This great book, written in clear, straightforward language, by an Australian, contains extensive information on all things 'infertility' - causes, treatment, the loss of a pg, trying again, as well as the personal and emotional side of things.


Sex at 6pm - a personal journey through IVF by Annarosa Berman
This book follows the journey of a woman who went through IVF in Sydney.

A Perfect Match by Sinead Moriarty
Sequel to 'The Baby Trail'. It's a very funny story about their adoption journey.

Battles with the Baby Gods. Infertility: Stories of Hope
by Amanda Hampson.
A good book to read if you are just about to embark on IVF or in early stages of assisted conception. It also includes miscarriage and adoption stories.

With or Without You by Carole Matthews (Audio book)
It's about a couple, who have just received another BFN, from their 4th cycle. I wont go into the story, but it shows that life goes on.

The Whole Person Fertility Program(SM): A Revolutionary Mind-Body Process to Help You Conceive by Niravi B. Payne

The Rollercoaster
A nice but heartbreaking story of a South Australia couple's journey through the IVF process.

Baby Steps by Jason Davis
Written from a bloke's point of view, quite comical, I enjoyed as there were lots of similarities with the way my husband reacted.

Fertility & Conception by Zita West
Covers just about everything, from before you start trying to conceive through to ICSI.

Why Me: The Real Life Guide to Infertility by Lorraine Brown

So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope by Tertia Albertyn

Making Babies by Theresa Miller
One of the stories even mentions Essential Baby and one of our members!

Conception Chronicles
It was light hearted and informative, it is made up of three friends all trying to conceive, based on their emails that they wrote to each other sharing their journey.

Mixed Blessings by Danielle Steel
This is a novel but a lovely read about trying to conceive.

The Stork Club by Imogen Edwards-Jones
I found this to be a fantastic book and would highly recommend it.

Legs up and Laughing by Vanessa Bates
A personal account of a Sydney woman going through TCM and then IVF.


Empty Arms - Tears and Hope
Website to recommend to family and friends who I thought didn't quite fully understand the emotional impact infertility has had on us.

Sharkey's Healing Centre
A great website where you can access lots of great information regarding fertility.

ICSI Movie
I have found the following ICSI movie a very good way of explaining to family and friends what we are going through.

You can search and access abstracts from all medical and associated journals.

Infertility Film Festival
Short films and videos from anyone who has anything to say about infertility or pregnancy loss. Get involved, or just take a look and share around!

IVF Shoot Em Up
Videos of ART patients mixing, drawing up and administering medications. Verify all advice, instructions and dosages with your clinic, of course.

The National Association for Loss and Grief

Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters

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