The Early Birds: A Mother's Story for Our Times

The Early Birds: A Mother's Story for Our Times

From the book description: "In the winter of 2002, Jenny Minton delivered twin boys. She was thirty-one weeks pregnant, and her boys, conceived through in vitro fertilization, were more than two months early. Both boys were placed on immediate life support, and for sixty-four days they hovered, critically ill, in the neonatal intensive care unit of a New York City hospital. The Early Birds is a record of their time there and the story of Minton’s harrowing, triumphant quest to bring her sons home." It's a well written story of the ups and downs of fertility treatments and premature birth. (I've been there having given birth to a 33-weeker and a 36-weeker.) However, it doesn't go far enough. Jenny wonders if fertility treatments give rise to premature births and possible birth effects, but never nails down the evidence or only gives a glimpse of a few studies on this subject. Honestly, this book needs a follow up in about 10 years. Did the fertility treatments result in a risky birth? Was the babies' prematurity cause for any worry down the road? If a child is conceived through "artificial" means, does this affect their intelligence, development and health? Jenny needs to take this story farther.

  • What’s Under Your Hood? A couple of weeks ago, our dog indicated she wanted Jon to take a look under the hood of his car. Sophie pranced and jumped until he clicked on the button of his key bob. Jon’s Impala had been sitting in th... What’s Under Your Hood? A couple of weeks ago, our dog indicated she wanted Jon to take a look under the hood of his car. Sophie pranced and jumped until he clicked on the button of his key bob. Jon’s Impala had been sitting in the driveway for a few days instead of its normal space in the garage. Still Jon thought he was being silly giving in to the whim of a very cute dog.

  • Christian author, Joy DeKok takes the reader into the hearts of these two women as they journey closer to the heart of the One who offers hope and healing. What happens when a Christian woman facing a childless future and a woman ... Christian author, Joy DeKok takes the reader into the hearts of these two women as they journey closer to the heart of the One who offers hope and healing. What happens when a Christian woman facing a childless future and a woman seeking an abortion are waiting to see the same doctor? What if, in spite of their drastic differences, they find themselves drawn together by their surprising similarities? What if, they somehow find the courage to become friends?

  • Did you know that every year in this country, 200 mothers kill their living child/children? While I dealt with this topic briefly in my novel Rain Dance I was again recently asked how I felt these mothers should be treated. In the... Did you know that every year in this country, 200 mothers kill their living child/children? While I dealt with this topic briefly in my novel Rain Dance I was again recently asked how I felt these mothers should be treated. In the next few days, I’ll take you with me on this journey into my heart.

  • My fantastic web designer reminded me during a recent update we needed an “about Joy” page. She’s right. She’s also a very talented designer.

  • Very bold linocut. Only an edition of 10 available. Fingers Crossed you get one.

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  • If you're looking to have a baby or if you need allergy relief, this is the place for you. Owned by David and Kirsten Karchmer, I recommend them, their fertility treatments, and their Cedar Fever Remedy!

  • From one of my favorite British mystery writer, P.D. James, comes the theatrical version of one of her novel, 'The Children of Men'. In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to... From one of my favorite British mystery writer, P.D. James, comes the theatrical version of one of her novel, 'The Children of Men'. In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind The film stars Clive Owen as Theodore Faron, Julianne Moore as Julian Taylor, Michael Caine as Jasper and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Luke This novel comments on the inability of Western science to prevent the impending end of the species or to discover the cause of sterility and on how lack of a visible future affects the human race with apathy and cruelty. Let's hope the movie is as good as the book. We can't wait to see it.

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  • From the book description: "Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order -- college, law school, career, marriage -- but now everything's going wrong. After two painful years of trying, Elinor has learned that... From the book description: "Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order -- college, law school, career, marriage -- but now everything's going wrong. After two painful years of trying, Elinor has learned that she can't have children. All the doctors can tell her is that it's probably because of her age. As she turns forty, she withdraws into an interior world of heartbreak. Elinor's loving husband, Ted, a successful podiatrist, has always done the right thing, too. Then he meets the wrong woman at the wrong time, and does the wrong thing. Ted's lover, Gina -- a beautiful and kindhearted nutritionist -- always eats the right thing, but is unlucky in love and always falls for the wrong men. Soon Ted has to fight to make everything right again. Can Elinor and Ted's marriage be saved? The answer is alarmingly fresh and unexpected as New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston introduces us to characters as memorable as those of Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby, but who are indelibly all her own. " I found this fictional book a more honest reflection of the strains of infertility than I did with "The Early Birds." Well written, real characters, good dialog and a twist to the ending make this book an enjoyable read.