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Whither the Child? Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility Paperback £18.48 Eric Kaufmann, W. Bradford Wilcox Here’s a more cerebral counterpoint to the usual touchy-feely nature of many fertility books, and although this one isn’t necessarily aimed at helping people to fall pregnant, it does have a place in educating readers on why infertility exists. “Birth rates are falling and fertility rates are well below replacement levels,” says Paradigm Publishers. “At the same time, the economic crisis has forced governments to scale back public spending, reduce child support and raise the retirement age, causing immense social conflict.” These factors, and more, contribute to the problem, assert the authors. Eric Kaufmann is a reader in politics at Birkbeck College at the University of London while W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project and associate professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Together they ask if economic, cultural and moral problems in modern societies around the world, and demography in general, can explain low fertility rates. The publisher adds: “No other book confronts so many dimensions of the low fertility issue and none engage with the thorny issues of child psychology, parenting, family and social policy that are tackled head-on here.”

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Getting Pregnant Faster Dr Marilyn Glenville Paperback £10.99

the pursuit of motherhood Jessica Hepburn Paperback £7.99

From one of the UK’s leading nutritionists specialising in women’s health comes this three-month ‘boost your fertility’ plan that aims to help women get pregnant faster.

‘For all the women who know how it feels’, Jessica Hepburn’s book is a frank, emotional account of her journey – while babies are being born all around her, keeping busy with work doesn’t stop the sinking feeling in her stomach every time she hears the good news from friends and family.

Billed as ‘the definitive one-stop resource for couples who want to have a healthy pregnancy as soon as possible’, Dr Marilyn Glenville’s book draws on the latest research and shows that the chances of conception can be maximised by tailoring a plan of action. She also sets about unravelling the science behind conception and debunks some of the rumours and myths that may have become too embedded in the fertility community. This excellent book contains advice on self-help strategies to boost fertility in both sexes, how certain lifestyle factors can affect the chances of conception, the best times to have sex, improving the chances of successful IVF treatment, and much more. Chapters on diet, supplements, eliminating environmental and occupational hazards and assisted conception aim to help readers get pregnant and stay pregnant. A ringing endorsement comes from consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician Yehudi Gordon: “The results have been outstanding and I’m sure this integrated approach is the way forward in patient care. Marilyn’s books are always easy to read, informative and very practical. This book is no exception.”

Having left her all-girls comprehensive conditioned to chase a career, Jessica had never considered having a baby until she was in her thirties, and when at 34 she and her husband decided it was time to start a family, they had no idea how hard it might be. Month after month passed and soon they stopped having sex for the fun of it and started looking at the variables, focusing on the optimum times. The enjoyment gave way to meticulous planning – something that can’t help but be at odds with busy lives and increasingly fractious relationships. Jessica’s writing is easy and flowing and the book’s a real page-turner; it’s a journey you’re compelled to join – her strengths and weaknesses, her guilty pleasures, and most of all her rollercoaster of emotions laid bare. It’s a great read for anyone for whom fertility is an issue.

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