From Pain to Parenthood

A Journey Through Miscarriage to Adoption

Non-Fiction - Memoir
212 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2013
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Deanna Kahler is a proud mom and freelance writer with more than 20 years of professional experience. She seeks to inspire others and make a difference in their lives through her words and insight. When Deanna is not busy writing, you can find her outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her family – hanging out in parks, near lakes or anywhere that can soothe her soul and give her a sense of peace and serenity. Deanna especially loves soaking up the sun on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, which she calls her “happy place.”

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Anna Del C Dye for Readers' Favorite

When I chose this book to read, I knew it would bring out feelings I thought were gone from a corner of my mind. I was right. So many things resonated with me as I read the author’s experience of losing a baby. I know this book will resonate with many women that have experienced this trauma in their lives. I also remember that “The hard part of it was grieving alone with no one to share my sorrow.” The author recognizes that this is often a problem for women who miscarry. “You feel so sad and devastated, but many times your friends and family don't get it. They don't realize how much love you can feel for a baby you never saw, met or held.”

It truly is a devastating experience in the life of a woman. It is a trauma that you carry all your life, no matter how long ago it happened to you. I still remember the pain and anguish that I felt. The author also mentions that the pain will lessen and the hurt subside. I know this and am also a witness that it is true. Do you forget? No, but it all becomes an experience of faith and love. You do keep going and become whole.

I enjoyed this book as it helped me in a way to heal a little bit more. I know it will help other women who have had or are suffering from this sad experience. This book was written to tell you that you are not alone and that there is hope. From Pain to Parenthood also shares the author’s experience through adopting. It will bring you new hope and ideas of what to expect from the system. Great job.

Maria Beltran

Miscarriage is a painful experience that leaves a deep scar in a woman's life. "From Pain to Parenthood" is the story of a woman who seems to have everything anyone can wish for in life: a happy childhood, loving husband and a successful career. Deciding to have a baby, she finds out that she has an autoimmune problem. Her body produces anticardiolipin antibodies, which interfere with the functions of the blood vessel. This condition means that the possibility of her having a miscarriage is high. After her first miscarriage, she plunges into depression and anxiety. Her painful journey begins and she goes through a period of doubt, guilt, fear, and a deep feeling of loss. Her strong desire to become a mother will cause her a second miscarriage and more pain until she sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

"From Pain to Parenthood" is a heart-wrenching story that chronicles one woman's journey to motherhood. Deanna Kahler shares her story to give hope to those who find themselves in the same situation like her. It is an emotional guide for women who are unable to have babies. This book is also a practical guide for those who decide to adopt babies to make their lives complete. This is a very personal and emotional issue that some women may feel very uncomfortable to talk about. Society, without necessarily saying so, seems to look at childless married women as inadequate so that it becomes difficult for them to overcome their feelings of inadequacy, guilt and loss. This is a book that tells them that it is alright to grieve and that there is a way to make their dreams of having a family come true. I highly recommend this book to all readers so that they can have the heart to understand the pain that childless women wanting to have a baby go through.