Ready or Not ... Out I Come!

A Journey from Conception to Parenthood

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
108 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2014
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Author Biography

After having a miscarriage and a premmie baby, neither of which Raechel handled easily, she thought about the many women suffering in silence and decided to write her story to help other women through their difficult situations. Raechel wanted to break down the walls around miscarriage and help make it a less taboo topic. She is happy to report that she is now a volunteer, supporting parents in hospital with premature babies. Raechel lives in the Hills district of Sydney with her husband and son.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite

Ready or Not ... Out I Come by Raechel Bull is her own incredible story of the journey which she undertook to have a child. From conception to birth, this book covers everything. The author had many hurdles to overcome before she finally became a mother and she has documented them for the world to read. She hopes that somehow this book will be of help to others who are going through similar situations. There is also a collection of stories from other people and their own unique experiences which she has incorporated into her story.

I found this book to be incredibly moving yet inspirational. She touched on a lot of subjects that are rarely discussed, such as miscarriage and IVF. The heartache she felt through the toughest of times was also felt by the reader. The fact that she battled on through many setbacks and disappointments was courageous, beyond a doubt, and it is this spirit which I feel could reach out and help others who are experiencing the same thing. Her story was an eye-opener for me. As a mother, I now feel lucky that I never experienced the hardships that she did, but I could feel her anguish and pain. The fact that she never gave up hope and that she is now indeed a mother instills hope in everyone. The stories which she has included from other people are also wonderful and I especially found the one that was told from a man's perspective interesting. I feel that this book will help others and I think the author makes some valid points on what she feels needs improvement within the health sector.

Anne Hole

This book is a well written account of the journey experienced by one woman on her travels to becoming a Mother.
There are lovely sayings throughout the book and experiences by other mothers who have had the loss of a baby.
It was a touching read, but the author has also managed to retain her sense of humor along the way. I would recommend it
to anyone who has had a loss or may be trying to conceive.

Christy Martin

Filled with beautiful stories and great advice, a must for potential or new parents. I'd recommend this book to anyone considering the parenthood journey with all its highs and lows.

Diana

Ready or not ... Out I Come! is about all things to do with pregnancy, birth, and the short time there after. The book follows the author, Raechel Bull, through her journey of having her first baby. For those of us that have gone through being pregnant (no matter the outcome) we can understand the point she makes most clear, that no two pregnancies are alike. Everyone's experience is different and you need to allow yourself to be different. The "self help" mom to be books are supposed to be a reference, not a how to guide lol. Raechel talks a lot about how new moms are not adequately prepared for what the first few months hold. Whether you get to take your baby home right away or your baby has to spend a few weeks in the SCU, it would be nice to have some sort of class or advisor that can help you prepare for the postpartum, the absolute exhaustion, or any other obstacles that may arise after you have your baby. Dads could benefit from this as well since most of them come to think their loving spouses have turned into the big green Hulk. Most husbands just don't know how to handle the outpouring of hormone induced emotions (and we really can't expect them too since we can't handle it ourselves).

At the end of each chapter Raechel puts in stories from other moms and dads who went through similar situations. It is so refreshing to read all of these stories. Even though no two pregnancies are alike, we all go through similar experiences with emotions and thought processes. I found myself nodding along with most of these women and saying to myself, "yep, I understand that one" lol. I cried through a lot of the first part of the book when miscarriages are discussed. I never went through one myself so I won't even pretend to know what it feels like. I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like. I do want to thank Raechel though, for giving women like me tips on how to talk to and help a friend that is going through one or has gone through one. It really is hard knowing what to say so I usually just offer my help in any way possible.

I am so inspired by all of these parents, through their stories, to be a better mom and to be more forgiving of my mistakes. Sometimes I feel like a complete failure if I mess up or forget something important but knowing there are so many moms out there and not ONE of them is perfect is quite comforting. I do have awesome mom friends to laugh with about all the different things we have stumbled through and that helps as well.

I find myself praying for Raechel and all the other moms in this book. I pray they all have a healthy journey through this crazy thing called parenthood. I pray they keep some of their sanity and that they enjoy all they can with these little beings. Time really does fly too fast. I don't really miss the baby and toddler stage, to be honest, but I did enjoy it while it was here. I am very happy with two boys that are able to clean up after themselves and can tell me what is wrong with words lol.

All in all I would recommend this book mainly to couples who are in any step of this process of creating life. Whether you are just starting to plan out how to, well, start lol, are already well into the raising of your precious one, or anywhere in between, you will benefit greatly by reading this book. It will either help prepare you better for the emotional ride you are about to be on or it will help to heal some of the emotional wounds already inflicted. Either way this book will help you, I promise!