At the age of thirty-nine, Sarah Kowalski heard her biological clock ticking, loudly. A single woman harboring a deep ambivalence about motherhood, Kowalski needed to decide once and for all: Did she want a baby or not? More importantly, with no partner on the horizon, did she want to have a baby alone? Once she revised her idea of motherhood—from an experience she would share with a partner to a journey she would embark upon alone—the answer came up a resounding Yes. After exploring her options, Kowalski chose to conceive using a sperm donor, but her plan stopped short when a doctor declared her infertile. How far would she go to make motherhood a reality? Kowalski catapulted herself into a diligent regimen of herbs, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, and more, in a quest to improve her chances of conception. Along the way, she delved deep into spiritual healing practices, facing down demons of self-doubt and self-hatred, ultimately discovering an unconventional path to parenthood. In the end, to become a mother, Kowalski did everything she said she would never do. And she wouldn’t change a thing. (From Goodreads)
Thank you again to BookSparks for sending me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review.
I cannot rate a memoir, as it’s someones honest words, and I don’t feel right giving it a rating. Also because I am not all to familiar with reading and reviewing memoirs. What I will say is that I felt this one deep in my heart. I am very fortunate that having kids has always been very easy for me, I’ve never had to deal with fertility problems. The lengths that Kowalski had to go to is unimaginable for me, so in a sense this book was hard to relate too. But it is relate-able in the aspect I know how it feels to want something so bad, you will go to any lengths to have it.
Like the last memoir I reviewed, this is another one with a strong power house female. She wanted something, and she had no qualms with doing it in a way others may find unconventional. I admired her. I did like the writing style, it didn’t come across as a memoir, more of a well written story (for lack of a better word).
I think this would be the perfect book, for someone in their late 30’s to 40’s, who is considering having a child. I feel like this would give a lot of info to any woman with questions, fears, concerns, curiosity.