The Bookshelf - Fertility & Infertility Books

Here, we've gathered a list of fertility and infertility books to help you through your journey. Browse Fertile Heart's picks below.

Cooking to Conceive the Inconceivable

By Edward Baum, Adell Press, 2018

One Chef’s Journey to Fertile Fatherhood by Edward Baum, Adell Press 2018. In the companion book to Julia Indichova’s Inconceivable, Cooking to Conceive the Inconceivable, Indichova’s husband and Culinary Institute of America trained chef, Edward Baum, offers an intimate view of infertility, from the male partner’s perspective and a Chef’s View of Food as an Expression of Love. Includes male fertility tips and an Afterword by Julia Indichova.


Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

By Martha Beck, Harmony, 2011

Expecting Adam is an autobiographical tale of an academically oriented Harvard couple who conceive a baby with Down’s syndrome and decide to carry him to term. Despite everything Martha Beck and her husband John know about themselves and their belief system, when Martha gets accidentally pregnant and the fetus is discovered to have Down’s syndrome, the Becks find they cannot even consider abortion. The presence of the fetus that they each, privately, believe is a familiar being named Adam is too strong. As Martha’s terribly difficult pregnancy progresses, odd coincidences and paranormal experiences begin to occur for both Martha and John, though for months they don’t share them with each other. Martha’s pregnancy and Adam (once born) become the catalyst for tremendous life changes for the Becks. – Ericka Lutz


Radical Healing: Integrating the World’s Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine

By Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., Himalayan Institute Press (2nd edition), 2011

Trained at Duke University, Dr. Ballentine is a medical doctor, herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, homeopath. Drawing on 30 years of practice and medical studies this brilliant book is a cause for celebration for anyone interested in learning about different schools of Eastern and Western healing traditions. Radical Healing presents practical, well proven techniques for self-healing and transformation, inspiring case histories and specific tools, that help us go beyond labels (infertile) and give us a wide range of options. The notion that our personal healing is part of a global process of healing becomes quite clear as we journey toward our own Truth with this remarkable handbook.

Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Embrace Your Body’s Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself

By Andrew Weil, M.D., The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1997

For anyone looking to validate the idea of optimizing your inner healing system this is a double must read. Although this book is a classic, I find that many people even if they have read it at some point, have not really utilized it to its fullest. In order to do that you will want to read and reread it for inspiration and as a source of ongoing guidance for the rest of your life. Through discussion of topics such as, “Protecting Yourself from Toxins, Seven Strategies of Successful Patients,” and through case histories of his patients, Dr Weil gets us to appreciate the incredible self-healing mechanism within the human body.

Healing With Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition

By Paul Pitchford, North Atlantic Books, 2003

Teacher, healer and nutrition researcher Paul Pitchford brings together Western nutritional science and Chinese medicine to create one of the clearest, most readable, comprehensive guides to conscious eating. Extensive information on health-balancing properties of specific foods, traditional herbal remedies, tips for protecting yourself against environmental toxins, in-depth exploration of the relationship between foods and emotional well-being. Includes 300 nutrient packed delicious recipes. If you want to be inspired to take charge of your own health this book is an excellent choice.

Food and Our Bones: The Natural Way To Prevent Osteoporosis

By Annemarie Colbin, Penguin Books, 1998

You don’t need to be at risk for osteoporosis to find this book useful. Ms. Colbin is someone you will trust as soon as you read the first paragraph of her Introduction. She is clearly someone who speaks from personal experience and her insights are invaluable. Includes recipes, information on key nutrients, foods that drain calcium and foods that build bone. Especially useful for anyone with elevated FSH levels.

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