Mission to Motherhood: A Powerful Story of Infertility, Surrogacy and the Journey to Becoming a Parent
Imagine if you were told that you may never have children, that you'd never hold your own baby in your arms. And yet, what if you could find a way? Mission to Motherhood will inspire anyone facing the possibility of a childless future. Author Amira Mikhail shares her powerful story of how she tackled and overcame obstacle after obstacle on her journey to motherhood - from fibroids, endometriosis, infertility and miscarriage, through IVF and surrogacy, to finally bringing her baby into the world. `When I felt alone, stressed and afraid, hearing other women's stories pulled me through.' The power of shared experiences propelled her to write this book for those who are still suffering alone, who are victims of the `silent epidemic' of infertility. This is a story of hope, courage and determination, and a refusal to give up the dream of motherhood.
Preface Acknowledgements 1 A Secret Club 2 Hello Fibroids 3 Endometriosis - Scars for Life 4 A Life-changing Decision 5 Then Comes the Paperwork 6 Start `Trying' 7 That Time I Had a Urine Bag 8 The Power of Apology - or Lack Thereof 9 The Dawning of a New Era 10 The Two-Week Wait 11 An Unexpected Encounter 12 The Adoption Option 13 I'm Pregnant! 14 My World, Shattered 15 Dark Days and Snowy Hills 16 Accepting the `Whys' and `What Ifs' 17 In the Likeness of a Human 18 Jumping through the Surrogacy Hoops 19 Walk One Step in My Shoes 20 Eggshells and Hope 21 Mounties, Maple Syrup and the Perfect Surrogate 22 Lost in Transit 23 Goodbye to My Uterus 24 A Freezer Full of Breastmilk 25 Sliding into Home Base 26 And Then There Were Three Epilogue