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She went through IVF three times with her former partner, suffered an ectopic pregnancy, investigated surrogacy and then decided to adopt after finding out she was infertile. Thank you Lisa for being so honest with your experience, this book really helped me and I related to everything she went through with ivf. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Hearst UK is the trading name of the National Magazine Company Ltd, 30 Panton Street, Leicester Square, London, SW1Y 4AJ. While the assessments were being carried out by the courts, as well as giving Billie her everyday care, we would be taking her for regular contact visits with her birth mother and monthly ‘looked-after child reviews’ with social services, not to mention being on the receiving end of home visits from social workers and district nurses.

Angela had given me a brand-new changing bag that she had been given (and hadn’t used) and I was scared that they would think that I hadn’t listened to anything they had said about being very low-key and keeping everything the same. In a raw and inspiring story of one woman's journey through motherhood, family life and self-discovery, Lisa explores the many forms that family can take, and discovers the power of embracing your Plan B.I had made dinner, we had kept her safe, we hadn’t done anything to overstimulate her and she had very happily gone to bed, and more importantly to sleep. When Lisa Faulkner learned that she wouldn't have biological children, her plans and expectations for her life were derailed. But, in the months and years that followed, she discovered that there was more than one way to build a family - and that there is a lot of joy to be found in life's unexpected detours. An easy listen and a rough guide/story to how some women might go through the process of making the decision to adopt.

I realised what was most important: to love unconditionally, to nurture and mould, to watch a child grow and flourish.Our names were to be used at all times – we were Lisa and Chris, not ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’ and we knew and respected this. I do believe you are given what you need, although it might not be what you think you want at that time. The things that I utterly relate to are that she always felt on the outside and that the grief never leaves you . I think the grief was so acute because the minute the test is positive, you map out your whole life with that child. Luckily I got a miracle child with ivf but a friend has recently adopted and this has really helped me understand what she has been through too.

When Lisa Faulkner learned that she wouldn’t have biological children, her plans and expectations for her life were derailed. At this moment Billie was in the shared care of the local authority and her birth mother; we were simply the foster carers until all the court assessments were completed. I wanted the everyday things I saw mums do: finding a high chair in a cafe, putting the pushchair in the car.After Lisa had an ectopic pregnancy, she tried many things after to conceive again but sadly she failed to get pregnant. Highly recommend to anyone experiencing fertility problems, baby loss, grief or people who plan to adopt a child. When cookery author and TV presenter Lisa Faulkner learned that she wouldn’t have biological children, her plans and expectations for her life were derailed. I knew these small things were like a lighthouse to her in a stormy sea, making her feel as safe as she could and guiding her home. However, Chris and I get on better now than we ever did, I’ve recently married chef John Torode and we all parent together.

Chris and I stood on the other side of that door for about 20 minutes, looking at each other and listening to her gurgling into her bottle and singing to herself, hardly daring to move or make a sound for fear that we might disturb her. Over two years, my then-partner Chris and I went from trying to get pregnant naturally to having our fertility tested (everything looked normal) and going through IVF three times. The book really hit home that not all is lost if things don’t go to plan, there are other avenues and that is the most important piece of information I have taken away from this inspiring journey to motherhood. As someone who has gone through 5 rounds of IVF and had two miscarriages, this book resonated deeply with me.As someone finding unable to have children now through sudden medical reasons before being able to try, I found it comforting/interesting to hear her views. One minute she was in a foster home, now she was with us, a different set of people looking after her, yet within the space of a day, things felt almost normal. I hope I have shown her what it is to be in a loving relationship, and that life comes with its rips and tears, but they can be sewn up again.

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