Mormon Fertility: Finding Healing and Growth When Experiencing Infertility and Child Loss
by Kristy Money
As many as 50 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage and 12 to 15 percent of women struggle with infertility. Mormon women are hit especially hard by the grief that accompanies infertility and child loss, given our theological emphasis on gender roles—in particular the centrality of birth and motherhood as our life’s work here and in the eternities. While women with infertility are promised that we can bear children in the next life, this doctrine rings hollow for many who are struggling with anxiety and depression in this life.
The purpose of this book is to provide an in-depth look at the experience of infertility and miscarriage for Mormons. From a counseling psychologist’s perspective, this volume would give women who are struggling with infertility and child loss an educational introduction to the mechanisms of maternal grief, as well as practical coping tools.