Unique Children’s Book Helps Parents Explain In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

By Claudia Bates, IVF Mom, and Author of “I Can’t Wait to Meet You”

Today many people living in the United States either know someone who has done IVF or have done it themselves. Statistics show that women are waiting to start families at later ages, and that 1 out of 6 couples (approximately 7.3 million people) are in need of assisted reproduction.  Infertility issues have infiltrated mainstream media and have been prominently featured on national shows like The View and Oprah.

While I was undergoing IVF, I met countless women going through the same experience I was. It was comforting to know I was not alone in wanting so desperately to start a family.

Being a person who likes to plan ahead, I began to visualize how I was going to talk to my unborn child about their conception. Explaining the birds and the bees can be daunting for parents, and those who have been through IVF are no exception.

After much research, I also discovered that it is in the best psychological interest of a child conceived by IVF to have full disclosure of their conception.

So I decided to write the children’s book, I Can’t Wait to Meet You, to support myself and all the other families who were looking for a way to share their story. It’s ideal for parents who are ready to have this discussion with their child.

Anyone going through the experience of IVF can use a light at the end of the tunnel. My book reminds hopeful parents of why they are going through such physically and emotionally taxing measures. And it helps parents keep looking forward to the family they so deeply want. I Can’t Wait to Meet You is the place where hope and biology meet.