Reader Testimonials

“In I Can’t Wait to Meet You, the wonders of biology and science are simplified. The microscopic becomes large enough for the child to visualize how he or she came to be. And just as important, this book will leave the little ones with a sense of how loved and wanted they are.

I Can’t Wait to Meet You is one of those books that parents will be asked to read again and again.”

Helen Adrienne, LCSW, BCD, a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City who has worked with infertility patients since 1979, and author of forthcoming book, On Fertile Ground.

“As a mother conceiving my first child through IVF, a feeling of great pride and exceptional love for my unborn daughter overwhelmed me. I have always known I intended to share my daughter’s miraculous conception and entry into this world with her one day. I Can’t Wait to Meet You is a perfect place to start. The story is clear, full of optimism and great joy – a perfect introduction for my daughter when the time is right to share her beautiful story with her.”

– Kristi Drinkwater, mother of two, has a master’s degree in education & child development, was a public school educator for 10 yrs and also founded and operated “Smartychance Education”, an educational enrichment program for young children

“As we see more and more couples facing infertility and needing in-vitro fertilization to conceive, there are more children today being born as the result of IVF than ever before.  ‘I Can’t Wait to Meet You‘ is the perfect answer for these children.  It clearly and cleverly explains through easily understandable words and adorable pictures, the process of IVF.  I see myself recommending this book to my own patients who have gone through this process.”

–Dr. Michele Hakakha, M.D., is a gynecologist and obstetrician. She is an attending at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills and a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologist (ACOG) and expert in female fertility. She has written her own book on pregnancy called Pregnancy 411, due out this April 2010.

“All children are curious when they are quite young about how they came in to being. Teaching our children early on about reproduction helps to satisfy curiosity, dispel confusion and fears and empower them with important information. Children who are conceived through IVF will want and need an additional chapter to this story. Claudia Bates’ I Can’t Wait to Meet You is just this “chapter”. It is a simple, straightforward and loving look at the IVF process that will help children make sense of this increasingly more common step in reproduction. ”

– Jean Kunhardt, M.A. , LMHC
568 Broadway, Suite 402
New York, NY  10012
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“I have 4 friends who have all conceived children through IVF, and I purchased a copy of Claudia’s book for each one! All of them were so appreciative and can’t wait to share it with their kids. Claudia has really created an amazing book that is filling an important gap.”

– Lisa Orrell (Mom of 4 year-old son)
Branding Expert & Marketing Consultant


“Claudia Santorelli-Bates is a very clever woman who has figured out a great way
to help other families and I salute her accomplishment. She is providing
a great service.”

Norma Lopez, LCSW-R
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Department of Health, Evidence and PolicySpecialist in Postpartum Depression


“Inside this book we meet, Grace and her husband, Charlie. They want to have a baby but try as they might it just is not happening for them. They travel to the doctor where they undergo Vito fertilization and are very happy when they find out they are going to have a baby.

Author, Claudia Santorelli-Bates writes this book from her own experience of having a child through the help of IVF. This is a hardcover book, very well made, with exceptional illustrations.
Our author takes the reader through the process of what happens when someone is trying to conceive using IVF.

The story is told in a very tasteful, joyous, colorful way, and it has a beautiful ending. However, I don’t feel it is a book that just any mother would pick up to read to her child. It would depend on when a family wishes to share with their child how a baby is made. They would need to be ready and open for a discussion of this, so that should be considered. However for parents of an IVF child it will definitely show them how deeply they were wanted and greatly loved even before they entered this world. That knowledge alone is a true gem for any child to know and cling to all of their lives.

Please do not misunderstand me, I liked this book. I think it is beautifully written, creatively illustrated and definitely has something to say, and that is the point. It is not a read me a story before I go to sleep book. It is a story with a mission of love that may not be for everyone, but will definitely touch the hearts of those it is set forth to reach.

Shirley Priscilla Johnson