Nicole Breit was one of the unfortunate 10%. In I Can Make Life: Poems About Infertility and Miscarriage, Pregnancy and Birth (Tristan August Press, ISBN 978-0987953810)
“New book shares the journey of one woman who wrote her way through the grief of infertility and miscarriage.”
When Nicole Breit lost her third child by miscarriage on her ninth round of fertility treatment, she was devastated. She had invested thousands of dollars in fertility treatments, had been up and down the roller coaster of infertility madness for two years, and was certain that her long awaited pregnancy would mean the end of her struggles.
“I knew the day after my ninth IUI (intrauterine insemination)
In I Can Make Life, Breit recounts the frustration of seemingly endless medical appointments, the deep sense of loss at each unsuccessful cycle of fertility treatment, the grief following her third miscarriage, and the path she took to grieve her losses. Described as precise, devastating and beautiful, her poems lead the reader through the darkness and back into the light by the end of the journey, which concludes with poems about her long-awaited full term pregnancy and the birth of her son.
“My hope is that this book reaches the women who need it. There are so few books that really descend into the deep, complex emotions that come with the experience of infertility and miscarriage. I drew inspiration from Tori Amos’ From the Choirgirl Hotel and Frida Kahlo’s paintings as I wrote these poems,” says author, Nicole Breit.
I Can Make Life was written a year after the birth of Breit’s son. I Can Make Life was a finalist for the 2012 Mary Ballard poetry competition, and was published in April 2012 through the author’s micropublishing company, Tristan August Press.
I Can Make Life is available on Amazon as a softcover edition and a kindle ebook. It is also available with a full preview on the author’s page at blurb.com.