Not Broken is a comprehensive, evidence-based but easy-to-read guide for anyone who wants to understand all aspects of miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss.
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Whether you are a patient struggling with miscarriages or a medical provider caring for patients with recurrent pregnancy loss, you will learn something from this resource. Dr. Shahine explains not only a typical Western medicine approach to evaluation and treatment for miscarriage but also includes Eastern approaches to care, lifestyle factors that will decrease your risk of miscarriage, and the emotional impact of recurrent pregnancy loss. You will finish this book feeling more empowered to be an advocate for your care and more hopeful than ever to continue towards your family goals.
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Praise for Not Broken
“I have one word to describe this fabulous book: finally. Women with recurrent pregnancy loss have been needing this book for years. Chock full of all the most up-to-date medical information as well as practical advice, this is a must-have resource for every woman and couple struggling for answers.”
– Alice D. Domar, PhD, executive director of the Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health, director of Integrative Care at Boston IVF, senior staff psychologist in the Dept of Ob/Gyn at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, part-time associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, and author of Conquering Infertility and Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom
“In her work, Not Broken, Dr. Shahine has surely “broken” the mold of writing in typically cold, sterile medspeak to describe an intensely emotional issue in reproductive medicine: pregnancy loss. Indeed, she has written a demystified, finely tuned, understandable and easily digestible work about a topic that, since the beginning of mankind, has been shrouded in emotions, guilt and sorrow. Bravo!”
– Paul J. Turek, MD, FACS, FRSM, director of the Turek Clinics for men’s reproductive health in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, award-winning blogger microsurgeon, and author of over 200 publications
“Not Broken is an essential read for any couple who has experienced a miscarriage. Dr. Shahine takes an emotional and complicated subject and breaks it down into an easy-to-understand format with hopeful and empowering advice. Dr. Shahine not only addresses the physical side of miscarriage but the psychological toll as well. She offers both Western and Eastern approaches to minimize a patient’s risk of miscarriage. This will be a recommended read for all my patients who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy.”
– Peter G. Harvey, LAc, MSOM, FABORM, of Eastern Healing, Inc.
“I am so grateful to Dr. Lora Shahine for creating such an accessible and sensitively written book for those struggling with recurrent miscarriages. For women who aren’t lucky enough to have her as their own physician, now they can at least empower themselves with the knowledge and practical tips necessary to work in tandem with their doctor to increase their odds of delivering a healthy baby.”
– Toni Weschler, MPH, Author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility
“Dr. Shahine has poured her vast expertise into this much-needed source of information for women and couples who have experienced miscarriage. She clearly explains Western medical treatments but also includes Chinese medicine principles and recommendations for lifestyle changes. Her approach is compassionate, supportive, and broadly informed. I highly recommend this book to anyone whose efforts to conceive have resulted in pregnancy loss.”
– Lynn Jensen, E-RYT, RPYT, MBA, Co-author of Yoga and Fertility: A Journey to Health and Healing
“This book is a very valuable resource for women who have experienced a pregnancy loss and are trying to make sense of what next steps they can take to build a family.”
– Judy Simon, MS, RDN, dietitian at the University of Washington, Seattle, and owner of Mind Body Nutrition, PLLC
“Not Broken by Dr. Lora Shahine is a truly essential up-to-date guide to recurrent pregnancy loss. She explores the many causes of miscarriage and details a wide array of treatment options ranging from high-tech medical interventions to lifestyle and wellness approaches. Dr. Shahine also addresses emotional health, making this book an essential companion that I would highly recommend to anyone traveling this path!”
– Dr. Fiona McCulloch, BSc, ND, author of "8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS”
"Not Broken by Lora Shahine MD is a helpful guide that can be used during the most painful time of one’s life; that of miscarriage and living through a pregnancy loss. The book covers everything related to miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss, and also gives suggestions and steps towards a healthy pregnancy. The author offers both Western and Eastern approaches so that patients can minimize the risk of miscarriage and the emotional impact that comes with it. For all those who have been struggling with miscarriages and pregnancy loss, this book is a must-read as it will leave them hopeful and empowered. The author, Dr. Shahine, speaks about a topic that is personal yet painful for patients and couples. She puts together her tips and thoughts in a very supportive manner, making the book a good read for all those who need support and compassion while struggling through their loss. There is a lot of depth in her words and it is a thought-provoking and insightful read. The author’s knowledge and expertise on the topic leave readers more knowledgeable about all aspects of miscarriage and pregnancy loss. Reading this book will make them an advocate for their own care. The book not only speaks about the emotional impact of miscarriage, but also the role of men in the miscarriage equation. It is a powerful book that avoids using medical jargon and generic explanations, and instead gives practical advice and information on why miscarriage happens. She also has potential avenues a couple can explore if they are facing infertility issues. The book gives hope and empowerment to many women and couples, and shows them a good direction towards handling their personal situation better." - Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
"Not Broken by Dr. Lora Shahine, a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, is a well written comprehensive guide to understanding all aspects of miscarriage and first trimester pregnancy loss. Dr. Shahine explains medical terms with compassion and care, understanding the emotional impact multiple miscarriages can have. She highlights not only the advancements in Western medicine such as IVF, but Eastern ones as well, along with lifestyle choices that could help decrease the risk of miscarriage. Throughout the book, Dr. Shahine reveals herself as a strong advocate for pregnant women, reassuring them that such early losses are rarely the mother's fault and, empowered with the knowledge detailed in Not Broken, they can feel more hopeful than ever about continuing their family goals. The title for Not Broken is based on kintsugi, a Japanese art form in which broken pottery is repaired with gold or silver. It is a philosophy that embraces the cracks as something that should be highlighted, not hidden. Such a sentiment is the foundation of Dr. Shahine's work and, in a world where every aspect of pregnancy from the sex of the child and beyond is blamed solely on the mother, Dr. Shahine breaks that misconception and works to ease the burden of guilt as well as provide practical easy-to-understand solutions. She writes as someone who is in the reader's corner, and Not Broken is sure to be an excellent well of information - whether it's a couple struggling with pregnancy, or anyone looking to gain a wider range of knowledge. Not Broken by Dr. Lora Shahine is a great resource to have." Kayti Nika Raet for Readers’ Favorite
"Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss by Lora Shahine MD is one of the best health books I have read on a very sensitive, emotional, and painful subject. For any couple, losing a baby through miscarriage can be a harrowing experience and some people go through this several times. The stress that follows, the emotional pain, the uncertainty, and the acute sense of loss are among the experiences that many couples go through. Sometimes victims of miscarriage are at a loss over what to think or do and they ask the question why? In this book, the author brings in a lot of knowledge and offers the advice that women with recurrent issues of miscarriage need to hear. Combining her medical experience with an extensive knowledge of Western medicine and Eastern lifestyle, she opens the eyes of readers to the truths about miscarriages, why and when they occur, and how to prevent them. It contains a message of hope and readers are assured, in a voice that is both intelligent and compassionate. Lora Shahine MD shares her knowledge and wisdom with confidence and readers are left in no doubt that she is an expert in what she talks about. The simplicity and fluidity of language, which is very conversational, makes the message even more accessible to readers across different levels of education. Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss is a powerful message of hope that must be shared and every woman who has experienced a miscarriage will find answers in these pages." Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
"While many women feel that a miscarriage is a reflection of themselves or their partner and themselves, it’s not always the case. In fact, a large percentage of first trimester abortions have nothing at all to do with the mother and father of the child and everything to do with a mistake in the chromosomes of the embryo. Finding out more about how this occurs and just what it means for the couple is one way to start feeling a little better about the whole terrible ordeal of going through a miscarriage. For the couple, understanding is the key to slowly overcoming their pain and being able to move forward with starting the family they want. And all of that is the purpose of Not Broken by Dr. Lora Shahine. Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss is for all those women who are trying to have a baby, but don’t understand miscarriage, or those many women who have had the difficult experience of going through one or more miscarriages of their own. For these women, it can be nearly impossible to move on from the event or to understand that they, themselves, may not have been at fault for anything that happened. This book is about helping you understand what a miscarriage is and many of the different things that could contribute to a miscarriage. By making it less confusing, Dr. Lora Shahine strives to make the process a little more bearable and the couple a little more prepared for what they can and should be doing." - Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers’ Favorite