The Baby Decision: How to Make the Most Important Decision of Your Life


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Orchard View Press
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6.0 X 0.79 X 9.0 inches | 1.13 pounds
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About the Author

Merle (Malkoff) Bombardieri, is a clinical social worker/ psychotherapist who specializes in parenthood decision-making, infertility, adoption, and making the most of a childfree life. Although she enjoyed raising her daughters, now grown, she has also been an advocate for childfree people since 1979. She has been in private practice for 30+ years in Lexington, MA. In 1981, she published the first edition of The Baby Decision based on interviews and reviews of scholarly research. Then in 1982 she became Clinical Director of RESOLVE, the national infertility association. There she wrote guidelines for infertility patients who were making decisions on new techniques such as in vitro fertilization and donor egg, as well as adoption and surrogacy. Around that time, she founded the support group Boston Single Mothers by Choice. This revised second edition of The Baby Decision, is based on 35 more years of work guiding decision-makers in educational workshops, long-distance coaching for people around the world and psychotherapy. Merle brings a sense of humor and compassion to her work. She helps clients and readers get curious about themselves and about making new discoveries that make life more fun. Merle's writing has appeared in Our Bodies, Ourselves, Brides, Glamour, Self, the Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine and psychology blogs. She has lectured at Harvard Medical School, M.I.T., Wellesley College, and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She has appeared on national radio and television news shows, talk shows and documentaries, including the Leeza Show. Merle has been quoted in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post. She has also written medical journal articles and a chapter in a medical textbook. Merle is married and the mother of two grown daughters and the grandmother of a two-year-old boy. She enjoys creative writing, yoga, hiking, and travel. She is working on a novel, Don't Ask, about two sisters and a surrogate pregnancy. Sign up on her contact page to hear more about it and to receive her newsletter. Go to her website to sign up for her newsletter, [email protected],


Early Praise for The Baby Decision "Bombardieri is magic. In this book, she takes you by the hand into the depths of the scary and sometimes overwhelming baby decision and step by step, she helps you find clarity. The Baby Decision is a must read for everyone of child-bearing age." --Mara Altman, Author of Thanks for Coming, Baby Steps and Bearded Lady The intelligence and generosity of Bombardieri's perspectives are a gift to all women and men; she deeply honors individuality while reminding us of the compassion that is all of our potential." -- Bina Venkataraman, writer and climate policy expert "I am so excited about The Baby Decision. Being 31, my peers are beginning to struggle with this question in a big way. When I read about the distinction between "growth" and "safety" needs, a light bulb went off over my head. You broke that down so clearly and so quickly. This is such an important book!" --Katie O'Reilly, Journalist, memoirist, contributor to, Buzzfeed, and Bitch "The Baby Decision is an indispensable guide to greater awareness and freedom for anyone wrestling with one of life's most important decisions. Bombardieri provides a lens that illuminates the architecture of healthy decision-making. Brimming with humanity and respect, informed by research and infused with clinical wisdom, this book is a gem." --Stephanie Morgan, MSW, Psy.D. Psychologist, Private Practice. Co-author, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy. "A perfect guidebook for any person making the life changing decision to have a child, or be childfree. Merle Bombardieri offers cogent, insightful, practical, and always deeply kind suggestions to help her readers make their own best decision with clarity, courage, and peace." --Deborah Rozelle, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, trauma and adoption expert; co-editor and author of Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices "This book is an invaluable tool for anyone making this enormous life decision ... In clear and compassionate prose, 'The Baby Decision' guides productive thought and discussion. Most important, it makes two things clear: first, it's OK to feel uncertain and conflicted. And second, you CAN come to a decision and move forward." - Jenna Russell, Boston Globe reporter, co-author New York Times Best Seller, Last Lion, and Long Mile Home "Intelligent, sensitive, and exceptionally useful support to all in the process of the conscious decision making about transition to parenthood or childfree living. A tremendous contribution!" --Janet Surrey, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Meditation Teacher specializing in Diversity, Mothering, Adoption, and Substance Abuse. Her latest book is The Buddha's Wife: The Path of Awakening Together "Bombardieri is a master at teasing apart the details of the decision-making process. Her thoughtful and thorough exploration of each facet of the decision-making process-among the array of parenting options, is an invaluable resource for those contemplating parenthood, and professionals who help them work through the process." Carol Sheingold, MSW, LICSW-adoption professional and bio-adoptive parent. "This is the essential guide for any person or couple considering parenthood. - Kayla Sheets, Genetic Counselor, Founder of Vibrant Gene Praise for the first edition of The Baby Decision "I think the millions of young women turning the decision over in their heads could profit by reading it.... Full of sentences you'll chew over and savor. Best book on the subject." - Ann Ulmschneider, Childfree Advocate "Imaginative and sensitive...Millions could profit from reading this book." - Caroline Bird, pioneering feminist economist and author of The Two-Paycheck Marriage and Born Female