Your medical, emotional and financial guide to: Causes of and coping with infertility | Low-tech fertility treatment | IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies | Complementary therapies | Donor conception | Surrogacy | Miscarriage
Former Australian Netball Captain Liz Ellis found herself part of the one-in-six couples in Australia and New Zealand affected by infertility, a road she stayed on for five years. With If At First You Don't Conceive Liz wants to help other hopeful parents-to-be navigate these often bewildering, almost always uncomfortable and sometimes utterly devastating waters.
Drawing on interviews with specialists and couples, and covering everything medical from alternative therapies, fertility drugs, IVF, donor eggs and miscarriages to the frustration, disappointment and heartbreak that such a journey brings, this book is a must-have, friendly, and more often than not funny guide on how to try, and try again.
"When everything doesn't quite go to plan, this forensically detailed but engaging and highly readable guide to assisted conception is an absolute must-have." David Gillespie, bestselling author of Taming Toxic People and Eat Real Food
"In this comprehensive text, Liz Ellis has detailed all the steps to take on your journey to parenthood. I will certainly recommend it to my patients!" Professor Michael Chapman, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology UNSW |Senior Fertility Specialist IVF Australia | Clinical Director for Women's and Children's Health, St George Hospital | Executive Clinical Director for the Royal Hospital for Women | Fertility Society of Australia President | Australian and New Zealand Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Chairman | Author 'The IVF Journey' on iTunes Podcast
"This clear and comprehensive book is a must-have for anyone struggling to conceive." Professor Maneesh Singh, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, Laparascopic and Robotic Surgeon
Liz Ellis is one of the most respected names in netball, with a remarkable 18-year elite career including two Commonwealth Gold Medals, three World Championships, four National League titles, four Most Valuable Player awards and an Australian record of 122 Test matches played.
In 2018 Liz became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours for 'distinguished service to netball as an elite player and coach, through support and advocacy for young women, as a contributor to the broadcast and print media industries and to the community'.
Liz is also an experienced broadcaster and media personality, hosting and commentating netball and other sports, and appearing on radio and television as a sports expert and personality.