Books about reproductive health, Fertility Awareness, and Natural Family Planning

More about Katie Singer

Garden of Fertility Book CoverHonoring Our CyclesIn her books, The Garden of Fertility (2004) and Honoring Our Cycles (2006), Katie Singerintroduces Fertility Awareness (also called Natural Family Planning).With these methods, a woman who charts her temperature and cervical mucus can know when she is fertile and infertile. A woman who charts her fertility signs can also know whether she is ovulating or miscarrying. You can learn remedies for problems like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and fertility.

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Chase, Joan, During the Reign of the Queen of Persia. A beautifully written story of young girls observing their aunt and grandmother at mothering.

Haruf, Kent, Plainsong, Random House, 1999. A pregnant teenager is given refuge by two bachelor ranchers, whose welcome forms a new family.

Levin, Dana, In the Surgical Theatre, American Poetry Review, 1999. Poems by a woman who spent her first two months in an incubator.

McKinney-Whetstone, Diane. Tumbling, Morrow, 1996. When babies mysteriously appear on Noon and Herbie's doorsteps, they take them in. While raising the girls, Noon finds solace and comfort in her church; Herbie finds these with a jazz singer named Ethel--until Noon begins to fight for the preservation of her So. Philadelphia neighborhood. I couldn't put this one down.

Singer, Katie, The Wholeness of a Broken Heart, Riverhead Books, 1999. Called "a mother-daughter masterpiece" by Self Magazine, the novel presents four generations of Jewish women and a child who was miscarried in 1900. They speak in first person about their lives through pograms, immigration, abortion, and life in suburban Cleveland.

Smiley, Jane, A Thousand Acres. A beautifully told story of a farmer and his three daughters. One dies of cancer, another repeatedly miscarries her babies--possibly because their water is contaminated by pesticide use.

  • Fiction & Poetry with Fertility Themes