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Resolve of Northern California
"Half way into her account of getting pregnant...Julia Indichova writes of walking into a yoga class. "Is there anything special you want to work on?" the instructor asks her. "I'm trying to get pregnant," she answers. "Congratulations on trying to get pregnant!" says the instructor. It is such an unexpected response that Indichova has to have a double take before she registers it. Congratulations?! How many among us who have agonized over the need and the attempts to get pregnant think it's anything to be congratulated on? How many of the doctors and clinics we have worked with have thought of congratulating us on our efforts? Julia Indichova's book is remarkable in that it opens the reader's eyes to the possibility of turning the infertility struggle into a positive physical and emotional experience-one way or another."
From the Resolve NYC Newsletter, June 1998
What's most interesting, is the spiritual and psychological story of her motivations and insights...her combination of skepticism and eagerness to believe in herself and in all the healers she sees...In the final chapter, other women tell of their own alternative fertility efforts...each credits her success to the particular path that she followed. "Find your own best path" is Indichova's overall message...
One in six couples in America will experience reproductive problems. Julia Indichova and her husband were part of that statistic. According to several fertility specialists Julia's high FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) level was an indication that her body was no longer producing fertilizable eggs. Her only chance of conceiving, they said, was in-vitro-fertilization with a donor egg. After a futile quest for a more hopeful prognosis, Julia searched through a variety of holistic alternatives and finally decided upon a personal healing regimen. She followed it as single-mindedly , as one would follow a doctor's prescription of antibiotics. Her daughter Adira was conceived naturally, eight months later, and was born on April 29, 1994.
From the Publisher
Julia Indichova is involved in Resolve (a national organization for people with fertility issues), and her book as well as her workshops exploring holistic approaches to boosting fertility are rapidly gaining in popularity. Her story serves as an encouraging and innovative guide for those still running on the fertility treadmill, and above all, gives new hope to every woman and man who thought they'd tried everything.
From the Author
Nine years ago, when I first received my hopeless diagnosis, I could not have imagined the impact it would have on my life. I could never have anticipated that it would help me realize something that had eluded me through twenty-five years of consciousness raising techniques. That it would help me realize that change was possible, that I was not genetically predisposed to be a victim of my circumstances.
I tried, as best I could, to communicate this in Inconceivable and I continue to do so through my current work. The idea that "infertility" can be a most powerful wake up call is the essence of Inconceivable and the focus of my workshops which I have come to call the "The Fertile Heart Approach to Conception." For many of us our unmet baby's face can be the one shiny apple we will do anything in the world to reach.
Although I've often seen people tilt the scale in their favor, and even beat overwhelming odds, the point of the book and my work is about something else. It is about becoming our own best possible parents first; about finding the treasure that's sown deep in the lining of this unattractive garment labeled "infertility, " and reclaiming our own lives.
I'm grateful to have the opportunity to share the lessons of this pilgrimage, as well as my research of the last seven years with a wider circle of readers through our online community FertileHeart.com as well as our newly established Fertile Heart Learning Center in Woodstock, N.Y.
Julia Indichova author Inconceivable Winning the Fertility Game
From the Back Cover
With all the talk about the rapid decline of reproductive organs and the image of time as the great enemy, I wouldn't be surprised to find an oversized hourglass on the desk of the next specialist. Its hypersensitive mechanism would give an instant reading of one's ovaries and automatically siphon off the appropriate volume of sand. In my case, it says, the sand has already run out.
Seeing all those bellies at the yoga for pregnancy class reminds my body that we're all made of the same stuff and that the possibility of holding what they hold is within me. Here I'm connecting with people who believe that what they are doing profoundly changes them. Such places and such people strengthen the voice that tells me to trust my own judgment. The voice that gives me the authority to decide what does and does not make sense.
I read the pages the way a starving woman eats a meal. And then I read them again. (RHODA BODZIN, Mother, Resolve member)
This revealing narrative shows that for some individuals a positive mind-set and alternative medicine may be as powerful as traditional fertility drugs. (SAMI DAVID, M.D., Gynecologist/Fertility Specialist)
This courageous and heart-warming story inspires us to look beyond statistics, and shows that emotionally and physically based holistic therapies can encourage conception. (NIRAVI B. PAYNE, M.S., Author, The Language of Fertility, A Revolutionary Mind Body Program for Conscious Conception)
I would love all my patients to fight for themselves with the strength of Ms. Indichova's commitment. Her demanding self-analysis, good humor, and determination just fly off the page. (ALAN NATOW, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, New York University School of Medicine)
This is an empowering book and a delightful read, as we follow Julia Indichova on her quest for a child. We learn that strengthening one's body through natural means can reap lasting spiritual and physical benefits, and possibly tip the balance in favor of conception. (CAROLYN BERGER, C.S.W., Chair, Resolve NYC)
About the Author
Julia Indichova was born in 1949 in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. Her parents were part of a small Hungarian Jewish community of Holocaust survivors. She started working as a professional actress at the age of eight and went on to study acting at the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She emigrated to the United States in June of l969 and enrolled in Montclair State College after a summer of studying English. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts and Russian in 1972. For the next fifteen years she worked as an actress, dancer, director, producer, waitress and receptionist in and around New York City. In 1985 Julia received her MA in TESOL (teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Hunter College in New York. She has since taught English at Columbia University's American Language Program and the International English Language Institute at Hunter College. She has also taught Russian, German, French and Social Studies in the New York City public school system.
Ms Indichova lives with her husband and two daughters in New York City, leads a support group that explores holistic treatment options to encourage fertility and is at work on her next book. INSIDEFLAP: "I'm sorry. There is nothing you can do." The finality of their diagnoses, the certainty of their voices, the grave faces and the folded hands made me walk out of their offices numb and stripped of hope.
If you, or someone you love, have embarked on the fertility search, you may recognize Julia Indichova's experience: the endless round of tests, the emotionally and financially draining quest for the right specialist. You may soon be offered the help of cutting-edge science and adroit surgeons. Or, like Julia, you may be told that all intervention is futile.
Yet, here, in these pages, meet a woman who decided that there was something she could do.
Her story of how she defied the statistics may give you hope. Her practical steps may even give you the means to conceive the child that everyone is saying you can't have. But whether you follow Julia's specific path or choose your own steps, reading her story will inspire you to take control of your own body and the process.
Inconceivable - Winning the Fertility Game is one woman's hauntingly beautiful story of life, love, motherhood and hope. Follow her painful trail through the waiting rooms and procedures of the best and brightest that modern medicine has to offer, as well as through the maze of surprising alternatives.
Ultimately, what Julia discovers and what Inconceivable - Winning the Fertility Game teaches us, whether we are searching for a child or for larger truths, is that once we take over our own lives, rather than docilely placing ourselves in the hands of others, something shifts. Something changes. We become the authors of our own fates.
Read Julia's story. Perhaps you--or someone you love--is the person Julia knows is "out there, waiting to hear it." And perhaps these children who find a way to come into the world against all odds have a purpose for coming here as magical, mysterious and profoundly powerful as their mother's resolve to bring them.
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From the Publisher
"Inconceivable" provides non-invasive, holistic treatment options for millions of couples facing fertility problems. Chapters cover food, yoga, internal cleansing, emotional issues, homeopathy, and herbal therapy.
From Library Journal
Personal narratives are an important consumer health resource, and Inconceivable
is no exception. At 42, Indichova was told that in vitro fertilization using
donated eggs represented her only chance for a second child. The book relates
her journey through secondary infertility to a successful, spontaneous
pregnancy, which she credits to her use of alternative healing practices from
acupuncture to imagery to yoga. This is the first such account written from a
patient's perspective. Indichova is a Czech immigrant and a teacher with a
theatrical background, which makes for an interesting narrative. Unfortunately,
her cafeteria-style approach to alternative medicine is more likely to confuse
than enlighten readers who lack experience with this subject. The real value of
her account is its stress on personal empowerment. This book will make any
reader feel stronger, no matter what her medical politics. Recommended for
libraries with strong collections in women's health but not for alternative
medicine collections.Catherine Arnott Smith, Ctr. for Biomedical Informatics,
Univ. of Pittsburgh
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