I Can Make Life is indie author, Nicole Breitâ€™s debut poetry collection. The thirty poems that comprise I Can Make Life explore the authorâ€™s personal struggle with infertility and miscarriage, her long-awaited full term pregnancy, and the celebrated birth of her son.
Online PR News – 06-June-2012 – Vancouver, BC – The extraordinary number of women struggling with infertility and miscarriage worldwide is almost unfathomable. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 10% of women between the ages of 15-44 have difficulty getting or staying pregnant.
Nicole Breit was one of the unfortunate 10%. In I Can Make Life: Poems About Infertility and Miscarriage, Pregnancy and Birth (Tristan August Press, ISBN 978-0987953810), Breit takes her readers on an intimate journey â€“ back to the infertility clinic, the biomed lab, the hospital, and the garden where she grieves her lost children. Breitâ€™s hope in publishing the book is to reach women struggling with reproductive crisis through her infertility and miscarriage poems.
â€śNew book shares the journey of one woman who wrote her way through the grief of infertility and miscarriage.â€ť
When Nicole Breit lost her third child by miscarriage on her ninth round of fertility treatment, she was devastated. She had invested thousands of dollars in fertility treatments, had been up and down the roller coaster of infertility madness for two years, and was certain that her long awaited pregnancy would mean the end of her struggles.
â€śI knew the day after my ninth IUI (intrauterine insemination) that the procedure had worked â€“ I had been pregnant before and could feel it. As soon as I knew I was pregnant I started talking to my baby every morning as soon as I woke up. The loss was possibly the worst thing Iâ€™ve ever been through,â€ť recounts Breit.
In I Can Make Life, Breit revisits the frustration of seemingly endless medical appointments, the deep sense of loss at each unsuccessful cycle of fertility treatment, the grief following her third miscarriage, and the path she took to grieve her losses. Described as precise, devastating and beautiful, her poems lead the reader through the darkness and back into the light by the end of the journey, which concludes with poems about her long-awaited full term pregnancy and the birth of her son.
â€śMy hope is that this book reaches the women who need it. There are so few books that really descend into the deep, complex emotions that come with the experience of infertility and miscarriage. I drew inspiration from Tori Amosâ€™ From the Choirgirl Hotel and Frida Kahloâ€™s paintings as I wrote these poems,â€ť says author, Nicole Breit.
I Can Make Life was written a year after the birth of Breitâ€™s son. I Can Make Life was a finalist for the 2012 Mary Ballard poetry competition, and was published in April 2012 through the authorâ€™s micropublishing company, Tristan August Press.
I Can Make Life is available on Amazon as a softcover edition and a kindle ebook. It is also available with a full preview on the authorâ€™s page at blurb.com.