Early Praise for The Baby Decision: Revised and Updated

“Bombardieri is magic. In this book, she takes you by the hand into the depths of the scary and sometimes overwhelming baby decision. 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, and contributor to, Buzzfeed, and Bitch

The Baby Decision is extraordinarily stimulating and thought-provoking. I became addicted to each word and could not put the book down. It is clearly written and infused with wisdom. Highly recommended for women of childbearing age, their partners, and their OB-GYNs.”
—Isaac Schiff, MD., Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Emeritus), Vincent OB-GYN, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

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 is the essential guide for any person or couple considering parenthood.”
—Kayla Sheets, Genetic Counselor, founder of the “Vibrant Gene” website, consulting practice, and television show.

“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 of New York Times bestseller 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. Author of 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,  Clinical Social Worker, adoption professional, adoptive and biological parent

“This book offers an accessible, doable, and empathetic approach for any person struggling with the baby decision.”
—Phyllis B. Fitzpatrick, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice, Former Adoption Social Worker

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


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