|Every year, 3 million women find themselves pregnant at the wrong time—a time that interferes with a career, a settled family life, a new marriage, an education. Unexpected pregnancies account for 60 percent of all pregnancies, in fact, and they happen to women in every season of life. Yet the loneliness and confusion surrounding an unplanned pregnancy are rarely acknowledged.
In Surprise Child, Leslie Leyland Fields, who experienced two unplanned pregnancies in her forties, lyrically weaves her own story with the stories of other women who experienced the isolation so many face when expectations and plans are turned upside down to prepare for a child.
Together, these women walk with the reader month-by-month through the physical and emotional stages of pregnancy, voicing with startling honesty their own anxieties and struggles. Here, readers will find the companionship they need to journey from despair toward acceptance, hope, and readiness for new life.