Author Kimberly Gowdy tackles surrogacy and infertility head-on in The Colorless Womb.
The book encapsulates Gowdy’s early struggles to conceive and carry a child to term amidst misfortunes — three miscarriages and being trapped in an abusive marriage with her former spouse who valued his drug addiction more than his wife. Her journey in search of alternative ways to have a family is confronted with racial and societal pressures of parenthood but after seven failed surrogacy attempts with two embryos left, the biggest surprise comes in an unexpected package.
Gowdy’s openness to share her truth is refreshing and brings the reader along for an emotional ride sprinkled with humor, pain, love, encouragement, faith, and transparency. She proves that help in any form can come in unseen ways and people. “Since this is a true story, it was just a matter of telling my truth. The Colorless Womb shows that even with the racial tensions in our country, love wins. The person on the inside matters more than what is on the outside,” Gowdy says.
Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile. Infertility may not be a topic that is discussed regularly however, infertility is increasing. According to singlecare.com, The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) by infertile couples is increasing by 5% to 10% per year.
Gowdy had no problem getting pregnant, the problem was carrying to term. About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Surrogacy ultimately was the answer for Gowdy and her new husband, Dr. David Gowdy, in their journey to becoming parents.
“My story needs to be shared with others,” stresses Gowdy. “It shows that all things are possible, and freeing your mind allows you to see more than what is on the outside.”
When asked what she hopes readers take away from the book, Gowdy emphatically explains,
“No matter what your desire or dream, you should never give up. My book encourages — you will fall in love with the character and cheer her on until the end. I hope that my book helps to break some of the stigmas of infertility, and society’s popular opinions on when and how people should become parents.”
The Colorless Womb is available in paperback and eBook on Amazon.com, shop.booklogix.com, Apple iBooks, and BarnesandNoble.com