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Planning Parenthood

Strategies for Success in Fertility Assistance, Adoption, and Surrogacy

"I am thirty-nine years old and have been through seven IVF cycles. I got pregnant with four of the cycles, but I miscarried them all. It wasn't clear if I could ever carry my own child.

"I was emotionally burned out from the pregnancy losses. My husband didn't want to try again. So, I began to think about our other options. It was a painful emotional journey to think about using a surrogate. I began to see family members and friends as potential carriers. It was driving me insane.

"But selecting a surrogate wasn't so easy. I looked at package after package and video after video trying to select just the right person. I finally chose our surrogate candidate.

"My husband and I are busy professionals so it was hard to set aside a week when both of us could fly across the country for our IVF cycle. We flew back home and waited anxiously for the pregnancy test. It was positive! Our surrogate went for her first ultrasound and then called with the news was that we were pregnant with twins. I screamed with joy.

"We flew to California for the birth and became the proud parents of twin girls. Our lives were forever changed. There is a special place in heaven for our surrogate and all the women who reach beyond themselves and selflessly give to others."—from Planning Parenthood

Planning to become a parent is a profound experience, at times agonizing, hopeful, stressful, and joyous. Not everyone is able to become pregnant, however. When the journey to parenthood proves challenging, Planning Parenthood will guide prospective parents through the complicated mazes of assisted reproduction and adoption.

Specialist authors first describe fertility assistance, surrogacy, and adoption, clearly outlining the requirements of each strategy. They compare the medical, emotional, financial, and legal investments and risks involved with each of these options. Then they introduce the issues that people will need to consider when deciding which path to parenthood is best for them. Along the way these experts offer encouragement for changing course under any number of circumstances.

Supporting the detailed information in this book are personal stories of the often long, winding, and emotional road to parenthood—from in vitro fertilization to egg donation to surrogacy to adoption.

Armed with professional knowledge and inspired by the experiences of others who have gone before them, prospective parents will be informed and reassured by this unique resource.

About the Authors

Rebecca A. Clark, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and coauthor, with Dr. Hayes, of A Woman's Guide to Living with HIV Infection, also published by Johns Hopkins. Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., FACOG, is chair and professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Meharry Medical College, associate director of the Center for Women's Health Research, and a board certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. Jill Hayes, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice and an adjunct associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Michelle Murphy, J.D., is in private practice. Katherine Pucheu Theall, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center's School of Public Health.

Reviews

"An informative guide . . . this panoramic view of the many routes to parenthood is both practical and encouraging."—Publishers Weekly

"Personal stories of parents' experiences blend with insights to make for a powerful presentation of options."—Midwest Book Review

"A comprehensive book . . . a much-needed resource in the infertility literature."—PsycCRITIQUES

The Johns Hopkins University Press

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