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Planning Parenthood

Strategies for Success in Fertility Assistance, Adoption, and Surrogacy

Rebecca A. Clark, M.D., Ph.D., Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., FACOG, Jill Hayes, Ph.D., Michelle Murphy, J.D., and Katherine Pucheu Theall, Ph.D.

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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...

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.

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

Personal stories of parents' experiences blend with insights to make for a powerful presentation of options.

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

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Available
Trim Size
5.5
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8.5
Pages
256
ISBN
9780801891120
Illustration Description
8 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface: About This Book
Part I: What Are the Pathways to Parenthood?
1. The Fertility Workup
2. Early Fertility Assistance: Hormone Stimulation and Intrauterine Insemination
3. Assisted Reproductive

Preface: About This Book
Part I: What Are the Pathways to Parenthood?
1. The Fertility Workup
2. Early Fertility Assistance: Hormone Stimulation and Intrauterine Insemination
3. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Using Your Own Eggs or Sperm
4. Using Donor Sperm
5. Using Donor Eggs and Embryos
6. Using a Surrogate
7. Domestic and International Adoptions
8. Which Options Are Available to You? The Requirements for Each Pathway
9. Considerations for Nontraditional Families
Part II: Balancing the Risks and Benefits for Each Pathway
10. Your Influence on Genetics and the Fetal and Infant Environments
11. Pregnancy and Medical Risks for Mother and Child
12. Mental Health Risks for the Child
13. Emotional Costs: What You Might Experience
14. Time Costs: How Long before You Become a Parent?
15. Hassle Costs: Travel, Appointments, Forms, and Documents
16. Financial Costs: Which Options Are Affordable?
17. Legal Considerations
18. Final Thoughts
Acknowledgments
Appendixes
A. Summary of Your Influence on Genetic Background and Fetal and Infant Environments
B. Environmental Influence, by Child's Age and Type of Adoption
C. Summary of Pregnancy and Medical Risks
D. Summary of Mental Health Risks
E. Summary of Emotional Risks
F. Summary of Time from Start of Process to Conception (Fertility Assistance) or Becoming a Parent (Adoption)
G. Summary of Hassles
H. Summary of Financial Costs
I. Summary of Legal Considerations
Glossary
Selected References
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

Rebecca A. Clark, M.D., Ph.D.

Rebecca A. Clark, M.D., Ph.D., is the lead physician in the HIV Outpatient Program at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center.
Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., FACOG
Featured Contributor

Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., FACOG

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.
Featured Contributor

Jill Hayes, Ph.D.

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. She is the coauthor, with Dr. Rebecca A/ Clark, of A Woman's Guide to Living with HIV Infection, also published by Johns Hopkins
Featured Contributor

Katherine Pucheu Theall, Ph.D.

Katherine Pucheu Theall, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s School of Public Health.