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Experiencing Infertility : An Essential Resource - Debby Peoples

Experiencing Infertility

An Essential Resource

Paperback Published: 17th January 2000
ISBN: 9780393320008
Number Of Pages: 320

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One of every six couples in America is experiencing infertility, a devastating crisis that affects men and women individually and as a couple. This comforting and informative book addresses the medical, financial, and emotional issues that couples must work through while resolving their infertility. Written in a question-and-answer format, this sympathetic book offers practical advice on how to contend with the emotional ups and downs of infertility-from learning how to communicate feelings more effectively to coping with the losses of failed treatments or miscarriages. Warm and practical, the book is divided into twelve chapters, grouped according to the four stages involved in resolving infertility: crisis, acceptance, resolution and epilogue. Addressing the crisis phase are chapters on communicating effectively in a crisis, viewing infertility through the eyes of a parent, coping with family and friends, dealing with stresses at work while going through medical treatment, dealing with the medical establishment, and working through loss. For the stages of acceptance and resolution the authors offer chapters on deepening one's faith, knowing when to stop medical treatment, and practical advice for couples deciding to live child-free or considering adoption. An extensive section at the end addresses issues and concerns of professionals dealing with infertility patients. In addition, there are self-help exercises and a guide to resources. Originally titled What to Expect When You're Experiencing Infertility in hardcover.

Forewordp. xv
Prologuep. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Crisis
Who Am I?--Infertility and Identityp. 3
Secondary Infertility--Through the Eyes of a Parentp. 27
Communicating Effectively in Crisis--Gaining Understanding and Support from Your Spousep. 39
Family and Friends--Living in a Fertile Worldp. 51
Working 9 to 5--Balancing Career and Baby Makingp. 71
Dealing with the Medical Community--The Challenges of the Infertility Patientp. 85
Working Through Loss--Coping with Grief and Mourningp. 103
Acceptance
Religion, Spirituality, Myths, and Miracles--Keeping Your Faithp. 133
Decision Making and Infertility ...--Moving Onp. 153
Resolution
Child-Free Living--A Family of Twop. 171
Waiting for Your Baby--Adoption and Pregnancyp. 187
Epiloguep. 209
Treating Infertility: A Guide for Professionalsp. 213
Self-Help Guidep. 257
Resource Directoryp. 263
Notesp. 271
References and Suggested Readingsp. 279
Permissionsp. 287
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780393320008
ISBN-10: 0393320006
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17th January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 17.73  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.5