Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families

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Guilford Press, Jun 28, 2011 - Psychology - 305 pages
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If you need help having a baby, reproductive technology can supply the answer. But it also raises a host of questions that won’t arise until after the child is born: What will you say to “Where did I come from?” when the answer includes a donor or surrogate? Will knowing the truth about how you conceived make your child love you less? Will having a baby with someone else strain your relationship with your spouse or partner? What will grandparents, family members, friends, and coworkers think? Dr. Diane Ehrensaft--a developmental and clinical psychologist who’s worked with families formed using assisted reproductive technology for more than 20 years--helps you anticipate the big questions and find solutions that are right for you and your loved ones. Dr. Ehrensaft offers information, support, and straightforward advice for coping with private worries, confronting public prejudices, and raising happy, healthy children. Single or married, straight or gay, anyone looking forward to the joys and challenges of building a family with the help of a donor or surrogate will discover a wealth of thought-provoking ideas and fresh insights in this sensitive, practical, and positive book.

 

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This book sparks insightful discussion about the grand new experiment of baby making in the era of rapidly expanding assisted reproductive technology (ART). Ehrensaft, a noted developmental and ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1Beware Gifts Bearing Children
1
Chapter 2The Power to Create the Fear of Creation
19
Chapter 3Procreation with the Proper Stranger
49
Chapter 4Youre Mineor Are You?
77
Chapter 5Whats Love Got to Do with It?
113
Chapter 6Should I Tell?
143
Chapter 7When to Tell
175
Chapter 8The Birds and the Bees and the Nice Man or Woman
195
Chapter 9How Do the Children Fare?
223
Chapter 10When Clear Thinking Trumps Anxiety
257
Resources
267
Notes
271
Bibliography
287
Index
295
About the Author
305
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