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Alternatives to Infertility: Is Surrogacy the Answer? (Frontiers in Couples and Family Therapy, No 4)

by Lita Linzer Schwartz

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Format: Hardcover, 224pp. 
ISBN: 0876306296
Publisher: Brunner/Mazel Publishers 
Pub. Date: January 1991

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This work "reviews the options available today for infertile couples who want to become parents. . . . {The author} identifies the problems and the advantages of the alternatives available; these range from adoption, a choice which has been used for over 4,000 years, to new reproductive technologies. The last half of the book is devoted to a . . . discussion of the psychological, legal, and ethical issues surrounding surrogate motherhood." (Readings) Bibliography. Indexes.

From the Critics

From Ronald K. McCraw - Science Books & Films
Both sides of the surrogacy issue are well presented, although the authorconcludes with a recommendation that surrogacy is not 'the answer' at presentand may not be in the future. In fact, the author paints a rather dismal picture of all of the options available to infertile couples. She explains this was done to provide a 'realistic perspective.' Based on her arguments, the mental health professional might well convince the childless couple that all of the options to obtain a child are filled with too little hope for success and too much financial, physical, and emotional cost. Schwartz, however, does notsuggest how the counsellor can then help the couple deal with their sense of loss and emptiness as they face their infertility.

From Gloria L. Steiner - Readings
This little book is a gem. . . . {It} will be of immense value to coupleswho are involuntarily childless and are seeking parenthood, as well as to those mental health clinicians with whom these couples share their pain and theirjoys as they confront their choices.

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