Academic journal article Family Relations

In Search of Parenthood: Coping with Infertility and High-Tech Conception

Academic journal article Family Relations

In Search of Parenthood: Coping with Infertility and High-Tech Conception

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Lasker, Judith, N., and Borg, Susan. (1994). In Search of Parenthood: Coping With Infertility and High-Tech Conception (Revised and Updated Ed.). Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 216 pp. Hardcover ISBN 1-56639-258-6, price $44.95. Paper ISBN 1-56639259-4, price $18.95.

Lasker and Borg describe the experience of infertility and introduce the reader to some of the new reproductive options available to infertile couples, including artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, and ovum transfer. The authors also consider the feelings and motivations of donors, surrogate mothers, health care providers, and others involved in these reproductive alternatives and describe the effects of infertility and the assisted reproductive technologies on the infertile couple, on children born as a result of the new techniques, and on significant others.

Lasker and Borg rely on published literature in such fields as medicine, sociology, psychology, law, and ethics for much of their data, but they supplement this with interview and questionnaire data obtained from patients, professionals, and other individuals involved in the various reproductive options they discuss. In Search of Parenthood is not intended as a research report; rather, the data the authors have collected are used to give the reader a more intimate feel for what it is like to participate in the process of alternative reproduction.

Reproductive technology is a controversial topic. Although health care professionals and advocates for the infertile applaud the new options as providing new hope for infertile couples, conservative writers, some feminists, and some medical ethicists express concern over the potential social and ethical implications. …

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