Misconception: Social Class and Infertility in America

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Index
abortion services, control of, 5
adoption: among middle-class women, 108; as classed system, 111, 121; financial cost of, 105–106; vs. IVF, 108; open, 105; process, 106–107, 138; as second choice, 106; social context for, 104–105
adoption agencies, 138; exclusionary policies of, 105
African Americans: and discrimination, 99; historical mistrust of medicine among, 86
age: and classed childbearing, 46; and readiness for motherhood, 18, 30, 60; and women of high vs. low SES, 144
American Medical Association (AMA), on IVF research, 6
Anderson, Leon, 32
appointment structure: as barrier to infertility treatment, 101, 123; and life of low SES women, 92–93
Arendell, Terry, 39
assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), 2–3; access to, 7, 85, 110; cycles of, 149n3; statistics for, 6; success of, 7, 126, 149n4
Avila, Ernestine, 36
Becker, Gay, 84
“being there,” 25, 26–27, 39
biological kinship, importance of, 7–8, 106– 107, 139
birth control: avoiding, 45; for teenagers, 52. See also contraception; family planning programs
birthright, childbearing as, 21
Blum, Linda, 17
Breheny, Mary, 98
Brown, Louise, 3, 6
caretaking, 14, 17, 123
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on ART cycles, 126
childbearing: attitudes toward, 41–42; early, 46, 60; nonmarital, 65; preparation for, 48; timing of, 18, 20, 60; troubles with, 76; for women of low SES, 44
childbearing, delayed, 59–60; of high SES women, 62; reasons for, 67
childbearing difficulties, 134; professional support for, 73; recognition of, 49–52, 71; talking about, 75–81, 80
childlessness: involuntary, 41, 141; lived experience of, 53; and marriage among blacks, 63–64; options for, 104; positive aspects of, 139; and social marginalization, 70–71; voluntary, 62
Chodorow, Nancy, 14
class diversity, focus on, 135
class status: and knowledge and resource gap, 80; and mothering ability, 36. See also social class
“clinical gaze,” 114
Coleman, Marilyn, 25
Collins, Patricia Hill, 54
comparative mothering, 32–39
conception, natural, 46
Conrad, Peter, 113
consumers, and medical treatment of infertility, 92
contraception: avoiding, 49; unmet need for, 138

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