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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aventine Press (March 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593301480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593301484
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those considering the possibilities and options available, "Chasing the Gender Dream" is an impressive, valuable, well-written and documented resource. -- Charlene Austin, Writers and Readers Network

About the Author

Jennifer Merrill Thompson is a freelance writer-editor, a former newspaper journalist and a mother of three. Living in Northern Virginia, the home of MicroSort, a center for sperm sorting technology, she turned to high-tech methods to conceive a daughter after two sons. Being the natural researcher that she is--after working at several daily newspapers--she learned everything she could about gender selection. After first trying at-home methods, she next focused on the MicroSort technology, and she finally welcomed her daughter in 2002. After her experiences, she decided to start writing about sex selection and to let others know that they, too, can chase their gender dream. Reaching her goal of a "balanced" family, she shares her story with others.

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The informations on this book was very imformative.
Deena Thomson Menard
Ms. Thompson shares her feelings about her own dream of having a daughter and does so in a heartfelt and eloquent way.
Becca
This was a wonderful, well-researched book on anyone interested in methods of gender selection.
J. Kefauver

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Just as many men fear approaching their doctors about impotence, influencing the gender of their next baby is a topic many women don't want to risk broaching with their OB/Gyns. The fear is understandable: the topic is still taboo in many circles, and many doctors aren't well-versed on the options available, or don't understand the urge. There is a lot of judgement out there, and very little good advice. Many couples would like to tip the odds one way or the other, but it's hard to find out HOW.
This book provides a good summary of the options for anyone new to the topic. Highly readable (I devoured it in one sitting), it covers both at-home methods, and those that require medical intervention. There are step-by-step instructions, a generous list of resources, and plenty of practical advice. For anyone who is willing to consider some of the more invasive, high-tech methods of changing the odds, it is invaluable. Elective IUI and IVF are not subjects you'd want to bring up in casual conversation. But this book will walk you through them from a patient's perspective.
Unlike other books out there on the topic of gender selection, this one isn't written by a physician with a pet theory to promote. The author has a clear bias towards MicroSort (which is ultimately how she conceived her daughter after two boys), but it's not a sell job, and she acknowledges MicroSort is not for everybody. Even if you'd never consider a laboratory method, you can use this book to tip the odds at home.
If you're looking to make a fully-informed decision on gender selection methods, this is the book to read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Candice Tenerelli on October 27, 2004
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I think that "Chasing the Gender Dream" is a well-written book chockfull of information about baby gender selection. Whether you want to try to conceive a boy or a girl by natural methods, or you'd like to attempt the more successful high-tech methods like Microsort or PGD, this book walks you through all the steps and details involved. I learned a lot about sex selection, and all the possibilities. If you're interested in this topic, I highly recommend the book. The author describes gender diets and at-home methods that couples have tried to conceive a baby, and she also tells about the new technology and what it's like to go through it. She shares her personal experiences, and the stories of other women around the world, in trying to reach a "gender dream." And those stories are really interesting. Most women don't share their gender selection attempts in "real life," but this book lets you know that these attempts are becoming more and more common! A real eye-opener about family planning.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Becca on June 4, 2005
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Chasing the Gender Dream was exactly what I needed to read as I started to think about having another baby. Ms. Thompson shares her feelings about her own dream of having a daughter and does so in a heartfelt and eloquent way. For me, it was reassuring to know I am not alone in my own desire for a daughter someday. She is able to summarize much of the information that is out there on gender selection...at home methods and high tech methods. This was helpful to have as resource that I can continue to go back to as I get closer to trying to conceive. She doesn't give anyone false hope, but she does give resources for support and she encourages those of us trying the at home methods to be prepared for the opposite gender blessing you may get. Her honesty about her own experience and the feelings she had throughout it was very helpful.

This is a well written and very interesting book and I am so glad that I bought it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Steeves on March 28, 2006
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Great book explaining both low tech and high tech ways of swaying your odds of having a baby of your desired sex. I felt it gave me options to mull over and decide for myself and I felt complete. The high tech is explained in simplified terms for novices. What a relief to find this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allyson Burns on November 13, 2006
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I have been investigating gender preselection techniques for over 10 years and thought I was pretty well read on the subject, so I was amazed by how much I learned from this book. Jennifer takes all of the current information and puts it all into one place while combining it with real life stories including her own. It is well written, well presented, and absolutely invaluable for anyone even considering high tech gender preselection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Miller on July 14, 2006
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This was a pretty interesting book. It detailed the current methods of gender selection and told the authors story of her own experience with a gender selection method. I thought it was a good short overview of what is out there to help people get the desired gender they want in a child. I think a more detailed book with more statistics would have been nice as more research is required for someone who is seriously considering doing this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Austin on August 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jennifer Merrill Thompson's Chasing the Gender Dream is

a valuable tool for anyone considering the possibilities

and options of gender selection.

You will find details, documentation, and arguments for and

against the methods, procedures, and studies of diets, Dr.

Shettles, O+12, Whelan, Ericsson, Microsort and PGD

preimplantation gender diagnosis). The Appendix lists links to

study and resource sites and materials and clinics.

Jennifer shares years of research, personal stories, and combines

them to make Chasing the Gender Dream an enjoyable read as

well as informative.
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