...chocked full of information and resources... covers medical, ethical and psychological aspects completely than anything previously available. -- Carole LieberWilkins, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist, Los Angeles
...indispensable resource for all involved: married couples, singles, gay/lesbian couples; donors/gestational carriers; medical personnel; friends and family -- Patricia Mahlstedt, Ed.D, Psychologist, Private Practice, Houston, Texas Patricia Mahlstedt, Ed.D Psychologist, Private Practice Houston, Texas
In very basic language and terminology, Glazer and Sterling guide the reader through the maze of feelings and considerations -- Andrea Mechanick Braverman, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Services, Pennsylvania Reproductive Associates of the Women's Institute
factual and humane must read for professionals focusing efforts on application and refinement of ovum donation procedures. -- Luigi Mastroianni, Jr., M.D., The William Goodell Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
From the Inside Flap
Increasingly, friends, family members, or physicians are asking , "Have you thought about egg donation?" It is asked of women who have lost ovaries (or ovarian function) to cancer treatment, women born without ovaries or having lost them to surgery, women unable to attempt pregnancy until they were over 30, young women being diagnosed with premature ovarian failure, and gay couples, more and more of whom are considering parenthood through collaborative reproduction.
Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation is the first comprehensive book for people considering parenthood through donated ova. It takes readers through the decision making process, focusing on questions they are likely to be asking themselves, including: "Are we candidates for egg donation?" "Will it work?" "How much does it cost?" "How do we find a donor?" "Should we ask a family member or work with a stranger?" "How do we talk about our decision with others?" "How will we tell our children?" Ethical questions related to egg donation are also examined: "Can a donor truly have informed consent?" "Is it ethically correct for donors to receive payment, and, if so, is the payment for time and effort or for their eggs?" Perhaps the thorniest question of all is "How old is too old?"
For readers facing the unfamiliar new terrain of ovum donation, Ellen Sarasohn Glazer and Evelina Weidman Sterling are wise and compassionate guides. In simple, clear, informative, and sensitive language, they address feelings that arise for individuals and couples facing egg donation decisions. Drawing from different and complementary areas of expertise-Glazer is a counselor and infertility coach, Sterling a public health specialist and medical ethicist-they provide readers with information and understanding