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Healing the Infertile Family: Strengthening Your Relationship in the Search for Parenthood Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0520211803
ISBN-10: 0520211804
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"A straightforward, immensely readable guide to surviving marital stresses imposed by infertility. . . . The author beautifully weaves her own analytic voice through the narratives of the couples she interviewed." -- Linda M. Whiteford, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

"By addressing such fundamental issues as the meaning of family and the unfolding of gender differences, Becker allows the reader to examine the deep issues underlying the desire for children." -- Patricia Honea-Fleming, National Resolve Newsletter

"Healing the Infertile Family explores what happens between men and women when they make the decision to have children and then must cope with the trauma of infertility. . . . Throughout the book comments from interviews are effectively used to illustrate the book with real life experiences." -- Julie Jones-Wright, Family Relations

About the Author

Gay Becker is Professor of Medical Anthropology, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the author of Growing Old in Silence (1980) and Disrupted Lives: How People Create Meaning in a Chaotic World, (California, forthcoming).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (December 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520211804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520211803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,279,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "sashadavenport" on February 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book cover to cover. from the beginning it wasn't grabbing my attention.I was very bored while reading it.It's main focus to me was on older couples, 35 and up, with infertility problems. Completely ignoring the younger reader such as myself. (I'm 24 and have had infertility issues for 4 yrs.)I did like the interviews the author used to express the couples actual feelings, although, my husband and myself didn't seem to relate to a lot of the male perspective and some of the female perspective the author was giving. The title is -Healing the Infertile family:Strengthening your relationship in the search for Parenthood- I don't feel like I learned any new coping techniques,I don't feel any good information on what my husband and myself could do to strengthen our relationship was presented like the title would insinuate. So I rate this book only 2 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the best book on infertility and its effects on relationships that I've read (and I've read quite a few). It is written by an anthropologist who has struggled with infertility herself and is based on her research. I never expected to find such words of wisdom in a book like this. Empowering, life-affirming, hopeful, and full of love. Every couple who is experiencing infertility should read it. I would also recommend it to infertility doctors and counselors, and social workers working with adoption.
I am so thankful for Gay Becker and her research. This book is a treasure.
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