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The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples Paperback – April 16, 2012
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"This well-written, well-researched resource is a much-needed gift to Catholic couples struggling with infertility. The authors address all of the major issues faced by Catholic couples who have difficulty conceiving, offering hope, encouragement and practical guidance. Well-written, thorough, and highly recommended."--Dr. Anne Nolte, MD, Co-Founder and Director, National Gianna Center for Women's Health and Infertility, New York, NY
"Though a clear exposition of the science, morality, Church teaching, and theology [of infertility], this is no dry treatise. Though chock-full of genuine, raw testimonies, this is no sanitized morality tale. The authors' humility, faithfulness, and obedience--tested by the unique pain of infertility--has borne abundant fruit here for the faithful."--Damon Clarke Owens, President, New Jersey Natural Family Planning
"A river of healing waters for the hearts of those walking the journey of infertility, and a comprehensive, yet succinct guide for family life ministers committed to accompanying them."--Lucia Baez Luzondo, Director of Family Life, Archdiocese of Miami
"A sensitive, thought-provoking reflection on the effect of infertility in the lives of couples who experience it. It is a beautiful blend of Church teaching, spirituality, and personal testimony. A must-read for couples having difficulty conceiving and for those who love them!" --Steven Bozza, Director, Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
"This personal witness of two couples' faith journey struggling with infertility is uplifting and refreshing. This labor of love is also extremely well researched and solidly within the teaching of the Catholic Church. Highly recommended!" --Rev. Alfred Cioffi, Senior Fellow, National Catholic Bioethics Center
About the Author
Angelique Ruhi-Lopez has been married to her husband Richard since 2003. They experienced infertility for one year before deciding to adopt their first child, Emmanuel, from Vietnam. They also have three biological children, Sebastian, Madeleine, and Anabella. Ruhi-Lopez holds a master's degree in theology from Boston College. She served as an award-winning staff writer at La Voz Catolica, the Spanish-language newspaper of the Archdiocese of Miami. Ruhi-Lopez is a freelance writer for The Florida Catholic, and a blogger and web editor for the Archdiocese of Miami.
Carmen Santamaria has been married to Alex since 2001. They have two biological children, Monica and Antonio Javier, and two adopted children, Victoria and Daniel. They experienced more than three years of secondary infertility following the birth of their second child and continue to face this challenge. Santamaria received a master's degree in business administration and a juris doctor from the University of Miami where she served as executive editor of the International and Comparative Law Review. She is an attorney and edits for the Association of Corporate Counsel.
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This book is a long awaited resource for all of those Catholics facing the pain, struggle and loneliness of infertility. The authors themselves have been there and through their own struggles learned many things about themselves, the Church and God. The book offers methods of discernement, medical information, prayers and a whealth of other resources that help women and couples feel less alone and find answers.
A must have.
Until now, there hasn't been a one-stop guide for Catholic couples facing these difficulties. But two Catholic women, who have each experienced infertility, have produced a new book titled The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples (Ave Maria Press, paperback, 256 pages). Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria have created the go-to guide for Catholics experiencing infertility and their book fills a great need.
The Infertility Companion is primarily designed for couples struggling with infertility, yet there's something for everyone. While my wife and I haven't faced this ourselves, we know several couples that have. Being compassionate in those situations can be hard as I'm often left wondering what to say or how to help. So I was thrilled to find a chapter in this book on how family and friends can help couples with this burden. The authors provide concrete suggestions, including things you should never say to struggling couples and tips on how to act with compassion.
The Infertility Companion also probes the moral ramifications of different reproductive technologies such as fertility treatments, artificial insemination, and in vitro fertilization. Both authors admit the strong temptation to take the "easy way out," to use reproductive technology that seem morally neutral at first glance. But like the Church, they encourage couples to explore more deeply solutions that maintain dignity and jive with natural law. Most people will be surprised to learn that the Catholic Church doesn't offer a blanket "no" to all reproductive technologies. In fact the authors cover seven different technologies that are morally acceptable for Catholics.
The book also beautifully explores the pain and emotions of infertility, especially from a spiritual perspective. The authors show how even though infertility can be a "cross," it can actually help you grow closer to God and provide deeper meaning and purpose.
The Infertility Companion closes with a robust Appendix full of resources. You'll find local Catholic ethicists, medical and mental health referrals, and a clear glossary of terms and procedures related to infertility.
With raving endorsements from moms, theologians, pro-life activists, and even a senior researcher at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, this book should be the first choice for those dealing with infertility and a helpful guide for their family and friends.