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Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness: Helping Couples Cope, by Beth Cooper-Hilbert

Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness: Helping Couples Cope

by Beth Cooper-Hilbert

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Format: Hardcover, 1st ed., 178pp. 
ISBN: 0393702626
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Pub. Date: September 1998
Edition Desc: 1 ED

Description from Amazon.com

Susan Cooper, Ed.D., co-author of "Choosing Assisted Reproduction: Social, Emotional, and Ethical Considerations" 

"Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness" is unique in that it examines the social, cultural, religious, and familial context of the infertility crisis. Beth Cooper-Hilbert illustrates how this crisis may continue to play itself out even after the birth or adoption of a child. Cooper-Hilbert steps outside the usual infertility paradigm by including a discussion of those who may be involuntarily childless but not necessarily infertile--single women, lesbian couples, and stepparents.

Augustus Y. Napier, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University, author of "The Fragile Bond" 

Clear, compassionate, rich in information and wise guidance, this book is consciousness-raising in the very best way. It opens the complex and painful world of reproductive difficulties with a surety that makes it essential reading for every therapist.

Jo Ellen Patterson, Ph.D., Director, Marriage and Family Program, University of San Diego

"Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness: Helping Couples Cope" is a primer in both technology and therapeutic treatment for professionals working with infertile couples. Cooper-Hilbert gives specific, direct implications and suggestions for treatment. Covering all the core issues, including the role of gender, culture, and biology, the book models a biopsychosocial perspective. Infertile patients that are often unrecognized, including single adults, gay and lesbian partners, and older couples, are discussed with respect and dignity. Comprehensive and easy-to-understand, this book provides the core information that any therapist needs to help infertile couples.

Book Description

Guidance for therapists and physicians working with couples trying--and failing--to have a baby. Infertility, which affects one in six couples or over ten million people, is a medical, psychological, and social problem. This book shows therapists how to counsel couples during this stressful time, guide them in making decisions about medical choices, and help them resolve their grief and decide whether to keep trying, adopt, or remain childless. The author looks at the impact of infertility on the couple, extended family, and work and friendship systems.

From the Inside Flap

Infertility, which affects one in six couples--over ten million people, is at once a medical, psychological, and social problem. Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness shows therapists how to help individuals and couples cope with this crisis. Infertility is a growing problem in today's world, despite the advanced reproductive technologies, which have far-reaching implications for the family and culture. The book opens with a physician's comprehensive overview of the medical treatments available to infertile couples and then moves on to explore the emotional impact of the infertility crisis. Couples who are infertile ride a monthly roller coaster while they are in treatment; the stresses reverberate throughout the family system and affect every aspect of the couple's life. Gender differences are accentuated; differences in cultural or religious beliefs are magnified; extended families are torn apart; and the couple experiences poor communication, sexual difficulties, or a lack of meaning or fulfillment in life. Infertility also affects the couple's families and work and friendship systems. Cooper-Hilbert provides a map through the emotional stages of the infertility crisis, highlighting themes of disappointment, anger, disillusionment, and grief. She presents case examples to give the reader insight into the wide-ranging effects of infertility and discusses specific therapeutic interventions. The consequences of infertility can be longlasting, affecting the couple system long after resolution was believed to have occurred. Cooper-Hilbert discusses methods that help the therapist recognize an infertility problem when it is not the presenting complaint. She also describes interventions for individuals and couples who are involuntarily childless, but not necessarily infertile, such as singles, gay and lesbian couples, spouses in blended family configurations, and out-of-phase couples. The author closes the book with a thought-provoking discussion of biotechnology, emphasizing the need for social awareness, medical ethics, and legal action to keep pace with this complex science. Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness gives therapists all of the information they need to successfully help couples and families resolve their infertility crisis.

About the Author Beth Cooper-Hilbert lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Description from BarnesandNoble.com

From the Publisher

Infertility, which affects one in six couples - over ten million people - is at once a medical, psychological, and social problem. Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness shows therapists how to help individuals and couples cope with this crisis. Cooper-Hilbert provides a map through the emotional stages of the infertility crisis, highlighting themes of disappointment, anger, disillusionment, and grief. She presents case examples to give the reader insight into the wide-ranging effects of infertility and discusses specific therapeutic interventions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 A Physician's Perspective
2 The Couple's Developmental Cycle
3 The Emotional Stages of the Infertility Crisis
4 The Impact of Gender in Dealing with Infertility Issues
5 Struggling with Infertility: The Context of Religious and Cultural Paradigms
6 When Infertility Is Not the Presenting Complaint: Using Genograms to Explore the Issues
7 Involuntarily Childless But Not Necessarily Infertile
8 The Implications of Biotechnology for the Family and the Culture
References
Index
 


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