Description from Amazon.com
This clearly written technical handbook guides couples who are trying to conceive in determining whether they are eligible for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and in selecting the program that will help them achieve the best results. It describes in detail the anatomy and physiology of conception and the steps required for realizing it in the IVF procedure. In addition to providing accurate information, the practitioner authors address emotional, financial, physical, and moral-religious issues involved in the decision to conceive with medical assistance. Despite its experimental reputation and persistent high cost, IVF is an appropriate option for many of the estimated 3.3 million infertile couples in the U.S. today, so this specialized manual speaks to a rather large audience of potential users. Kathryn Carpenter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Booklist, September 1, 1995
Clearly written...IVF is an appropriate option for many of the estimated 3.3 million infertile couples in the U.S. today, so this specialized manual speaks to a rather large audience --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Based on firsthand experience gathered at Pacific Fertility Medical Centers in California, one of the most successful IVF programs in the country, In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T* of Making Babies provides the most up-to-date, thorough overview on this increasingly common procedure.
Candid and jargon-free, the book guides readers through a maze of scientific fact and fiction.
Coverage includes: New! Breakthrough techniques and in vitro options for older women Couple eligibility Program selection The IVF procedure Ways to reduce the cost of IVF A new treatment for male infertility Alternatives to IVF.
In Vitro Fertilization comes from direct experience. The authors, among them an in vitro clinic coordinator and a clinic founder, have seen the emotional extremes of the process and the tremendous financial commitment it demands. Yet, until In Vitro Fertilization there has not been a comprehensive source of information that helps couples understand the options and recent advances of IVF. Here is an important first step on the road from in vitro fertilization to family. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Author
Approximately 40,000 babies are born through in vitro fertilization in the United States. 3,600 come from us alonethat's a lot of babies (Dr. Geoffrey Sher, founder of the Pacific fertility center, featured in the October 26, 1997 edition of The New York Times Magazine). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Great for the confused IVF newbie..., August 23, 2001
Very informative and organized, February 9, 2001
"The Art of Making Babies" provides a detailed overview of each step in the process from the initial meeting with your physician to what to expect in the final stages. The book has answered many of our questions. In addition, the book also provides questions you should ask when looking for an IVF facility or entering a particular stage of the process.
This book is informative, organized, and well written., February 7,
Description from BarnesandNoble.com
"...an examination into the growth of infertility in the United States and an exploration of in vitro fertilization options...a thorough reference about this often controversial procedure."
From the Publisher
In Vitro Fertilization is a comprehensive guide to this increasingly common and successful practice for the 3.3 million couples in the United States seeking alternative means of conception. It discusses everything you need to know about IVF, including how to find and choose the best in vitro programs, what to expect as you go through the process, and what your chances are of achieving a successful pregnancy. The book is designed to prepare couples for the complex and emotional process of IVF, and it has been specially updated to cover the latest developments in the field. No one considering IVF should overlook this indispensable reference.
Kerith (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 5, 2000,
James (KW61293@aol.com), 34 yr old male-, April 26, 2000,
Table of Contents
Ch. 1 The Growing Dilemma of Infertility 1
Ch. 2 The Anatomy and Physiology of Reproduction 6
Ch. 3 Natural Conception and IVF: Two Pathways to Pregnancy 29
Ch. 4 IVF Step 1: Preparation for Treatment 39
Ch. 5 IVF Step 2: Induction of Ovulation 49
Ch. 6 IVF Step 3: Egg Retrieval 64
Ch. 7 IVF Step 4: Embryo Transfer 76
Ch. 8 Who Are Most Likely to Be Successful IVF Candidates? 86
Ch. 9 Is IVF the Most Appropriate Option? 102
Ch. 10 Shaping Realistic Expectations about IVF 121
Ch. 11 How to Find the Right IVF Program 134
Ch. 12 GIFT and Other Alternatives to IVF 145
Ch. 13 Third-Party Parenting: Other Options for Couples with Intractable Infertility 155
Ch. 14 Ethical Implications of Fertility Technology 168
Ch. 15 Putting the IVF House in Order 182
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