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Los Angeles Times
"Besides being a good consumer guide, this book will advance the debate about the appropriateness of infertility treatments in older couples." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In 1996, headlines around the world announced that 63-year-old Arceli Keh had just become the oldest woman in the world to give birth. Dr. Richard Paulson had assisted Mrs. Keh by using a donor egg and in vitro fertilization. This incredible example of how assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, can change the course of nature has raised tough biological, emotional, and ethical issues that will be debated for years to come.
Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the "how to" of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy. It tells the story of forty-eight-year-old Sarah, a woman who decides to become a mother after she is no longer physiologically capable of conceiving without technological assistance. We learn about her motivations, her fears, and her hopes, and see the hard decisions she must make about the difficult--but ultimately rewarding--process ahead. Alternating with Sarah's story are chapters that explain the medical procedures involved, including a step-by-step guide to the process of egg donation as well as other reproductive technologies.
For any woman at or approaching menopause--with or without children--or anyone curious about the exciting new possibilities for motherhood Rewinding Your Biological Clock is an invaluable guide for becoming a parent late in life. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
"Before you decide to use infertility medicine, read Rewinding Your Biological Clock. This is the first serious look inside the lives of the prospective parents who use high-tech fertility, and the physicians who worry about when to offer it. You learn a lot in this book about how it will feel for you--and what ethical issues you might stir up in the process. This is a provocative and sensitive book, the best of its kind ever." --Glenn McGee, Ph.D., Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, author of The Perfect Baby
"Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a delightful book, combining an interesting and well-written story with insightful, educational, and biological information about reproduction. The story makes it tangible and keeps one interested, while the biological facts make it informative and provide a fun way to learn." --Alan H. DeCherney, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA School of Medicine
"Here is the compassionate case for coping with forming families at a later age and moving motherhood into maturity. In Paulson's and Sach's cleverly constructed book we see how society, helped by science, can sympathetically complete the frame-shift by extending the childbearing years. It is a good book, a very good book--I'm glad it is being published." --Robert Jansen, M.D., author of Overcoming Infertility
"Rewinding Your Biological Clock presents detailed, current technical information about reproduction in general and third-party reproduction in particular. Paulson and Sachs probe the psychological, sociological, ethical, religious and practical aspects of this controversial therapy with insight, compassion and considerable sensitivity. This book should be invaluable to patients and healthcare professionals working in this field." --Steven J. Ory, M.D., Northwest Center for Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
DR. RICHARD J. PAULSON, M.D., is Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles and director of the University of Southern California Infertility Center. Perhaps the leading authority on egg donation in the United States, he is the physician who achieved a successful pregnancy in the oldest mother in the world.
JUDITH SACHS is a health educator and author of more than twenty books including Nature's Prozac, and The Healing Power of Sex. She has appeared on many major television and radio talk shows. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Description from BarnesandNoble.com
Written by Dr. Paulson and author and health educator Judith Sachs, this
original and daring book rethinks some of society's most fundamental concepts
about motherhood, aging, and life itself. This book tells the story of 48
year-old Sarah, a typical woman who decides to become a mother after she is no
longer physiologically capable of conceiving without assistance. We learn about
her motivations, feel her fears and hopes, and see the hard decisions she must
make with her husband, mother, and sister about the difficult—but ultimately
rewarding—process ahead. Alternating with Sarah's story are chapters that
explain in detail the scientific procedures involved, including a step-by-step
guide to the process of egg donation as well as other reproductive technologies.
Also included are helpful and informative discussions about the moral and
ethical issues involved with medical technology, the role of counselors and
therapists, and especially the development of new technologies for the future.
For any woman at or approaching menopause—with or without children—or anyone
curious about the exciting new possibilities for motherhood, This book is an
invaluable guide to becoming a parent late in life.
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