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Conceivability : what I learned exploring the frontiers of fertility

Author: Elizabeth L Katkin
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"A gripping account of one woman's journey through the global fertility industry that exposes eye-opening information about the medical, financial, legal, scientific, emotional, and ethical issues at stake. Elizabeth Karkin never imagined her quest for children would ultimately involve seven miscarriages, eight fresh IVF cycles, two frozen IVF attempts, five natural pregnancies, four IVF pregnancies, ten doctors,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Autobiographies
Named Person: Elizabeth L Katkin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth L Katkin
ISBN: 9781501142369 1501142364 9781501142376 1501142372
OCLC Number: 1021065550
Description: xx, 298 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: From here to infertility: frontline infertility treatments --
Finding the yellow brick road: navigating the fertility labyrinth --
Go east, young lady: the world of complementary and alternative therapies --
You always remember your first: the ups and downs of pregnancy and loss --
Baby steps: minimally invasive treatment --
The big guns: moving on to IVF --
Understanding modern ART: key aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology --
The dark horse: the silent faces of miscarriage --
Down the rabbit hole of third-party parenting: gestational surrogacy --
When it takes a village: surrogacy and egg donation --
Louise's legacy: the business of baby-making --
Pricing the "priceless": big money and the finance of fertility --
The good, the bad, and the eggs: the fundamental debate about egg integrity --
Minding the gaps: reflections on the future of fertility --
Epilogue --
Afterword / by Dr. Joel Batzofin.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Katkin ; afterword by Dr. Joel Batzofin.

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"Part memoir, part guide, this personal ... account of one woman's ... journey through the global fertility industry in search of the solution to her own 'unexplained infertility' exposes ...  Read more...

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