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The Baby Chase: How Surrogacy Is Transforming the American Family

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love comes a riveting new narrative about surrogate pregnancy from both sides of the equation—the parents and the gestational carrier.

Once considered a desperate, even morally suspect option, surrogacy is now sweeping headlines, transforming the lives of celebrity mothers and fathers like Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidm
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Carol
Jun 02, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
A provocative book on an ethically difficult subject. The title is somewhat misleading, however -- surrogacy is an option chosen by a very small percentage of infertile people. The central figures in this book are a nurse and firefighter, a married couple who tried repeatedly to conceive or adopt a child, and, after multiple failures, opted to have three children carried by paid surrogates in India using a donor egg from a third woman.

The book also gives a rather detailed account of the various
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Lynne
Nov 11, 2014 Lynne rated it really liked it
Portraits of several families and their experiences are the vehicle for this look at the use of foreign surrogate mothers by Americans. The whole issue of fertility treatments and surrogacy is fascinating and is fraught with ethical questions. The author's journalistic yet personal approach shines some light on an area about which too little has been written.
Kirstin
Feb 20, 2014 Kirstin rated it really liked it
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10-12% of people (or 1 in 8) struggle with infertility. Fortunately, the last 50 years have seen unbelievable advances in the field of assistive reproductive technology (ART.) Unfortunately for some people, all the technology in the world still doesn't result in being able to conceive or carry a baby to term. They are left with 2 options: adoption or surrogacy.
The Baby Chase details the journey to surrogacy for one couple, Gerry and Rhonda Wile. Steiner weaves t
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Jeanette
Dec 20, 2013 Jeanette rated it liked it
This is primarily the story of two people, a heterosexual couple, married to each other- the Wiles of Mesa, Az. And the road they took to get their 3 kids. So basically, an infertility tale and every part of it, including all their life histories before they met each other. And with all the costs records of what an infertility cure incurred in their case. It covers the subjects of IVF, surrogate pregnancy and numerous various methods to achieve a baby beyond each other possible path, but not inc ...more
Amanda Birdwell
Jul 23, 2014 Amanda Birdwell rated it really liked it
I'd recommend this to anyone who's had to deal with infertility, regardless of the outcome. I especially loved the breakdown of the realities of "just adopting". A really moving read -- although some of language regarding the drop in fertility after age thirty borders on the histrionic, she captures really well the feelings of wanting a baby and realizing your body is unlikely to make one.
Ang
Apr 19, 2014 Ang rated it liked it
I found this pretty compelling, actually. I think it was the combination of statistics and facts with the very personal story of one couple's journey using surrogates (in India, no less) to create their family. Pretty sad and ultimately, thankfully, happy stuff.
Sara
Apr 16, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
An interesting story, and reasonably well researched, but there are so many uncomfortable assumptions made on the author's part (including the persistent use of the word 'natural,' as in, 'wanting a biological child at any cost is only natural' with no explanation for how the author defines the word) that they end up undermining the entire book. Also, less important, but there are some really wince-worthy moments craft-wise (oh, the awkward similes!).
Shari
Jul 11, 2014 Shari rated it really liked it
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Scary but informative, although perhaps a bit biased towards surrogacy perhaps
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Anita
Feb 22, 2014 Anita rated it liked it
A fascinating subject matter kept me reading this book when the writing needed an editor as desperately as infertile couples seek pregnancy. Example sentence: "However, to keep things simple, Surrogacy India tries basically to keep things simple" (p. 148). Also frequent sentence fragments. Drove me crazy. And abrupt transitions to various topics.
Melissa Kayden
Jun 18, 2014 Melissa Kayden rated it liked it
Very interesting book about a subject I didn't really understand. Steiner covers surrogacy from a financial, legal, and emotional points of view. And seeing surrogacy being "outsourced" to other countries to make it affordable to the middle class families is very interesting.
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Carrie
Dec 14, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it
Interesting story and facts.
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Leslie Morgan Steiner (born July 20, 1965 in Washington, D. C.) is an American author, professional blogger and businesswoman. Her birth name was Leslie Anne Morgan.
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