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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 andfatherslike Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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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
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.

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
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
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.
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.
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!).
Scary but informative, although perhaps a bit biased towards surrogacy perhaps
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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
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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Jan 03, 2014 Coco at *My Reading Nook Blog* marked it as to-read
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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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