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Expecting miracles : on the path of hope from infertility to parenthood
Zouves, Christo.
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New York : Henry Holt, 1999.
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xviii, 266 pages ; 25 cm
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The medical director of the Pacific Coast Fertility Center reveals the combination of compassion and technology that can make the difference in conceiving a child.

Author Notes

Christo Zouves, M.D., is the medical director at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco and a member of RESOLVE's Medical Advisory panel. RESOLVE is a national resource organization for those battling infertility. He lives outside of San Francisco with his wife and two children.
Julie Sullivan is a reporter for The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Washington.

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Booklist Review

Zouves and Sullivan describe the former's successful work with 20 infertile couples, and although some procedures are used by more than one couple, the story of each is unique. There are cases involving shared-owner ovum donation, various types of surrogate motherhood, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and various combinations of techniques. One couple had experienced secondary infertility after successfully giving birth. One couple, at least, was originally attracted to Zouves because of his money-back guarantee. Different cases allow Zouves to look at egg donations from the donor's and the receiver's perspectives, and another presents an RN who donated three times because she so enjoyed bringing happiness to despairing couples who had often been through long and unpleasant procedures that failed. Among the most unusual cases are those of a gestational pregnancy involving two sisters and one that eventuated in twins for a lesbian couple. Throughout, the book is upbeat, lively, and free of unnecessary technical terms. --William Beatty

Publisher's Weekly Review

Motivated by the desire to have a child, many couples have overcome infertility problems with medical intervention. Zouves, who is the medical director at the Pacific Coast Fertility Center, now recounts, with the assistance of Sullivan, a reporter for the Spokane, Ore., Spokesman-Review, many stories of the women and men he has treated by performing in vitro fertilization, by ISCI (the direct injection of a single sperm into an egg), by implanting frozen embryos and by recommending the use of egg donors and surrogates who are paid to bear a child for the infertile couples. However, with the exception of Carol and her husband SteveÄwho decided to adopt after becoming psychologically exhausted by Carol's painful and expensive fertility treatmentsÄall of Zouves's anecdotes end with ecstatic parents who bring home a brand new baby. Given that these technological procedures have a high failure rate, it is difficult not to view this account as a rosy advertisement for the services of the author's clinic. Several of the cases suggest that the doctor rarely turns down anyone who expresses a desire to have a child and can back it up with the financial wherewithal to gamble on new medical technologies. Zouves includes descriptions of how he helped a couple in their 50s to have a child and how he treated a menopausal woman who had a history of breast cancer with dangerous hormones in the hope that she would become pregnant. Even more disquieting is his spirited defense of the fertility clinic's money-back guarantee program, which the AMA has condemned as exploitive and misleading. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is an excellent book with a captive readership: the one percent of infertile couples who must resort to high technology to conceive children. Zouves, a medical director of a large San Francisco fertility practice, writes convincingly and with great feeling about seemingly impossible cases. The patients are as diverse as the procedures: lesbian and straight couples, older and younger couples, several of them adoptive parents seeking more children via intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) with or without surrogacy and donor eggs. Zouves is himself the father of two children, one autistic; he displays real empathy for his patients, dealing as they do with a medical condition that alters every aspect of family life. Not only the infertile but their families and friends can benefit from this book; buy multiple copies. Highly recommended.ÄCatherine Arnott Smith, Ctr. for Biomedical Informatics, Univ. of Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Rosamond Rhodes, Ph.D.
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introduction: The Pressure of Lifep. xv
1 Dream Babiesp. 3
2 Life Lessonsp. 13
3 The Right Blendp. 28
4 Hopep. 42
5 The Rigors of the Sciencep. 48
6 Pictures Don't Liep. 59
7 The Bleeding Edgep. 73
8 Hello, My Lovep. 90
9 An Open Bookp. 103
10 Bittersweetp. 116
11 In the Desertp. 132
12 Givingp. 146
13 Receivingp. 159
14 Sistersp. 167
15 A Hard Frostp. 183
16 Survivorsp. 196
17 Two Mothersp. 206
18 Investing in the Futurep. 217
19 On-linep. 228
20 A Mother's Lovep. 236
21 Second Opinionsp. 247
22 Points of Lightp. 254