Wanting Another Child: Coping with Secondary Fertility

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9780029289389: Wanting Another Child: Coping with Secondary Fertility

A welcome support for couples and an informative resource for practitioners

A full and rich book that explores the special challenges of people facing infertility as parents. The personal stories are emotionally evocative and well balanced with explanations and strategies. A helpful book for parents facing infertility and the people who help them
-- Peg Beck, former executive director, RESOLVE of the Bay State

The author explores the emotional costs of secondary infertility on parents as well as on the child or children the couple already has and provides strategies for coping with and eventually resolving secondary infertility by sharing a variety of personal experiences.

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Secondary infertility is often a "hidden" issue, and couples suffering from the inability to have another wanted child often feel caught in the netherworld between the childless infertile and parents of larger families. Harriet Fishman Simons, a clinician specializing in fertility issues and a support group leader for RESOLVE, an advocacy group for infertile individuals, has been involved in infertility issues for over 20 years. In her book Wanting Another Child: Coping with Secondary Infertility, Simons discusses the plight of the secondarily infertile--the awkwardness of being among infertile couples without children, the pain of watching other families conceive again. The book takes a broad-based look at an issue that is becoming more common as more couples rely on fertility treatments to form their families. Simons weaves personal stories with theory and sociological data. She includes chapters on social and emotional issues (the effects of secondary infertility on the couple as well as friends, family, and coworkers), parenting during secondary infertility issues (helping children cope with their parent's secondary infertility), and possible resolutions to and strategies for coping with secondary infertility. Simons's style may be academic, but the information and message is not, and this book is a welcome addition to a new subfield of study. --Ericka Lutz

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Support and Validation for Couples Experiencing Secondary Infertility

Couples who learn they suffer from secondary infertility find themselves caught between two worlds? that of parents and the childless infertile. With compassion and insight, Wanting Another Child provides a much-needed resource for couples experiencing secondary infertility and the professionals who treat them. This book explores the emotional costs of secondary infertility as well as the effect it may have on the couple?s existing children. Wanting Another Child is filled with success stories and effective strategies for coping with? and eventually resolving?infertility.

Praise for Wanting Another Child

"Finally, a full and rich book that explores the special challenges of people facing infertility as parents. The personal stories are emotionally evocative and well balanced with explanations and strategies. I particularly appreciate the thorough coverage of how complex coping and decision making is when parents must juggle infertility and the many needs of their children. A helpful book for parents facing infertility and the people who help them"?Peg Beck, former executive director, RESOLVE of the Bay State

"Simons offers rich descriptions of the unique process of secondary infertility from assessment to resolution and gives perspective and sound, detailed guidance. This book is a wonderful addition to the resources for infertile couples."?James W. Drisko, assistant professor, Smith College School of Social Work

"This book speaks to the millions of neglected sufferers of secondary infertility, offering not only support and comfort but also coping strategies and survival techniques which will be immediately useful to patients and professionals alike. . . .[This book] will soon join other classics in the infertility literature."?Judith Calica, licensed clinical social worker

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