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I found this book to be incredibly informative and gave a great deal of insight on Modern Reproduction It scored extra points because shethe author Liza Mundy did not go for the panic angle as I had originally worried at the beginning She does come back to how little we know about the assisted reproduction and the full effects it has on children and the future offspring of them but not gratingly As well she gives many examples on the effect
"it has sociallyfamily dynamicsI definitely recomend this book to others who "has sociallyfamily dynamicsI definitely recomend this book to others who an interest in the subject This is an interesting book and is very well the subject This is an interesting book and is very well but I feel like Liza Mundy and I are fascinated by different things I love poetic science writing and uestions about humanity while Mundy likes to consider a different type of humanity that of personhood and ethics and legal matters The first chapter and the last chapter are definitely the best ones Assisted reproduction It seemed precisely the sort of social situation for which alcohol was invented You are an egg donor seated in the midst of a large group of strangers looking at ou with goodwill and curiosity and Please Dont Tickle The Tiger yes indeedou would like a margarita please very much and thank ouIn fact assisted reproduction has given humankind many changing legacies It has transformed families their size and structure and make up Simultaneously a science and a social construct it truly is a culture People think medicine is a science but it s a human civilization that has s practices behavior just like a primitive tribe In medicine our practices s and behaviors are veiled in a cloak of professionalism and even worse there s a kind of cargo cult of science This being America parenting is an ideology The morally acceptable Holy Grail of the modern two child family is balance one boy one girl But assisted reproduction has also dramatically impacted our thinking about human life when life begins what life is and morally what can and should be done with it Most of all what reproductive science is done is remind us that having children and loving children is an unstoppable urge that humans have an overpowering need to have to be a familyReproductive science is a testament to what we will do we women we men to have the children we love and long for In her litany of acknowledgements Mundy concludes with a poignant and pertinent tribute to her own children with a poignant and pertinent tribute to her own children no one takes books as seriously as elementary school students who are often were told so often the books matter and who wonderfully believe this to be true And possibly no one considers the topic of trying to have children as worthy as children themselves Reuired reading for our contemporary page in history Everything Conceivable does what I would not have imagined possible examines the complicated ins and outs of assisted reproductive technology and all the associated social conseuences without losing compassion for those seeking to have children or minimizing the related scientific social and individual risksThere s a great deal here to give heart to those trying to deal with infertility male sterility is all but vanuished in the United States for example thanks to new ways of introducing sperm to the nucleus of an egg and Mundy emphasizes just how much the children born of parents utilizing reproductive technologies are loved and cherished There. Award winning journalist Liza Mundy captures the human narratives as well as the science behind the controversial multibillion dollar fertility industry and examines how this huge social experiment is transforming our most basic relationships and even our destiny as a speciesSkyrocketing infertility rates and dizzying technologi. ,
Summary Everything Conceivable How Assisted Reproduction Is Changing Men Women and the World.
Are no shortage of incredible stories about the lengths parents go to to conceive and the deep satisfaction they feel when they meet their child stories about families being woven of whole new cloth of gay and lesbian parents of half siblings who have become kin to one another despite being born a thousand miles apart linked by the a biological donation of an egg or spermYet Mundy is also Exacting In Detailing How Unprepared We Are Societally And Evolutionarily in detailing how unprepared we are societally and evolutionarily deal with the conseuences of ART Infertility for example often has a purpose preventing a parent who is a carrier of disease from passing that on to another generation Rates of cystic fibrosis for Example Have Significantly Increased Since have significantly increased since use of ART Men are now passing genetic infertility on to their sons and women the idiosyncrasy of their womb s shape size or capability to carry a child to term Without registries to provide medical information about sperm and egg donors most are completely anonymous there is no way for a child to know his or her complete genetic medical history and there is the possibility of half siblings unknowingly dating marrying and having children with one another The United States also maintains a ban on embryo research meaning that we have children with one another The United States also maintains a ban on embryo research meaning that we have idea if the culture medium in which embryos are grown has any effect on the child who grows from their cells Very early research abroad suggests es it s possible children conceived through IVF are for example likely as embryos to spontaneously split and become twins than their naturally conceived counterparts and culture medium is the most likely cause As the author points out the long term effects of IVF and high dose fertility drugs on children have not been explored can t be explored because of the ban on embryo research Then there s the effect on a woman s body of carrying multiples even twins are a rare phenomenon in non ART pregnancy but with ART pregnancies multiples become and common Aside from developmental problems experienced by children as a result which escalate wildly with three and babies there s the cost to the mother whose womb is evolutionarily designed to carry about 10lbs no Mundy does not suggest that any of this should outweigh the joy that a much wanted child brings to a family She does persuasively argue however that we have given sufficient thought to the long term conseuences of ART Her prescription is not that ART should cease but that we should step up to the plate with better regulation of the ART industry better public health information about the causes of infertility of which the most common in women is age and a comprehensive support and counseling system for would be parents She also challenges the women s movement to figure out how to better support women as they navigate the challenge of infertility The most sophisticated assisted reproductive technologies are available to those who can pay or whose jobs have liberal enough insurance policies to cover most costs Where does that leave poor women Non white women whose nearest infertility specialist is racist Lesbian women in places where no doctor supports their vision of family Women with incomplete medical information who believe the doctor who tells them it s necessary to implant four five six embryos The women s movement Mundy charges has a responsibility not only tow. Cal advances are revolutionizing American families and changing the way we think about parenthood childbirth and life itself Using in depth reporting and riveting anecdotal material from doctors families surrogates sperm and egg donors infertile men and women single and gay and lesbian parents and children conceived through tech. Ard women seeking to control their reproduction by choosing not to have children at a given moment in time but also to women who want kids and need help to make it happenI can t help but think of the proverb that cautions may ou live in interesting times This was a fascinating look at the ever growing fertility industry and the medical professionals and patients involved in it For the most part it is uite even handed and thoroughly researched and raises some compelling uestions even if they remain unanswered in this book about the future of human reproduction The most thorough and
exhaustive book I have read on this topic to date Damn Reallybook I have read on this topic to date Damn Really book thought provoking There topic to date Damn Really amazing book Very thought There so many things that will stick with me after reading this the widely observed notion that adults in search of fertility treatments are motivated than cancer patients the downstream conseuences of ICSI for male infertility and the unregulated nature of the fertility industry The relationship between abortion prochoice and prolife positions and the attitudes toward various assisted reproductive technologies was very illuminating to me This book honestly challenged my own preconceptions about this one certain common ART procedure in ways I did not expect I bought this book for a pittance at a Goodwill I got than my money s worth I don t think I ll look at the many children in my neighborhood uite the same now Just how many of them were conceived andor carried via ART The desire to reproduce is out of control Women and their partners are paying billions of dollars annually with the hopes of creating new life as if there isn t enough life for this planet to support Well researched and non judgemental Everything Conceivable challenges reproductive technologies today as well as the concepts of mother and fatherhood brother and sister and what it means to be pregnant I bought this book because I loved Mundy s Code Girls and wanted to read something similar She does a wonderful job of taking far reaching and broad topics and making them manageable without reducing the scope of her inuiry It is than ten ears out of date at this point but it provides a useful background for anyone interested in the subject I chose this book as one of my Pregnancy Birth readings for my certification because assisted reproduction is just something I don t know about from personal experience and I m sure I ve already worked with families using assisted reproduction as a doula and childbirth educator whether I know it or notActually I know I ve worked with families using assisted reproduction since I was a oung teenager one of the families I babysat for then was a single lesbian mom who eventually had 6 children 4 or 5 by birth and 1 or 2 by adoption The ART she used was pretty low tech as far as I knowI learned a lot about how modern ART works what the options and possibilities are and what some of the pitfalls and challenges may beFavorite uote Urologists have refined microsurgery to the point where if a man has a pocket of motile sperm anywhere if for example the majority of his sperm are dead but there is live sperm in one tubule they can retrieve it and use it They re like the SWAT team of reproductive surgeons trained to get the hostage out safely In military hospitals these are actually called commando extractions p Nology Mundy explores the impact of assisted reproduction on individuals as well as the ethical issues raised and the potentially vast social conseuences The unforgettable personal stories in Everything Conceivable run the gamut from joyous to tragic; all of them raise uestions we dare not ignore From the Trade Paperback edition.