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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
"Infertility among parents feels different from infertility among the childless," states Simons, who further explains that "secondary infertility [the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after the birth of one or more children] is even more common statistically than primary infertility." The emotional impact of this plight upon both parents and children is examined in this helpful guide. Medical causes and treatments are discussed along with the existence of support groups such as RESOLVE and Parents of Only Children. Simons' concise and compassionate prose is certain to help educate and direct troubled parents. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description