Baby-Making: What the new reproductive treatments mean for families and society

Hardcover | October 20, 2011

byBart Fauser, Paul Devroey

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In the developing world, the choices available to couples for fertility treatments in the 21st century are wider than ever before. This is a time when most types of infertility can be treated by modern "test-tube" methods, yet reproduction itself has become inextricably bound with social andpolitical trends - declining birth rates, delayed first pregnancy, childbirth beyond the age of 40, the state funding of infertility treatment - fertility treatment is a hot topic, high on the agenda of politicians in their efforts to reverse declining national fertility rates. The range of new technologies is expansive, from embryo selection by genetic analysis to egg donation in the over-forties and cryopreservation. Today, the "assistance" of conception with treatments such as IVF reflects a life-choice whose context is immediately social, cultural, personal, andpolitical. Arguing that these new technologies allow the 'design' of babies in a way which is far beyond the spontaneity of nature, Bart Fauser and Paul Devroey describe the new treatments, consider what they can do, and look at how far they have come in shaping our everyday lives. Considering the widerimplications of fertility treatment, they also look at the issues it raises, and evaluate how far treatments can, and should, go.

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In the developing world, the choices available to couples for fertility treatments in the 21st century are wider than ever before. This is a time when most types of infertility can be treated by modern "test-tube" methods, yet reproduction itself has become inextricably bound with social andpolitical trends - declining birth rates, del...

Professor Bart Fauser is Chair of the Departments of Reproduction and Gynecology, Obstretrics, Neonatology, and PsychoNeuroImmunology at the University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands. As a reprodutive endocrinologist, he is the author of around 350 chapters of textbooks and scientific papers. From 2000 to 2006 he was Editor-i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:October 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. How can we design babies?2. Why would anyone want to design a baby?3. The infertility epidemic4. IVF treatments for infertility5. Egg, sperm and embryo donation6. Fertility treatments in fertile patients7. Who should pay? Fertility as a lifestyle choice, infertility as a social problem