The Baby Chase: How Surrogacy Is Transforming the American Family

By Leslie Morgan Steiner

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Crazy Love "comes a riveting new narrative about surrogate pregnancy from both sides of the equation the parents and the gestational carrier.
Once considered a desperate, even morally suspect option, surrogacy is now sweeping headlines, transforming the lives of celebrity mothers and fathers like Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman and Elton John, and changing the face of motherhood and the American family. But how much do we really know about it? And is it really as easy and accessible emotionally, financially, legally and physically as magazines make it out to be? We often hear about successful outcomes, but little about the journey about the precious hope that starts it all, the ups and downs of finding a surrogate, the heartache and obstacles, the risks and expenses at every step, or the unbelievable joy when years of determination pay off. In "The Baby Chase, " acclaimed writer Leslie Morgan Steiner weaves three stories together of a nurse, a firefighter, and the Indian gestational carriers and doctors who helped them to provide one intensely personal look at what makes surrogacy so controversial, fascinating, and in some cases, the only ray of hope for today's infertile parents-to-be.

Rhonda Wile and her husband Gerry struggled for years with infertility. With perseverance that shocked everyone around them, they tried every procedure and option available unsuccessfully until they finally decided to hire a surrogate. While surrogacy was being touted as a miracle for hopeful parents, for Rhonda and Gerry, it seemed an impossible and unaffordable dream. Until they came across the beaming smile of a beautiful Indian woman on the internet and, within a few short months, embarked on a journey that would take them deep into the emerging world of Indian carriers, international medical tourism, and the global surrogacy community.

Moving, page-turning, and meticulously researched, this complex human story is paired with an examination of the issues religious, legal, medical and emotional that shapes surrogacy as a solution both imperfect and life-changing."


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About the Hardcover

Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publish date 03/20/2014
Pages 289
ISBN-13 9781250002945
Language English