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Cracked open; liberty, fertility, and the pursuit of high tech babies.


Cracked open; liberty, fertility, and the pursuit of high tech babies.

Zoll, Miriam.

Interlink Publishing Group


197 pages



Through a personal memoir, a window is opened into the women's movement and discoveries in reproductive technology. Buying media messages, Zoll postponed motherhood, believing the concept of the biological clock irrelevant due to technological advances. On her journey she learns that reproductive technologies offer much lower odds of success at the age of 40 than advertised. As an educator and advocate in international public health and reproductive rights she was well-equipped to navigate the abundance of studies, statistics, and practices on her way to motherhood through surrogacy. Zoll wants to generate public discourse and a call for regulation in a medical field that has not successfully regulated itself as more people flock to fertility clinics, and become participants in "a vast experience, where evidence-based medicine has yet to establish a reasonable foothold." Cracked Open is not only for people struggling with infertility, but the general reader wishing to stay informed on the health and safety of new technologies in the field of women's reproductive health. There are 18 chapters with afterword, reading group questions and topics for discussion, resources and references, and notes.

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Date:Aug 1, 2013
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