Frozen Dreams: Psychodynamic Dimensions of Infertility and Assisted Reproduction

Frozen Dreams: Psychodynamic Dimensions of Infertility and Assisted Reproduction

By: Allison Rosen (editor), Jay Rosen (editor)Paperback

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Wedding up-to-date scientific information to an understanding of the emotional burdens and ethical dilemmas that inhere in reproductive medicine, Frozen Dreams: Psychodynamic Dimensions of Infertility and Assisted Reproduction provides an overview of the psychology of infertility patients and of the evaluative, administrative, and especially psychotherapeutic issues involved in helping them. The contributors to this volume, who include professionals from nationally prestigious reproductive programs as well as psychotherapists who evaluate and work clinically with infertility patients, explore the complex choices about life and death that are the daily experience of infertility specialists. In voices equally authoritative and intimate, psychotherapists and other health professionals explore the therapeutic process with patients and couples struggling with miscarriage, infertility, childlessness, the possibility of adoption, and the promise of assisted pregnancy. And the contributors are equally attentive to the range of issues that challenge physicians and nurses active in reproductive medicine, intent on providing practical information that will aid decision-making in this demanding area of practice. Written for a large audience of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, researchers, nurses, physicians, and general readers, Frozen Dreams is a fascinating introduction to the human face of reproductive medicine. Filled with intriguing and edifying case histories, it will appeal to all mental health professionals who work with adult patients through their childbearing years. For professionals who work inside the complex world of infertility treatment, Frozen Dreams will quickly become an essential text that is turned to repeatedly for information, guidance, reassurance, and revitalization.

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About Author

Allison Rosen, Ph.D., is Supervisor of Psychotherapy, Past President, and Fellow, William Alanson White Institute; Co-Founder of the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group, American Society of Reproductive Medicine; Medical Advisory Board Member FertileHope; Assistant Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Jay Rosen is President, Xint Corp (information technology), and an activist in education and desegregation.


Introduction I. The Psychological Burden of Infertility 1. Psychological Changes in Infertility Patients - Linda Hammer Burns II. From the Therapist's Side 2. Therapist Anxiety about Motivation for Parenthood - Laura Josephs 3. When the Therapist Is Infertile - Nancy Freeman 4. The Therapist's Negative Preconceptions about Infertility Treatment - Linda D. Applegarth 5. Therapist Anger, Despair, Cynicism - Judith Kottick 6. Riding the Elephant in the Room: How I Use Countertransference in Couples Therapy - Todd Essig 7. From Infertility to Adoption - Ann F. Malav' III. Special Circumstances, Special Treatment Challenges 8, Treating Single Mothers by Choice - Elizabeth A. Grill 9. Miscarriage and Stillbirth - Sharon N. Covington 10. When the Patient Has Experienced Severe Trauma - Robert I. Watson Jr. 11. Extraordinary Circumstances: Termination of Three Pregnancies Conceived with Donated Oocytes - Shelley Lee and Frederick Licciardi IV. Career Journals 12. The Nurse's Perspective in a Reproductive Program - Maria Jackson 13. Two Decades as an Infertility Therapist - Dorothy Greenfeld

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/03/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780881634402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 316
  • ID: 9780881634402
  • weight: 430
  • ISBN10: 0881634409

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