In Taking Baby Steps, Jody Lynee Madeira takes readers inside the infertility experience, from dealing with infertility-related emotions through forming treatment relationships with medical professionals to confronting difficult medical decisions. Based on hundreds of interviews, this book investigates how women, men, and medical professionals negotiate infertility's rocky terrain to create life and build families-a journey across personal, medical, legal, and ethical minefields that can test mental and physical health, friendships and marriages, spirituality, and financial security.
Jody Lynee Madeira is Professor of Law at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University - Bloomington, and the author of Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Prologue Part One. infertility as an emotional experience 1. Consent and Sensibility: Emotions, Decision Making, and Informed Consent in Reproductive Medicine 2. "The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants": Patients' and Providers' Reflections on Desperation 3. Conceptive Catch-22s: The Benefits and Burdens of Infertility Emotions Part Two. (re)productive treatment relationships: from choosing a provider to collaborating in conception 4. Off to See the Wizard: On the Road to Treatment 5. Being Patient: Patients' Perspectives on Treatment Relationships 6. Doctoring Hope: Providers' Perspectives on Treatment Relationships Part Three. documenting the informed consent experience 7. Is Informed Consent in Reproductive Medicine in Critical Condition? 8. Filling in the Blanks: How Patients and Providers Experience Informed Consent 9. For Forms' Sake: Comparing IVF and Embryo Disposition Forms Conclusion: Thinking outside the Signature Box Appendix: Methodology Notes Glossary of Common Fertility Terms Index