This edition: The Beginnings: Special Topic
This lesson illustrates how three families overcame obstacles in their quest to become parents. Each case study illustrates the options available to couples who are struggling to have a child. The first family shares their experience with infertility. Through a medical procedure called in vitro fertilization, they not only became pregnant twice but also eventually gave birth to two lovely daughters. After receiving a host of fertility treatments, the second family eventually decided to adopt a high-risk infant. This infant was born premature with low birthweight as a result of the birth mother’s exposure to teratogens. The third family was able to conceive but was unable to sustain each pregnancy. The family was assisted by a friend, who agreed to serve as a surrogate mother to carry their developing baby to term.