Book Review - Adopting After Infertility

I finished Adopting After Infertility by Patricia Irwin Johnson a few days ago, and I thought I'd post a review!  The book was published in the early 1990s, so some of the information and ideas felt a little outdated, but overall it was a very thorough book which presents infertile prospective adopters with a lot of good information and things to think about.

My one qualm with the book was the author's insistence that infertile people should feel entitled (for lack of a better word) to specify the sex of the baby they are willing to adopt.  The author presents this as a way for infertile couples to take back some of the control over family planning which was lost in the infertility process.  Perhaps in the early 90s this practice was more acceptable, but from my research, many adoption agencies do not allow you to specify the sex of your baby during the adoption process, and those that DO allow this will warn you that it can add significant time to the process, particularly if birthmothers do not want to find out the sex of their baby prior to delivery.

I feel like I'm really bad at reviewing books, because I don't give thorough overviews of the content.  This is usually because I'm taking my time to read the book, but not taking notes, and the books I've covered thus far are all pretty comprehensive in terms of topics covered.  If you're interested in more information about the book, I would suggest checking out the Goodreads page for the book: Adopting After Infertility.  You can also find other reader reviews of the book on this page!

1 comment:

MnMnbaby2be said...

This book has been on my bookshelf for the last 6 months. I still haven't read it yet. I bought it because our agency recommended it, but every time I opened it I felt that we were kind of past this book. Maybe I'll read it next. We're both ok with our infertility now, so I didn't really feel it was so important. You liked it though?