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Fertility HolidaysIVF Tourism and the Reproduction of Whiteness$
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Amy Speier

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479827664

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479827664.001.0001

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From Hope to Alienation

From Hope to Alienation

North Americans Enter the Baby Business

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(p.17) 1 From Hope to Alienation
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Fertility Holidays
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Amy Speier

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479827664.003.0002

This chapter introduces North Americans and describes their reactions to being diagnosed with infertility and the culturally meaningful ways they respond. Often, their responses are contradictory. There are particular stages of treatment using reproductive technologies, and the chapter then traces these patients’ movement through the “baby business” in the United States. Ultimately, the chapter ends with their alienation and disillusionment with overpriced treatment options.

Keywords:   (gendered) infertility, positive thinking, individual responsibility, hard work, gambling, stigma, baby business, alienation, lack of care

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