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Carrie Ostrea, author of Family Bound: One Couple's Journey through Infertility and Adoption, is the founder and managing editor of, a popular online wedding planning resource. She lives with her husband, Robert and her son, Ethan, in Ventura County, California. She is a peer counselor for those dealing with infertility and an adoption advocate for prospective parents co

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Family Bound: One Couple's Journey through Infertility and Adoption


Table of Contents



1: Clomid Treatment

2: Artificial Insemination

3: In-Vitro Fertilization, take 1

4: In-Vitro Fertilization, take 2

5: Domestic Adoption

6: Egg Donor Process

7: Egg Donor Procedure and In-Vitro Fertilization, take 3

8: Domestic Adoption, take 2

9: In-Vitro Fertilization, take 4 and International Adoption

10: International Adoption Home Study Agency

11: International Adoption Placement Agency

12: Waiting for a Child

13: September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

14: Our First Referral

15: Our Second Referral

16: Our Court Date

17: Russia

18: The New Mommy

19: Life with Ethan

Appendix A: Self Study Questions

Appendix B: Situations to Consider when Adopting

Appendix C: Resources

Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 198
ISBN: 0-595-27429-3
Published: Apr-2003

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The true story of two people determined to start a family, from the emotional struggle with infertility to the volatile international adoption process.

Statistics show that over two million couples will experience some type of infertility issue when they try to become pregnant.  However, when you are one of those two million, you feel completely alone and believe that no one can truly understand what you are going through.

This honest and revealing book documents one couple's long and arduous journey to become parents from the eyes of the author.  The longer this process took, the more emotional and difficult things became, and the more the author relied on this journal to sort out all the emotions she was having.  She never expected that this journal would last for years, hundreds of hormone shots and pills, blood draws, surgical procedures, terrorist attacks, adoption lawyers and agencies, international flights and the most emotional and financial roller coaster that she had ever been on.  But she and her husband were desperate to become parents, to have their own child to love, to hug, to experience life with.
By sharing their experience, this book offers insight into the emotional, physical and sociological effects infertility and adoption have on a couple's relationship, their families, friends and themselves as individuals.  It also provides in-depth detail of popular infertility treatments, domestic and international adoption processes.


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