The Infertility Companion for Catholics
Publication date: March 26, 2012
One in every six United States couples experiences infertility but Catholic couples face additional confusion, worry, and frustration as they explore the medical options available to them. Filling a major void in Catholic resources, The Infertility Companion for Catholics is the first book to address not only the medical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of infertility, but also the particular needs of Catholic couples who desire to understand and follow Church teaching on the use of assisted reproductive technology.
Authors Angelique Ruhi-López and Carmen Santamaría offer the support and wisdom gained in their own struggles with infertility. They describe the options that Catholic couples can pursue in seeking to conceive, many of which are not ordinarily presented by the medical community. In an encouraging and non-judgmental tone, they address both husbands and wives and help them recognize the emotional impact of infertility on their relationship.
The Infertility Companion for Catholics presents a variety of spiritual resources including prayers, devotions, and the wisdom of the saints and provides suggestions for further reading of reference materials, Catholic documents, and Catholic blogs about infertility.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“A much-needed resource.”
“This book provides excellent insights on physical realities, moral implications, psychological ramifications, and Church teachings related to infertility. It is a much-needed resource and I will recommend it to the many couples who turn to Elizabeth Ministry for guidance.”
“In a genre where both Christian and secular books abound, we are so blessed to finally have a resource that is authentically Catholic! The Infertility Companion for Catholics provides a well-thought-out, comprehensive, and sensitive manual for Catholic couples struggling with the difficult cross of infertility.”
Hannah’s Heart Catholic Infertility Support Group
“Provides both hope and solace.”
“The suffering of infertility is an especially painful participation in the cross of Jesus Christ. In this thoughtful guide, the authors provide a spiritual road-map for walking through this suffering in obedience to the call of our Lord. This book provides both hope and solace to Catholic spouses who seek to follow Jesus and to be faithful to his teachings as expressed by the Church.”
Director of Theology Programs
Theological Institute for the New Evangelization
Saint John’s Seminary
“A beautiful blend of Church teaching, spirituality, and personal testimony.”
“The Infertility Companion for Catholics is a sensitive, thought-provoking reflection on the effect of infertility in the lives of couples who experience it. It is a beautiful blend of Church teaching, spirituality, and personal testimony. A must-read for couples having difficulty conceiving and for those who love them!”
Respect Life Office
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
“A much-needed gift.”
“This well-written, well-researched resource is a much-needed gift to Catholic couples struggling with infertility. The authors address all of the major issues faced by Catholic couples who have difficulty conceiving, offering hope, encouragement, and practical guidance. Well-written, thorough, and highly recommended.”
Anne Nolte, M.D.
Cofounder and Director
National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Infertility