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 Catholicsis 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 Catholicspresents 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.
"Abundant fruit here for the faithful."
“Such a thorough and compassionate book of this depth and breadth could only have been written by a truly faithful Catholic tried by suffering. Though a clear exposition of the science, morality, Church teaching, and theology [of infertility], this is no dry treatise. Though chock-full of genuine, raw testimonies, this is no sanitized morality tale. The authors’ humility, faithfulness, and obedience—tested by the unique pain of infertility—has borne abundant fruit here for the faithful. This is one of those books of which you always need an extra gift copy on hand.”
Damon Clarke Owens Executive Director Theology of the Body Institute
"Well-written, thorough, and highly recommended."
"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. Co-Founder and Director National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Infertility
“A river of healing waters."
“A river of healing waters for the hearts of those walking the journey of infertility, and a comprehensive, yet succinct guide for family life ministers committed to accompanying them.”
Lucia Baez Luzondo Director of Family Life Archdiocese of Miami
"A beautiful blend of Church teaching, spirituality, and personal testimony."
“TheInfertility Companion for Catholicsis 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!”
Steven Bozza Director Respect Life Office Archdiocese of Philadelphia