From entanglement to equanimity

An application of a holistic healing approach into social work practice with infertile couples

Authored by: Yao Hong , Celia Hoi Yan Chan

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138931220
eBook ISBN: 9781315679853
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Infertility is a ‘disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse’ (Zegers-Hochschild et al. 2009: 1522). According to a global estimate of infertility prevalence, it was reckoned that approximately 50 million couples were affected by infertility in 2010 (Mascarenhas et al. 2012). Many of these infertile couples live with infertility as an unresolved event and suffer the biographical disruption it causes for a lengthy period of time. A growing body of literature is identifying the psychosocial consequences and demands associated with infertility and its relevant treatments (Berger and Henshaw 2013; Boivin and Gameiro 2015).

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