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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Zara Griswold  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Zara Griswold on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Zara is a former high school English teacher who is now a stay-at-home-mom. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University

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Titles At Your Library

Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories
ISBN: 1933449187

Nightengale Press. 2006

Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories documents the true stories of twenty women who had children via surrogacy. Surrogacy is a complete possibility in today's day and age, but anyone considering this route to parenthood should know the pros and cons. The women featured go to surrogacy for a variety of reasons, ranging from Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH) to cancer to unexplained infertility and everything in between. Some of the journeys go rather smoothly-while others are filled with one obstacle after another. Some of the women have children already and want to add to their family, while most are attempting to become moms for the first time. What they all have in common, however, is that every woman whose story is told knows what it's like to be an intended mother-the term for the "mother to be" if and when a baby is born. And all of the women ultimately end up having a child (or more) through surrogacy. When I first started researching surrogacy, I was fortunate to find several Online support groups. As I gave and received support to so many other women I became fascinated with the extent to which people would go to simply have a baby. I realized that their stories-our stories-needed to be heard thus, the idea for this book was born. For the millions of women who have been touched by infertility in some way, or know someone who has, Surrogacy Was the Way will open their eyes to amazing possibilities. It will show them that they do have options, and with persistence and faith, they can achieve their dreams of motherhood after all.

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