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  • 05/2017
  • 978-0-692-78546-1 0-692-78546-9
  • 318 pages
  • $14.99
Susan Ring
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The Unexpected Mother: A Surrogate Mother Caught Between Science, the Law, and Humanity (Edition)
Susan A Ring, author

A POWERFUL, CHILLING, TRUE STORY ~ As featured in People Magazine and Dr. Oz, 2016 along with O, The Oprah Magazine 2003 and one of Oprah’s Choices as one of the Top 10 most talked about stories in 2010.

Inside the life of a surrogate mother Susan Ring, a single mother of two who learns upon her second journey, with the same intended parents, she is pregnant with triplets. The parents demand a reduction to twins.

The surrogacy agency informs Susan of the unbelievable, the parents no longer want the twins she is pregnant with, and the intended father is suffering from mental illness. The parents breach the contract, divorce, and abandon Susan and the twins at the hospital, ultimately insisting their children go to social services. Susan refuses to comply and boldly prepares to fight for parentage in a California court with no biological ties.

It is a story of hope, love and letting go. This astonishingly honest memoir raises challenging ethical questions, redefines motherhood, and what it means to be a mother in today’s complex world of infertility. It recognizes how far advanced science has become, and how the law is lagging far behind. Above all, it is a story for our times.

 

 

 

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4.0 out of 5 starsGo For It!

ByRahredondoon July 3, 2017

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Susan's story is a candid perspective/ experience into the world of surrogacy. The good and sometimes what can go wrong even with the best of intentions. Her writing style is a real life accounting of her journey leading to her commitment and determination to make it work. Susan prevails. The book is an easy read and I look forward to the next chapters of her life.

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5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars

ByMark Wellson June 15, 2017

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Awesome book and such a compelling story

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5.0 out of 5 starsWow, what a story!

ByJulie Haighon August 1, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

I started this memoir and finished it in only a few days. Wow! What a story!

Susan Ring birthed a total of eight surrogate babies, for five different families. She had originally looked into egg donation but was too old-she was 38 and the cut-off point is 28. After having her own children and loving being pregnant, she had an urge to help other couples have a child. This book is about her first two surrogacies.

This is a multi-themed memoir: There are lots of issues in here-her mother started to drink heavily, she suffered child abuse too. It's not just about surrogacy; a coming of age memoir. It was so well done, powerful, honest, and revealing. Really very good and I just had to keep reading.

I've read another memoir about two gay guys wanting to be daddies, their journey down the surrogacy route and the difficulties along the way with the birth mother (‘Anything For Amelia: A true story of the challenges endured by two gay men who had the desire to adopt a child’ by Andrew C. Branham-also a very good memoir). This book is from the other side: A divorced woman who has had her own children and is wanting to help couples who haven't been able to have a child. This story is not straightforward either. An action packed memoir.

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5.0 out of 5 starsWhat an amazing journey Susan went through and what an amazing woman ...

ByWendy Sue Noahon July 31, 2017

Format: Paperback

Wow! What an amazing journey Susan went through and what an amazing woman she is! Through all of her tremendous challenges, she stood for what was right, not what was easiest. I laughed, I cried and I even screamed at one point. It was an emotional roller coaster, but I am grateful that Susan took me, and all her readers, for a ride of a life time! It's a story that I will never forget.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 05/2017
  • 978-0-692-78546-1 0-692-78546-9
  • 318 pages
  • $14.99

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