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by Adrienne Arieff

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The Sacred Thread: A True Story of Becoming a Mother and Finding a Family--Half a World Away was entrancing story of finding a gestational surrogate and forming a friendship with her.

Adrienne Arieff and her husband Alex had a great marriage but yearned for child to love. She struggled through several miscarriages because of fibroids but could not bring a child to term. She searched for a surrogacy clinic but found many problems with the ones in the U.S. One of them being that you have no guarantee that the baby will remain yours after it was born and the other is the tremendous cost.

She also had a requirement that she would not budge on concerning the surrogate mother. She wanted to make sure that the surrogate was well treated and cared for.

She found everything that she wanted in the Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Anand, India. This is the story of her experience there and her unique friendship with the surrogate, Vaina.

I have read previous books on surrogacy but never one set in Northern India and that was the bonus for me. It was a great bonus to learn about the culture and habits of the people in that state. This is in addition to story of friendship. The author tells the story as if she was talking to a friend and I really enjoyed that.

Anyone who wants to learn more about surrogacy or even just about the people in a small town in Northern India will definitely enjoy this book. ( )
  Carolee888 | Oct 14, 2012 |
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After three heartbreaking losses, Adrienne Arieff thought she might never become a mother. Then she learned about international surrogacy, found a clinic in India, and embarked on an astonishing journey. Unlike many genetic moms who return home and wait for their baby, Adrienne wanted to feel a connection both to her growing child and to Vaina, the woman who was offering this remarkable gift. So she went back to be Vaina's partner for the last months of her pregnancy. But how do you develop a relationship when you don't share a language or culture? This is a tale of immersing oneself in a foreign land; becoming part of a group of expectant mothers, bonded by their hope for children, and following them on the euphoric highs and crushing lows of their journey; and the development of a deep bond between women who have absolutely nothing in common, except for a shared love of family and children.--From publisher description.… (more)

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