Geneviève Delaisi de Parseval

Infertility and the Pain It Causes Nine Months in a Psychoanalyst’s Life Publication date : September 17, 2014

Geneviève Delaisi de Parseval is a psychoanalyst specialising in issues of fertility, reproduction and filiation. She is the author of numerous works, including Enfant de Personne, La Part de la mère and L’Art d’accommoder les bébés, all published by Editions Odile Jacob. She is an associate member of the main international bioethical organisations.

‘A parallel world exists in France, one made up of infertile people. Sterility is a problem that affects, or has affected, 10% of the population at some time in their lives. People suffering from sterility are generally very well informed and have given reproductive issues more serious thought than most people for whom getting pregnant is easy and requires no medical assistance. And the infertile will do anything to have a child.
‘Since the 1980s, in my dual capacity as an ethno-psychotherapist, and while keeping abreast of the latest technical advances, I have tried to understand the norms and values of both the providers of medically assisted reproductive technology (physicians and legislators) and of those who desperately want a child.
‘In this book, I have taken on the challenge of sharing my daily clinical practice and of introducing the reader to an unusual ‘family lab’ revealing the quasi-futuristic aspects of clinical ART. The narrative of these personal and family stories discloses a new and, until now, little-known dimension of reproduction and gives rise to a number of completely new questions,’ writes Delaisi de Parseval.

• A fascinating plunge into reproductive issues.
• Personal accounts, family experiences.
• The emergence of a new society, seen through the prism of reproductive issues.