After the show this morning, Dr. Mary Casey Jacob was kind enough to send along some suggestions for further reading for folks who are considering single motherhood. Mary Casey Jacob, Ph.D. works with patients through the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. You can reach them at 860-679-4156.
Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide, by Mikki Morrissette. (2006)
Helping the Stork, by Carol Vercollone (1997) a book on family building with donor insemination Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination, by Ken Daniels. (2004) New Zealand. Based on interviews with parents who used donor sperm to conceive their children, with an emphasis on their decisions regarding disclosure.
Voices of Donor Conception (Vol. 1): Behind Closed Doors: Moving Beyond Secrecy and Shame, by Mikki Morrissette. (2006) Be-Mondo Publishing. http://www.voicesofdonorconception.com/ Experiences of Donor Conception, by Caroline Lorbach. (2003) Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Based on interviews of parents, offspring, and donors, this book explores the process of donor conception (eggs, sperm, and embryos).
Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who are Considering or Have Chose Motherhood, by Jane Mattes (1994) The Complete Single Mother, by Andrea Enger and Leah Klungness (1995)
Adopting After Infertility, P.I. Johnston (1996) Perspectives Press. Making Sense of Adoption: A Parent’s Guide, by Lois R. Melina. (1989) Harper and Row. A nice chapter-by-chapter discussion on child development, the “normal” questions kids ask about themselves and family at different ages, and how families made via donation, adoption, surrogacy and step-parenting can talk with their children.
Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates : Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families, by Diane Ehrensaft ((2005) New York: Guilford Press
http://singlemothersbychoice.com/ is the website for Single Mothers by Choice
http://www.members.optushome.com.au/dcsg/ This is an online support group for people thinking about conceiving with donors, thinking about being donors, and donor offspring.
Adoptions From the Heart is a Connecticut Adoption Agency dedicated to helping people explore all their family building options…even those this agency could not help you with. Glastonbury 860-657-2626