Synopses & Reviews
Helping the Stork The sourcebook for all the information parents-to-be need to know about the choices and challenges of donor insemination Each year donor insemination (DI) offers a pathway to parenthood for the hundreds of thousands who turn to family-building alternatives. Although DI is considered as often as adoption, couples facing male infertility, as well as single women and lesbian couples, have had few places to turn for information about this method, which has been shrouded in secrecy. In Helping the Stork, parents-to-be, as well as friends and family, doctors, and counselors, can explore the choices and challenges raised by this alternative to overcoming childlessness. This comprehensive handbook moves through each step of the process: reaching a solid decision about whether donor insemination is the best choice for a family's future; handling the difficult issue of privacy; selecting a donor and getting started; and learning to thrive as a family meeting DI's added challenges. Full of wisdom from medical and mental health experts, Helping the Stork is also enriched with stories from many families who share their insights and experiences. This book is a reassuring, supportive, and helpful guide that no one considering or going through the process of donor insemination should be without. Visit us online at http://www.mcp.com/mgr
Did you know that donor insemination is as widespread a means of family-building as adoption? Few people realize it because of the secrecy usually surrounding this choice -- a choice hundreds of thousands of people consider each year. Childless couples and single women are in greater need than ever of an informative, complete, and supportive "bible" on the subject. This is the one book that people will want to get all the help they need when considering this option.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-292) and index.
About the Author
Carol Frost Vercollone, M.S.W., became the first clinical social worker to join the staff of the national infertility organization Resolve, and currently offers workshops for those involved with donor insemination. Heidi and Robert Moss have two children conceived with the help of a donor, and share their experiences throughout the book. Heidi created a DI hotline for a Resolve chapter, and earned her degree in social work in order to counsel parents-to-be Robert is a college biology professor and contributor to both science and education journals.
Table of Contents
A Note on Terminology.
Chapter One--Family Building: DI as an Option.
Chapter Two--Facing Tough Choices.
Chapter Three--Understanding Your Donor Options.
Chapter Four--Getting Started.
Chapter Five--Trying Times: When Donor Insemination Takes Its Time.
Chapter Six--Becoming Pregnant: Shock, Relief, Fear, and Joy.
Chapter Seven--Growing with DI.
Chapter Eight--Changing Families, Different Challenges.
Chapter Nine--Guiding Those Who Care: Advice for Confidants.
Chapter Ten--Humor in Hindsight.