Choosing Single Motherhood

The Thinking Woman's Guide

Author: Mikki Morrissette

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618833320

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 426

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Provides information and advice for women choosing to become single mothers, and includes interviews with family therapists and single mothers on the topic.

Choosing Single Motherhood

The Thinking Woman's Guide

Author: Mikki Morrissette

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547527098

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 448

View: 362

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The comprehensive guide for single women interested in proactively becoming and being a mother—includes the essential tools needed to decide whether to take this step, information on how best to follow through, and insight about answering the child’s questions and needs over time. Choosing Single Motherhood, written by a longtime journalist and Choice Mother (a woman who chooses to conceive or adopt without a life partner), will become the indispensable tool for women looking for both support and insight. Based on extensive up-to-date research, advice from child experts and family therapists, as well as interviews with more than one hundred single women, this book explores • common questions and concerns of women facing this decision, including: Can I afford to do this? Should I wait longer to see if life turns a new corner? How do Choice Mothers handle the stress of solo parenting? • what the research says about growing up in a single-parent household • how to answer a child’s “daddy” questions • the facts about adoption, anonymous donor insemination, and finding a known donor • how the children of pioneering Choice Mothers feel about their lives Written in a lively style that never sugarcoats or sweeps problems under the rug, Choosing Single Motherhood covers the topic clearly, concisely, and with a great deal of heart.

Choosing Single Motherhood

The Thinking Woman's Guide

Author: Mikki Morrissette

Publisher: Be-Mondo Publishing

ISBN: 0977204200

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 363

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"Choosing Single Motherhood is the first comprehensive resource book available for women who have chosen, or are thinking of choosing, single motherhood. Based on extensive research, advice from child experts and family therapists, and conversations with more than one hundred “thinkers' and single mothers, this book funnels twenty-five years of hindsight into up-to-date insight on all aspects of the Choice Motherhood movement Every year thousands of professional, unmarried women debate whether to have a child; this book gives them the tools to make and responsibly execute that decision. From how to answer a child's “daddy” questions to the pros and cons of using a known donor to how the children of pioneering Choice Moms feel about the lifestyle, this book is the one resource needed by every woman who makes this decision."

Single Mothers by Choice

A Guidebook for Single Women who are Considering Or Have Chosen Motherhood

Author: Jane Mattes

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0812922468

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 243

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A handbook for women who have chosen single motherhood offers an analysis of available options, from artificial insemination to adoption, and examines the special problems, questions, and rewards of single motherhood

Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice

How Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family

Author: Rosanna Hertz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198039914

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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A remarkable number of women today are taking the daunting step of having children outside of marriage. In Single By Chance, Mothers By Choice, Rosanna Hertz offers the first full-scale account of this fast-growing phenomenon, revealing why these middle class women took this unorthodox path and how they have managed to make single parenthood work for them. Hertz interviewed 65 women--ranging from physicians and financial analysts to social workers, teachers, and secretaries--women who speak candidly about how they manage their lives and families as single mothers. What Hertz discovers are not ideologues but reluctant revolutionaries, women who--whether straight or gay--struggle to conform to the conventional definitions of mother, child, and family. Having tossed out the rulebook in order to become mothers, they nonetheless adhere to time-honored rules about child-rearing. As they tell their stories, they shed light on their paths to motherhood, describing how they summoned up the courage to pursue their dream, how they broke the news to parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers, how they went about buying sperm from fertility banks or adopting children of different races. They recount how their personal and social histories intersected to enable them to pursue their dream of motherhood, and how they navigate daily life. What does it mean to be 'single' in terms of romance and parenting? How do women juggle earning a paycheck with parenting? What creative ways have women devised to shore up these families? How do they incorporate men into their child-centered families? This book provides concrete, informative answers to all these questions. A unique window on the future of the family, this book offers a gold mine of insight and reassurance for any woman contemplating this rewarding if unconventional step.

A Complete Guide for Single Moms

Everything You Need to Know about Raising Healthy, Happy Children on Your Own

Author: Janis Adams

Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company

ISBN: 1601383975

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 286

View: 1203

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This book is for every mother who is learning how to raise children on her own. Regardless of how you came to be a single mom ù whether it was through divorce, the end of a relationship, surrogacy, adoption, unplanned pregnancy, or the death of a spouse ù this book will walk you through the information you need to know to help you and your child adjust to a new lifestyle. The book covers what to do when pregnant and single and how to rely on your family and friends for support and help. You will learn the basics of early. Child care, including what a child needs in his or her first year, from breastfeeding and diapers, to clothing and travel. You will learn what to expect as your child grows, including the early years of school and the problematic teenage years. This book teaches you how to take care of yourself in addition to your children which includes getting the rest you need and working you way back into dating. You will learn how to prepare yourself for the sacrifices you will be forced to make and how to handle financial matters while raising a child alone. Even the difficult topics are covered, such as the first times you must discuss with your child why his or her father is not present. You will learn when you can fill in as a father figure, when you cannot and what you can do to provide the male influence and support children need during those formative years. If your child's father is involved, this book will teach you how to work with him. You will learn how to raise a boy as a single mother and find positive role models for your children.

An Excellent Choice

Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to Motherhood

Author: Emma Brockes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698402626

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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From the author of She Left Me The Gun, an explosive and hilarious memoir about the exceptional and life-changing decision to conceive a child on one's own via assisted reproduction When British journalist, memoirist, and New York-transplant Emma Brockes decides to become pregnant, she quickly realizes that, being single, 37, and in the early stages of a same-sex relationship, she's going to have to be untraditional about it. From the moment she decides to stop "futzing" around, have her eggs counted, and "get cracking"; through multiple trials of IUI, which she is intrigued to learn can be purchased in bulk packages, just like Costco; to the births of her twins, which her girlfriend gamely documents with her iPhone and selfie-stick, Brockes is never any less than bluntly and bracingly honest about her extraordinary journey to motherhood. She quizzes her friends on the pros and cons of personally knowing one's sperm donor, grapples with esoteric medical jargon and the existential brain-melt of flipping through donor catalogues and conjures with the politics of her Libertarian OB/GYN—all the while exploring the cultural circumstances and choices that have brought her to this point. Brockes writes with charming self-effacing humor about being a British woman undergoing fertility treatment in the US, poking fun at the starkly different attitude of Americans. Anxious that biological children might not be possible, she wonders, should she resent society for how it regards and treats women who try and fail to have children? Brockes deftly uses her own story to examine how and why an increasing number of women are using fertility treatments in order to become parents—and are doing it solo. Bringing the reader every step of the way with mordant wit and remarkable candor, Brockes shares the frustrations, embarrassments, surprises, and, finally, joys of her momentous and excellent choice. From the Hardcover edition.

The Complete Single Mother

Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Concerns

Author: Andrea Engber,Leah Klungness

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440518068

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 480

View: 3104

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Your best resource now completely revised and updated! Being a single mother isn't easy--but with The Complete Single Mother, Third Edition, it just got easier. Long the most popular source of encouragement and advice for single moms, this engaging, enlightening guide explores such important issues as: Finances Dealing with the absent father Custody Dating and remarriage With a new chapter devoted to children with special needs, as well as inspirational sidebars about famous single mothers, this updated classic is the supportive, one-stop handbook you'll turn to again and again!

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

Author: Henci Goer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440674302

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 384

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As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth—it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not support common medical opinion and practice. Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. The book covers: Cesareans Breech babies Inducing labor Electronic Fetal Monitoring Rupturing Membranes Coping with slow labor Pain medication Epistiotomy Vaginal birth after a Ceasarean Doulas Deciding on a doctor or midwife Choosing where to have your baby and much more . . .

Finding Our Families

A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families

Author: Wendy Kramer,Naomi Cahn

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101612479

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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The first comprehensive book that offers invaluable step-by-step advice for families with donor-conceived children. Wendy Kramer, founder and director of the Donor Sibling Registry, and Naomi Cahn, family and reproductive law professor, have compiled a comprehensive and thorough guide for the growing community of families with donor-conceived children. Kramer and Cahn believe that all donor-conceived children’s desire to know their genetic family must be honored, and in Finding Our Families, they offer advice on how to foster healthy relationships within immediate families and their larger donor family networks based on openness and acceptance. With honesty and compassion, the authors offer thoughtful strategies and inspirational stories to help parents answer their own, and their children’s, questions and concerns that will surely arise, including: How to support your children’s curiosity and desire to know about their ancestry and genetic and medical background. How to help children integrate their birth story into a healthy self-image. How to help your children search for their donor or half siblings if and when they express interest in doing so. Finding Our Families opens up the lives of donor-conceived people who may be coping with uncertainty, thriving despite it, and finding novel ways to connect in this uncharted territory as they navigate the challenges and rewards of the world of donor conception.

Beyond Motherhood

Choosing a Life Without Children

Author: Jeanne Safer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671793446

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 208

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Women from all over the country share their experiences and offer insights into what it is like not having children, and describe what factors helped shape their decision to remain childless

Knock Yourself Up

Author: Louise Sloan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781583332863

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 284

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A straightforward and lighthearted guide to achieving single motherhood addresses a range of concerns, from artificial insemination methods and handling pregnancy while single to managing finances and addressing the concerns of friends and family members. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Helping the Stork

The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination

Author: Carol Frost Vercollone,Heidi Moss,Robert Moss

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780028619170

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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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

Motherhood Reimagined

When Becoming a Mother Doesn’t Go As Planned: A Memoir

Author: Sarah Kowalski

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631522736

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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At the age of thirty-nine, Sarah Kowalski heard her biological clock ticking, loudly. A single woman harboring a deep ambivalence about motherhood, Kowalski needed to decide once and for all: Did she want a baby or not? More importantly, with no partner on the horizon, did she want to have a baby alone? Once she revised her idea of motherhood—from an experience she would share with a partner to a journey she would embark upon alone—the answer came up a resounding Yes. After exploring her options, Kowalski chose to conceive using a sperm donor, but her plan stopped short when a doctor declared her infertile. How far would she go to make motherhood a reality? Kowalski catapulted herself into a diligent regimen of herbs, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, and more, in a quest to improve her chances of conception. Along the way, she delved deep into spiritual healing practices, facing down demons of self-doubt and self-hatred, ultimately discovering an unconventional path to parenthood. In the end, to become a mother, Kowalski did everything she said she would never do. And she wouldn't change a thing. A story of personal triumph and unconditional love, Motherhood Reimagined reveals what happens when we release what's expected and embrace what's possible.

Motherhood, Rescheduled

The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It

Author: Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416567291

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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Adopting On Your Own

The Complete Guide to Adoption for Single Parents

Author: Lee Varon

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374128838

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 392

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Addresses questions and concerns of prospective single adoptive parents, and provides information on transracial and international adoption and the rights of gays and lesbians to adopt.

Marry Him

The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough

Author: Lori Gottlieb

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101185209

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 336

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An eye-opening, funny, painful, and always truthful in-depth examination of modern relationships and a wake-up call for single women about getting real about Mr. Right. You have a fulfilling job, great friends, and the perfect apartment. So what if you haven’t found “The One” just yet. He’ll come along someday, right? But what if he doesn’t? Or what if Mr. Right had been, well, Mr. Right in Front of You—but you passed him by? Nearing forty and still single, journalist Lori Gottlieb started to wonder: What makes for lasting romantic fulfillment, and are we looking for those qualities when we’re dating? Are we too picky about trivial things that don’t matter, and not picky enough about the often overlooked things that do? In Marry Him, Gottlieb explores an all-too-common dilemma—how to reconcile the desire for a happy marriage with a list of must-haves and deal-breakers so long and complicated that many great guys get misguidedly eliminated. On a quest to find the answer, Gottlieb sets out on her own journey in search of love, discovering wisdom and surprising insights from sociologists and neurobiologists, marital researchers and behavioral economists—as well as single and married men and women of all generations.

Operating Instructions

A Journal of My Son's First Year

Author: Anne Lamott

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307761037

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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With the same brilliant combination of humor and warmth she brought to bestseller Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott gives us a smart, funny, and comforting chronicle of single motherhood. It’s not like she’s the only woman to ever have a baby. At thirty-five. On her own. But Anne Lamott makes it all fresh in her now-classic account of how she and her son and numerous friends and neighbors and some strangers survived and thrived in that all important first year. From finding out that her baby is a boy (and getting used to the idea) to finding out that her best friend and greatest supporter Pam will die of cancer (and not getting used to that idea), with a generous amount of wit and faith (but very little piousness), Lamott narrates the great and small events that make up a woman’s life. "Lamott has a conversational style that perfectly conveys her friendly, self-depricating humor." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review "Lamott is a wonderfully lithe writer .... Anyone who has ever had a hard time facing a perfectly ordinary day will identify." -- Chicago Tribune

Motherhood

A Novel

Author: Sheila Heti

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627790780

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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From the author of How Should a Person Be? (“one of the most talked-about books of the year”—Time Magazine) and the New York Times Bestseller Women in Clothes comes a daring novel about whether to have children. In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation. In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti’s intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice. After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home. Motherhood is a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original novel that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how—and for whom—to live.