Baby Making for Everybody: Family Building and Fertility for LGBTQ+ and Solo Parents

Balance. Apr. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781538725863. pap. $18.99. PARENTING
Written by two licensed midwives specializing in queer and nontraditional family building and parenting, this book aims to connect LGBTQIA+ families and provide resources. The book covers topics such as as sperm and egg donors, surrogacy, fertility, insemination, fostering, and adoption. Both authors share their own struggles as well. Readers are encouraged to explore and ask questions about the reasons they may want to be parents in the first place. Journaling prompts and self-reflection questions are included to help readers who’ve experienced trauma. Tips on how to parent in times of climate change, racism, and other crises are also provided. Additionally, there’s advice for readers wondering how to choose a doctor, pick a donor, and track fertility. Multiple resources are included in the appendix. For example, there’s a sample letter to ask for sperm/egg donors, a sample contract for those donating, a template to track the journey to pregnancy, and suggestions for further reading.
VERDICT Informative and comprehensive, this book ranks as a must for readers in need of more resources on this topic.
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