So When Are You Having Kids?: The Definitive Guide for Those Who Aren’t Sure If, When, or How They Want To Become Parents

Brilliance Audio. Dec. 2022. 12:02 hrs. ISBN 9781799785255. $42.99. CHILD REARING
Davidson’s (cofounder, Endo Warriors) book is not about having or raising children, but a look at whether one should or should not have them. Davidson narrates her own work, delving deep into the reasons why and how people choose to have children by drawing on substantial information gleaned through interviews with straight, cis white men and women, as well as people of color and trans, nonbinary, and other queer individuals. Societal and familial pressure, and climate, economic, and political concerns are all weighed equally. Listeners will get a crash course on human reproduction, including detailed information on the differences between IVF and other ways in which one can conceive, including donors and surrogates. Davidson also explores the complexities of adoption, including transracial, international, and second-parent adoptions. In the section on childfree individuals, Davidson sensitively notes that the decision to not have children is entirely valid, pointing out that one does not have to be a parent to be part of a child’s life.
VERDICT This is a much-needed book on how to decide to become a parent. Davidson handles the diversity of individuals and situations with tact and care.
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