Let’s talk about egg donation: Real Stories from Real Women by Carole Liber-Wilkins
EM Power with Moxi (www.empowerwithmoxi.org) - for learning more about embryo donation
"We are Family: The Modern Transformation of Parents and Children" by Susan Golombok is a nice review of her career of research pertaining to non-traditionally created families - specifically families created through assisted reproduction.
Donor Conception Network (www.dcnetwork.org) - resources for families created through donor conception based on 30 years of open disclosure policies in the UK
SART Fertility Experts Podcast - Egg Donor Screening: https://startwithsart.libsyn.com/sart-fertility-experts-egg-donor-screening - Learn more about how egg donors are screened and their perspectives on the process from a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Egg Donor coordinator at ICRM
The podcast "Building Your Family with Lisa Schuman, LCSW" is an excellent resource for learning more about donor conception and surrogacy from all angles of the experience. Lisa is pioneer in the mental health field associated with assisted reproduction and infertility. Find her podcast here: https://familybuilding.net/podcast/
Customizable Books: Blueprints by Sharon Leya on Amazon, https://www.sensitivematters.net/
You were made for me by Sheri Sturniolo
We are family by Patricia Hegarty
A Baby for Mabel and Frederick by Karen Poston (2005). This book describes surrogacy for the children of the surrogate. Emma's mom is a surrogate - she's carrying a baby for a couple who can't have their own children. Emma is very excited and proud that she and her mom are helping to make a new family.
Herman the Helper by Robert Kraus (1987). Herman the octopus likes helping others. While not specifically about a mom being a gestational carrier, it can provide an opportunity for parents to talk to children about why they are helping someone else.
The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Childrenby Sarah Phillips Pellet and Laurie A. Faust (2007). Written for the young children (ages 2-8), of a gestational surrogate. A kangaroo named Oliver whose mother has decided to help another family have a baby narrates the story.
My Mom is a Surrogate by Abigail Glass (2019). This book was written to help children of surrogates understand the process of the surrogacy journey. It provides the reader with a guide to discuss the proper language, through a sweet story and attractive images of the surrogacy experience. This story follows a brother and sister as they watch their mother become a surrogate. The siblings invite the reader to explore their own personal experiences as well.
Once Upon a Surrogate: The Stork's Helpers by Jill Hancock Reeder (2010). The author, a former gestational surrogate, describes what it is like to be a "helper"- a stork in children's terms. Illustrations for the book are created by the author's children.
Surrogacy Helps Make a Family Grow! by Sharon Lamothe (2010). This is the story of a family who decides to help a couple start a family of their own through gestational surrogacy. This book acts as an educational tool for children of gestational surrogates to better understand what their mothers are going through and the tremendous gift of family.
Donor-Conceived People’s Stories and Support:
Donor Conceived Community at donorconceivedcommunity.org
Counseling Donor Family Members: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals by Wendy Kramer
Finding Our Families: A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families by Wendy Kramer
Your Family: A Donor Kid's Story by Wendy Kramer
Donor Family Matters by Wendy Kramer
Three Makes Baby: How to Parent Your Donor-Conceived Child by Jana M. Rupnow LPC
Childless Living Resources:
Living The Life Unexpected: Plan B to Living Your Life Without Children by Jody Day (2013)
How Did We Get Here? With E & M. (Podcast) – www.howdidwegetherepodcast.com
Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa – (Podcast) – www.livechildfree.com
I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say no to Motherhood by Lisa Manterfield (2011).
The Pursuit of Motherhood by Jessica Hepburn (2013).
Motherhood: Is It for Me? By Ann Davidman (2016)
Brandon Yabko speaking about Self-Compassion on the 'Experimental Honesty' podcast (can be downloaded on any podcast platform -- search for 'Experimental Honesty' - https://www.experimentalhonesty.com/podcast/brandon-yabko
How to Practice Self-Compassion | Mindfulness | Two Psychologists - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqoUiEEtyTE&t=1s
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