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The first book of its kind, The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth delivers on the promise of its title. It is a step-by-step guide to the physical and emotional aspects of conception through delivery, providing easy-to-understand charts and illustrations, checklists, groundbreaking fertility information, and personal exercises geared specifically toward lesbians. Reflecting the unique experience of lesbian mothers in a manner never before addressed, The Essential Guide to Lesbian ...

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Overview

The first book of its kind, The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth delivers on the promise of its title. It is a step-by-step guide to the physical and emotional aspects of conception through delivery, providing easy-to-understand charts and illustrations, checklists, groundbreaking fertility information, and personal exercises geared specifically toward lesbians. Reflecting the unique experience of lesbian mothers in a manner never before addressed, The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth is both practical, providing lesbians with everything they need to know to become mothers, and inspirational, addressing the social issues surrounding lesbian pregnancy in an empowering manner. Comprehensive and indispensable, this book will serve as a literary midwife to the growing number of lesbian mothers.

Features:

Resource guides to fertility centers and informaton

Resource guides to legal and medical information

Sample medical and legal forms and contracts

Fertility charts

Nutritional charts

Glossary

Stephanie Brill and Kim Toevs run and serve as midwives for Maia Midwifery, and they are faculty instructors for the Midwifery Institute of California. Members of the California Association of Midwives, and the Midwives Alliance of North America, they make their home in Berkeley, California.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555836269
  • Publisher: Alyson Publications
  • Publication date: 2/4/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Toevs is the co-founder of Maia Midwifery and Preconception Services in Berkeley, Calif., which has achieved national recognition by helping thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals with every aspect of creating a family. She now lives in Portland, Ore., where she works in the field of HIV prevention and public health.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part 1 Many Choices, Many Decisions
Chapter 1 Creating New Family Models 3
Chapter 2 Making Decisions 19
Chapter 3 Age Considerations 39
Part 2 Sperm Options
Introduction 49
Chapter 4 Coparenting 51
Chapter 5 Known Donors 87
Chapter 6 Sperm Banks and Unknown Donors 129
Part 3 Optimizing Your Health and Fertility
Chapter 7 Nourishing Yourself With Food 149
Chapter 8 Fertility Inhibitors and Enhancers 185
Chapter 9 Choosing a Fertile Lifestyle 203
Part 4 Conception
Chapter 10 Emotional Preparation: Welcoming the Baby 227
Chapter 11 Fertility Awareness: Timing Is Everything 241
Chapter 12 The Turkey Baster Myth: Locations and Methods of Insemination 287
Part 5 Challenging Conceptions
Chapter 13 The Emotional Roller Coaster Ride 321
Chapter 14 What More Can I Try? Infertility Diagnosis and Treatments 337
Chapter 15 Adoption and Child-Free Living 369
Part 6 Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond
Chapter 16 Early Pregnancy and Miscarriage 383
Chapter 17 Pregnant Life 401
Chapter 18 Preparing for Birth 429
Chapter 19 Welcome to Motherhood! 453
Parting Words 473
Glossary 477
Index 483
About the Photographers 489
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