Helping the Stork: The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination

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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 ...

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Overview

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

"With honesty and sensitivity, this reference sheds light on the popular, but controversial, method of conception known as donor insemination (DI)."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028619170
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/21/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 675,739
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Frost Vercollone, M.S.W., became the first clinical social worker to join the staff of the national infertility organization Resolve, and currently offers workshops for those involved with donor insemination. Heidi and Robert Moss have two children conceived with the help of a donor, and share their experiences throughout the book. Heidi created a DI hotline for a Resolve chapter, and earned her degree in social work in order to counsel parents-to-be Robert is a college biology professor and contributor to both science and education journals.

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Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology.

Introduction.

Chapter One—Family Building: DI as an Option.

Chapter Two—Facing Tough Choices.

Chapter Three—Understanding Your Donor Options.

Chapter Four—Getting Started.

Chapter Five—Trying Times: When Donor Insemination Takes Its Time.

Chapter Six—Becoming Pregnant: Shock, Relief, Fear, and Joy.

Chapter Seven—Growing with DI.

Chapter Eight—Changing Families, Different Challenges.

Chapter Nine—Guiding Those Who Care: Advice for Confidants.

Chapter Ten—Humor in Hindsight.

Resources.

Endnotes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2005

    Good for emotional aspects, not very much technical info

    As one half of a couple who have been struggling with male-factor infertility (almost non-existent sperm count, have done 2 DI attempts so far), I found this book helpful in dealing with the emotional side of DI, but there was very little in the way of technical information-i.e. success rate percentages, how to choose a sperm bank and donor, what to expect with the medical procedure, that kind of thing. It was helpful for my family to read it and get an idea what we're going through. I would recommend it to people considering DI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2000

    Very Informative

    After dealing with infertility for quite some time now and looking at donor sperm as a very real option, this book was a wonderful insight and very informative for my husband and I. It dealt with a lot of emotional issues such as telling family and your child, but also added a touch of humor at times. It also took you step by step through the process. This book is a must read if you are considering Donor Insemination as an option.

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