Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception

Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555836269
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Publication date: 02/04/2002
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.83(h) x 1.03(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1Many Choices, Many Decisions
Chapter 1Creating New Family Models3
Chapter 2Making Decisions19
Chapter 3Age Considerations39
Part 2Sperm Options
Chapter 4Coparenting51
Chapter 5Known Donors87
Chapter 6Sperm Banks and Unknown Donors129
Part 3Optimizing Your Health and Fertility
Chapter 7Nourishing Yourself With Food149
Chapter 8Fertility Inhibitors and Enhancers185
Chapter 9Choosing a Fertile Lifestyle203
Part 4Conception
Chapter 10Emotional Preparation: Welcoming the Baby227
Chapter 11Fertility Awareness: Timing Is Everything241
Chapter 12The Turkey Baster Myth: Locations and Methods of Insemination287
Part 5Challenging Conceptions
Chapter 13The Emotional Roller Coaster Ride321
Chapter 14What More Can I Try? Infertility Diagnosis and Treatments337
Chapter 15Adoption and Child-Free Living369
Part 6Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond
Chapter 16Early Pregnancy and Miscarriage383
Chapter 17Pregnant Life401
Chapter 18Preparing for Birth429
Chapter 19Welcome to Motherhood!453
Parting Words473
About the Photographers489

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