Infertility Book Recommendations
from Infertility Clinics
Some recommendations from RSC of the San Francisco Bay
- Flight of the Stork: What Children Think and When about Sex and Family
Building, by Anne C. Bernstein. A "must
read" book. Focuses on how children's thinking develops. Explains how
children organize and internalize information on sex and reproduction, at
different stages of development. Includes insights about how children think
about reproductive technology.
- The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After
Infertility, by Ellen
Sarasohn Glazer. Looks at the effect of parents'
infertility as their children grow. An excellent chapter on the parents'
experience of parenting after donor insemination and surrogacy.
- Adopting After
Infertility, by Patricia Irwin Johnston. While this book is about adoption, the author
really understands the lifelong impact of infertility on raising a family.
- Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted
Child, by Holly van
Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb. Like Patricia Johnston, this author has a
sensitive feel for the grief and loss issues related to infertility and
parenting. She has several suggestions for handling the psychological
aspects of discussing adoption that can be adapted for discussing third
- How Babies and Families are Made: There is More Than One Way!,
Schaffer. Explains the facts of anatomy, conception and birth in a context
that acknowledges a variety of ways in which families can be created,
including donor insemination (doesn't mention donor egg or surrogacy).
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