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Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  4 reviews
If you need help having a baby, reproductive technology can supply the answer. But it also raises a host of questions that won’t arise until after the child is born: What will you say to “Where did I come from?” when the answer includes a donor or surrogate? Will knowing the truth about how you conceived make your child love you less? Will having a baby with someone else s ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published July 6th 2005 by The Guilford Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Emily
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. It's written by a therapist about her experiences with families (gay, straight, married, single) who have children using a "birth other" (a donor or surrogate). Her basic stance is that creating families in these ways raises a lot of feelings and questions for people (both those doing it, others in the lives, total strangers) and that those feelings are OK and can be acknowledged and addressed to create strong families. It really shifted my thinking about a lot of thing ...more
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Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you need help having a baby, reproductive technology can supply the answer. But it also raises a host of questions that won’t arise until after the child is born: What will you say to “Where did I come from?” when the answer includes a donor or surrogate? Will knowing the truth about how you conceived make your child love you less? Will having a baby with someone else strain your relationship with your spouse or partner? What will grandparents, family members, friends, and coworkers think?
Kristina
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book gave some really concrete real life examples of how to deal with this topic when talking with your child. I found it quite helpful and realistic. The author was very clear in stating the research that hasn't been conducted or gathered based on the age of the technology and choices people have made.
Ashley Medley
Great book and Dr. Ehrensaft is brilliant. But it made me wish there was more research and study out there on LGBT parenting specifically.
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Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Director of Mental Health and founding member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, a partnership between the University of California San Francisco and community agencies to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary services and advocacy to gender nonconforming/ transgender children and yo ...more