Flight of the Stork: What Children Think (And When About Sex and Family Building)
By Anne C. Bernstein
Paperback, 297 pgs – Perspectives Press (1994)
ISBN: 0944934099

Persevering Through Infertility: A Collection of Real Life Journeys Towards Resolving Infertility
By Renee Bornfreund
Paperback, 488 pgs – AuthorHouse (2005)
ISBN: 1420803530

In Pursuit of Parenthood (Real-life Experiences of IVF)
By Kate Brian
Paperback, 180 pgs – Bloomsbury (1998)

Sweet Grapes: How to Stop Being Infertile and Start Living Again
By Jean W. Carter & Michael Carter
Paperback, 157 pgs – Perspectives Press (1998)
ISBN: 0944934234

Planning Parenthood: Strategies for Success in Fertility Assistance, Adoption, and Surrogacy
By Rebecca A. Clark MD PhD, Gloria Richard-Davis MD FACOG , Jill Hayes PhD, Michelle Murphy JD, & Katherine Pucheu Theall PhD
Paperback, 256 pgs – The Johns Hopkins University Press (2009)
ISBN: 0801891124

The Emotional Side of Infertility
By Chrissie Garnock-Jones
Paperback, 73 pgs – Next Step Publishing (1995)
ISBN: 0952605201

The Emotional Side of Infertility
Paperback, 269 pgs – Jossey-Bass Inc Pub; Revised edition (1998)
ISBN: 0787943835

The Long-Awaited Stork
Paperback, 349 pgs – Jossey-Bass; 2nd Rev edition (1998)
ISBN: 0787940534

Creating Life Against the Odds: The Journey from Infertility to Parenthood
By Ilona Laszlo Higgins, MD
Paperback 240 pgs – Xlibris Corporation (2006)
ISBN: 1425730663

Fertility Facts (Conceive Magazine Editors)
By Chronicle Books, with a foreword By Jennifer L. Howse, PhD
Paperback, 312 pgs – Chronicle Books (2008)
ISBN: 0811864219

The Pregnancy Prescription: The Success-Oriented Approach to Overcoming Infertility
By Nancy Intrator & Hugh D. Melnick
Paperback, 184 pgs – The Josara Companies (1998)
ISBN: 0966041909

Overcoming Infertility: A Compassionate Resource for Getting Pregnant (“Scientific American” Library)
By Dr. Robert Jansen
Paperback, 474 pgs – W. H. Freeman (1998)
ISBN: 0716733021

Taking Charge of Infertility
By Patricia Irwin Johnston
Hardcover, 270 pgs – Perspectives Press (IN) (1994)
ISBN: 0944934072

Understanding Infertility
By Patricia Irwin Johnston
Paperback, 32 pgs – Perspectives Press (1996)
ISBN: 0944934188

The Baby Solution: Your Essential Resource for Overcoming Infertility
By Dr. Daniel Kenigsberg
Paperback, 416 pgs – Avery (2006)
ISBN: 1583332642

Love & Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing Infertility, Marriage and Life
By Kristen Magnacca –
Hardcover, 200 pgs – LifeLine Press (2004)
ISBN: 0895260565

Girlfriend to Girlfriend: A Fertility Companion
By Kristen Magnacca –
Paperback, 180 pgs – Authorhouse (2000)
ISBN: 1588202135

Making Babies, Making Families: What Matters Most in an Age of Reproductive Technologies, Surrogacy, Adoption, and Same-Sex and Unwed Parents’ RIghts
By Mary L. Shanely
Paperback, 224 pgs – Beacon Press (2002)
ISBN: 0807044091

In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies
By Geoffrey Sher, M.D., Virginia A. Marriage, RN, MN and Jean Stoess, MN
Paperback, 208 pgs – Facts on File (1998)
ISBN: 0816038279

Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank
By Evelina W Sterling & Angie Best-Boss
Paperback, 304 pgs – Fireside (2009)
ISBN: 1416566589

Intended Parents & Gestational Carriers

Between Strangers: Surrogate Mothers, Expectant Fathers, and Brave New Babies
By Lori B. Andrews
Hardcover, 288 pgs – Harper Collins (1989)
ISBN: 0060160586

Between Strangers: Surrogate Mothers, Expectant Fathers, and Brave New Babies
By Susan Cooper, Ellen Sarasohn Glazer
Paperback, 400 pages – Perspectives Press (IN) (1999)
ISBN: 0944934226

Choosing Assisted Reproduction: Social, Emotional & Ethical Considerations
By Gail Dutton
Paperback, 239 pgs – Clouds Publishing (1997)
ISBN: 0965596605

Conceiving Luc: A Family Story
By Liza Freilicher, Jennifer Scheu, and Suzanne Wetanson
Hardcover, 320 pgs – William Morrow & Company (1999)
ISBN: 0688159869

Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories
By Zara Griswold
Paperback, 320 pgs – Nightengale Press (2005)
ISBN: 1933449187

Surrogate Motherhood: Conception In The Heart (Institutional Structures of Feeling)
By Helena Ragoné
Paperback, 232 pgs – Westview Press (1994)
ISBN: 081331979X

Intended Parents: Miracles Do Happen: A True-Life Success Story of Having Children through Surrogacy
By Sandra Watson Rapley
Paperback, 108 pgs – iUniverse, Inc. (2005)
ISBN: 0595355285

Miracle Child
By Cheryl Saban
Hardcover, 267 pgs – New Horizon Press (1993)
ISBN: 0882821229

Birth Power: The Case for Surrogacy
By Carmel Shalev
Paperback, 216 pgs – Yale University Press (2001
ISBN: 0300051182

Have Womb; Will Travel: The true story of how a Dutch-Israeli couple used donor eggs from Kiev and found a surrogate from Montana over the internet without using an agency.
By Renee van Oostveen & Maya Ellis
Paperback, 340 pgs – Lingomatics ltd (2008)
ISBN: 9659121407

The Birth of Surrogacy in Israel
By D. Kelly Weisberg
Hardcover, 304 pgs – University Press of Florida (2005)
ISBN: 0813028094

Pathways to Parenthood: The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy
By Stacy Ziegler
Paperback, 120 pgs – Brown Walker Press (2004)
ISBN: 1581124341

Surrogate Parenting
By Amy Zuckerman Overvold
Hardcover, 223 pgs – Pharos Books (1988)
ISBN: 0886873282

Recipients & Egg Donors

Third Party Assisted Conception Across Cultures: Social, Legal and Ethical Perspectives
By Eric Blyth & Ruth Landau
Paperback, 288 pgs – Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2004)
ISBN: 1843100843

Truth and the Child 10 Years On: Information Exchange in Donor Assisted Conception
By Eric Blyth, Marilyn Crawshaw and Jennifer Speirs
UK, 1988

The Offspring Speak: Report on the 2000 International Conference of Donor Offspring
By Sherry Dale
& Diane Allen
Report, 93 pgs

Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination
By Ken Daniels
Paperback, 279 pgs – Dunmore Press (2004)
ISBN: 0864694717

Telling & Talking About Donor Conception: A Guide for Parents
By O. Montuschi
series for 0-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds, 12-16 year olds and 17+. — Nottingham, 2006

Series of booklets available for download at

Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families
By Diane Ehrensaft
Hardcover, 305 pgs – The Guilford Press (2005).
ISBN: 1593851790

Building Your Family Through Egg Donation: What You Will Want to Know About the Emotional Aspects and What to Tell Your Children
By Joyce S. Friedeman, Celeste H. Friedeman
Pamphlet, 37 pgs – Jolance Press (1996).
ISBN: 0964595214

Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood
By Jane Mattes
Paperback, 272 pgs – Three Rivers Press (1994)
ISBN: 0812922468

Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation
By Ellen Sarasohn Glazer, Evelina Weidman Sterling
Hardcover, 384 pgs – Perspectives Press (IN) (2005)
ISBN: 0944934323

Experiences of Donor Conception: Parents, Offspring, and Donors Through the Years
By Caroline Lorbach
Paperback, 208 pgs – Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2003)
ISBN: 184310122X

Families Following Assisted Conception: What Do We Tell Our Child?
By Dr. Alexina McWhinnie
Paperback, 50 pgs – University of Dundee, Department of Social Work (1996)
ISBN: 1873153236

Who Am I?: Experiences of Donor Conception
By Dr. Alexina McWhinnie
Paperback, 72 pgs – Idreos Education Trust (2006)
ISBN: 0955403103

Behind Closed Doors: Moving Beyond Secrecy and Shame (Voices of Donor Conception, 1)
By Mikki Morrissette
Paperback, 374 pgs – Be-Mondo Publishing Inc (2006)
ISBN: 0977204219

Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide
By Mikki Morrissette
Paperback, 448 pgs – Mariner Books (2008)
ISBN: 0618833323

Choosing to be Open about Donor Conception: Experiences of Parents
By Sharon Pettle & Jan Burns
Booklet, The Donor Conception Support Group

Sperm Donor Offspring:: Identity and Other Experiences
By Lynne Spencer
Paperback, 166 pgs – BookSurge Publishing (2007)
ISBN: 1419672614

Helping the Stork: The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination
By Carol Vercollone, Heidi Moss, and Robert Moss
Paperback, 288 pgs – Wiley (1997)
ISBN: 002861917X

Same Sex Couples

Gay Parenting: Complete Guide for Same-Sex Families
By Shana Priwer & Cynthia Phillips
Paperback, 233 pgs – New Horizon Press (2006)
ISBN: 0882822713

A Gay Couple’s Journey Through Surrogacy: Intended Fathers
By Michael Menichiello
Hardcover, 164 pgs – Routledge (2006)
ISBN: 0789028190

Books for Children

My Story / Our Story
By N. Baxter & The Donor Conception Network, 2003
Available through:

Sometimes It Takes 3 to Make a Baby: Explaining Egg Donation to Young Children
By Kate Bourne, 2002
Available through: Melbourne IVF. Victoria, Australia.

Hope & Will Have a Baby: The Gift of Embryo Donation
By Irene Celcer
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Paperback, 32 pgs – Graphite Press (2007)
ISBN: 0975581023

When You Were Inside Mommy
By Joanna Cole
Reading Level: Baby – Preschool
Hardcover, 32 pgs – Harper Collins (2001)
ISBN: 0688170439

Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story
By Kaitlyn T. Considine
Paperback, 28 pgs – (2005)
ISBN: 1413416004

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
By Jamie Lee Curtis
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover, 40 pgs – Joanna Cotler (1996)
ISBN: 006024528X

Love Is a Family
By Roma Downey
Paperback – Regan Books (2004)
ISBN: 0060988568

Mommy Did I Grow in Your Tummy?: Where Some Babies Come from
By Elaine R. Gordon, Ph.D.
Reading level: All Ages
Paperback, 28 pgs – E. M. Greenberg Press, Incorporated (1992)
ISBN: 0963456105

All Families Are Different
By Sol Gordon
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback, 50 pgs – Prometheus Books (2002)
ISBN: 1573927651

Before You Were Born: Our Wish for a Baby
By Janice Grimes
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover, 18 pgs – X, Y, and Me Books (2004)
ISBN: 0975502883

It’s So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families (The Family Library)
By Robbie H. Harris
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Paperback, 88 pgs – Candlewick (2004)
ISBN: 0763613215

A tiny itsy bitsy gift of life, an egg donor story
By Carmen Martinez Jover
Paperback, 16 pgs – 2005
ISBN: 9709410326

Recipes of How Babies are Made
By Carmen Martinez Jover
Paperback, 32 pgs – 2007
ISBN: 9709410342

Beginnings: How Families Come to Be
By Virginia Kroll, Stacey Schuett
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover, – Albert Whitman & Company (1994)
ISBN: 0807506028

Just The Baby For Me
By Barbara Sue Levin
Paperback – 2008
ASIN: B00262VV58

Butterflies & Magical Wings
By Amy Margolis
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Paperback, 35 pgs – Amy Margolis Publishing (2006)
ISBN: 0977669203

Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big?
By Carolina Nadel
Hardcover, 32 pgs – Mookind Press (2007)
ISBN: 0979276101

Love You Forever
By Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback, 32 pgs – Firefly Books (1995)
ISBN: 0920668372

A Part Was Given and an Angel Was Born
By Rozanne Nathalie
Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Hardcover, 24 pgs – Beaver’s Pond Press (2002)
ISBN: 1931646783

From Out of My Body Your Soul Did Grow
By Rozanne Nathalie
Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Hardcover, 24 pgs – Beaver’s Pond Press (2002)
ISBN: 1931646775

Our Beautiful Work of A.R.T
By Rozanne Nathalie
Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Hardcover, 24 pgs – Beaver’s Pond Press (2002)
ISBN: 1931646767

Special Delivery
By Rozanne Nathalie
Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Hardcover, 24 pgs – Beaver’s Pond Press (2002)
ISBN: 1931646791

Heather Has Two Mommies: 20th Anniversary Edition
By Leslea Newman & Diana Souza
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Paperback, 36 pgs – Alyson Books (2009)
ISBN: 1593501366

How I Began: The Story of Donor Insemination
By NSW Infertility Social Workers Group
Australia 1998

The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Children
By Sarah Phillips Pellet
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Paperback, 24 pgs – Trafford Publishing (2007)
ISBN: 1425105572

A Baby For Mabel and Frederick
By Karen Poston
Pamphlet, 20 pgs – (2005)
ISBN: 1411660242

And Tango Makes Three
By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reading level: 4 to 8 years old
Hardcover, 32 pgs – Simon & Schuster (2005)
ISBN: 0689878451

Let Me Explain: A Story About Donor Insemination
By Jane Schnitter, Joanne Bowring
Reading level: Unknown
Hardcover, 32 pgs – Perspectives Press (1995)
ISBN: 0944934129

Phoebe’s Family: A Story about Egg Donation
By Linda Stamm
Reading Level: Age 5 and up

Where Did I Really Come from?: Sexual Intercourse, DI, IVF, Gift, Pregnancy, Birth, Adoption and Surrogacy (A Little ark book)
By Narelle Wickham
Paperback, 32 pgs – Learn to Include (2008)
ISBN: 1863732861



Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families
By Patricia Irwin Johnson
Hardcover, 543 pgs – Perspectives Press (2008)
ISBN: 094493434X

Adopting After Infertility
By Patricia Irwin Johnson
Paperback, 318 pgs – Perspectives Press (1994)
ISBN: 0944934102

Launching a Baby’s Adoption: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals
By Patricia Irwin Johnson
Paperback, 256 pgs – Perspectives Press (1998)
ISBN: 094493420X

Adopting Your Child: Options, Answers, and Actions (Self-Counsel Reference Series)
By Nancy Thalia Reynolds
Paperback, 288 pgs – Self-Counsel Press (1993)
ISBN: 0889082952

Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story
By Lori Rosove
Reading Level: Ages 4-8 years old
Paperback, 32 pgs – Asia Pr. (2001)
ISBN: 0968835406

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