Reading List


Optional Reading List

The following materials are recommended for intended parents, carriers, recipients and egg donors alike. These books can be obtained through our website or at your neighborhood bookstore.


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
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

Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination

By Ken Daniels
Paperback, 279 pgs - Dunmore Press (2004)
ISBN: 0864694717

Telling and 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

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

Paperback, 16 pgs - 2005
ISBN: 9709410326

Recipes of How Babies are Made

By Carmen Martinez Jover
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

Family Stew: Two moms use a sperm donor to build their family!

By Linda Stamm
Reading Level: Age 7 and up

Harry The Helper: A family uses a gestational carrier to have another baby!

By Linda Stamm
Reading Level: Age 7 and up

Lilly & Zander: A Children's Story About Equine-Assisted Activities

By Linda Stamm
Reading Level: Age 5-10

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