Jennifer and I are lawyers, and didn’t set out to become authors. But we felt compelled to write our book Getting to Baby to share our journey to parenthood, with the hope we might provide support and help to others. It took five years, failed IVFs, miscarriage, failed adoption, and finally surrogacy to make our dreams – Christopher and Katherine – come true. When you are in the midst of the quest to parenthood, books and today, blogs, are a source of information, comfort, and inspiration. Books – the ink on paper kind – always have a place in our home. They become treasured friends that help us remember a moment in time, become a well-worn reference, and often, a gift to pass along to others.
There are thousands of books that address the frustrations of infertility, and psychological support, or teach you how to unravel the mysteries of reproduction and parenting.
So here are a few books to consider on your path to parenthood … and beyond.
- A classic: Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health, by Toni Weschler
- A non-western approach: The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies by Randine Lewis
- Why Me? Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me? by Kristine Ireland Waits
- Newest ART Research: How to Improve your ART Success Rates: An Evidence-Based Review of Adjuncts to IVF edited by Gab Kovacs
- Surrogacy Stories: Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories by Zara Griswold
- Donor Insemination: Sperm Donor = Dad: A Single Woman’s Story of Creating a Family With an Unknown Donor by Cheryl Shuler
- No Man in the Picture?: Knock Yourself Up: No Man? No Problem: A Tell-All Guide to Becoming a Single Mom by Louise Sloan
- Adoption is an Option: You Can Adopt: An Adoptive Families Guide by Susan Caughman and Isolde Motley
- Adoption and Attachment: Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah D. Gray