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The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth Paperback – 7 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Publications Inc (7 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555839401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555839406
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the most comprehensive resource on childbirth for the alternative family. Stephanie Brill, the co-founder of the internationally-renowned Maia Midwifery & Preconception Services, draws upon her years of expertise in working with lesbians, single women, and all the many faces of alternative families. Brill covers the latest information on insemination and fertility technology and presents the most up-to-date information on developments in all areas of conception and pregnancy, including: new fertility drugs and protocols in fertility clinics that have become standard since publication of the first edition; how to time for self-insemination based on age considerations; the special needs of butch women and women who are transitioning from female to male; and, expanded coverage of safe-sex practices during pregnancy. The wealth of information included in this indispensable volume makes "The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth" the definitive resource on childbirth for the modern family.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ferret on 18 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
My partner and I are at the stage of considering how to go about having a family. We know we want one but we haven't figured out what is the right way to go about it for us. This book is very informative and takes you through everything from talking about having kids to one actually turning up! It addresses lots of issues that I personally hadn't even thought of. It has a very in depth section on how to 'create' your non-nuclear family and the roles that you want different people in your lives' /child's life to take. The author is a midwife and has a lot of experience working with lesbian, bisexual and transgender people that want to get pregnant so she has lots of examples of different ideas that people have about pregnancy and their own role. The bit for non bio mums is also really good. However getting 'Confessions of the Other Mother' is good if you're particularly interested in that as it has lots of stories from lots of different kinds of ladies who are all 'other mothers'.

The only reason I have given it 4 stars is because it is an American book. If somebody wrote a book that was as good but focussed on the legal system/hospitals in the UK then I would find it slightly more relevant to my own situation. However, despite this, it is very relevant to queer couples all over the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lo on 5 July 2010
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Very useful, very inclusive, a real must have for lesbians and singles wanting to get pregnant.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for all women considering donor insemination 15 Sept. 2006
By Christina Cat - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been reading every book I can find about donor insemination and this is the best I've found. Whether using fresh, frozen, known, anonymous, at home or assisted by medical practitioners, medicated or not, this book has useful information for decision making, social/emtional issues and nitty gritty physical information.

It is an excellent resource for any woman considering alternative methods of conception, regardless of sexual orientation. I highly recommend it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great resource for woman creating families through AI 12 Dec. 2006
By C. McIntosh - Published on
Format: Paperback
My girlfriend and I were up last night doing nothing more than browsing through the chapters. We were amazed at the level of content and wide range of subjects from the early decision making process with exercises to help drive a conversation all parties need to have to actual ways to increase and enhance fertility.

Great resource for describing the different methods of becoming pregnant, considerations sperm donation, I didn't know all of this stuff before. It address physiology, actual medical procedures, nutritional needs of birth mother, and the real emotional and social factors that need to be considered including what the non birth mother may be experiencing.

I never thought could produce a child with the woman I love. With this book I know the dream we talk a lot about later is a very real possibility.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
excellent book 22 Dec. 2006
By K. Lawrence - Published on
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i had been trying to get pregnant for a year. i bought this book, read it cover to cover and was pregnant within 2 months. i swear by this book. i honestly don't think i'd be pregnant if i hadn't bought this book. it's not just for lesbians, either. i bought it for my straight friends, who are also trying to get pregnant.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Amazing resource for building family 27 Sept. 2006
By Mikki Morrissette - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I was writing the first edition of my "Choosing Single Motherhood" book, I wasn't aware of the earlier version of this book. Now that I am, I am making a special effort to include mention of it in the newest edition of my book. It's an amazing resource for women who want to understand the ins and outs of donor insemination, including an excellent chapter on what is involved in using a known donor: what sperm tests reveal and why it's important, the fact that fertility can be enhanced, the questions and conversations both parties need to have, and a really comprehensive look at the medical issues that enhance anyone's insight into how to best prepare for this choice.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book is a very thorough source if you're a lesbian or single woman trying to concieve 27 Mar. 2007
By E. Ochsner - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book partially because the Rachel Pepper book was not available immediately and I'm very pleased that this is the book I ended up with!

Coming from her experience as the head of Maia Midwifery in Northern California, Stephanie Brill covers not only the anatomy and physiology of what you need to know, but also the emotional aspects of trying to get pregnant. This book covers many topics - options of ways to track your fertility, increase your fertility, the pros and cons of known donors versus frozen sperm, even the logistics of inseminating, whether at home or at a clinic.

The only reason I have given this book 4 stars out of 5 has to do with the fact that this book covers a lot of alternative health treatments which may be difficult for people who are more aligned with Western medicine and do not believe in herbal treatments, acupuncture, and the like.

Best of luck to any woman who gets this book and is trying to conceive!
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