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Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Women's Guide Paperback – 1 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Be-Mondo Publishing; 1 edition (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977204200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977204205
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,519,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MIKKI MORRISSETTE is a Choice Mother of two and a longtime journalist. She has been both a writer and an editor at Time Inc. and has written and edited special projects for the New York Times. She is now married and lives with her family in Minneapolis. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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The author of this extensively researched book is the mother of two children conceived by insemination with a known donor. The first part of the book explores issues relevant to women who are making the decision about whether to pursue single motherhood. This includes assessing motivation, financial implications, grieving the childhood dream of raising children within a loving relationship, community reactions and the impact on a child of not having a father.

The next section covers choosing the method, including the known donor option, anonymous and open identity donors. As the book is written for US readers some of the information about legal issues and donor selection may not be relevant here, but the ethical issues remain relevant. There is a chapter on adoption which reflects US ploicies.

The section entitled day to day parenting includes coping with stress, the importance of a support system, a discussion on talking with children and others about their conception, and confronting identity issues. It is helpful that some accounts of difficult experiences are included, including a moving account from a mother of two children with special needs. There is information about policies around the world, including the removal of donor anonymity in the UK.

Of great interst to me as the mother of an 8 year old, was the chapter which includes interviews with young adults and teenagers raised by Choice Moms, as the author refers to them. It was a small sample consisting only of those who were willing to share their thoughts, but most of them were well adjusted and reported healthy and nurturing relationships with their mothers. There is an extensive list of references and resources at the end of the book, including website addresses.

The book is a useful addition to the literature available for single women considering parenthood, as well as those of us who already have children.
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This book is first class. It enabled me to make the right decision for me about single motherhood. I shall read it again once my child is born as there is also practical and emotional advice once the child is born and developing. Very inspiring, but it does not suggest you should be a single mother, it helps you work out if it is what you really want, and what is right for your circumstances. A+++
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It is a great book with some solid advice, gives plenty to think about if you are in the stage when you are contemplating single motherhood but also picks up on the subjects that are relevant to single parent family as well. Highly recommended.
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Fabulous book, really worth investing in. Answers all of your questions, the ones you knew you had and even the ones you didn't know you had yet!
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HASH(0x867ef624) out of 5 stars A view from the UK 3 Jan. 2006
By Gwyneth Wray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author of this extensively researched book is the mother of two children conceived by known donor insemination. The first part of the book explores issues relevant to women who are making the decision about whether to pursue single motherhood. This includes assessing motivation, financial implications, grieving the childhood dream of raising children within a loving realtionship, community reactions and the impact on a child of growing up without a father.

The next section covers chssoing the method, including adoption and donor insemination. The section entitled day to day parenting includes coping with stress, the importance of a support system, a discussion on talking with children and others about their conception, and confronting identity issues. It is helpful that some accounts of difficult experiences are included, including a moving account from a mother of two children with special needs. There is information about policies around the world, including the removal of donor anonymity in the UK.

Of great interest to me (as the mother of a seven year old), was the chapter which includes interviews with young adults and teenagers raised by Choice Moms, as the author refers to them. This was a small sample consisting only of those who were willing to share their thoughts, but most of them were well adjusted and reported healthy and nurturing relationships with their mothers. There is an extensive list of website addresses and other resources. This book is a useful addition to the literature available for single women considering parenthood, as well as those who already have children.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x867ef678) out of 5 stars A much needed book 16 Dec. 2005
By Janice Grimes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a MUST for any woman considering single motherhood by choice. In today's world, many women are choosing to have a child without having a life partner. There are many issues to consider and the author covers them all. The book discusses the logistical aspects which include making the choice, legal issues, and choosing the method to become pregnant or adopt. The book also covers the emotional and delicate issues: Can I handle being a single mother? How will my family and friends react? How will I tell my child about their conception? Will my child be accepted? The book is informative, funny, honest and well-researched. It's a book to read and to keep as a reference for any woman choosing to be a "choice mom."
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x867efab0) out of 5 stars Finally...Expert Advice on the Tough Realities of Choice Motherhood 8 Mar. 2006
By Darla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Speaking as someone who has already accomplished choice motherhood, the best part of this book is the expert advice addressing what the tough issues are and ways to solve them.

Raising a boy as a single mother isn't easy. There are obvious and (as I learned from the book) not so obvious reasons why children need both same- and opposite-sex role models. I really had never considered that rough-housing could be a teaching mechanism rather than just a testosterone-laden way of bonding! Mikki has included research from many different child experts and provides a concise synopsis of ways to lessen the effects of the tough realities that we can't avoid.

This book is a must-read and has a place of honor on my reference shelf.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x867efe7c) out of 5 stars Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman's Guide 9 Jan. 2007
By N.P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, in my opinion, is a good reference for every woman considering single motherhood. Mikki Morrissette, makes it a point to bring examples from real life when writing about issues such as becoming pregnant by a donor sperm or adopting a child.

I found the book helpful in not only as a guide for all options of single motherhood but also as a thought tool to the many issues that single motherhood's entails.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x867eff60) out of 5 stars I couldn't put the book down! 14 May 2008
By B. Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
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I received this book on Friday and was done reading it by the following Monday. It was well written and ridiculously helpful. I have chosen to take the route of being a single mother, and this is the first book I've read that looks at all aspects (including being a single lesbian mother) as well as providing suggestions of other books to read (which I have ordered recently as well.) I highly recommend this book for any womyn that is debating the question of Single Motherhood. The book is full of insightful questions that really made me stop and think about whether I was truly ready for this next step. It is a must read!
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