SUGGESTED READING

  • Adoption and the Jewish Family: Contemporary Perspectives by Shelley Kalnek Rosenberg​
  • Casting Lots by Susan Silverman (available to borrow from JFF office)
  • Thriving as an Adoptive Family by David and Renée Sanford (available to borrow from JFF office)
  • Wait No More by Mary Beth Chapman (available to borrow from JFF office)
  • A Few Good Eggs by Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan
  • Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child by Victoria Maizes, MD
  • Getting Pregnant- What Couples need to know right now by Niels Lauersen, MD, PhD and Colette Bouchez
  • Inconceivable: A Woman’s Triumph Over Despair and Statistics by Julia Indichova
  • My Not A Parent Thoughts: A Woman’s Perspective on Facing Infertility in the Jewish Community (available to borrow from JFF office)
  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler, MPH
  • The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World by Julia Indichova
  • The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D.
  • Trying to Get Pregnant (and Succeeding) by Marisa Peer
  • Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein
  • Who The @#$%! Am I? by Jael Toledo in collaboration with Sofia Silberman (available to borrow from JFF office)
  • Overcoming Male Infertility: Understanding its Causes and Treatments by Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. and Anthony J. Thomas Jr., MD
  • The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation & Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant by Jorges E. Chavarro, MD, ScD; Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH and Patrick J. Skerrett
  • The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies by Randine Lewis, Ph.D.
  • The Way of Qigong – The Art & Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth S. Cohen
  • IVF:In Vitro Fertilization The ART of Making Babies by Geoffrey Sher, MD, Virginia Marriage Davis, RN, MN and Jean Stoess, M.A.
  • The Couple’s Guide to In Vitro Fertilization by Liza Charlesworth
  • Birkat Emanuah – A Mikvah Resource (available to borrow from JFF Office)
  • ​​Pregnancy After Loss – A guide to pregnancy after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death by Carol Cirulli Lanham
  • Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss by Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

Books

  • Let’s Talk About Egg Donation:  Real Stories from Real People (2019) By Marna Gatlin and Carole Lieber-Wilkins
  • Three Makes A Baby: How To Parent Your Donor-Conceived Child  (2018) By Jane Rupnow
  • Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (What You Need to Know About Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and Sperm Donation) (2019)
  • Inheritance (2019) By Dani Shapiro- A memoir from an adult woman who discovers, through direct-to-consumer DNA testing, that she is sperm-donor conceived.
  • Experiences of Donor Conception:  Parents, Offspring and Donors through the year (2003) By Caroline Lorbach
  • Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation (2005, 2013) By Ellen Sarasohn Glazer and Evelina Weidman Sterling
  • Building Your Family Through Egg Donation: What You Will Want to Know About the Emotional Aspects and What to Tell Your Children (2007)   By Joyce Sutkamp Friedeman
  • Helping the Stork:  The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination By Carol Frost Vercollone, Heidi Moss, and Robert Moss
  • Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates:  Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families (2005) By Diane Ehrensaft
  • Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories  (2006) By Zara Griswold
  • Choosing Single Motherhood:  The Thinking Women’s Guide (2005) By Mikki Morrissette
  • The Complete Single Mother:  Reassuring Answers too Your Most Challenging Concerns By Andrea Engber and Leah Klingness
  • For Lesbian Parents: Your Guide to Helping Your Family Grow Up Happy, Healthy and Proud (2001) By Suzanne Johnson and Elizabeth O’Connor
  • Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples (2016) By Eric Rosswood, Charlie Condou, et al.

Websites & Organizations

  • Resolve – Organization that provides information and support groups on infertility and adoption.
  • Donor Sibling Registry – Organization for voluntary matching of donor siblings.
  • Parents Via Egg Donation–  Website to provide support and information to intended parents who are having children through egg donation.
  • Donor Conception Network– Website for intended parents who are having children through sperm or egg donation.
  • All About Surrogacy – Support and Information for Intended Parents.
  • Choice Moms– Resources, connections and support for single women who are choosing to become mothers
  • Single Mothers by Choice– Websites to provide support and information for single mothers by choice
  • Family Equality– Advancing equality for LGBTQ families
  • It’s Conceivable Now – Support and Information for LGBT Family-Building.
  • Inciid – The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination- A non-profit which provides information and some scholarships for infertility patients.
  • VARTA– VARTA provides independent information and support for individuals, couples, and health professionals on issues related to infertility, treatment and assisted reproductive technology. VARTA Video 1Video 2Video 3
  • Generation Cryo– A 5-part, American reality television series that aired on MTV in November 2013.  The show chronicles a 17-year-old girl who was conceived through the use of a sperm donor as she meets with 15 genetic half-siblings.

Egg, Sperm or Embryo Donation

  • A Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life, an Egg Donor Story (2009) By Carmen Martinez Jover
  • Phoebe’s Family:  A Story About Egg Donation (2003, 2010) By Linda Stamm
  • Scarlett’s Story: A Tale About Embryo Donation (2017) By Linda Stamm
  • You Were Made For Me (2018) By Sheri Sturniolo
  • You Began As A Wish (2019) Kim Bergman
  • Sometimes It Takes Three to Make a Baby By Kate Bourne
  • Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big? (2018) By Carolina Nadel
  • My Beginnings:  A Very Special Story (2005) By Tim Appleton
  • Butterflies and Magical Wings (2006) By Amy Margolis
  • A Part Was Given and an Angel Was Born By Roxanne Nathalie.
  • Daddy, Was Mommy’s Tummy Big?  By Carolina Nadel
  • The Pea That Was Me:  An Egg Donation Story (Volume 1, 2013)
  • A Sperm Donation Story (Volume 2, 2014)
  • An Embryo Donation Story (Volume 2, 2013) By Kim Kluger-Bell
  • Super Special Sisters:  A Story About the Miracle of In Vitro Fertilization By Juliet Napier

Surrogacy

  • Harry The Helper (2016) By Linda Stamm
  • Mommy Did I Grow in Your Tummy?: Where Some Babies Come from By Elaine R. Gordon
  • Hope & Will Have a Baby: The Gift of Surrogacy By Irene Celcer
  • The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Children (2006) By Sarah Phillips Pellet
  • Building My Family:  A Story of Egg Donation and Surrogacy (2017) By Carrie Eichberg
  • The Very Kind Koala: A Surrogacy Story for Children (2013) By Kim Kluger-Bell
  • A Baby for Mabel and Frederick By Karen Poston

Non-Traditional Families

  • Little Treasure (2011) By Anat Georgy
  • Ruby and Mommy: A Tale About a Single Mother and Sperm Donation (2019) by Linda Stamm
  • Just the Baby for Me by Barbara Levin
  • The Pea That Was Me (Versions for Single Moms and For Lesbian Moms) By Kim Kulger-Bell
  • Why Don’t I Have A Daddy?: A Story of Donor Conception by George Ann Clay
  • The Family Book (2003) By Todd Parr
  • Mommy, Mama, and Me (2009) By Leslea Newman
  • Our Story: A Book for Young Children About Their Conception through Donor Sperm to Lesbian Parents By Nicola Baxter
  • Family Stew (2016) By Linda Stamm, Psy.D.
  • Family Stew for Dads:  Building a Family with an Egg Donor & Surrogate (2019) By Linda Stamm Graphite Press
  • A Tale of Two Mommies By Vanita Oelschlager
  • A Tale of Two Daddies By Vanita Oelschlager
  • Stella Brings the Family By Mirriam B. Schiffer
  • Two Daddies and Me  (2009) By Robbi Anne Packard
  • Mommy and Me How I Came to Be By Elizabeth R. Weiss
  • Wish By Matthew Cordell
  • To The Moon and Back for You by Emilia Serhant

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