Resource List

Free E Books

An Introduction to Family Building with Donor Insemination

Donor Insemination: Top 10 Things You Need to Know

The Top 5 Tips for Picking Your Ideal Donor

Fertility Preservation for Trans Women: Sperm Banking


General Resources

Fairfax Family Forums: Offers discussion forums for infertile couples, single women and same sex couples. There are also general topics anyone can view. Private forums are available for those with children by specific donors.

Path2Parenthood (

Donor Conception Network (

Creating A Family (


Donor Insemination/ Assisted Reproduction

Podcast: February 2016 Everything You Want to Know About Sperm Donation  Radio interview by Creating a Family and our genetic counselor, Suzanne Seitz, MS and Director of Client Services, Cheryl Daubenberger.

How to Get Pregnant with the New Techonology by Sherman Shilber

Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination by Ken Daniels

Helping the Stork: The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination by Carol Frost Vercollone

Having Your Baby by Donor Insemination: A Complete Resource Guide by Elizabeth Noble

Getting Pregnant When You Thought You Couldn't by Helane S. Rosenberg and Yakov Epstein  

Conceptions and Misconceptions: The Informed Consumer's Guide Through the Maze of in Vitro Fertilization & Assisted Reproduction Techniques by Arthur L. Wiscot and David R. Meldrum

Assisted Reproduction: The Complete Guide to Having a Baby with the Help of a Third Party by Thersa Erikson and Maryann Lathus

Choosing Assisted Reproduction: Social, Emotional & Ethical Considerations by Susna Cooper and Ellen Sarasohnsohn Glazer

Buying Dad: One Woman's Search for the Perfect Sperm Donor by Harlyn Aizley

Behind Closed Doors: Moving Beyond Secrecy and Shame by Kirk Maxey

Cryo Kid: Drawing a New Map by Corine Copnick

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby? by Jeanne Twenge

Where Did I Come From?' Donor Eggs, Sperm and a Surrogate by Anndee Hochman

Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One  Woman's Quest to Become a Mother by Peggy Orenstein

Building Your Family Through Egg Donation: What You Will Want to Know About the Emotional Effects by Joyce S. Friedeman and Celeste H. Friedeman

Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer

Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families by Diane Ehrensaft

Surrogacy and Embryo, Sperm, & Egg Donation: What Were You Thinking?: Considering IVF & Third-Party Reproduction by Theresa M. Erickson


For Parents with Donor Conceived Children

Nan's Donut Dilemma by Mary E. Ryan

Hope and Will Have a Baby Series by Irene Celcer   

The Pea That Was Me: a Single Mom's Sperm Donation Story by Kimberly Kluger-Bell       Other publications from this author are here:

Before You Were Born: Our Wish for a Baby by Janice Grimes

Why Don't I Have a Daddy? by George Ann Clay

Just the Baby for Me by Barbara Sue Levin

Let Me Explain: A Story About Donor Insemination by Jane T. Schnitter

Do I Have a Dad? Audio interviews about how to talk to kids

I Felt You Flutter in My Heart by Choice Moms

Daddy, Was Mommy's Tummy Big? and Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big?  by Carolina Nadel

Talking and Telling Series by Donor Conception Network

My Beginnings - A Very Special Story  by Tim Appleton

Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy?: Where Many Babies Come From by Elaine R. Gordon

How Babies and Families Are Made: There is More Than One Way by Patricia Schaffer

Experiences with Donor Conception; Parents, Offspring, and Donors Through the Years by Caroline Lorbach

My Story - for children conceived by sperm donation in heterosexual couples by Jane Offord

A Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life: An Egg Donor Story by Carmen Martinez Jover

The Pea That Was Me: An Egg-Donation Story by Kimberly Kluger-Bell

Phoebe's Family: A Story About Egg Donation by Linda Stramm and Joan Clipp

Our Story: A Story for Young Children About Their Conception Through Egg Donation     by Donor Conception Network

One More Giraffe by Kim Noble and Stephanie Gibson

Sometimes It Takes Three to Make a Baby by Kate Bourne

Butterflies and Magical Wings by Amy Margolos

Parents Via Egg Donation  (



Fertility and Infertility Resources

The Male Biological Clock by Harry Fisch

The Infertility Book: A Comprehensive Medical and Emotional Guide by Carla Harkness

Gift of a Child: A Guide to Donor Insemination by Robert Snowden and Elizabeth Snowden

The Couple's Guide to Fertility by Gary S. Berger

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

Resolving Infertility by RESOLVE and Diane Aronson and Suzanne Levert

Making Babies:  A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility by Sami David

In Search of Parenthood: Coping with Infertility and High-Tech Conception byJudith Lasker

Hopeful Heart, Peaceful Mind: Managing Infertility byCarol Fulwiler Jones

Healing the Infertile Family: Strengthening  Your Relationship in the Search for Parenthood by Gaylene Becker

Laughing is Conceivable by Lori Shandle-Fox

Infertility Resources (

Canadien Fertility and Andrology Society (

Kindara- a phone application

Wanting Another Child: Coping with Secondary Infertility by Harriet Fishman Simons

Infertility Network (

Reproductive Facts (

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (

Resolve (

The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting after Infertility by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer

The Belated Baby: A Guide to Parenting after Infertility by Jill Browning and Kelly James-Enger


Same Sex Couples Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians by Rachel Pepper

The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth by Stephine Brill

A Donor Insemination Guide: Written By and For Lesbian Women by Marie Mohler and Lacy Frazer

King and King by Linda de Haan

Asha's Mums by Rosamund Elwin

Holly's Secret by Nancy Garden

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman

Family Options for Queer Couples: Article written by our Director, Dr. Michelle Ottey for TAGG Magazine (Washington, DC Metro Area)

Rainbow Babies, an online resource for becoming a parent in the gay and lesbian community.

National Gay and Lesbian Medical Association


Single Parent Resources

When Baby Makes Two: Single Mothers by Chance or by Choice by Jene Stoneisfer

Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood by Jane Mattes

1994 - 272 pages  A handbook for the growing number of women who have chosen single motherhood offers a helpful analysis of available options.

Chosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman's Guide by Mikki Morissette

Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family by Rosanna Hertz

Choice Moms

Single Mothers by Choice

Creating A Family

Unsung Heros: Single Mothers and the American Dream by Ruth Sidel - 2006

Ruth Sidel's book  is an important attempt to dispel the pervasive negative stereotypes of the single mother by presenting personal stories that defy these preconceived images.

Single Mothers in International Context: Mothers Or Workers? by Simon Duncan, Rosalind Edwards - 1997 - 285 pages

This collection explores the variations in the status of single mothers, focusing on the dominant discourses around single motherhood, state policies towards single mothers, the structure of the labour market at national and local levels, and neighbourhood supports and constraints.

Going Solo: Single Mothers by Choice by Jean Renvoize - 1985 - 318 page

Do I Have a Daddy?: A Story about a Single-Parent Child by Jeanne Warren Lindsay - 1999

Addressing single-parent families, this book helps kids (4-8yr old)with absent, deceased, and unknown dads talk about and deal with this often difficult situation.


Surrogacy and Directed Donor Resources

Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy by Sarah Phillips Pellet

Gal and Noa's Daddies by Shosh Pinkas


Pregnancy after Cancer


Cancer Combat: Cancer Survivors Share Their Guerrilla Tactics to Help You Win the Fight of Your Life by Dean King, Jessica King and Jonathon Pearlroth

Fertile Hope (

Podcast: Creating a Family-Preserving Your Fertility When Diagnosed with Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer is devastating on so many different levels. Often patients are so overwhelmed that the last thing they think about is getting on with their life once treatment is past. This includes taking action now to preserve their option to have children after cancer. Host Dawn Davenport talks with Dr. Michelle Ottey, Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank, who works with male cancer patients; Dr. Stephen Lincoln, Medical Director of the Fertility Preservation Center for Cancer Patients at the Genetics and IVF Institute; and Lauren Haring, Director and Co-Founder of the Fertility Preservation Center for Cancer Patients at GIVF.