Choosing to have a child as a single woman is a big decision, and although exciting, can be a bit overwhelming. Many of our clients have chosen to be single mothers and they have shown us what we can do to be as sensitive as possible to the special needs of a single mother. We encourage you to read some of their testimonials below which demonstrate the quality of our service. Our Client Services staff is exceptional and will make every effort to understand your unique situation. We also offer other services that assist in the donor selection process. The links below will lead you to helpful resources and services you might consider.
Fairfax Family Forums: Come share, connect and ask your questions. Also join your donor's private group once you have had a child.
Donor Selection Consultation: Helpful one-on-one consultation if you need extra assistance in finding the right donor. This service can be extremely helpful if there is not a partner at home to discuss possible choices.
Photo Match Service: Match your donor’s appearance to a photo of someone, e.g. partner, friend, actor, etc.
Testimonials from single women:
“I made a pact with myself that if I was single or not married by the time I was 36, I would go the donor route. It has always been a dream of mine to become a mother, more than anything. I have a motherly, care giving instinct and wanted to have a baby to take care of and love. In terms of conceiving, it was a long, difficult road for me. After 4 unsuccessful IUI's, I decided to have an IVF. My first IVF ended up a "chemical pregnancy" which was very heartbreaking to me. It was as though someone snatched my happiness away from me. I did not give up my dream, though! I went on to have another IVF. I was elated and on cloud nine when I found out that I was pregnant! I now have a healthy, beautiful baby girl named Hannah Marie. I want to thank my donor for becoming a donor, she is just the perfect bundle of joy!” –A.M.H., Virginia
“My dream in life was to have a child someday. With the assistance of Fairfax Cryobank, I was able to make this reality come true. After only two months of Artificial Insemination, I became pregnant. Nine months later, I had a happy, healthy little boy to love and cherish for the rest of my life. “–J.W., Ohio
“I want to thank Fairfax Cryobank, who has made an incredible difference in my life. I am now blessed with two children: boy/girl twins. I never thought I would be sitting here today as a mother of two toddlers. My life is wonderful. Thank you! -A.L.P., Texas
“I became pregnant 10/25/05; I delivered my daughter on 06/01/06 at 34 weeks. I would like to thank all parties involved, especially my donor, for making this happen because my daughter is my miracle baby. I may try for baby number two when my donor’s sperm is available again.” –B.C., Maryland.
“I'm a single mom living in Australia with my son, who is just about three years old. Having my son was made possible because of the generosity of the donor, the assistance of my doctors, and the professionalism of Fairfax. Four years ago when I decided that I wanted to be a mother on my own, my family, friends and I explored many options; finally, we decided that having my child with the help of a donor was my preferred path. In making this choice, it was very important for me to understand as much as possible about the donor, not only to assist me in choosing the “right one,” but also for my child and the future questions he might have about his biological father. The depth and breadth of information you have on your donors, from the childhood photo of our donor (which we have on our refrigerator), to his detailed family medical history, the decision to use Fairfax was easy. Thank you, to your staff, and to the donor who helped bring an amazing little boy into our lives. We cannot imagine our lives without him.” –T.J.U., Australia
Resources links for Single Mothers:
Books of Interest:
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.
by Rosanna Hertz - 2006 - 304 pages
This book provides concrete, informative answers to many questions.
by Ruth Sidel - 2006
This book is an important attempt to dispel the pervasive negative stereotypes of the single mother by presenting personal stories that defy these preconceived images.
by Jean Renvoize - 1985 - 318 page
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.