Useful Links and Resources

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Helpful Websites

Societies in Reproductive Medicine

American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) https://www.asrm.org
British Fertility Society (BFS) https://www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk
Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) https://www.cfas.ca
European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) https://www.eshre.eu
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) https://www.sart.org


Medical Related

Endometriosis Association https://www.endometriosisassn.org
Mother Risk at the Hospital for Sick Children https://www.motherisk.org
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) https://www.pcosaa.org
Termination or Selective Reduction in a Wanted Pregnancy https://www.aheartbreakingchoice.com


LGBTQ Resources

LGBTQ Parenting Connection https://www.lgbtqparentingconnection.ca
The 519 Community Centre https://www.the519.org


Single and Older Parenting

Choice Moms https://www.choicemomstoronto.ca
A Child After 40 https://www.flowerpowermom.com

Egg and Sperm Donation

Donor Conception Network https://www.donor-conception-network.org
Parents via Egg Donation https://www.pved.org
Southwestern Ontario Donor Conception Support Network https://www.donorconception.com
Sperm Banks: CanAm, Outreach Health Services, Repromed


Miscellaneous Infertility Support

General Fertility/Infertility Information and Online Support https://www.ivf.ca
Fertility Matters Canada https://fertilitymatters.ca
Men’s Fertility Web Site https://www.mensfe.net


Post-Birth Support

Inducing Lactation (breastfeeding) https://www.asklenore.com
Multiple Births Toronto Parents of Multiple Births Association, Multiple Births Canada
Talking to Children about assisted reproductive technology https://www.artparenting.org
Unused Embryo Decision-Making Tool https://www.varta.org.au/resources/brochure/what-do-your-unused-embryos-decision-tool

Books for Intended Parents (please note, books may cross categories)

General

Experiencing Infertility: An Essential Resource. by Debby Peoples and Harriette Rovner Ferguson. Norton, 2000.

Fight of the Stork: What Children Think (and when) about Sex and Family Building. by Anne Bernstein. Perspectives Press, 1994

Love and Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing Infertility, Marriage and Life. by Kristen Magnacca. Lifeline Press. 2004

Telling and Talking Booklets. Available through: https://www.donor-conception-network.org/dcn_booklists.htm

The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labour Companies. by Penny Simkin. The Harvard Common Press, 2008.

The Complete Guide to Female Fertility. by Kate Brian. Piatkus, 2007

The Empty Picture Frame: An inconceivable Journey through Infertility. by Jenna Currier Nadeau and Mike Nadeau. Outskirts Press, Inc., 2007.

The Infertility Survival Guide: Everything You Need To Know to Cope with the Challenges while Maintaining your Sanity, Dignity and Relationships. by Judith C. Daniluk. New Harbinger Publications, 2001.

The Long Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertitlity. by Ellen Glazer. Jossey Bass Press, 1998

Wanting Another Child: Coping with Secondary Infertility. by Harriet F. Simons. Jossey-Bass, 1995


Egg and Sperm Donation/Single Motherhood

Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination. by Kenneth Raymond Daniels. Dunmore Press, 2004.

Choosing to be Open about Donor Conception: The Experiences of Parents. by Sharon Penttle and Jan Burns. Published by the Donor Conception Network, 2002. Available through: https://www.donor-conception-network.org/secrecybks.htm

Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide. by Mikki Morrissette. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.

Experiences of Donor Conception: Parents, Offspring and Donors Through the Years. by Caroline Lorbach. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003.

Having your Baby Through Egg Donation. by Ellen Glazer and Evelina Weidman Sterling. Perspectives Press, Inc. 2005

Helping the Stork: The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination. by Carol Frost Vercollone et al. Wiley, 1997.

The Insider’s Guide to Egg Donation: A Compassionate and Comprehensive Guide for All Parents-to-Be. by Wendie Wilson-Miller and Erika Napoletano. Demos Health, 2012.


Gestational Surrogacy

A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy. by Gail Dutton. Clouds Publishing, 1997.

Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families. by Diane Ehrensaft. The Guilford Press, 2005.

Surrogacy was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell their Stories. by Ed. Zara Griswold. Nightengale Press, 2006.


LGBTQ Families

And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents, and Our Unexpected Families. Edited by Susan Goldberg and Chloe Brushwood Rose. Insomniac Press, 2010.

Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Moms Tell All. Edited by Harlyn Aizley. Beacon Press, 2006.

A Gay Couple’s Journey through Surrogacy: Intended Fathers. by Michael Menichiello. Haworth Press, 2006.

Gay Dads: A Celebration of Fatherhood. by David Strah, with Susanna Margolis. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2003.

Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle. by Abbie Goldberg. American Psychological Assoc; 1 edition, 2009.

The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth. by Stephanie Brill and Preston Sacks. Alyson Publications, 2006.

The Queer Parent’s Primer: A Lesbian and Gay Families’ Guide to Navigating through a Straight World. by Stephanie Brill. New Harbinger Press, 2001.

The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and care for Yourself from preconception through Birth. by Rachel Pepper. Cleis Press, 2005.

Who’s Your Daddy? And Other Writings on Queer Parenting. Edited by Rachel Epstein. Sumach Press, 2009.


Moving On

Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children. by Jody Day October 2016.

Beyond Motherhood: Choosing a Life Without Children. by Jeanne Safer. Pocket Books, 1996.

Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives. Ed by Lori Liebovich. HarperCollins, 2006.

Never to Be a Mother: A Guide for All Women Who Didn’t, or Couldn’t Have Children. by Linda Hunt, 1992.

Silent Sorority: A (Barren) Woman Gets Busy, Angry, Lost and Found. by Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, 2010.

Sweet Grapes: How to Stop Being Infertile and Start Living Again. by Jean W. Carter and Michael Cater. Perspectives Press, 1998.

Taking Charge of Infertility (chapters 6 and 7). by Patricia Irwin Johnston. Perspectives Press, 1994.

The Infertility Survival Guide: Everything You Need To Know to Cope with the Challenges while Maintaining your Sanity, Dignity and Relationships (chapter 6, 7, and 8). by Judith C. Daniluk. New Harbinger Publications, 2001.

When You’re Not Expecting: An Infertility Guide (chapters 10, 11 and epilogue). by Constance Hoenk Shapiro. Wiley, 2010.

Books for Children (please note, books may cross categories)

General

Before You Were Born: Our Wish for a Child series/My Wish for a Child (16-book collection includes stories about IVF, egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, surrogacy, heterosexual, LGBTQ, dual parent and single parent led families). by Janice Grimes. X, Y, and Me Books, 2004-2005.

Hope and Will Have a Baby (4-book collection includes stories about egg donation, sperm donation, surrogacy and embryo donation). by Irene Celcer. Graphite Press, 2007.

How Babies and Families are Made: There is More than One Way! by Patricia Shaffer. Tabor Sarah Books, 1988.

I loVe my Family: A book about assisted conception for young children. (Volume 1). by Tammy Troute-Wood. Tammy Troute-Wood, 2011.

Mommy, Did I Grow In Your Tummy? Where Some Babies Come From. by Elaine Gordon. EM Greenburg Press, 1992.

Monday is One Day. by Arthur Levine. Scholastic Press, 2011.

My Beginnings: A Very Special Story. by Tim Appleton. IFC Resource Centre, UK. Available through: www.mybeginnings.org

My Family and Me/Mi Familia y Yo. by Jose Martinez Juarez. Palibrio, 2011.

Recipes of How Babies are Made. by Carmen Martinez Jover, 2007.

What Makes a Baby. by Cory Silverberg. Seven Stories Press, 2013.

The Family Book. by Todd Parr. Little Brown, 2003.

The Great Big Book of Families. by Mary Hoffman. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2010.

The Not-So-Only Child. by Heather Jopling. Nickname Press, 2008.

What are Parents? by Kyme Fox-lee and Susan Fox-Lee. StoryTyme Publishing, 2005.

What Matters Most: A Children’s Book of Families. by Kristin Carter. BookSurge Publishing, 2008.

Who’s in a Family? by Robert Skutch. Tricycle Press, 1995.


Egg Donation/Sperm Donation

A Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life: An Egg Donor Story. by Carmen Martinez Jover, 2005.

Butterflies and Magical Wings. by Amy Margolis. Amy Margolis Publishing, 2006.

Mommy was Your Tummy Big? by Carolina Nadel. Mookind Press, 2007.

One More Giraffe. by Kim Noble. 48HrBooks, 2009.

Our Story (3-book collection, including stories about sperm donation in heterosexual-led family, lesbian-led family, and single mother-led family). Donor Conception Network, 2002. Available through: www.donor-conception-network.org

Let Me Explain: A Story About Egg Donation Insemination. by Jane T. Schnitter and Joanne Bowring. Perspectives Press, 1995.

Phoebe’s Family: A Story About Egg Donation. by Linda Stamm. Graphite Press, 2010.

Sometimes It Takes Three to Make a Baby. by Kate Bourne. Available through: www.mivf.com.au


Gestational Surrogacy

Kangaroo Pouch: A Story about Surrogacy for Young Children. by Sarah Phillips Pellet. Trafford Publishing, 2006.

One More Giraffe. by Kim Noble. 48HrBooks, 2009.

Why I’m So Special: A Book about Surrogacy. by Carl Lewis-Long. Authorhouse, 2010.


LGBTQ Families

1, 2, 3: A Family Counting Book. by B. Combs. Two Lives Publishing, 2000.

ABC: A Family Alphabet Book. by B. Combs. Two Lives Publishing, 2001.

And Tango Makes Three. by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2005.

Daddy, Papa and Me. by Lesléa Newman and Carol Thompson. Tricycle Press, 2009.

Heather has Two Mommies. By Lesléa Newman and Diane Souza. Alyson Books, 2009.

Ryan’s Mom is Tall. by Heather Jopling. Nickname Press, 2006.

The Baby Kangaroo Treasure Hunt. by Carmen Martinez Jover, 2011.

Why I’m So Special: A Book about Surrogacy with Two Daddies. by Carla Lewis-Long. Authorhouse, 2011.