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Books for grownups

Visit Hares and Hyenas bookshop in Fitzroy, or online at hares-hyenas.com.au. The parenting section has books covering all aspects of parenting, conception and raising children. New books are produced regularly.

Here are a few to get you started.

The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth, Stephanie Brill, Alyson books, 2006.
This is a US book, but it provides a huge amount of excellent, research-based information and guidance related to every step in the process, including finding and negotiating with donors and co-parents, preparing for pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Fatherhood for gay men -– and emotional and practice guide to becoming a gay dad, Kevin McGarry and Margaret Tatich, US, 2003.
Recommended for its emotional content, although the practice information is US-based and the links and resource provided now out of date.

IVF and Beyond for dummies, Dr Karin Hammarberg, Wiley, 2010.
An Australian book with up-to-date information in most areas. Good information, as in most of the ‘Dummies’ series. More focussed on processes such as IVF than on other aspects of creating rainbow families.

The Infertility Handbook, Jacqueline Tomlins, Allen & Unwin, 2003, Australia.
An Australian book, its legal information is now out of date, but it provides guidance to many aspects of fertility services as well as a long chapter on creating rainbow families, including making agreements with donors.

And Baby Makes More, Edited by Chloe Brushwood Rose and Susan Goldberg. Insomniac Press 2009.
A Canadian book exploring the many different ways LGBTI people create families together in considerable depth. Well worth reading when thinking about options for creating families.

Books for children

There are many books for children of LGBTI parents. For more ideas, go to the Hares and Hyenas website.

Books about conception

Sometimes it takes three to make a baby: Explaining Egg Donor Conception to Young Children, Kate Bourne (Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd, 2008) Australia

Where did I really come from? The Australian book includes simple descriptions of sexual intercourse, donor insemination, IVF and content on adoption and surrogacy. Narelle Wickham (Learn To Include, 2008) – – see the Learn To Include website

Here I am by Kath D, a comic book about conception with a clinic donor, at www.kathd2000.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/here-i-am-comic-book

So that’s where I came from, Gina Dawson (Black Dog Books, 2010) Australia

Also check Books for Donor Offspring Blog for a range of books from the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Books about LGBTI-parented families

My House, Rainbow Cubby House, Koalas on Parade, Going to Fair Day – a series of picture books by Australian authors Brenna & Vicki Harding – see the Learn To Include website

There are many other picture books such as King and King by Linda De Haan, The Family Book by Todd Parr, and Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman.

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