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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Harrington Park Pr (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560232277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560232278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Mohler and Frazer are life partners and the coparents of children conceived through donor insemination. This book blends their recollections with practical advice for lesbians who wish to conceive in a similar manner. Any woman interested in the topic will be able to find useful information here, but, as the authors note in their preface, it was written "to validate the lesbian experience of donor insemination." Included here is in-depth coverage on such topics as sperm quality, the debate over fresh vs. frozen sperm, ovulation, the menstrual cycle, and other physiologic topics, and at the end of each chapter they recount their personal experiences. Because the healthcare providers whom the authors encountered during this process were not particularly sensitive or supportive, these accounts can have a bitter tone. There is a brief bibliography, but lacking is Rachel Pepper's excellent Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians (Cleis Pr., 1999), a wide-ranging, breezily written guide that covers many of the same topics though in less depth. Given the scant number of lesbian-specific titles on this subject, this volume should be considered for purchase by all public libraries, especially those in areas where gay and lesbian health clinics and support are difficult to find. Martha E. Stone, Treadwell Lib., Boston
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Marie Mohler, MA, is a professional counsellor and author. She is the author of Homosexual Rites of Passage, and is currently working on a newsletter entitled The Lavender Lighthouse: Helping Women Navigate Donor Insemination, Pregnancy and Parenthood, in which lesbian women and parents are invited to share their experiences and insights with one another. Lacy Frazer, PsyD, currently works as a clinical psychologist in a correctional setting. Dr. Frazer and Ms. Mohler share a life partnership of ten years and co-parent two sons conceived through donor insemination.

More About the Author

Life is such an exquisite journey. When I studied psychology in my undergraduate and graduate pursuits, I did not yet know that I would some day become a writer. But over time, life circumstances called me to write inspired thoughts down and then to eventually publish those ideas. Writing continues to be a central part of my life and my life's work today.

In my early 20's, coming into my truer self, I wrote several books about gay and lesbian identity development, rites of passage, and the donor insemination process. This phase of my life was a bridge for me, allowing me to try experiences on, to expand my skills, and to learn a great deal about the world and my place in it. As I look back on the books written in that window of time, and my consciousness at that time, I believe that there is a lot of useful information contained within those books. Yet admittedly, there is an evident frustration with the less conscious nature of the larger culture, that is present in the tone of these works. My books, Homosexual Rites of Passage: A Road to Visibility and Validation and A Donor Insemination Guide: Written By and For Lesbian Women, offer some insightful, technical, inspirational, or helpful messages, that can benefit others in their quest for happiness and wholeness. If one can look past the tone of "resistance" in these works, they can be very useful resources.

I am really excited to promote my current work, which includes eight inspirational stories in a book series called Shine Your Light books. A profound tragedy occurred in my life in the past five years, that woke me up to more expansive cosmic truths within my self and this extraordinary universe. These cosmic truths, and my inner light, called me to write once more. Some of the insights gleaned from my own inner awakening process are woven within the Shine Your Light stories. The gentle messages found in my unique illustrated stories reflect our divine essence, our inner light, and our inner child - who loves to play, to laugh, to create, and to be delighted every day. These books - including Swallow the Sun, Leonard's Song, The Habit of Rabbits, Little Bird's Earth Nest, The Knight and His Armored Heart, and Hearts of Trees - were created and written for the timeless and ageless inner child that lives within us all!

I believe that out of the great challenges, adversities, and tremendous contrasts in our lives, we often recover the grace and the bliss that we are truly meant to experientially live. My book, Cosmic Wealth: A Guide to Living the Prosperity of a Rich Inner Life, offers inspirations and divine messages to help others in their cosmic quest for wholeness, wellness, self-understanding, conscious creation, joyful and prosperous living, and divine expansion. My newest book, entitled Cosmic Keys: Channeled Inspirations to Open the Heart of One, is truly a unique guide that gently invites you into your own sacred heart center . . . to remember, to activate, and to heartfully rise within, to begin to consciously reunite your divine inner light with the Creator's Grand Central Sun - and the Cosmic Heart of One. Cosmic Keys is a beautiful collection of inspirational channelings that generously offer love, light, insight, and ascension wisdom from a timeless place of divine grace. Each and every one of us right now - today - is an essential light and shining golden key - with a divine opportunity to steadily rise and actively participate in the collaborative formation of a New Earth Experience. We are living in an incredibly exciting time indeed!

This Shine Your Light series offers unique and inspirational messages for those hearing the call of their heart - to rise and reunite with the Source light within! These stories can be found here at Amazon.com, on We Read, and at Lulu.com. My web address at Lulu.com is http://stores.lulu.com/shineyourlight. Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoy my recent publications! Blessings and peace, Marie

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
This was the first pregnancy book I read. Frankly, I found it a bit scary. The authors clearly had a very hard time with conception and with their small-town North Carolina doctors. That seems to have made them a tad fanatical about moms-to-be doing *everything* "right" or they'll never have a child. And I'm not sure the authros' (expectation and) experience of homophobia is particularly informative for those of us in more progressive settings. I very much appreciate the info. I got from the book; now I just have to try not to worry.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mermaidgrrrl on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviewer - their emphasis on timing having to be perfect has caused quite a lot of anxiety for me. After all, there's only so much we can control about this process and the rest is part nature, part luck. I would reccomend this book to someone doing home IVI's with fresh sperm, but it will only cause more angst to those doing frozen IUI's with their doctor.
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This book lacked a lot of specific details I was hoping for. It covers a variety of options for donor insemination (DI), but didn't really cover the details of how to go about each. I appreciated that it didn't dismiss any of the options available for DI, but more detailed information about topics like how long a sample is viable for, what temperature to transport it at, and other questions related to the male side of the equation would have really improved the book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Kurtz on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. It is a very helpful overview of the decisions you face when trying to get pregnant as a lesbian. I highly recommend this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Perry on July 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very useful and helped to clarify some important questions I had about the process.
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