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The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth Paperback – July 1, 2006

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About the Author

Stephanie Brill is the cofounder of Maia Midwifery and Preconception Services in Berkeley, Calif., which has achieved national recognition by helping thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals with every aspect of creating a family
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555839401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555839406
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christina Cat on September 15, 2006
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I've been reading every book I can find about donor insemination and this is the best I've found. Whether using fresh, frozen, known, anonymous, at home or assisted by medical practitioners, medicated or not, this book has useful information for decision making, social/emtional issues and nitty gritty physical information.

It is an excellent resource for any woman considering alternative methods of conception, regardless of sexual orientation. I highly recommend it.
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My girlfriend and I were up last night doing nothing more than browsing through the chapters. We were amazed at the level of content and wide range of subjects from the early decision making process with exercises to help drive a conversation all parties need to have to actual ways to increase and enhance fertility.

Great resource for describing the different methods of becoming pregnant, considerations sperm donation, I didn't know all of this stuff before. It address physiology, actual medical procedures, nutritional needs of birth mother, and the real emotional and social factors that need to be considered including what the non birth mother may be experiencing.

I never thought could produce a child with the woman I love. With this book I know the dream we talk a lot about later is a very real possibility.
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i had been trying to get pregnant for a year. i bought this book, read it cover to cover and was pregnant within 2 months. i swear by this book. i honestly don't think i'd be pregnant if i hadn't bought this book. it's not just for lesbians, either. i bought it for my straight friends, who are also trying to get pregnant.
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When I was writing the first edition of my "Choosing Single Motherhood" book, I wasn't aware of the earlier version of this book. Now that I am, I am making a special effort to include mention of it in the newest edition of my book. It's an amazing resource for women who want to understand the ins and outs of donor insemination, including an excellent chapter on what is involved in using a known donor: what sperm tests reveal and why it's important, the fact that fertility can be enhanced, the questions and conversations both parties need to have, and a really comprehensive look at the medical issues that enhance anyone's insight into how to best prepare for this choice.
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I bought this book partially because the Rachel Pepper book was not available immediately and I'm very pleased that this is the book I ended up with!

Coming from her experience as the head of Maia Midwifery in Northern California, Stephanie Brill covers not only the anatomy and physiology of what you need to know, but also the emotional aspects of trying to get pregnant. This book covers many topics - options of ways to track your fertility, increase your fertility, the pros and cons of known donors versus frozen sperm, even the logistics of inseminating, whether at home or at a clinic.

The only reason I have given this book 4 stars out of 5 has to do with the fact that this book covers a lot of alternative health treatments which may be difficult for people who are more aligned with Western medicine and do not believe in herbal treatments, acupuncture, and the like.

Best of luck to any woman who gets this book and is trying to conceive!
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By Heather on January 13, 2009
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Hands down the #1 book when ttc! I am a straight woman yet this book is truly written for all women trying to conceive. I have a whole library of books on the subject and this is the most in depth and detailed book I've found yet. Tells you basically exactly when to do things and what to watch for. Can't say enough about this book!!!
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This guide is a very thorough collection of information for lesbians contemplating starting a family. Even though the references included are US specific, the information was still relevant to me as an Australian, and gave me a sense of where to go for further information. I especially loved the information on non-birth parent feelings and anxieties etc. I would highly recommend it.
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I love this book for so many reasons. It covers so much information that is hard to find elsewhere. It shares holistic approaches that take the medical fear-based ideas out of the equation, while still addressing the realities of biology in women who are trying to conceive later in life. It puts faith back into our bodies and our wellness and our embodiment. And it speaks to all kinds of alternative family structural issues, whether you are a single woman deciding to parent alone, or a trans woman, or a lesbian couple, etc. It's such a great resource for preparing one's body, mind, and lifestyle for birth, and for preparing your family structure to be legally supported as a family. Love it!
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