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The Hope and Will Have a Baby series is a welcomed addition to the children's books genre of non-traditional family building. What stands out when reading these stories is that the subject matter never veers from the overriding message that children born into our world through reproductive efforts are loved and truly cherished. Celcer takes five reproductive options and tells a story about a couple's struggle to have a child. Each story's theme describes Hope and Will's desire to become parents in clear terms using descriptive language that children can understand.

Using the same initial and final storylines, the five reproductive options are inserted midway through the book: surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and adoption. Needless to say, each story has a happy ending with Hope and Will achieving their dream of having a baby and becoming parents.

The illustrations are delightful which will appeal to children of many ages. Celcer uses language that is delivered in a straightforward fashion but in a soft and gentle tone that exudes warmth and comfort. This sweet and endearing series of books are recommended additions to all home libraries in an effort to best appreciate the various ways families come to be and to welcome all children born through these means.

Copyright © 2007 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG). All rights reserved.

--American Society for Reproductive Medicine

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We live in a world where telling our children about their origins seems to emphasize biology or technology at the unfortunate expense of the emotional climate that surrounds a family's beginnings. It is important for children to know the love, excitement and enthusiasm that parents feel when children became part of their family. These emotions, sometimes joyous, sometimes challenging, are acknowledged in the Hope & Will Have a Baby collection of books in an appropriate way for little ears to hear and little minds to learn about.

Relating the tale of how a child came to be is sometimes fraught with awkwardness and embarrassment. This is true whether the story entails adoption, third party reproductive assistance, or even traditional conception. Many parents struggle to decide when, what or how to tell their children about their family's beginnings. Once finally parents, they may wonder if, how or when they should tell their offspring about their child's origins.

Irene Celcer, author of the Hope & Will collection, firmly believes that the well-being of children is based on healthy self-esteem, which comes from knowing who they are and how they came into this world and into their families. Although understanding the relational and biological parts of how humans are created is important, it is not the main concern of this collection. Rather it is the children's emotions of pride and love and of being deeply desired as their parents were building a family. This knowledge will help children build a strong sense of self-worth that will carry them throughout life.

This book collection can give parents a way to manage a task that may at first seem too overwhelming or stressful. It is meant to provide a way to talk about their desires to become parents and their ultimate success in doing so. It also is meant to give children an appropriate way to start understanding how they entered their family. Parents may choose to embellish, remove or add details of their own special family beginnings as they read to their children. And children will naturally do their own thing, with their own uncanny sense of innocence and delight. Ultimately, it is the family's traditions, culture, and religious beliefs that will dictate the degree of disclosure.

These books are here to help parents tell their children the loving story of their beginnings and the goodness and joyous celebration of their arrival. They accent the caring way that they were planned and how much they were wanted. The collection as a whole celebrates the diversity of ways that families can be created.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Graphite Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975581031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975581032
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Irene Celcer, MA, LCSW, is a mental health professional and educator who specializes in several areas of parenting, including infertility, third party reproductive assistance, ADD/ADHD, and bullying. She has extensive expertise in eating disorders, body image perceptions, and women's issues. Her commitment to public education is evidenced by her role as a regular guest on CNN.

Ms. Celcer is an accomplished writer, and has published several books and articles. Her most recent release is "99 Tips to Reset the Table," providing parenting tools to enhance the pleasure of family life with regard to food, eating, and body image perceptions.

Ms. Celcer is originally from Argentina. She holds graduate degrees in psychology from Universidad de Belgrano, holistic psychology from Antioch University, and social work from Yeshiva University, and is fluent in English and Spanish. Ms. Celcer was trained in the psychoanalytic tradition. The Women's Therapy Centre Institute of New York City, with its modern psychoanalytic object relations and cognitive perspective, was a pivotal influence in her developing theoretical orientation and manner of practice. In Atlanta, she has completed psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at Emory University.

In addition to her private practice and philanthropic work, Ms. Celcer is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG) of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In the past, she has served on the boards of directors of the Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN) and of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, as well as on the advisory boards of Safe Girls Strong Girls and the The 504 School. She presently holds membersips in ASRM and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Irene Celcer lives and works (mostly) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Follow her on Twitter: @irenecelcer

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on July 5, 2010
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We didn't know where to begin to tell our lovely boy that he was here because of the generosity of a sperm donor, but this book certainly helps.
The story explains things in a loving and humorous way and is a great conversation starter. Thank you Irene Celcer for writing this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 9, 2013
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Irene Celcer, Hope and Will Have a Baby: The Gift of Sperm Donation (Graphite Press, 2006)

This book (one of a series of Hope and Will Have a Baby books detailing different types of processes: there's also the Gift of Egg Donation, the Gift of Surrogacy, etc.) lists its target age range as 3-7; there's certainly too much text here for the little guy, now fifteen months old, to follow. I'm not entirely sure the three-year-old set is going to be able to follow it all that much better. There's a lot of text here, as befits a subject this complex, but you may need to wait until you're closer to the upper end of that age range before breaking this one out. ***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phoebe on February 2, 2013
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My just turned 4 year olds love this book being read over and over.
The story is a lovely one and suitable for couples to help explain to their little one how their child came to be.
Highly recommended to anyone who used sperm donation and is in a a traditional family unit (mum,dad, child).
Would think this book could be used for children 3 and up.
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