If You're Thinking of Becoming a Single Mom


Web sites

  • www.singlemothersbychoice.com -- General help and support
  • www.adoption.com -- A good first stop for potential adoptive parents. Also check out www.adoption.org.
  • www.hellobaby.com -- The Web site of Pacific Reproductive Services, a leading sperm bank. Contains good general information on donor insemination.
  • www.surrogacy.com/online_support/pvsd/ -- An online discussion group for people attempting to become parents through sperm donation.


  • Single Mothers by Choice, by Jane Mattes (Times Books, 1997) -- Geared to women in their mid 30s or older who are considering adoption or insemination.
  • Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent, by Lee Varon (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000) -- Comprehensive, thoughtful, and empowering. It's highly recommended.
  • Helping the Stork: The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination, by Carol Frost Vercollone (Hungry Minds, 1997) -- Geared to couples with fertility problems, but still the best source of information on donor insemination.
  • The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook: Creating and Raising Our Families, by April Martin (HarperPerennial, 1993) -- A classic for gay parents, both single and attached.

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