|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 1994|
|Number of Pages:||272|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75|
|Making the Decision and Carrying It Out|
|Who Is the Single Mother by Choice?|
|Becoming a Single Mother by Conception|
|Becoming a Single Mother by Adoption|
|Being a Single Mother by Choice|
|Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum|
|The Daddy Issue|
|Special Child Development Issues for Children of Single Mothers by Choice|
|Legal and Moral Aspects of Being a Single Mother by Choice|
|Social Life and the Single Mother by Choice|
|Appendix A: Some Sperm Banks that Work with Single Women|
|Appendix B: Single-Parent Adoption Resources|
|Appendix C: Two Examples of an Agreement with a Known Donor|
|Appendix D: Support Groups|
In this well-written and informative book, Mattes examines aspects of single motherhood. Her study functions as both a handbook for those who are single mothers by choice as well as a guide for women who are considering taking the plunge. Mattes's suggestions run the gamut from ideas about becoming pregnant or adopting to dealing with relatives, neighbors, and strangers, from parenting and answering the "daddy" questions to handling the legal aspects of parenthood.
Appendixes include addresses of support groups, sample legal agreements, and a list of further readings. Although there are a number of books dealing with single parenthood, Mattes's guide deals with a special subset of that group: women who have chosen to parent alone. This very clearly written book is recommended for both public and academic libraries.
-Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, Md.
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