Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood

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Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood

Format:  Paperback,

272 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 1994

ISBN-13: 9780812922462

ISBN-10: 0812922468

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A handbook for women who have chosen single motherhood offers an analysis of available options, from artificial insemination to adoption, and examines the special problems, questions, and rewards of single motherhood


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 1994
ISBN-13: 9780812922462
ISBN-10: 0812922468
Format: Paperback
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

Chapter outline

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
Recommended Reading


Review by Library Journal (1994-06-15)

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.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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