We get lots of questions–ranging from the innocent to the obnoxious–on our family. Since my intention with this blog is to share information (I am a librarian, after all!) with both the casually curious and those on their own journey to build a family, here are some links and helpful info.
The Reading List:
I’m an information professional, people. Before I go into anything, I read up on it. Here are the books that I found most helpful in planning and prepping for our family.
- The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians by Rachel Pepper. While I’m not sure what Pepper’s qualifications are other than that she’s a lesbian who had a baby, I found this book hugely helpful and comforting in the early stages of planning for conception and pregnancy. It is helpful to have a pregnancy book with a clear lesbian perspective.
- The Lesbian Parenting Book by D. Marilee Clunis. Again, a helpful book for reading, thinking and planning as you begin to consider what your family will look like.
- What to Expect Before You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff. Everyone knows about Murkoff’s other book, and it’s also hugely helpful for when you’re actually…well, expecting, but I thought this overlooked little gem was great for preparing to be pregnant. With tips on what to eat, how to chart your fertility, and other frequent questions, it’s a great companion for starting your journey to mommyhood.
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. This is another great, general guide to fertility and conception. Highly recommend!