Category: Non-traditional families
Serious patenting decisions are never easy or straight forward to make. If you are unable to carry a child for whatever reason, the first tricky dilemma starts before you even become a parent! What are the pros and cons of enlisting the help of a surrogate mother to have a baby?
“On Wednesday, Premila, who was eight months pregnant, died due to unexplained complications. But she completed her job – the child was delivered and is in the NICU recuperating from early birth.” Such was the message of the Time of India, reporting the death of a surrogate mother carrying a baby for a western couple.
Breastfeeding is pretty controversial all on its own, for some strange reason. But what about nursing someone else’s baby, or having a friend or relative breastfeed yours, while you are at work? In some cultures — past and present — this is totally normal. How do you feel about the practice, and would you ever [...]
Are you a teen who is pregnant? If you’re over your initial shock, have talked to your folks and your boyfriend, and have decided that you will be parenting your baby, you’re probably actively preparing for motherhood. What do you need to know about having a baby, and what about stuff that’s specific to younger [...]
Millions of Americans would be happy if more young women bought into the message of abstinence before marriage. Perhaps they can learn something from their neighbors across the pond? One British lady declared that she is ready to get married and to lose her virginity… at age 70! Cabaret singer Pam Shaw was known as [...]
Are you a single mom or dad hoping to meet a life partner at some point? You’ve got plenty of things to think about when you are trying to find someone who will fit into your life and your kids’ lives, but before stuff gets complicated, you may wonder where on earth to look for [...]
Surrogate mothers enter the picture for many different reasons. Perhaps the intended mother doesn’t have a uterus, or can’t carry a pregnancy to term. Or perhaps the intended parents are gay men. Surrogacy can seem like the perfect solution for people who who want to have a biological child. But it is not without its [...]
Lots of women who are single — either by choice, or by chance — would love to become mothers, and find themselves wondering how to go about it. Adoption, fostering, one-night stands, and sperm donation are all options some women who want to become moms may consider. Is sperm donation the answer? And how should [...]
Everyone knows about the existence of postpartum depression nowadays. Then there is prenatal depression, “postpartum” depression for fathers, and post-abortion depression. Have you heard about post-adoption depression? Those who are looking into becoming adoptive parents should know about it, because although many doctors say that post-baby depression is caused by hormonal imbalances, psychological factors may [...]
Surrogacy is always a complicated process, as well as usually a beautiful one. There are, after all, more parties involved in a surrogate pregnancy than there are in a conventional gestation where the baby’s mother carries. The key to a successful surrogacy for both surrogate mothers and intended parents is a good match, and pre-made [...]