are some very helpful publications that will inform and
enlighten you about surrogate parenting. Not all of them
are still in print. However, your library should be able
to obtain them for you, on an inter-library loan, if necessary.
Phoebe's Family by Linda Stamm, Psy.D, a book on egg
children. Published by Tapestry Books, Hillsborough, NJ. 2003
The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby
by Ann Douglas and John R. Sussman, M.D.,
packed with helpful, detailed
information about planning and managing a pregnancy and
delivery, baby care and alternative parenting options including
surrogacy and adoption.
The book contains helpful
parenting and fertility websites as well as a sample gestational
surrogacy contract. Macmillian USA, N.Y., N.Y. 1999.
Pregnant-What Couples Need To Know Right Now
by Niels H. Lauersen, M.D.,Ph.D
and Colette Bouchez. Updated, must-read fertility and pregnancy
guide, including the latest treatments and techniques for a
successful pregnancy. A Fireside book, Simon & Schuster, NY, NY
by the Staff of Resolve, The National Infertility Association
with Diane Aronson, Executive Director. “Must-have” primer
for infertility patients and anyone interested in infertility
issues. The causes of infertility are discussed in-depth as well
as the latest in medical treatments and parenting options.
Emotional and financial aspects are covered. Tips for dealing
with insurance, helpful questions to ask providers and a
glossary of terms and a resource guide to other organizations
are also included. Copies may be ordered on-line at Resolve’s
. In hard cover, Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., New York, NY
Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Complete Guide to Fertility
by Sandra Ann Carson, M.D. and Peter R. Casson, M.D.
Examines the causes of infertility and the latest in
reproductive treatments (including surrogacy). In
softcover. Contemporary Books, Lincolnwood, IL 1999.
by Christo Zouves,M.D. California fertility
specialist writes about hiscases. Henry Holt & Company, NY, NY
1999 (Call 1-888-330-8477)
by Lori B. Andrews, Professor of Law. Interviews surrogate
mothers, discusses issues, gives history of surrogacy in US
since 1976, examines how politics has shaped public
policy against surrogacy in New York, Michigan and other
states. Harper & Row, NY 1989. At the library.
by Lori B. Andrews. One of the earlier books on the
new infertility treatments, Chapter 8 is still a good source of
information about surrogate parenting. Topics include emotional,
legal, medical and social aspects. Ballantine Books, NY
1984. At the library.
by Linda Stamm, Psy.D.
Shows how egg donation can be explained to young children.
Colorful, upbeat book promotes open communication and honesty.
2003, Roswell, GA. Available from Tapestry Books at
or call 800 765-2367.
Hope and Will Have a Baby: The
Gift of Adoption by Irene Celcer, MSW.
A collection of children's books to explain surrogacy, egg
donation, sperm donation and embryo adoption. Also coming: books
to explain conception and adoption. Published 2007 by Graphite
Hope & Will Have a Baby:
The Gift of Egg Donation, ISBN 9780975581018 (0975581015)
Hope & Will Have a Baby: The Gift of Embryo Donation,
ISBN 9780975581025 (0975581023)
Hope & Will Have a Baby: The Gift of Sperm Donation, ISBN
Hope & Will Have a Baby: The Gift of Surrogacy, ISBN
For more information:
Infertility. The New Paths to Parenthood
by Susan L. Cooper and Ellen S. Glazer In-depth discussion
covering emotional and medical aspects of infertility treatment,
IVF, pregnancy loss, egg and sperm donation, living child-free,
surrogacy and embryo adoption. Must reading for
prospective parents and surrogate mothers alike. Lexington
Gay Parenting - Complete Guide for Same-Sex Families
by Shana Priwer and Cynthia Phillips. Family-building guide for
same sex couples and gay singles includes chapters on adoption
and surrogacy. Medical, legal and practical issues are
discussed. New Horizons Press, Far Hills, NJ 2006
Surrogacy Was The Way…Twenty intended mothers tell their
stories by Zara Griswold. Written from the mothers’
perspective, this book shares their personal feelings, worries
and expectations going through the surrogacy process. Emphasis
is on internet arrangements, although problems with some
agencies are also mentioned. Nightengale Press, Gurnee, IL. 2006
1998 - Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rates,
a report on clinic success rates by state, published Dec. 2000 b
the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease
Control in cooperation with the American Society for
Reproductive Medicine and Resolve. Updates available on-line at
the CDC website at
by Susan L.
Cooper and Ellen S. Glazer. This helpful new book is a
updated sequel to Beyond Infertility. Examines the social,
emotional and ethical issues in building a family through ART.
Topics covered include IVF, sperm and egg donation, surrogacy
and embryo adoption. Perspectives Press, Indianapolis, IN 1998
- Conception in the Heart by Helena Ragone' .First ethnographic
study of surrogate mother programs, program directors,
surrogates and commissioning couples. Dated, but interesting,
study of the "surrogacy industry" from an anthropological point
of view. Sample forms and contracts used for surrogacy and
egg donation are included. Westview Press, Boulder, CO
A Matter of
Trust - The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy
by Gail Dutton
Softcover guide covering medical, psychological and legal
aspects of Gestational Surrogacy. Information about ART
statistics and surrogacy laws are also included, as well as a
list of support groups. Clouds Publishing, Irvine CA
The Infertility Survival Handbook by
Elizabeth Swire Falker
Choices, Public Consequences
by Lynda Beck Fenwick Examines the legal, ethical and
moral dilemmas of new reproductive alternatives. Penguin Putnam,
Inc. NY, NY 1998
by Cheryl Saban Writer Cheryl Saban is the
wife of producer Haim Saban and mother of four children, two
through gestational surrogacy. In her book, Cheryl tells
how she overcame great obstacles to complete her family. New Horizons
Press, Far Hills,
When You Thought You Couldn't by Helane S. Rosenberg,
PH.D. and Yakov M. Epstein, PH.D. Warner Books, Inc.
by Amy Zuckerman Overvold, Pharos Books, NY
1988. At the library.
by Linda P. Salzer, Harper Perennial NY
1992 At the library.
by Professor Arthur Wiscot, MD amd David Meldrum, MD Pharos
Books, distributed by St. Martin's Press 1990
At the library.
by Ellen Glazer, Lexington Books, Lexington MA
1990 (A Guide to Parenting After Infertility).
by Harriet Fishman Simons (coping with secondary infertility)
Lexington Books, New York, NY 1995
The Flight of
by Anne C. Bernstein - What Children Think (and When) about Sex
and Family Building, Perspectives Press
Indianapolis, IN 1994
by Diana Frank and Marta Vogel, Carrol & Graf
NY 1988 At the library.
by Geoffrey Sher, MD. New book providing in-depth
information on the medical aspects of IVF and related
procedures. Egg donation and gestational (IVF) surrogacy are
covered. Facts On File, Inc., New York, NY. 1995
Baby Through Egg Donation by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer & Evelina
Weidman Sterling. New book giving an overview of the egg
donation process. The book discusses issues to consider when
choosing donor eggs, working with mental health counselors and
lawyers, handling medical aspects, privacy and openness and
ethical issues, among others. Perspectives Press, Indianapolis,
Building through Egg and Sperm Donation
by Machelle M. Seibel, MD and Susan L. Crockin, J.D.
New book covering the medical, legal and ethical issues involved
in using donor sperm and eggs. Jones and Bartlett Publishers,
Sudbury, MA 1996
Marr's Fertility Book
by Richard Marrs, MD. Empowers infertile couples to
understand and take charge of their infertility. The newest
medical treatments and reproductive alternatives for
family-building (including surrogacy) are discussed. Delacorte
Press, New York, NY 1997
A Gay Couples Journey Through Surrogacy - Intended Fathers
by Michael Menichiello. A father writes about his surrogacy
experience. In paperback. Haworth Press, Binghamton, NY 2006
national office has a fact sheet about surrogacy, available for
$3.50 (members) and $6.50 (non-members). Write:
Resolve, Inc. 1310 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-1731.
by Lori B. Andrews (politics of surrogacy - California focus)
California Lawyer Magazine Oct. 1992 issue
Should You Help Your Sister Have a Baby?
by Merle Bombardieri, LICSW. (for family-members working
together). OPTS NEWS Vol. 9 1991
by Hilary Hanafin, Ph.D. 1996 Discusses the
psychological professional in screening and counseling
participants in surrogacy arrangements.
Parenthood, Altruism and Self-Actualization
P. Aigen, Psy.D. A three year study examining the
motivations of surrogate mothers in the New York area. For
copies, write to Dr. Aigen at 220 W. 93rd St., Suite 1A, New
York, NY 10025.
A proposal of the American Bar Association's Section of Family
Law's Adoption and Ad Hoc Surrogacy Committee. 1988
proposal with recommendation for state laws. Contact
American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, Chicago,
Illinois to request a copy.
Doctrinal Boundaries: A Legal Framework for Surrogate Motherhood
by Lori B. Andrews, Professor of Law. Published 1995
Virginia Law Review, Charlottesville, VA
Volume 81, No. 8.
Technology and Intent-Based Parenthood: An Opportunity for
by Marjorie Maguire Schultz, Professor of Law. Published
1990 Wisconsin Law Review, Volume 1990. No. 2.
What Does It
Mean To Be A Parent? The Claims of Biology as the Basis for
by John Lawrence Hill, Professor of Law. Published 1991,
New York University Law Review, Volume 66.
Families and Procreative Liberty: The Legal Structure of the New
by John A.
Robertson, Professor of Law. Published 1986, Southern
California Law Review, Volume 59, No. 5.
A Guide To
Reproductive and Genetic Technologies - A Selected Bibliography
of Medical and Legal Writing.
A report of the Task Force on the Law of Reproduction and
Genetic Technology. Published 1990, American
Bar Association, Section of Family Law, Chicago, IL.
Medical and Social Choices:
Policy Issues and Options for Congressional Action. This
informative publication discusses whether Congress should
regulate surrogate mother arrangements and/or facilitate
development of state regulation. Ethical and constitutional
issues are discussed. Published 1988 by the
Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Washington D.C.
(At the library).
Motherhood: Politics and Privacy
Edited by Larry Gostin. Scholars debate surrogate
parenting in this collection of essays inspired by the Baby M
case. Of special interest: "Surrogate Motherhood: The Challenge
for Feminists" by Lori B. Andrews on p. 167 and the Model
Surrogacy Act, p. 270. Published 1988, American Society of Law
and Medicine. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana.
Choice - Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies
by John A. Robertson, Professor of Law. Undertakes an
analysis of the social, ethical and legal controversies
surrounding reproductive options. Published 1994 by Princeton
University Press, Princeton, NJ. At the library.
Case for Full Contractual Enforcement
by Richard A. Epstein, Professor of Law. Published 1995,
Virginia Law Review, Charlottesville, VA Volume 81,
Birth Power -
The Case for Surrogacy
by Carmel Shalev (feminist lawyer) Published 1989
Yale University Press, New Haven, CT.
An Attorney's Guide to Helping Adoptive Parents
by H. Joseph Gitlin, Attorney at Law, (see Chapter 14,
Parentage Through Surrogacy). Published 1987, Callaghan &
Company, Wilmette, IL.
What Progress Since Hagar, Bilhah and Zilpah!
by Julia J. Tate, Attorney at Law. Published 1994 American
Bar Association, Section of Family Law, Chicago, IL.
edited by Janna C. Merrick and Robert H. Blank
Discusses whether states have a compelling interest in
restricting surrogate parenting, presents legal
arguments on both sides, interprets current state
laws, recaps court decisions. Published 1993, Harrington
Park Press, Binghamton, NY Pages 203-221.
Surrogacy Discourses Between Feminine Power and Exploitation”
by Elizabeth Roberts From the book, “Small Wars:
The Cultural Politics of Childhood.” This article discusses
whether surrogacy should be viewed as an extension of feminist
power or exploitation. The author examines feminist arguments
and also draws conclusions based on her field work at surrogacy
agencies and personal interviews with surrogates and parents.
Published 1998, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA
Narratives of Connectedness: Surrogate Motherhood and Technology
the book, “Cyborg Babies.” Examines how technology impacts
cultural concepts of motherhood. Published 1998,
Routledge, New York, NY
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Too Shall Bear A Child - Birth Surrogates in Jewish Law
by Rabbi Elie Spitz. Surrogacy from a Rabbi's perspective.
Published in the Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 24, Issue #
1. Copies are available at $15.50 each (including postage
and handling) from Scholars Press, Customer Service Dept., P.O.
Box 133089, Atlanta, GA 30333.
by Collette Legault This
helpful documentary includes interviews with client parents and
surrogates from New England Surrogate Parenting Advisors, in
Middleton, MA as well as the agency’s psychologist, fertility
specialist and attorney. All parties provide insights into the
issues involved in becoming or using a surrogate. Copies of the
film are available from Aquarias Health Care Videos, 5
Powderhouse Lane, P.O. Box 1159. Sherborn, MA 01770.
Phone: 508 651-2963 Fax: 508 650-4216 or at their
Running time is 65 minutes and
the cost is $125 plus shipping.
- ABC's TURNING POINT, April 3, 1997. A one
hour special on surrogacy, featuring OPTS Members, Kim and Ted
May and their surrogate, Wendi Hafner. Videos
and Transcripts are available from ABC NEWS at 1-800-913-3434
Against Women: the New Reproductive Technologies
by Wendy McElroy. Ms. McElroy is the author of several books and
a number of articles about feminism. Read this article on line
at Ms. McElroy’s website:
and part two (about surrogacy specifically) at