You’re expecting! In a handful of months, you will become parents! Now is the time to absorb any and all knowledge that you’ll need to know for the future. That, and to make sure the nursery is ready and your house baby-proofed. One of the ways to learn and prepare is through books. There are many great resources available that will help you get ready for the many years of parenthood ahead of you.
Virginia Frank wants you to feel as prepared as you can be. So, we have compiled a list of the best books about gestational surrogacy for intended parents.
What to Expect: The First Year by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
In an exciting revised third edition, What to Expect: The First Year gives intended parents a wealth of information regarding their baby’s first year of life. How he or she will develop, change and grow. It also includes “must-have” and “go-to” tips and instructions for a variety of situations. To name a few: baby care fundamentals, crib and sleep safety, feeding, attachment parenting and so on. A definite gem for intended parents to have in their home library.
What to Do When You’re Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year by Natalie Diaz
The reality of twins has increased over the last three decades to 79 percent. That said, intended parents who are seeking books about gestational surrogacy should check out this how-to guide by Natalie Diaz. Within the pages, Diaz provides information about parenting twins, sticking to one sleep schedule, and jugging double breastfeeding. She also talks about how to stock up on all the necessary supplies and so much more. If you think you may have twins, What to Do When You’re Having Two will truly be your survival guide.
Surrogacy: An Essential Guide to the Surrogacy Process, Surrogacy Costs, and Finding a Surrogate Mother by Dianne Whitfield
For intended parents still in the consideration stage, you should read Whitfield’s Surrogacy: An Essential Guide. It walks you through the surrogacy process from start to finish, and includes details regarding the cost and how to find a gestational carrier. Whitfield has specifically designed her book to speak to those thinking about surrogacy and helping them determine how it would or wouldn’t be the best choice for them.
Successful Surrogacy: An Intended Parents’ Guide to a Rewarding Relationship With Their Surrogate Mother by Susan MZ Fuller
Do you ever wonder why a woman chooses to become a gestational carrier? Are you nervous about another woman carrying your child, and wonder how to have a healthy relationship with her? If you answered yes to these questions, Fuller’s Successful Surrogacy is a must-read. It is completely unique in that it’s the only existing resource of its kind. Written from her perspective as a seven-time gestational carrier, Fuller journeys through the entire process from start to finish. Her book provides a treasure trove of information for intended parents looking for books about gestational surrogacy.
Bringing In Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story By Sara Connell
Bringing In Finn is an achingly transparent memoir about Sara Connell’s journey to parenthood. It details her losses and heartbreaks with pregnancy, and the process it took her to ultimately decide to pursue gestational surrogacy. It is truly an inspiring, triumphant and relatable story for intended parents who have also experienced hardship on their path to parenthood.
Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories By Zara Griswold
Seeking to have a deeper understanding into gestational surrogacy and why women choose to become gestational carriers? Surrogacy Was the Way documents true stories of twenty different women who had children via gestational surrogacy. Each story talks about the women’s unique experiences, and what it’s like to be a gestational carrier and birth mother. Griswold also imparts the pros and cons of gestational surrogacy, to allow intended parents to have a fully rounded view of this path to parenthood. For intended parents looking for an honest and realistic telling of gestational surrogacy and carriers, be sure to check out this book.
Books about Gestational Surrogacy
Nine months can feel like a lifetime when you’re waiting for your son or daughter to arrive. But it’s a very important time for you, as the intended parents, to use your time wisely. To make sure that you are as prepared as you can before your days as a parent begins. Reading and getting everything ready will also help the time fly by. Before you know it, you’ll be holding your new bundle of joy and embarking on the next chapter of your lives together.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history as an adoptee, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Virginia Frank.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and a book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.