Monday, April 6, 2009

You are a gift : a post infertility-success support tool for parents

RG133.5 M42 2003
You are a gift : a post infertility success support tool for parents 
by Rebecca Miller 
illus. by Edie Costa 
Language: English 
Victoria, B.C. : Trafford, 2003. 
21 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 1412012503; 9781412012508
My annotation: A Mommy and a Daddy who were ready to start their family learn that they need help to have a baby. “Some people have babies by themselves while others need help,” they explain. So they visit a doctor who tells them that the “parts” they need to make a baby were “broken or missing.” On the opposite page the doctor is presented showing the couple a picture of a sperm and an egg, thus introducing children to those terms, but the book does not say exactly what part was missing in this instant, only that they should come back to his office so that he could give them “the missing parts.” They do, and then they wait, and while they waited, they dreamed. “We didn’t mind waiting because we wanted a baby very, very much….We dreamed about how wonderful it would be to hold you and to play with you and to take you to fun places! We dreamed about how much we would love you.” Then one day the doctor tells them that they are pregnant, introducing the term “pregnant” as well. This book is lovingly told and is written directly to the child, “Our family is now complete and we are so very happy that you were born.” It conveys the hoping and the waiting that parents, especially those who must use ART, often feel and the book is meant as a support tool for parents to explain how their children were conceived, filling in more parts to the story over time. This book takes a family-building and a child-conception approach and employs “the helper,” the ”spare parts,” and the “labor of love” scripts. There are full color illustrations and it is written for children ages 3-5.

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