The child in the mamas' hearts: a story of assisted reproductive technology births for families with two mothers
by Paul Janson, M.D.
illus. by Kevin Scott Gierman
20 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 22 cm.
My annotation: Two women love each other very much but feel something is missing in their house and in their lives - a child, yet both women feel that there is a child somewhere, it just resides in their hearts. They look everywhere for that child, but cannot find it. Eventually they see a doctor to help them have a child of their own and the doctor calls on others to help. With all the help they receive, one of the women becomes pregnant and they are very happy. When the baby finally arrives, both women know that this was the child that resided in their hearts all along. This is a touching story about the love one can have for a child that does not yet exist. The book does not indicate exactly what the “help” is that the doctor provided but that's fine as the book can be used as a starting off point to explain any method of third party conception. This book uses a family-building approach and employs the “helper” script. Full color, cartoon-like drawings depict a multi-racial family. Recommended for children ages 3-5.
Author's Web site: http://pauljanson.com/