Follow an inquisitive little boy who learns of his parents' quest to have children, and the joy they experience while creating their family. Told in a language a child can understand, read the tale of how mom and dad met, fell in love, and built a family.
This story of how parents welcome their children into the world through traditional conception and pregnancy is part of a book collection that brings to light the many reproductive options of family building. Come and celebrate the unique gift couples can receive on their way to becoming a family.
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About the Hope & Will Collection
Ordinarily, most people don't think twice about how to build a family. Having biological children is presumed to be the way it's going to happen. For most, it turns out this way. But for some, it doesn't. It is at this stage that parents begin the journey to explore additional options, and this journey is not always easy.
Given the many ways to build a family, these books provide a delightfully new and refreshing way to tell children about their unique beginnings. Written by mental health and reproductive specialist Irene Celcer, and boldly portrayed by internationally recognized illustrator Horacio Gatto, each stand-alone volume recounts the same story from a different perspective, highlighting six distinct pathways to conception: egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, surrogacy, adoption, and traditional conception. Each book in this collection provides a great vehicle for parents to tell children how they came into this world.
Available separately, the other books in the Hope & Will collection are The Gift of Egg Donation, The Gift of Embryo Donation, The Gift of Sperm Donation, The Gift of Surrogacy, and The Gift of Adoption. From the Publisher
We live in a world where telling our children about their origins seems to emphasize biology or technology at the expense of the emotional climate that surrounds a family's beginnings. It is important for children to know the love, excitement and enthusiasm that parents feel when children became part of their family. These emotions, sometimes joyous, sometimes challenging, are acknowledged in the Hope & Will Have a Baby collection of books in an appropriate way for little ears to hear and little minds to learn about.
Relating the tale of how a child came to be is sometimes fraught with awkwardness and embarrassment. This is true whether the story entails adoption, third party reproductive assistance, or even traditional conception. Many parents struggle to decide if, when or how to tell their children about their family's beginnings.
This book collection can give parents a way to manage a task that may at first seem too overwhelming or stressful. It is meant to provide a way to talk about their desires to become parents and their ultimate success in doing so. It also is meant to give children an appropriate way to start understanding how they entered their family. Parents may choose to embellish, remove or add details of their own special family beginnings as they read to their children. And children will naturally do their own thing, with their own uncanny sense of innocence and delight. Ultimately, it is the family's traditions, culture, and religious beliefs that will dictate the degree of disclosure.
These books are here to help parents tell their children the loving story of their beginnings and the goodness and joyous celebration of their arrival. They accent the caring way that they were planned and how much they were wanted. The collection as a whole celebrates the diversity of ways that families can be created.
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About the Author
Irene Celcer, MA, LCSW, is originally from Argentina. She holds graduate degrees in psychology from Universidad de Belgrano, holistic psychology from Antioch University, and social work from Yeshiva University. She specializes in infertility, third party reproductive assistance, and eating disorders. She lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.
About the Illustrator
Horacio Daniel Gatto is an internationally recognized illustrator and graphic designer. His award-winning children's illustrations have appeared in many publications and several national exhibitions. Mr. Gatto is a member of the Argentinean Illustrators Association and the Argentinean Illustrators Forum. He presently makes his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Author's Philosophy
Irene Celcer, author of the Hope & Will collection, firmly believes that the well-being of children is based on healthy self-esteem, which comes from knowing who they are and how they came into this world and into their families. Although understanding the relational and biological parts of how humans are created is important, it is not the main concern of this book collection. Rather it is the children's emotions of pride and love and of being deeply desired as their parents were building a family. This knowledge will help children build a strong sense of self-worth that will carry them throughout life.
In the Author's Own Words
It is my ardent hope that writing this book will allow parents to experience the pride and joy they deserve to feel in their unique family building situation. And it is with even greater strength and will that I hope to give their children the pride and joy in knowing that the way into their family was a legitimate, authentic, and very loving event. Congratulations on becoming a family!
FROM THE OPENING PAGES OF HOPE & WILL HAVE A BABY...
Matthew loved to read books before going to sleep. Every night Matthew cuddled with his mother or father or sometimes both to read a book. Some nights it was a pirate story, and other nights it was a king or a monster tale.
But one story was Matthew's favorite. His mother said it was her favorite too, their family's special fairy tale. Matthew loved to hear that story.
"Mom?" asked Matthew.
"Yes?" replied his mother.
"Tell me our favorite story."
"Okay. Are you ready?"
FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE
The Hope and Will Have a Baby series is a welcomed addition to the children's books genre of non-traditional family building. What stands out when reading these stories is that the subject matter never veers from the overriding message that children born into our world through reproductive efforts are loved and truly cherished. Celcer takes five reproductive options and tells a story about a couple's struggle to have a child. Each story's theme describes Hope and Will's desire to become parents in clear terms using descriptive language that children can understand.
Using the same initial and final storylines, the five reproductive options are inserted midway through the book: surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and adoption. Needless to say, each story has a happy ending with Hope and Will achieving their dream of having a baby and becoming parents.
The illustrations are delightful which will appeal to children of many ages. Celcer uses language that is delivered in a straightforward fashion but in a soft and gentle tone that exudes warmth and comfort. This sweet and endearing series of books are recommended additions to all home libraries in an effort to best appreciate the various ways families come to be and to welcome all children born through these means.
Copyright (c) 2007 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG). All rights reserved.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR HOPE & WILL HAVE A BABY
"This book is about turning hopes and dreams into 'real' families...a wonderful tool for helping our children learn the truth about their unique beginnings without breaking the bonds of trust. The different roads taken to build families are explained [with] a warm and honest approach...to reassure our children who came into this world by unique means that they belong."
--ELAINE R. GORDON, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Santa Monica/UCLA Hospital
Author of Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy?
"The Hope & Will Have a Baby series by Irene Celcer is a great way to introduce young children to their birth story. The illustrations are terrific, and these books emphasize that making a family is the important thing. The writing is so clear and engaging that it's a book to be read to children when they are very young, and it lets children know that as they get older and more curious their parents are there to talk with them."
--MARGOT WEINSHEL, LCSW, RN
Faculty, Ackerman Institute for the Family
Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Medical Center
Coauthor of Couple Therapy for Infertility
"Hope & Will Have a Baby provides a framework for parents to tell children their own story...a wonderful way to introduce children to their unique beginnings, and a wonderful way for parents to become comfortable with answering questions. Parents and professionals will be grateful for this book's willingness to tackle the many ways families are made. I especially appreciate that the children are told a story that is wrapped in warmth and respect."
--HILARY HANAFIN, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Los Angeles, California --(All reviews are for the paperback edition.)
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