“I’m a bit of a geek” sounds cute but equates to “I have limited social skills outside of my ability to speak Klingon,” while “I’m working towards a degree in . .” means “I’m still living in my mom’s basement.” So I thought wading through the waters of donor profiles would be a familiar and simple task. *Bangs head on computer desk* Healthy and handsome, and a little height wouldn’t hurt.That’s all I thought I needed to worry about when I started my search.

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After all, genes are tricky, unreliable buggers; I know this as the five-one daughter of a five-eight mother. Continue reading an online database for my sperm bank, but profiles came as hard copies in the mail and they were filled out in longhand .

I didn’t know, or even know of, anyone who had done what I was thinking of doing.

Go to singlemothersbychoice.org/membership adoption, choice mom, donor insemination, insemination, motherhood, single, single mom, single mother by choice, single motherhood, single mothers, single parent, single women, SMC, solo mother, solo parenting, sperm donor Shortly after announcing my intention to become a single mother, a friend of mine lent me a DVD of The Backup Plan, a far-fetched romantic comedy about a woman who made the same decision to go it alone, only to meet Mr. Some of the best scenes in the movie take place at a single mothers support group.

To maximize the comedic aspect, the film depicts its members as an eclectic, tight-knit group of hippies and man-haters. It was also the night before my first Single Mothers By Choice (SMC) group meeting, so it was a tad terrifying.

The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of juggling caring for the children, maintaining a job and keeping up with the bills and household chores.

And typically, the family's finances and resources are drastically reduced following the parents' breakup.Single parent families deal with many other pressures and potential problem areas that the nuclear family does not have to face.The single parent can help family members face these difficulties by talking with each other about their feelings and working together to tackle problems.Now SMC has an opportunity to both contribute to Fertility IQ, and to benefit SMCs.Our thinkers and tryers can look up other women’s experiences with clinics and doctors.Support from friends, other family members and the church or synagogue can help too.