Books enrichen, support us and invite us to dream. They also help us understand how things that are we not familiar with work and how others feel. That is why we at IVF-Spain Madrid want to join the celebration of the World Book Day by sharing a selection of stories about Assisted Reproduction and different families that are formed with the help of Reproductive Medicine.
The Spanish Society of Fertility (SEF) recommends having a conversation with your child about it being the result of a combination of love and science using stories. It is recommended having this conversation between the ages of 3 and 8, when the child is developing their identity.
Our selection of stories about Assisted Reproduction:
(Carmen Martinez Jover and Rosemary Martinez )
A story for children about egg donation. It’s about a happy couple of rabbits called Pally and Comet who have everything in life except a baby bunny. Along the story we accompany them in their longing for a baby rabbit, the waiting and the moment the mother finds out that she doesn’t have any egg to have a baby. But one day another female rabbit brings her a small gift, an egg, which is what she needs to be able to have her baby. Finally, the rabbit’s tummy begins to grow and her baby bunny is born. The happiness of how this rabbit family grows is shared with the reader.
In this honest, accessible illustrated guide to how babies are made, young readers can find out exactly what is needed to grow a baby, from introducing the basic building blocks of life such as sperm and eggs, to explaining the different ways that these building blocks can be put together to create a family.
Written win gentle and accessible language Making a Baby covers sex, sperm and egg donation, IUI, IVF, surrogacy and adoption, as well as explaining how a baby grows in the womb and about different kinds of births including c-sections.
This story is about Hattie Peck, who loves eggs, but has only ever laid one herself—and it never hatched. The only thing she does is think and dream about eggs. So, she decides if she can’t lay another egg, she will go out into the world to find one. Hattie embarks on a journey in search of abandoned eggs, looking for them at many different places while living amazing adventures. To the end of the story she does not only find onw, but many abandoned eggs!
(Julie Marie, Ashley Lucas)
A heartwarming book to help introduce the concept of egg donation to a young child. A story told through clear language and cheerful illustrations, readers will join Mommy and Daddy bear on the journey to fulfill their greatest wish of becoming parents. With help from a doctor, an egg from a special lady called a donor and Daddy’s seed, a baby grew in Mommy’s tummy and was welcomed with great joy.
A perfect way to introduce children to the special way they were received. This story lets them know that you wanted them with all your heart but had trouble having them. Telling them that a “very good doctor” helped mommy and daddy to fulfil their dreams. It introduces the very basic fact that to make a baby you need an egg and a sperm.
This is just a small selection of stories about Assisted Reproduction we want to share with you in hope to normalise and give visibility to the different families that we help to form every day. It is also a good pretext to encourage reading.
“To travel far, there is no better ship than a book” (Emily Dickinson)