by Barbara Ann M. Messina, Ph.D.
"Mom, where did I come from?"
As many parents know, conception can be a difficult process to explain to a child, especially if that child was conceived technologically. In Mom, Johnny Said I Grew in a Test Tube!?: A Guide to Assist Parents in Explaining Technological Conception, Barbara Ann M. Messina, Ph.D. gives parents a step-by-step guide to explaining the process of technological conception, explaining "why the womanís egg and the manís sperm are having difficulty meeting" and how "special doctors" can help. In addition, Dr. Messina touches on maternal surrogacy.
This book was written not to explain the intricacies of conception, but to open a dialogue between parents and children. Dr. Messina concludes with the most important point of all: "All children are the same" regardless of how they came to be, and deserve to have the same sense of self-esteem and belonging.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Barbara Ann M. Messina, Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook whose own daughter, Rosalie Nicole Messina, was conceived through in vitro fertilization. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nurses. A native of Long Island, Dr. Messina enjoys reading, gardening, and cycling.
(2004, paperback, 42 pages)