It’s inevitable that at some stage in your child’s life, they are going to become curious about how they came to be. You could go the fantasy route and talk of storks and cabbage patches, or you could go for the (recommended) factual route that explains the process of how babies are made. If you would like to know of some children’s books that cover this, I have previously reviewed some titles, which can be found at Book about baby development for families.
But sometimes it isn’t as simple as that.
Sure, there are a few books around that teach about heterosexual relationships that produce children, but what if your family is a little out of the ordinary? What if your child has two mums or two dads? What if they’re adopted? What if they were conceived using a surrogate mother? Or through IVF?
Jacqui Cooper- a five-time Winter Olympian, motivational speaker and consultant- has addressed the last of these options, writing a picture story book that explains the process of IVF to younger children. Having gone through IVF with her husband to produce their three children, she is more than qualified to take on the role of teacher- and her sweet rhyming story doesn’t disappoint.
Mummy and Daddy want a child, and after years of trying, finally decide to seek medical help from Dr Ted. He gets them involved in the IVF program, and after tests, injections, samples and lab work, is able to get Mummy pregnant. Nine months later, the new family member (and the narrator of the story) arrives!
This is a heart-warming story that follows one couple’s journey through the IVF process- from meeting the doctor for the first time, to welcoming their special baby into the world. It is a great learning resource for children, which simplifies the sometimes confusing process of IVF technology and provides some understanding about where they came from.
Highly recommended for anybody who has a special IVF baby, this is one picture story book that definitely needs to be in your personal library.