Answering questions about using a sperm donor

Dresden Shumaker, Blogger & Single Mom, shares advice for women who used a sperm donor to get pregnant, on how she answers questions on her pregnancy
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Answering questions about using a sperm donor

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I think it is really funny to find yourself in the playground with other moms. People start talking. What does your husband do? What does your husband do? And when it comes to me, I say well, I'm not married. And then there is an assumption, well was I married? Or did I have a boyfriend? And before there's much time, in that gap I am very quick to say no, I used a sperm donor. And it's pretty amusing to see peoples' reactions, because I honestly, I don't do it for the shock value. I do it because I have no shame in it, and I have no problem talking about it. I created my family in a very alternative way, but it's my normal. You know, just it's normal for another woman to make love to her husband, or another family to adopt a child. I created my child using a donor sperm. I'm incredibly thankful to this donor. I also talk to my son about it. My son is very aware of his creation story. But he's 3 and a half and he talks. So if he's chatting about it, I've got to be ok chatting about it because there's nothing wrong with it. This is our family.

Dresden Shumaker, Blogger & Single Mom, shares advice for women who used a sperm donor to get pregnant, on how she answers questions on her pregnancy

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Dresden Shumaker

Single Mom & Blogger

Dresden Shumaker blogs at Creating Motherhood, a site she created in 2005 to chronicle her path to single parenthood. She was honored as a BlogHer "Voices of the Year" keynote speaker in 2012. A former Hollywood insider, Dresden now spends her days working in PR and new media for a Philly tech startup and her evenings negotiating with her three year old son about the number of toys he may bring into the bathtub. Dresden is a single mom and lives in a multigenerational home in Philadelphia.  

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