Going Solo, one woman’s journey to single motherhood using a sperm donor

A new book on being a single woman on a road to parenthood has been hailed as an ‘empowering and uplifting story’

Author Genevieve Roberts will appear at this month’s Fertility Festival (May 4) to discuss her unconventional journey to becoming a single mother of her daughter, Astrid.

She said: “I hope this story gives hope to anyone who wants children and to anyone who finds themselves single. Not to follow this path necessarily, but to remember that there are always many options.”

Aged 37 and single Genevieve came to the realisation that something was missing in her life and on a beach in Sri Lanka realised that her destiny was to become a mother – even if that meant doing it alone.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has reported a 35 per cent rise in single women deciding to go it alone with fertility treatment.

Having experienced two previous miscarriages, Genevieve found out that her fertility levels were dwindling

On hearing this news, she made the courageous decision to embark on motherhood solo and eventually became pregnant using a sperm donor, using the intrauterine insemination(IUI).

In the book, Genevieve describes her initial fear of the prospect of birth without a partner, and the trepidation she felt towards all the responsibility she has taken on.

She recounts all the milestones of pregnancy and motherhood that most women share with their partner — going to NCT classes alone, taking part in birthing workshops with her sister-in-law, her amazement that two people in her pregnancy yoga class are following the same path as her.

But ultimately what triumphs is Genevieve’s excitement at meeting her daughter. She recalls the first months of parenthood, navigating the love, worry and tiredness of life with a newborn without a partner. She describes the beautiful simplicity of the relationship between herself and her daughter, as she gets to know Astrid without having to consider a partner.

Going Solo is for anyone whose life has taken an unexpected twist

For people who are interested in modern families and for those who want to take control of their life and follow their dreams of parenthood. It celebrates the fulfilment that comes from following what makes you happy and reminds us that beauty may be found when life offers a surprise or a deviation from convention.

The Fertility Festival is taking place at the Barbican Theatre from April 24 to May 12 and for more information, click here

Going Solo: My choice to become a single mother using a donor is available from Amazon, published by Priatkus for an average price of £10.

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