Artificial Insemination Option for Single Women

Artificial insemination is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. I know a woman who simply asked a close male friend for a sperm donation. The man agreed after talking it over with his wife. The woman then used a cervical cap to insert the gift semen and perform her own insemination. Nine months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

My sister and I sat with mouths agape at the simplicity of this option. “Tell me more!” my sister kept saying. The woman explained that she was getting older, hadn’t met the right man, and no longer assumed she would. She didn’t want to wait any longer. She knew many single mothers and believed that she would do just fine as a single mother.

After she did the insemination and got pregnant, she met the right man. Fortunately, he was as happy as she to be expecting a baby.

How did she realize she could do her own insemination? A lesbian friend told her about the practice, which lesbian couples have been using for a long time.

A lot of things, like artificial insemination, seem complicated at first, but can actually be accomplished easily without professional assistance or complicated technology or methods. The woman who performed her own insemination can continue in this way by making her baby’s food in lieu of expensive commercial baby food. Breastfeeding, of course, is free. But she could also make her own baby formula substitute to save money as well as avoid unwanted additives in commercial formulas. She can make his toys or simply allow him access to regular household items. We all know that baby’s prefer those anyway.

She can make his clothing, swap with friends and relatives, or buy second hand. She can even homeschool if she feels inclined. She can go on to grow food, participate with a community garden, swap seeds, trade toys and other child-raising supplies, and on and on.

People used to do a lot more for themselves than they do today. Every household used to grow its own food, make its own clothes, toys, tools, and anything else they needed. People today can do it to. The information is available. Local colleges often provide free information for gardening and food preservation, canning and drying. Elderly home centers often provide classes in domestic skills taught by the people who live there and remember how to do these once common skills.

If you want to do something, you can usually find a way to do it yourself or with a little help from the community.