Today, single parents head nearly 30 percent of all families in the United States.
There are many ways to raise healthy, happy children outside the "traditional" two-parent family structure,
but most pregnancy guides don't address the special needs and concerns - medical, social, financial,
emotional, and legal - of single moms.
Two of Us Make a World will guide you through the many challenges single mothers face - whether
you are unmarried, divorced, or widowed; employed or unemployed; gay or straight; in a relationship with
your baby's father or without ties. With clarity and compassion, it tackles such important issues as
enlisting family support for your decision, negotiating a fair child-support and custody agreement,
dealing with discrimination and anxiety at work, planning a secure financial future for two, and
establishing a support network - including community groups, health professionals, and child-care
services - that will nurture both you and your child. Practical advice from experts in nutrition,
finance, and family law, as well as testimony from more than a hundred women who've been there, makes
this a uniquely usable and reassuring volume that no single mother can do without.