Mom on Her Own

Deciding to have a child is one thing. Raising one is another

Once upon a time, there was a very happy lady named Marianne who had one thing missing from her life. She wanted a baby. But since Marianne didn't have a husband, she went to a doctor, who gave her seeds from a kind and generous man called a donor. Nine months later, out popped a beautiful baby boy named Sam.

That's the story Marianne Boswell, a single mother in a suburb of Boston, tells her five-year-old to help him understand why he doesn't have a daddy. Like many single moms who become parents without a husband or partner, Marianne doesn't have...

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