Funded! This project was successfully funded on March 16, 2012.

Update #3

Public Update - Welcoming our 1,000th Backer & Look Who's Talking About Us


Hi folks,

Because this update is public and not exclusive to backers I'm sad to report it won't be starting with a kid’s joke.  I have a great one lined up for my next backers-only update, so if you are already a backer, stay tuned.  If you aren't, you can get on board for just $1. 

But I had to chime in to say a huge thanks and welcome to our newest 237 backers since my last update on Saturday.  And a special thank you to M.M. who, at 9:46pm became our 1,000th backer!

I’m busy working on multiple fronts for you and the project.  Some of my time is now being spent speaking publicly about the project to media and bloggers, and describing what I think all of us are doing here.  I thought I would share some of this with you since I wouldn't be here without you.

Look Who's Talking
I am so amazed at the reach of this project in such a short time, and how it’s a connection point for people with, on the surface, very diverse interests.  For example, I’ve noticed people talking about the book in forums from Wedding Bells Magazine (“start your wedding planning today”) to Living and Raw Foods (“the largest community on the Internet dedicated to educating the world about the power of living and raw foods”).   This makes me happy.

If you’re interested in reading what others are saying about our project (our being yours and mine) here are a few highlights:

CBC Radio Here and Now
My first radio interview about the project!  I think I rambled but backers who heard me said I made them proud.
Petra Boynton – What Makes a Baby

Petra Boynton is one of the smartest sex educators and media watchers.  She begins this article with a hilarious story of her own about her son asking a question in a grocery store line up.

Good Vibrations Magazine
Charlie Glickman, the education program manager at Good Vibrations interviewed me for their online magazine.

And a big blog roundup thanks to...

Baby Blue Elephant

Birth Activist

Bunchland Blog

Intimate Bridge 2 Conception

Reactor Gallery

Today’s Parent Blog

Up, Down & Natural


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      Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on March 5, 2012

      No problem. Thanks for fixing them same day!

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      Creator Cory Silverberg on February 26, 2012

      Hi Celine, Thanks for pointing that out. Both links have been fixed. And thanks for backing the book too! Cory

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      Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on February 26, 2012

      Okay, same problem with the Baby Blue Elephant link. (FYI if you copy the link and manually remove the characters before the second http, then you can access the link.)

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      Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on February 26, 2012

      Anyone else getting a broken link for Good Vibrations?

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      Creator Cory Silverberg on February 22, 2012

      Hi Kimberley, Thanks for so clearly describing the many challenges that an adoptive parent or parents experience and all the experiences the bring to talking with the child or children about reproduction. Many of these problems are systemic, but at the very least What Makes a Baby will give parents some language and fun and beautifully illustrated tool to start having these kinds of conversations with their kids, and with themselves for that matter.

      The process of writing this book was made so much richer for the parents who have adopted who read early drafts of the manuscript and shared their sometimes very personal responses.

      Warm regards, Cory

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      Creator Kimberley Miller on February 22, 2012

      Thanks for doing this project. It hit home for me. I work in the adoption field and parents need to do more discussion about this. We encourage parents to be open about discussing their child's adoption story and making everyone feel comfortable about it. That being said, lots of kids understand their adoption story, but their parents sometimes leave out the "being born" part. There are some kids who don't really understand that they were born from someone else and adopted by their family. They sometimes feel like they were never an infant and just arrived into their adoptive family. This lack of information sharing by some adoptive parents can be for several reasons: sometimes it is a reflection of their own fertility issues and how they have worked through these losses, or a parents' comfort level in talking about birth parents and their fear that this will take away from their own connection to their adopted child, or just not having the right tools to discuss sex education with children at a young age. I think this will be a great assest to parents in this realm. Adoption brings a lot of diversity to families (single parents, same-sex parents, bio children and adopted children in one family, inter-racial and transracial families, among others) and this will be great for them to have a good foundation to further discuss varies topics with all children.
      Thanks again.

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    SUPREME COURT PETITIONER: All of the above + an optional one-hour sex education lesson on the topic of your choosing with an AASECT certified sexuality educator (Cory). Delivered in person, via Skpe, IM, or pretty much any platform you choose. We can talk about raising sexually healthy kids, or being a sexually healthy adult. You set the agenda, Cory will develop the curriculum. Get sex smart and do good all at once!

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