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Pastoral Care: Family Planning, Adoption/Pregnancy, Parenting

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Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help caregivers engage parents in counseling and conversation around family planning and pregnancy. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloads
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles
  • Websites & Curricula
  • Judicatory and Other Denominational Resources

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Books & Downloads

Birthed: Finding Grace through Infertility     Breathe          A Complicated Choice: Making Space for Grief and Healing in the Pro-Choice Movement     Don't Mom Alone: Growing the Relationships You Need to Be the Mom You Want to Be by [Heather MacFadyen, Chrystal Hurst]     Finding Our Way Forward          Intended for Pleasure, 4th ed.: Sex Technique and Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage  -     By: Ed Wheat M.D., Gaye Wheat     It’s Not about the Wine: The Loaded Truth behind Mommy Wine Culture     LGBTQ Family Building     BL_MissedConceptions_Cover_9781506485263     Momfluenced          Peanut Butter and Dragon Wings     Pregnant While Black: Advancing Justice for Maternal Health in America     Raising Healthy Teenagers: Thomas Kersting: 9781540900319: Books     Raising Kids beyond the Binary: Celebrating God’s Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children     The Tending Years     Thriving Families     Unshakable Kids | Baker Publishing Group     "You Should Be Grateful"

Children's Books

A Cup of Love by Michael Todd     Dear Star Baby     Cover of The Heart of Mi Familia     How to Return a Monster          Mabel's Topsy-Turvy Homes     Cover of Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family (medium)     Cover of Oh Brother! (medium)          Look Inside Where Is Home, Daddy Bear?

Websites & Curricula

Project Pomegranate, a website with non-directive spiritual resources for those who have experienced infertility, pregnancy loss, or infant death

Mothering Spirit, a website for the spiritual piece of all aspects of being family, sensitive to infertility and loss

Resolve, a website for infertility resources and support

Family Equality, a website committed to developing LGBTQ+ family equity by resourcing conversations about LGBTQ+ families

In Our Library - Adoption & Foster Families

     A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza               920526

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

The Power of Sharing Birth Stories

Having a new baby can upend everything about your old life.Why childbirth stories are valuable in shaping family transitions.


JUL 17, 2023


Anti-Dopamine Parenting — Really great ARTICLE on NPR (listen or read) on how to help kids with some of the same addictions we grownups struggle with (screens and sweets!). In solidarity with my kids (who don’t have cell phones) I’ve removed all social media apps from my phone. I’ll report back on that one after awhile!  I love how insanely practical the article is. Be sure to read to the end for the tips.

PALS Launches First-of-Its-Kind App to Support Parents Conceiving After  Child Loss

 Pregnancy After Loss App 4+

Pregnancy After Loss Tracker

Pregnancy After Loss Support


In Our Library

     Creating with God     This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids     This Is My Body