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I Will Not Apologise for Giving Birth: Stories of IVF Families (Nie przeproszę, że urodziłam. Historie rodzin z in vitro)
Karolina Domagalska
published by Czarne, Wołowiec

21st century family
In Poland, the IVF method is mainly discussed by politicians and priests. In their discussions, reproductive medicine is seen as the work of the devil. Karolina Domagalska’s book gives voice to people who actually use it, such as infertile heterosexual and rainbow couples, single women, and children who sometimes do not know the identity of their biological parents. She talks to sperm donors: some of them are anonymous, others are not. The 21st century family has been evolving, also due to them. And laws in Western countries create different frameworks for them.
The authoress describes IVF parenthood with great restraint and tact. And she makes it clear that it involves moral dilemmas, too.
Lidia Ostałowska

Karolina Domagalska

(born in 1980) studied ethnology at the University of Warsaw in Poland and followed up with gender studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her credentials include a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She works for Wysokie Obcasy, the Saturday supplement to the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. She has been with Wysokie Obcasy for 10 years; a year ago she became its managing editor. Her professional interests include reproductive medicine, bioethics and human rights.

When Mother Nature plays tricks

Juror Ewa van den Bergen-Makała writes about Karolina Domagalska’s book “I will not apologise for giving birth…”

Karolina Domagalska focused on reproductive medicine. In-vitro fertilisation, the fate of embryos, donation of reproductive cells, surrogate mothers, solo mothers – these subjects still trigger extreme emotions in Poland. The society’s level of knowledge is far from satisfactory. Continuous political and social turbulence and lack of detailed regulations complicate the lives of families with fertility problems.

The authoress raises important questions related to reproduction techniques and to innovative models of contemporary families. She does not provide her own answers, but with restraint and great tact lets foreign (Israeli, Dutch, British, Scandinavian) and domestic reportage heroines speak. The stories can move readers to tears and stun them. We learn about the struggles and moral dilemmas of women whose desire to have their own child is so strong that they are willing to sacrifice their careers, fortunes and even health. We learn about open and anonymous sperm donors (will a “semen daddy” accept contact with his children in the future, even if he has several dozen of them?); about Danish sperm banks taking care of a multitude of sperm samples and managing subsequent “Vikings’ conquests”; about identity problems of IVF children (will they want to know their biological father and their sperm-siblings, or donor-siblings?); about “rainbow” families in which children are raised by numerous parents; about children born through inter-family donation (so that one can be one’s own grandfather’s son or one’s own mother’s daughter’s daughter). What is more important: nature or nurture? Regardless of the fascinating future lying ahead of reproductive medicine, one thing is certain: “a lot of love and care” is what matters for the child.

Ewa van den Bergen-Makała

To tell simply about cytoplasm and insemination

By the decision of the Student Jury of the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication of the University of Wroclaw the best reportage 2015 is the book of Karolina Domagalska "I Will Not Apologise for Giving Birth: Stories of IVF Families (Nie przeproszę, że urodziłam. Historie rodzin z in vitro), published by Czarne;

"... To tell with calm deliberation about in vitro post mortem,
to tell without emphasis about the suffering associated with reproduction,
to tell about the parents interests and children interests,
to tell simply about cytoplasm and insemination,
this is the real challenge that... Carolina Domagalska lived up to!”

The whole laudatory speech can be viewed HERE


I Will Not Apologise for Giving Birth: Stories of IVF Families (Nie przeproszę, że urodziłam. Historie rodzin z in vitro)

published by Czarne