Single Mother By Choice (SMC)

Last Updated: January 24, 2018

Definition - What does Single Mother By Choice (SMC) mean?

A single mother by choice (SMC) is a woman who chooses to have a child on her own. This is typically achieved through the use of a sperm donor or adoption.

A single mother by choice is also called a choice mom.

FertilitySmarts explains Single Mother By Choice (SMC)

Some single women choose to have a child without the involvement of a partner. Reasons vary as to why, but a motivation may include increasing age and the desire to have a child while it is biologically possible. While some women are single by choice, others may not have yet met a partner with whom they want to have children. In either case, women that wish to have children on their own might choose to adopt a child or use a sperm donor to conceive.

A woman might choose to select a sperm donor either through her personal contacts, an online community, or a sperm bank. After a donor has been chosen, at-home insemination or artificial insemination may be used in an attempt to conceive a child.

Considerations involved in deciding to become a choice mom include the financial obligations and time commitment of being a single parent. Furthermore, it is important that all parties involved follow the necessary steps to ensure that the woman legally becomes the sole parent of the child.

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