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by David and Jonathan Shmidt Chapman

How do you make a baby, even when you don’t have all the necessary ingredients? What does it take for two daddies to grow a family? Before You Were You is the story of how some babies are brought into the world-with the help of an inspiring, creative community of friends, family, doctors, and no small measure of love.

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Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Pages:  32

ISBN PB: 978-1-953021-45-8

ISBN HC: 978-1-953021-44-1

Release Date: 9/23/22

Meet the Authors

David & Jonathan Shmidt Chapman met in an elevator in Times Square, married in 2013, and dreamed of starting a family. After an incredible adventure in egg donation and gestational surrogacy, and with the help of a loving community, the couple welcomed a child into the world in 2017. Trained as artists, educators, and community leaders, David and Jonathan are passionate about creating new stories in which all children see themselves represented within the pages of children’s books.

Meet the Illustrator

Diane L. Nelson is a professional medical illustrator. She has been an artist as long as she can remember and loves to create engaging and fun images that help the reader identify with the story. Diane is the president and art director of BIOMEDIA Corporation, a company she founded, and sole practitioner and owner of, an illustration and visual arts studio. Diane is the proud Gramma of the child who inspired this story.

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