Sisters who are doing for themselves will find that making fathers an optional extra is a big mistake

Louise Sloan is, by all accounts, a fairly typical - if slightly more glamorous than average - professional New York mum. She has a busy, flexible job in media, a Maclaren stroller and a Latina nanny.

8th December, 2007

Louise Sloan is, by all accounts, a fairly typical - if slightly more glamorous than average - professional New York mum. She has a busy, flexible job in media, a Maclaren stroller and a Latina nanny.

Like a minority of mothers, she doesn’t know who her father’s son is, except that he has green eyes and is an actor. But the difference between Sloan and the legions of women who end up conceiving in circumstances...

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