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Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Mothers Tell All

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After author Harlyn Aizley gave birth to her daughter, she watched in unanticipated horror as her partner scooped up the baby and said, “I’m your new mommy!” While they both had worked to find the perfect sperm donor, Aizley had spent nine months carrying the baby and hours in labor, so how could her partner claim to be their child’s mommy?

Many diapers later, Aizley began to appreciate the complexity of her partner’s new role as the other mother. Together, they searched for stories about families like their own, in which a woman has chosen to forgo her own birth experience so that she might support her partner in hers. They found very few. Now, in Confessions of the Other Mother, Aizley has put together an exciting collection of personal stories by women like her partner who are creating new parenting roles, redefining motherhood, and reshaping our view of two-parent families. Contributors include Hillary Goodridge, who was one of the lead plaintiffs in the case for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, stand-up comedian Judy Gold, and psychologist and author Suzanne M. Johnson

This candid peek into a previously unexamined side of lesbian parenting is full of stories that are sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, but at all times celebratory. Each parenting tale sheds light on the many facets of motherhood, offering gay and straight readers alike a deeper understanding of what it means to love and parent in the twenty-first century.

Harlyn Aizley is the author of Buying Dad: One Woman’s Search for the Perfect Sperm Donor. Her work has appeared in national journals, magazines, and anthologies and has aired on public radio stations nationwide. Aizley resides in the Boston area with her family, where she works as a writer and teacher.

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Opting to forgo or postpone her own pregnancy to support a partner in hers, each nonbiological lesbian mother helps redefine motherhood and create a new parenting role. In Confessions of the Other Mother, Harlyn Aizley has put together a riveting collection of personal stories-sometimes humorous, sometimes painful, but at all times celebratory-by eighteen women who are transforming our view of two-parent families. Book jacket.

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Harlyn Aizley is the author of Buying Dad: One Woman's Search for the Perfect Sperm Donor. Her work has appeared in national journals, magazines, and anthologies and has aired on public radio stations nationwide. Aizley resides in the Boston area with her family, where she works as a writer and teacher.

Table of Contents

Birth, babies, and beyond — Mucking with the stuff : two nonbios become bio, and two bios turns non — Arriving when the show has started : lesbian "step-mom."

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807097335
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
Gay Studies
Editor:
Aizley, Harlyn
Author:
Aizley, Harlyn
Subject:
Lesbian mothers
Subject:
Nonbiological mothers
Subject:
Specific Groups - Lesbians
Subject:
Parental Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Gay and Lesbian
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Coming Out and Families
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Social Science : General
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
Gay and Lesbian » Fiction and Poetry » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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"Synopsis" by , Opting to forgo or postpone her own pregnancy to support a partner in hers, each nonbiological lesbian mother helps redefine motherhood and create a new parenting role. In Confessions of the Other Mother, Harlyn Aizley has put together a riveting collection of personal stories-sometimes humorous, sometimes painful, but at all times celebratory-by eighteen women who are transforming our view of two-parent families. Book jacket.
"Synopsis" by , Harlyn Aizley is the author of Buying Dad: One Woman's Search for the Perfect Sperm Donor. Her work has appeared in national journals, magazines, and anthologies and has aired on public radio stations nationwide. Aizley resides in the Boston area with her family, where she works as a writer and teacher.
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