Confessions of the Other Mother: Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All! [NOOK Book]

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A 2006 Lambda Literary finalist in the LGBT anthology category 

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 ...
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Overview

A 2006 Lambda Literary finalist in the LGBT anthology category 

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.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
More than 15 years into the lesbian baby boom, Aizley's collection of first-person accounts by nonbiological lesbian mothers is a long time coming. Nonlegalistic and (mostly) nonharrowing, these tales are only tangentially about powers of attorney, two-parent adoption, and custody battles, instead illumining what it is to be mom and not-mom at the same time. Some pieces explore the feelings of envy and loss of would-be but infertile mothers learning to accept their easily pregnant partners. Others examine the "lesbian daddy" role, as in Polly Pagenhart's exceptional "Confessions of a Lesbian Dad"; and the lesbian stepmom role, like CNN reporter Mary Cardaras's "Family of the Heart." The most moving essay, "And You Are?" by Hillary Goodridge, describes the peril of being the other mother who is a legal and familial cipher, unrecognizable as "real" family to either partner or child in the eyes of anyone but them. These essays explain what it is to be biologically estranged from your spouse and child(ren) and the daily struggle for approval and acceptance that these women face in society and sometimes even in their own homes and hearts. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807097335
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 286,384
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: Mommy Delirious ix
Part 1 Birth, Babies, and Beyond
Watching 3
Trouble with Pink 13
High-Femme Dad 19
And You Are? 31
Confessions of a Lesbian Dad 35
Nonbreeder 59
Who's Your Daddy? 67
Betsy Loves Bobbies 77
Naked Brunch 81
From the Outposts of Lesbian Parenting 87
Parenting as a Subversive Activity 93
Life as Mama 101
Mr. Anonymous 113
Part 2 Mucking with the Stuff: Two Nonbios Become Bio, and Two Bios Turn Non
TWJL 121
Mommy Times Two 125
Yours, Mine, and Ours 129
Two Ubermoms Are Better Than One 135
Part 3 Arriving When the Show Already has Started: A Lesbian "Stepmom"
Family of the Heart 149
Contributors 169
Acknowledgments 173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Any lesbian couple even just think

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Any lesbian couple even just thinking of having a baby should read this!
    Some of the stories are funny, some made me cry but what they all have in common is that the characters really bring to life their experiences of motherhood (bio and non-bio) and make starting a lesbian family feel more familiar to me.
    This book raises many lessons learnt as well as common themes among some of the stories.
    I am very grateful for the heads up of what my significant other (the non-bio mother of child 1) and I can expect. 

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