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

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

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A 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. 

"These funny, poignant essays illuminate a virtually undiscussed topic while celebrating the joyful chaos of becoming a new parent."--Mothering Magazine

"Reading through their moving and often funny musings on the new situations these babas have met and conquered, one can't help thinking that once again lesbians are quietly doing what they've always done: blazing trails for everybody else."--The Advocate

Confessions of the Other Mother brings together hilarious, heart-wrenching, painfully honest tales of mommyhood. Not just for mothers or other mothers--but for anyone who has felt like an outsider at the playground. Funny, warm, sad, beautiful--and even sexy--the book is not only from the heart, but for the heart.--Joey Solloway, creator, writer, director, and executive producer of Transparent

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. . . . 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.--Publishers Weekly

Author Harlyn Aizley
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780807079638

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