Tag Archives: mums

Othermotherhood, my first year – Part 1

Finn Mackay is a feminist activist who doesn’t fit into society’s assumed gender codes. Her partner carried and gave birth to their son, now almost 2 years old. In her guest blog Finn explores her experience of motherhood as a lesbian parent – opening part one with a dramatic hospital stay after their son stopped…
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Interview with Susan Golombok

Susan Golombok is director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Her fascinating book, published in March this year, brings together over thirty years of research into new family forms – forms which include lesbian and gay-parented families, single mothers by choice, and families created through assisted reproduction techniques (ART). The…
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Sperm donors: anonymous or not?

This year it is ten years since the laws changed around sperm and egg donor anonymity. Where all sperm and egg donors had been anonymous, they are no longer. Donor-conceived children now have the right to trace their biological donor once they turn 18. So if our sons, who are 5 and 2, had been…
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Calling two mummies

Mother Mother is an innovative performance project in development for 2016, exploring the experiences of lesbians who use donor conception to create their families. Incorporating circus, theatre, projected images and animation, it looks at parenthood outside ‘normal’ family structures, attitudes to assisted reproduction, gender identity and more. The company, a collaboration between lead artist and…
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Our lesbian parenting story in the tabloids…

Will we be in the gutter? I was interviewed for a tabloid’s Sunday magazine recently. When the request came in we were very wary, but the article celebrates modern day mums and focuses on diversity. They needed a lesbian mum and we felt it was an important place for a positive example of same-sex parenting.…
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L Fest 2015: review

Camping as grown-ups! Sharon Redrobe, her partner Louise, and their son Jake have been to L Fest every year so far. This year Jake was with family so We Are Family magazine sent Sharon and Louise to enjoy the festival as a couple. Here’s Sharon’s  verdict… “This was our first child free camping trip and…
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Asking friends to be your sperm donor – how to do it

Part One of a series: How To Approach Known Donors Want to ask your Gay Best Friend to be the donor dad of your future kids? It can be challenging territory. Patricia Salem's been through it. Here’s what she wishes she’d known before she started... There are many things I envisioned about being a gay…
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Success after miscarriage: Erin & Katie’s journey

Katie donated her eggs to partner Erin; after surviving two miscarriages the couple finally welcomed their daughter Having kids was part of the package from the second date for Erin and Katie. Once their relationship was established they pushed ahead with plans to start a family. The couple are now the proud parents of a…
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What is it about marriage?

As Ireland is on the verge of voting on same-sex marriage, Hannah contemplates what marriage and family building means to her So The Republic of Ireland are about to vote on same-sex marriage. The 'No' voters, driven by the Catholic Church, are outraged – they say marriage, the bedrock of family life, should be between…
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