We Are Mothers Too: Childbearing Experiences of Lesbian Families
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2007
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 190–199, March/April 2007
How to Cite
Renaud, M. T. (2007), We Are Mothers Too: Childbearing Experiences of Lesbian Families. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 36: 190–199. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2007.00136.x
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2007
- Accepted: September 2006
- Critical ethnography;
- Lesbian mother;
Objective: To describe lesbians’ personal and health care experiences of becoming pregnant, giving birth, and being mothers and comothers within the context of potentially oppressive family, social, and political structures.
Design: Critical ethnography.
Setting: Participants’ homes, lesbian mother support group, and prenatal clinics and hospitals in the Pacific Northwest.
Participants: English-speaking self-identified lesbian women, including 21 interview and six focus-group participants and approximately 43 observed in a support group.
Data Collection: In-depth open-ended interviews, focus group, and participant observation.
Data Analysis: Content/categorical analysis followed by discussion of the mother’s stories and a critical conversation about lesbian mothering.
Results: The seven organizing themes are as follows: preparing the way: becoming ready; conception: you can’t just fall into it; you can hear a heartbeat: pregnancy; birthing our babies; the work of mothers and mothers who work; families who sustain and families who oppose; and sources of support in everyday life. The first four are described in this article.
Conclusions: Health care providers, policy makers, and the public can be better informed about the specific needs of childbearing lesbians. JOGNN, 36, 190-199; 2007. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2007.00136.x