This qualitative study is a phenomenological exploration of the experiences of two lesbian women and their transition to motherhood. The researcher conducted a semi-structured interview with the participants and analyzed the data to determine what concerns were of importance for the lesbian co-parent and her partner. Four themes emerged: psychosocial support, becoming a mother, intrauterine insemination and legal considerations. Participants were challenged by the lack of the psychosocial support from their family members when they revealed the news of the pregnancy. Intrauterine insemination is the method of choice for conception. Choosing a donor and experiencing failed attempts of conception were challenges for the mothers in this study. Barriers for the lesbian co-parent without legal ties to the child became evident. Future research needs to explore the development of the mother identity after recommendations, set forth by previous studies, have been placed.
|Commitee:||Kumrow, David, Singh-Carlson, Savitri, Wurzbach, Elke|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||GLBT Studies, Nursing|
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