The other mother: A narrative analysis of the postpartum experiences of nonbirth lesbian mothers

  • McKelvey M
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop a metastory of nonbiological lesbian mothers’ postpartum experiences utilizing Riessman’s structural approach to thematic analysis. Ten nonbirth lesbian mothers were interviewed. Each shared a unique story of her first year of motherhood. Themes were individually analyzed within each story. The metastory of the postpartum experiences of nonbirth lesbian mothers revealed 6 themes including the following: At the mercy of health care providers, Nursing is the major difference between us, Defined by who I am not, Fighting for every piece of motherhood: The world can take them away, What’s in a name?, and Epilogue: The new normal.

Author-supplied keywords

  • birth
  • childbirth
  • comothers
  • fertility
  • gay
  • homosexual
  • in vitro fertilization
  • infertility
  • lesbian
  • motherhood
  • mothers
  • nonbiological
  • nonbirth
  • postpartum
  • pregnancy
  • prenatal
  • stepmothers

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  • Michele M. McKelvey

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