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Pregnant LGBQ Women Wanted for Study on Postpartum Well-Being

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One of the social scientists I (and many others) cite often when it comes to LGBQ parents and our kids is Dr. Abbie Goldberg of Clark University. She’s conducting a new study on postpartum well-being in sexual minority women, and is looking for pregnant women partnered with other women. Know any (including yourself)? Read on.

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Guest Post: Parenting Is the Great Equalizer

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I’m very pleased to bring you a guest post today by Dawn Dais, author of The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year, which I reviewed earlier this week. Dawn is a lesbian mom, but wrote the book for a general audience, because . . . well, I’ll let her explain.

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Building Bridges, One Dirty Diaper at a Time

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I’ve long said that LGBT parents and non-LGBT parents are more alike than different. There’s no “lesbian” way to change a diaper, for example (unless perhaps you make them yourself out of old flannel shirts). It should come as no surprise then, that a new book about the first year of parenthood, aimed at a mainstream audience, happens to have been written by a lesbian mom.

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Awesome Video Shows How Lesbians REALLY Get Pregnant

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This adorable video by A and C of LezBeMamas is sure to put a smile on your face. Next time someone asks you how lesbians get pregnant, refer them here.

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Post of the Week: “Boi Life: Motherhood”

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In “Boi Life: Motherhood,” Lyric of Bklyn Boihood writes of being a “masculine female” who wants to have a child through pregnancy.

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Post of the Week: “Lessons from Infertility”

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Aleia Mims’ “Lessons from Infertility,” part of her “Authentically Me” series at her blog l.i.b.e.r.a.t.i.o.n. theory, is this week’s Post of the Week. She writes about her journey from comfort with not being a bio mom, to wanting to conceive with her wife, to her disappointment at not being able to do so.

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Posts of the Week: Painted Pregnant Lesbian Bellies

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Painting one’s pregnant belly is apparently the in thing. The women at both Two Mothers McGill and The Owl and the Octopus have recently posted pictures of their artful abdomens.

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Post of the Week: “Pregnancy Changes Things”

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This week’s highlighted post, “Pregnancy Changes Things,” comes from Yin of Living a Loving Life as Wife and Wife. She talks about how pregnancy has changed her relationships with her partner, her mother, and her friends. It’s a quiet reflection on changes that I’m guessing many others have felt, too.

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“Pregnant Butch” Takes a Comic Look at Pregnancy and Gender

You’re probably saying, “What would make this Monday morning just perfect is a new comic about a pregnant butch lesbian.” What? You’re not? Well, you should be. Go check out A.K. Summers’ new comic/graphic tale, “Pregnant Butch” over at comic collective site Act-i-vate. It’s a funny, insightful, semi-autobiographical look at “a butch dyke enduring that […]

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Where Can You Find Pregnant Butch Clothing?

A reader wrote to me asking about “pregnant butch clothing”—maternity options for those who either identify as butch or at least dress a little less on the feminine side of things. My spouse Helen (who doesn’t identify as butch, but has that aesthetic) spent very little on “official” maternity wear. She bought one pair of […]

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Midwife Advice Needed

A reader left this as a comment, and I thought I’d give it more visibility to see if any of you can help. She’s searching for an LGBT-friendly midwife in East Texas. If you know of any resources or advice for her, please leave a comment! My partner and I are planning on starting a […]

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No Surprises Here

From the “fun with scientific conclusions” department: A new study in the journal Child Development has found that babies who are the result of unplanned or mistimed pregnancies “had fewer resources [including parental support and learning materials] than intended siblings” and “Parents’ emotional resources to older children decreased after the birth of a mistimed sibling.” […]

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How Motherhood Earned Me a Free Sex Toy

[While I'm taking a bit of a break this week, please enjoy this guest post by Paige Schilt. Paige is a dyke mama, an activist, a low-femme nerd, and a part-time professor of Feminist Studies. She is also a contributing writer at The Bilerico Project. —DR] When I was pregnant with my son, I heard […]

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Two Pregnant Lesbians Walk Into a Kitchen . . .

Life & Style magazine is featuring a story about Iron Chef Cat Cora and her partner Jennifer Cora, complete with the cutest photo of the two of them simultaneously pregnant. (Jennifer in fact gave birth to the couple’s third son last week.) I haven’t read the whole article myself (not all of it is online), […]

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Candace Parker on Sports, Fame, and Motherhood

Think of this as Mombian: The Weekend Sports Edition: ESPN the Magazine’s cover story this month features WNBA superstar Candace Parker, with her hands cupping the round curve of . . . her pregnant stomach. It’s a striking picture for a magazine that rarely has females of any sort on the cover. The article asks, […]

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Volunteers Needed: Study on Lesbians and Postpartum Depression

Passing along this request for volunteers. Please use the contact information below if you have questions. LESBIAN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED For a Research Study on Partner Support and Postpartum Depression You must be female You must have birthed a child You must have been in one lesbian relationship through conception, delivery and at least 1 year […]

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Poll: Lesbian Parenting Books

It’s time for another poll: {democracy:16} Feel free to leave comments about what you liked/didn’t like about any of these books or others. More books for and about lesbian families, as always, in the Mombian Shop.

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TV Alert: Lesbian Moms on Discovery Health

Discovery Health will feature lesbian moms Karen and Janice tomorrow (Tuesday) on Five Under 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The moms have a four-year-old daughter and twin sons, and are preparing to welcome another set of twins. I feel exhausted just thinking about it—but they seem to be quite the happy family. If you want […]

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Beautiful Baby Beatie

People magazine has the first photos of transgender man Thomas Beatie and his daughter, Susan Juliette. Towleroad has some beautiful stills from Good Morning America’s coverage yesterday. From what Beatie says, the family is settling in to being a family. Can’t ask for more than that.

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Olympic Mom: Hero or Cheater?

I’m feeling inadequate. Dara Torres is my age, 41, the mother of a two-year old, and just qualified for the U.S. Olympic swim team with a win in the 100-meter freestyle and a U.S.-record time in the 50-meter freestyle. This will be her fifth Olympics. In 2007, she won the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. […]

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Thomas Beatie Gives Birth

Thomas Beatie and his wife Nancy welcomed a baby girl into the world last Sunday. Beatie, a transgender man, made headlines in March when he announced he was pregnant. Best wishes to the new family. May they have the privacy and peace their young one needs while they also continue to help shift attitudes. Kudos […]

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TV Alert: Quads with Two Moms Tonight

Thanks to Terrance at Republic of T for his serendipitous sighting of an ad for Quads with Two Moms, which will air tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on Discovery Health as part of their Baby Week coverage. I wrote back in March about another lesbian couple who had quads. In that story, one woman carried […]

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Lonely Lesbian to Tour May 2008

Andrea Askowitz is the author of My Miserable Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy, a funny, bawdy, unflinchingly honest memoir of her journey to motherhood as a single lesbian. (Here’s my review.) Askowitz has now kindly offered to share some of her misery with you, Mombian readers. Please enjoy the excerpts below from her book. She has also […]

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Book Review: Choosing You

Choosing You: Deciding to Have a Baby on My Own by Alexandra Soiseth (Seal Press: May 2008), chronicles the author’s journey to becoming a single mom by choice. She is not a lesbian, but I wanted to review her book here because of the parallels between straight single moms by choice and lesbian moms, partnered […]

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Pregnant and Miserable

Andrea Askowitz is pregnant—and she’s grumpy. In My Miserable Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy (Cleis: May 1, 2008) she shares her cantankerous journey to parenthood as a single mom, complete with weight gain, leg cramps, hormone-induced depression, and well-intentioned friends who never quite do the right thing. It’s the perfect antidote to the slew of cheery parenting […]

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