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Living outside the box : lesbian couples with children conceived through the use of anonymous donor insemination

Societal pressures have led to social and legal policy changes that have resulted in
fertility clinics increasingly permitting lesbians access to their services. Therefore, lesbian
women are able to conceive their children and create their families in ways that historically were
not available to them. While some research has been conducted examining the needs,
experiences, and issues faced by lesbian-led families in general, there is a dearth of research that
exclusively explores lesbian couples who conceived their children through the use of anonymous
donor insemination. The qualitative method that guided this research was interpretive
interactionism. Interviews were conducted with 10 couples who self-identified as lesbian, chose
to have their children while in their lesbian relationships, and conceived their children through
the use of anonymous donor insemination. Analysis of the transcripts revealed that four themes
shaped, constructed, represented, and gave meaning to these unique family configurations. These
four themes are (a) conception options of two women, (b) two women parenting, (c) anonymous
donors/not fathers, and (d) families with lesbian mothers. These themes are elaborated in terms
of their implications for lesbian-led families, clinical practice, and future research. / Education, Faculty of / Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS), Department of / Graduate
Date05 1900
CreatorsKranz, Karen Catharine
Source SetsUniversity of British Columbia
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeText, Thesis/Dissertation
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