Diverse Pathways to Parenthood: From Narratives to Practice is a timely contribution to the study of reproduction and parenthood. Drawing on a wide breadth of projects, this book covers topics such as first time parents, donor conception, pregnancy loss, surrogacy, lesbian, gay and/or transgender parenting, fostering and adoption, grandparenting and human/animal kinship. By presenting individual narratives focused on reproduction and parenthood, this book successfully translates empirical research into practical, applied outcomes that will be of use for all those working in the fields of reproduction and parenthood.
Including recommendations for fertility specialists, educators, child protection agencies, reproductive counselors, and policy makers, this book is a vital new resource that will help guide practice into the future. As a contribution to the field of critical kinship studies, this book heralds new directions for the study of kinship, by revisiting as well as reimagining how we think about, research, and respond to a diversity of kinship forms.
- Investigates the effects of social norms on family formation
- Explores how certain family forms are normalized and how others are seen as deviant or derivative
- Looks at adoption, surrogacy, and embryo/sperm donation for hetero/non-hetero couples
- Discusses the depiction of childless-by-choice people and couples as abnormal
- Studies foster care, adoption and raising children in these contexts
- Examines the implication of pronatalism for adults who do not, or cannot, have children
1. Introduction: Reproducing our selves through stories
Section I: Imaginations 2. Planning for a possible future: Transgender people and fertility preservation 3. Dreams of motherhood: Women in heterosexual couples planning for a first child 4. Animal companions as kin: The significance of animals to women of diverse sexualities
Section II: Interruptions 5. Assisting reproduction: Heterosexual women's experiences with infertility and fertility-related challenges 6. A profound grief: Heterosexual women's experiences of pregnancy loss 7. Disenfranchised grief: Foster parent experiences of an unplanned placement termination
Section III: Conceptions 8. Donor conception: Creating new possibilities? 9. Baby desired, travel required: Negotiating international commercial surrogacy arrangements 10. Conception narratives: Journeys to family for adoptive and foster parents
Section IV: Reproductions 11. Wearing the pants?: Men's accounts of becoming fathers 12. An act of resistance: Lesbian women becoming parents 13. Generations: Parent views on becoming grandparents 14. Conclusion: From stories to practice
Damien W. Riggs is a professor in psychology at Flinders University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He is the author of over 200 publications in the areas of gender, family, and mental health, including Working with transgender young people and their families: A critical developmental approach (Palgrave, 2019). He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a psychotherapist who specialises in working with transgender and non-binary young people.