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Single by Chance, Mothers by ChoiceHow Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family$
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Rosanna Hertz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179903.001.0001

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Moving on When Baby Makes Two

Moving on When Baby Makes Two

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Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice

Rosanna Hertz

Oxford University Press

The idea that families can be created by women changed the worlds of the women interviewed, allowing them to imagine families crafted in new ways as both legitimate and valuable. Women act on motherhood for the first time by chancing pregnancy, finding a known donor, ordering donor profiles, or putting in the paperwork to begin an adoption. In the case of Lori-Ann Stuart, she chose a close friend, Bob, to donate sperm rather than a sperm bank. She made it sure that she would be the parent, and Bob would have no claim and responsibility for it. However, the coupling of genetic parenthood and social parenthood complicates the relationship between children and paternal kin. Lori-Ann is an interesting case. While pregnant, she restructured her life. Though still living by herself in a small apartment, she wanted her baby to be surrounded by loving people from the beginning.

Keywords:   sperm donor, baby group, genetic parenthood, social parenthood, single mother, Lori-Ann Stuart

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