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Double Pregnant

Two Lesbians Make a Family

by Natalie Meisner

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list price: $45.95
also available: Paperback
category: Social Science
published: 2014
publisher: Roseway Publishing

Girl meets girl. Girl marries girl. They want to have babies … but they need a little help.

Double Pregnant is author Natalie Meisner’s light-hearted, poignant and informative true story of two lesbians who want to have children. For a variety of reasons, one being that Natalie’s wife is a woman of colour who was adopted into a white family, the couple decides not to take the anonymous sperm clinic route. Natalie and Viviën want their children to have some connection to their donor if possible. Taking matters into their own hands leads the couple to a series of often-hilarious “dates” with potential donors, all of whom have wildly different opinions on how the donation process should go and also of what this new, twenty-first-century version of a family will look like


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Natalie Meisner is a writer from Lockeport, Nova Scotia. She is a wife and mother of two great boys and an associate professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University, where she teaches creative writing and drama.

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Editorial Review

“This book is so full of life and love, of effort and desire and the determination of two extraordinary women devoted to each other and to having a family.” — Chapelle Jaffe, Canadian actor


“What an accomplishment, to have written a page turner on a subject like this that is both moving and very funny.” — Inge Fraters, Editor-in-Chief, KJIK Magazine & Know How Sonoma Publishing

“A passionate and engaging account of a lesbian couple's struggle to have a family. The book is not about sexuality or gender identity; it's about love.”

— Beth Everest, writer, professor and editor

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About the Author

Natalie Meisner

Natalie Meisner is a widely produced author of stage plays and an award-winning multi-genre author. Her play Boom Baby (about the lives of workers in the Alberta oil patch) won both the Canadian National Playwriting Competition and the Alberta Playwriting Competition. Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family topped non-fiction bestseller lists and was a finalist in the Atlantic Book Awards. Her first children’s book, My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother & Me, is available from Nimbus Publishing. Other books include Baddie One Shoe, a collection of poetic odes to renegades of the past and present, and Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story, a play about the last person in Canada to be jailed for homosexuality. Meisner is a wife and mom to two great boys and a professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University, where she works in the areas of creative writing, drama, and gender/sexuality studies.

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