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Double Pregnant

Two Lesbians Make a Family

by (author) Natalie Meisner

Roseway Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2014
Gay Studies
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    May 2014
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    May 2014
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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


About the author

Contributor Notes

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.

Editorial Reviews

"An honest recollection of the journey [Natalie and her wife] embarked upon while being pregnant at the same time."

Calgary Journal

“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

"A touching and amusing love story about two women, two babies and one happy family"

Winnipeg Free Press

"Meisner's book is, above all, a love story, an a close-to-the-bone account of one couple's hopeful and ultimately rewarding journey to parenthood."

Calgary Herald

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