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Name: dimples04
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I am in my first lesbian relationship. My partner & I have been together for over 5 yrs. I am now 26 and I really want a baby. Now my partner & I have been through alot over the yrs of our relationship, so of course I dont have support from my family. We have been discussing the idea of going to a sperm bank and getting pregnant by means of a donor. I am really nervous about the idea but at the same time I really ready to become a mother. I guess I would like to hear from other lesbain couples that have had children together.
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Name: johnsmom | Date: Jun 18th, 2011 7:19 AM
My partner and i have been together for 8 years and have a 4 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. Both were conceived by artificial insemination with anonymous sperm donations. my partner had our teenager daughter when she was with her previous girlfriend and they separated when she was 4. So, I am a mom and a stepmon. Is there anything specific you're interested in knowing about? Fortunately, for both of us, getting pregnant was the easy part. We worked with a fertility doctor and the process was simple and we were treated well by all the medical professionals we encountered.
It's very challenging to raise children with 2 moms. Both moms have to make a commitment to share the responsibilities, title, and be equal co-parents in order to avoid conflict and resentment. As soon as I had our son, my maternal instincts kicked in, and I wanted to do EVERYTHING myself and didn't want to share. Soon after, I decided that I needed to stop fighting the process and willingly allow my partner to establish the same relationship that I intended to have with him. He calls both of us "Mom Mom" and simply makes it clear when he is referring to one of us and not the other in conversation. He's too young to know that his family is alternative in any way but definitely enjoys the benefits of having double the attention and maternal love. We are completely out and open to family, friends, neighbors, doctors, etc. and have been surprised by the support from almost everyone in our lives. All in all, we lead a pretty normal life and enjoy exposing everyone we know to the idea that love and commitment are what makes a family. We don't expect everyone to agree, accept, approve, or understand our lifestyle. We simply live our life as an example to all who know us and to other lesbian/gay couples with children. It's not always easy...but I can say without hesitation that it has been the most fun and rewarding experience of my life! Nothing better than being a mom! 

Name: finbarr | Date: Nov 9th, 2014 4:40 PM
Hi guys, I see that you are talking about queer parenting and I would like to take this opportunity to give you information about a short film I have recently made. It is a short film about two lesbian mothers who adopt and raise a black boy and the struggles that they endure as a family unit. It is also a very family friendly film that has good messages for children regarding identity and LGBT families. Here is a link to the Vimeo page if you would like to see it: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bounty Any feedback or reviews would be very appreciated. Have any of you been to see any queer parenting films and is it something you would like to see more of? Cheers, Finbarr 

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