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Stories of Grief and Hope: Queer Experiences of Reproductive Loss.

Peel, Elizabeth and Craven, Christa (2015) Stories of Grief and Hope: Queer Experiences of Reproductive Loss. In: Queer Kinship and Relationships International Conference, 8th -11th June 2015, Olsztyn, Poland. (Unpublished)

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When parents and researchers talk of queer perspectives on pregnancy, birth and parenting, an issue that we often avoid is queer experiences of loss during pregnancy, birth or adoption. Drawing on data from an online survey of 60 non-heterosexual women from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia and 40 interviews with LGBTQ people who had experienced loss in the USA and Canada, we argue that for LGBTQ people, challenges in achieving conception and adoption amplify stories of loss, and that both grief and hope suffuse stories of reproductive loss. We identify several factors, such as the severely under-researched experiences of non-gestational or “social” parents, financial concerns about loss following assisted reproduction or adoption expenses, and fears of further marginalization as non-normative parents. These issues are particular, if not unique to queer experiences of reproductive loss. As most research and existing resources for support have focused heavily on the experiences of married, heterosexual (primarily white, middle-class) women, we conclude by suggesting ways for medical professionals and support groups to better serve LGBTQ people following reproductive loss.

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Related book chapter: Craven, Christa and Peel, Elizabeth (2014) Stories of Grief and Hope: Queer Experiences of Reproductive Loss. In: Queering Motherhood: Narrative and Theoretical Perspectives. Demeter Press, Ontario, Canada, pp. 97-110. ISBN 978-1-927335-31-4

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: LGBTQ, loss, pregnancy, adoption, birth, reproductive loss
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Peel
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 09:59
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:05

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