Diverse Pathways to Parenthood

Diverse Pathways to Parenthood

From Narratives to Practice

1st Edition - September 12, 2019

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  • Author: Damien Riggs
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162903
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160237

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Diverse Pathways to Parenthood: From Narratives to Practice is a timely contribution to the study of reproduction and parenthood. Drawing on a wide breadth of projects, this book covers topics such as first time parents, donor conception, pregnancy loss, surrogacy, lesbian, gay and/or transgender parenting, fostering and adoption, grandparenting, and human/animal kinship. By presenting individual narratives focused on reproduction and parenthood, this book successfully translates empirical research into practical, applied outcomes that will be of use for all those working in the fields of reproduction and parenthood. Including recommendations for fertility specialists, educators, child protection agencies, reproductive counselors, and policy makers, Diverse Pathways to Parenthood: From Narratives to Practice is a vital new resource that will help guide practice into the future. As a contribution to the field of critical kinship studies, this book heralds new directions for the study of kinship, by revisiting as well as reimagining how we think about, research, and respond to a diversity of kinship forms.

Key Features

  • Includes over 70 narratives representative of hundreds of interviews collected as a part of 15 research projects undertaken over the past decade
  • Supported by a companion website that provides further materials and information: www.diversepathways.com
  • Translates critical kinship studies theory into applied tools for practice in the fields of reproduction and parenthood


Researchers in psychology, sociology, family studies, and other social sciences; mental health practitioners working with parents/expectant parents

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Reproducing our selves through stories

    Section I: Imaginations
    2. Planning for a possible future: Transgender people and fertility preservation
    3. Dreams of motherhood: Women in heterosexual couples planning for a first child
    4. Animal companions as kin: The significance of animals to women of diverse sexualities

    Section II: Interruptions
    5. Assisting reproduction: Heterosexual women’s experiences with infertility and fertility-related challenges
    6. A profound grief: Heterosexual women’s experiences of pregnancy loss
    7. Disenfranchised grief: Foster parent experiences of an unplanned placement termination

    Section III: Conceptions
    8. Donor conception: Creating new possibilities?
    9. Baby desired, travel required: Negotiating international commercial surrogacy arrangements
    10. Conception narratives: Journeys to family for adoptive and foster parents

    Section IV: Reproductions
    11. Wearing the pants?: Men’s accounts of becoming fathers
    12. An act of resistance: Lesbian women becoming parents
    13. Generations: Parent views on becoming grandparents
    14. Conclusion: From stories to practice

Product details

  • No. of pages: 194
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: September 12, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162903
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160237

About the Author

Damien Riggs

Damien W. Riggs is a professor in psychology at Flinders University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He is the author of over 200 publications in the areas of gender, family, and mental health, including Working with transgender young people and their families: A critical developmental approach (Palgrave, 2019). He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a psychotherapist who specialises in working with transgender and non-binary young people.

Affiliations and Expertise

Social Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

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