Efforts to maintain a ’just great’ story: Lesbian parents’ talk about encounters with professionals in fertility clinics and maternal and child healthcare services
2014 (English)In: Feminism and Psychology, ISSN 0959-3535, E-ISSN 1461-7161, Vol. 24, no 1, 56-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
After lesbian couples have decided to become parents, their family-making journeyentails a wide range of encounters with professionals in fertility clinics and/or in maternaland child healthcare services. The article presents the results of an analysis of 96lesbian mothers’ interview talk about such encounters. In their stories and accounts,the interviewees draw on two separate and contradictory interpretative repertoires,the ‘just great’ repertoire and the ‘heteronormative issues’ repertoire. Throughout theinterviews, the ‘just great’ repertoire strongly predominates, while the ‘heteronormativeissues’ repertoire is rhetorically minimized. The recurrent accounts of health servicesas ‘just great’, and the mitigation of problems, are meaningful in relation to abroader discursive context. In a society where different-sex parents are the norm,the credibility of other kinds of parenthood is at stake. The ‘just great’ repertoire hasa normalizing function for lesbian mothers, while the ‘heteronormative issues’ repertoireresists normative demands for adaptation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 24, no 1, 56-73 p.
Lesbian parent, maternal healthcare, child healthcare, heteronormativity, discursive psychology, interpretative repertoire
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104689DOI: 10.1177/0959353513487532ISI: 000330772500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104689DiVA: diva2:698519