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Opportunities and restrictions: A discourse analysis of lesbian womens’ experiences of creating a family through assisted reproduction in Swedish public healthcare
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Linköpings universitet.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Female same-sex couples in Sweden have had access to fertility

treatment within public health care since 2005. Treatment is generally

tax funded, with a minimal of personal expenses. After birth,

both mothers gain legal status as the child’s parents. This article

draws on findings from interviews with 29 lesbian mothers, all of

whom have sought treatment at fertility clinics within the Swedish

public health care system. Parts of the interviews in which the mothers

describe deficiencies in the provided treatment have been scrutinized

in detail. Results show how heteronormative assumptions

about the family and a feeling of exposure in the role of patient

give rise to vulnerability in lesbian mothers. Furthermore, neither

routines nor the offered treatment are adapted to lesbian women’s

specific needs. Regarding dealing with deficiencies, the interviews

are filled with expressions of acceptance, which rhetorically minimize

the impact of potential stressors. A main conclusion is that

legal inclusion of lesbians in fertility treatment is of groundbreaking

importance to lesbians with a desire to become parents. The

next step is to address heteronormativity within the health care institutions

in order to develop treatment adapted to lesbian couples’

specific needs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
lesbian mother, assisted reproduction, fertility treatment, public health care, heteronormativity
National Category
Applied Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150337OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150337DiVA: diva2:1166941
Conference
The Scientific Meeting Relational Selves and Families in Medicine: Gender Perspective, Linköping, Sweden, 10-12 December 2012.
Available from: 2017-12-17 Created: 2017-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-17

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