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Nonbiological, Nongestational Mother

Nonbiological, nongestational mothers in lesbian couples have been given a variety of names, including “social mother,” “comother,” “mather,” or the “other mother.” The meaning of these names has an emotional, social, and psychological impact upon the nonbiological, nongestational mother being labeled, as well as the entire family. These social labels have connotations toward the social valuation of the nonbiological, nongestational mother in the lesbian couple and in their broader social community. This entry will discuss the concept of “mother” within the lesbian couple and the associated relationship factors that have a significant impact on all involved.

Being the nonbiological, nongestational mother in a lesbian couple may be both a personal challenge and a growth opportunity, as it relates to navigating the role of mother as a ...

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