Double Pregnant

Two Lesbians Make a Family

by Natalie Meisner  

Double Pregnant is author Natalie Meisner’s light-hearted, poignant and informative true story about starting a family with her wife Viviën.

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  • March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781552666012
  • 192 pages
  • $20.95
  • For sale worldwide
  • Kindle March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781552667026
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  • EPUB May 2014
  • ISBN: 9781552666708
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Shortlisted for the 2015 Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction In Memory of Robbie Robertson

Girl meets girl. Girl marries girl. They want to have babies…but they need a little help.

Double Pregnant is author Natalie Meisner’s light-hearted, poignant and informative true story about starting a family with her wife Viviën. Because Viviën is a woman of colour who was adopted into a white family, the couple wants their children to have a connection to their donor and decide against taking the anonymous, sperm clinic route. But they realize they are going to need some help. Taking matters into their own hands leads the couple to a series of often-hilarious “dates” with potential donors, all of whom have wildly different opinions on how the donation process should go, and how Natalie and Viviën should proceed as a new family.

Biography/Memoir Family Studies Feminism, Gender & Sexuality

What people are saying

Calgary Herald

“Meisner’s book is, above all, a love story, and a close-to-the-bone account of one couple’s hopeful and ultimately rewarding journey to parenthood.”

Winnipeg Free Pres

“A touching and amusing love story about two women, two babies and one happy family.”

Outwords Magazine

“Reading about Meisner’s struggles to not just get pregnant, but to get pregnant at the same time as her wife, was a tad surreal and very rewarding.”

Calgary Journal

“…an honest recollection of the journey [Natalie and her wife] embarked upon while being pregnant at the same time.”

Gay Calgary Magazine

“This story implemented so firmly in my mind I completely missed my stop on the train ride home. I want everyone I know to go and see this play. I want it to be performed in schools. It does such a lovely job of conveying a reality that many are oblivious to: that lesbian and gay couples are just as destined to raise families as anyone else is. They just might have to jump a few hilarious, and horrendous, hurdles to get there.”

Beth Everest, Writer, Professor and Editor

“Passionate and engaging account of a lesbian couple’s struggle to have a family. The book is not about sexuality or gender identity; it’s about love.”

Inge Fraters, KJIK Magazine, Know How Sonoma Publishing

“What an accomplishment, to have written a page turner on a subject like this that is both moving and very funny.”

Chapelle Jaffe, Actor

“This book is so full of life and love, of effort and desire and the determination of two extraordinary women devoted to each other and to having a family. Their journey is both delightfully humorous and at times heartrendingly desperate, but they had the courage to solve the riddle, and in the process, they created enchantment.”


Natalie Meisner

Natalie Meisner is a writer from Lockeport, Nova Scotia. Her plays have been produced across the country, won numerous awards, been collected in book from and appear in numerous Canadian Anthologies. She is also a wife and the mother of two great boys, and divides her time between Lockeport, Nova Scotia, Den Haag, Holland, and Calgary, Alberta. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University where she teaches creative writing and drama.


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