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This new page includes some material from our first national conference, We Do It Our Way, which was held on 17th November 2012.  It was an amazing day, and we’d like to share as much of it as we can with you, so please do check back to see if anything new has been added!

Click on each link below to open a new window with more information in it (let us know if you can’t open PDF files)…

  • A mother’s story:  Four lesbian mothers shared their experiences with the audience.  Click here to read one!
  • Barrister Marisa Allman explained some aspects of the complicated legal world surrounding lesbian parenting – click here to read her presentation notes.  Alternatively, we have a copy of Children and Same Sex Families – A Legal Handbook, which Marisa co-authored.  Click here to see the contents pages – we’re happy to lend out our copy of the book to local lesbian parents (collection only!).
  • Helen Lawson, an adoptive parent and panel member led a discussion session on adoption. You can see her informative and entertaining blog here.  (Helen’s first book for children who struggle with reading is out soon; you can find out more here.)
  • Louise Kelly from Stonewall led a discussion session on the ins and outs of trying to conceive.  Click here to download Pregnant Pause, a guide for lesbians on how to get pregnant.
  • Poet Clare Shaw read a selection of her poems to a captive audience. Click here to download You and The Lesbian Guide to Conception; both of which feature in Head On, Clare’s second collection, which was published by Bloodaxe. You can see Clare in action here and find out more about her here!
  • Dr Petra Nordqvist gave an overview of her research, Relative Strangers: Negotiating Non-genetic Kinship in the Context of Assisted Reproduction – click here to read Petra’s PowerPoint presentation and click here find out more about her work.
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