Families formed by artificial insemination, surrogacy, same-sex couples, friends and other arrangements are becoming more mainstream and yet they are still surprisingly unrecognized and misunderstood.
Many believe that it is impossible to have the family they desire in a culture that postpones marriage, prioritizes career and appears to be losing much of its so-called American values.
To the contrary, The New American Family illustrates how family in America is not disappearing but reawakening in a fascinating and healthy way.
The stories of these new American families will challenge and enlighten those who listen and possibly open new doors for those who wonder what the future of family may hold for them.
“I’ve read The New American Family twice now. The first time I was recently divorced after 5 years of a traumatic life, exploring a new relationship and literally fighting my body’s clear desire for a family. I loved this book for the stories of people becoming parents and the many different ways to make a family. Coming from a caregiver position with my ex-husband and knowing he will always be a part of my life, it was refreshing to see that families are not always what we see on tv or the societal norm of husband, wife, baby
In “The New American Family” Lauren gives a refreshingly honest portrayal of the struggles and triumphs of pregnancy. In a way that shouldn’t be shocking, she is able to convey exactly the thoughts and emotions running wild in my pregnancy fogged mind.
Expecting mothers and partners need more stories like this. Stories of truth and honesty about pregnancy and what it’s like to bring life into this world. Even though I still experience fear and frustration with my pregnancy, I no longer stand in the shame of being someone who doesn’t love it. I read through these pages now in tears knowing I’m not crazy and my experience of being pregnant does not have anything to do with how much I love and want this baby or what kind of mother I will be.”