Through trial and error, Stokes and her longtime partner attempt to conceive any way they can — asking a close male friend to donate his sperm, buying sperm on the Internet, and finally, going to a fertility clinic.
The Central Florida setting — stifling-hot, conservative, baptist Florida, as Stokes refers to it — takes on a role of a major character, becoming a driving force for much of the story's action. The soon-to-be parents, as a same-sex couple, face discrimination from all angles. And as much as it's the story of their journey to motherhood, it also serves as fierce social commentary, as the couple encounters bigotry, hate-filled laws that restrict their rights, and the daunting politics of bringing a bi-racial baby with two mothers into the world.
The book ends with the couple moving their new family across the country to the Oregon coast, which, though not as ethnically or culturally diverse as Florida, they find is more accepting of their lifestyle and world views.
Momma Baby Mama: Story of a Knocked-Up Lesbian can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, and Smashwords. You can also read a sample chapter from the book recently published in the March/April issue of Gay Parenting Magazine. For more information about Stokes, who also occasionally writes for CLGBT, go here.
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