Sunday, March 31, 2013

Polyamory and Pregnancy Tour/Review

Before I move on to the Review of this book I want you to know exactly what this book was about.

Polyamory can be defined as the practice of having or desire to have more than on sexual/romantic/intimate relationship at one time, in an honest and ethical manner. A person in a polyamorous relationship might be part of a group marriage, a swinger, a single person with several SO's (Significant Others), dating a person in a married couple, in an open marriage or any combination of the above. The central focus of polyamory is that these relationships occur with the full knowledge and consent of everyone involved.

Poly-folk face some unique challenges in a culture designed for monogamy. Polyamory on Purpose was started first as a blog and now as a book series to discuss some of the daily-life challenges and ways to navigate them.
Now On to the book and my review!

The first complete guide to pregnancy in polyamorous relationships, Polyamory and Pregnancy covers every step of welcoming a new life into your polycule. Whether you are planning ahead for future children or are on your way to the baby shower, you will find something here to help on your journey:
- Unexpected pregnancies
- Planning for pregnancy
- Important decisions during and after pregnancy
- Poly-friendly prenatal care
- Birth certificates and paternity
- Custody and co-parenting
This book was a very good self-help book. It explained all the situations that a Polyamorous person could face. I liked how the Author also made mention of Blended families. Realistically, as a mother of three girls, and two step-sons, I am what would be considered Polyamorous. Sure I didn't have multiple partners at the same time, but the very fact that I am divorced and remarried and am now a part of a blended family makes this book applicable even to my situation.

Since we have also been trying to have a baby that aspect of the book was likewise interesting. Listing issues that we will possibly face.

I give this book 5 stars as a self-help book. Especially since there is only one other book that has anything at all to do with polyamory in any way. If you are considering this sort of relationship, this would be a very good book to add to your reading list.

Twitter: @jessicaburde and @polyonpurpose
Jessica Burde is an author, freelance writer and poly activist. She has been in polyamorous relationships for nearly 10 years and is a member of the Polyamory Leadership Network and Yahoo PolyResearchers group. Jessica is also the author of the PolyonPurpose blog (, which covers topics such as STIs and safe sex, children in polyamory and religious views of polyamory. Much of her freelance writing has been for medical and parenting websites, including advice for new parents, the stages of pregnancy and more. Jessica has several future books planned for the Polyamory on Purpose Guides series, including Safer Sex for the Non-Monogamous, The Poly Home and Raising Children in Polyamory. She plans to publish one guide a year. Jessica also writes fiction, and has a novel-length erotic fantasy that she hopes to release as a webserial in October 2013. A mother of 3 children, all born into polyamorous relationships, Jessica currently lives in western Tennessee with her long-term partner and youngest son. She misses the Appalachian mountains and hopes to move east in the next few years.

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