Expecting Teryk: An Exceptional Path to Parenthood

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Ohio University Press, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 207 pages
The period just prior to the birth of one's child is a time of deep personal development. Expecting Teryk is an intimate exploration, written in the form of a letter from a parent to her future son, that reclaims a rite of passage that modern society would strip of its magic.

Dawn Prince-Hughes, renowed author of Songs of a Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism, considers the ways her disabilities might inform her parenting. She candidly narrates her experience of becoming a parent as part of a lesbian couple-from meeting her partner and the questions they ask about their readiness to become parents, to the practical considerations of choosing a sperm donor.

Expecting Teryk is expressed through the lens of autism as Prince-Hughes shares the unique way she sees and experiences. Contemplating the evolutionary traditions of motherhood, and embedded in the reassurances that nature offers, Expecting Teryk is a work of sensuous wonder that speaks to the deeper realities and archetypal experiences shared by all who embark on the journey of parenthood.

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PART 7 Getting Pregnant
PART 9 Growing
PART O Being Born

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Dawn Prince-Hughes is an adjunct professor of anthropology at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey through Autism. Her other books include Gorillas among Us: A Primate Ethnographer's Book of Days and Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism (Ohio, 2002).

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