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Susan Newham-Blake Shares Her Unconventional Journey to Parenthood in Making Finn

Making FinnSusan’s childhood dream of becoming a mother has not diminished with the revelation, alarming both to herself and her bewildered family, that she does, in fact, ‘bat for the other team’. Having made peace with her identity and having finally found a beloved partner, she is now faced with a daunting problem: with no penis around, how the hell do you make babies?

Time is of the essence: at 34 years old, Susan cannot afford to waste another moment. And so begins an unconventional journey to parenthood with some agonising decisions along the way. Should she accept help from a close and willing friend or go the anonymous sperm donor route? What are the legal and psychological implications of her options? How will her child be affected?

Told with disarming honesty, Making Finn is a warm, witty and moving first-person account of two women’s quest to create a family.

About the author

Susan Newham-Blake has worked as a writer, editor and columnist in the magazine industry for the past 14 years. Her articles have appeared in Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Femina and Woman’s Value. Susan is currently the editorial director of a magazine publishing company. She lives in Cape Town with her partner and two sons.

Visit Susan’s website at, follow her on Twitter @bbugged or like her on Facebook at

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