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"Of course I could have adopted and I have no doubt I could have loved an adoptive child as much as my own," says Louise.
"But like other women I wanted that experience of being pregnant, of giving birth, of having my own child.
Her first was Dreamy, a tall, dark and handsome Mr Popular with blue eyes and a degree in environmental studies, who skied for his college team.
After six or seven failed attempts to get pregnant with Dreamy - a rather soulless "union" involving vials of sperm and turkey basters - Louise dropped him in favour of Green Eyes. Today Louise, a lesbian since the age of 19, is a contented single mother and proud of it.
"People have accused me of being selfish, that I bought a baby as an accessory in much the same way I might buy an expensive handbag, but nothing could be further from the truth. I got pregnant in my early 40s, so I had a lot of time to think about it very carefully. What is so selfish about caring for and loving another human being for the next 18 years, if not for life?
I would hate someone to read my book and decide to have a baby as a lifestyle choice."As a statement it seems disingenuous to say the least, given the tenor of her book.
Even Louise admits that almost all the women she interviewed - although representative in terms of ethnicity - were largely middle class, collegeeducated, held down white-collar jobs, and were financially independent.Louise has already been accused by one family campaigner of being "a woman screeching about women's rights while violating the human rights of her own child, whom she is deliberately handicapping by condemning him to a fatherless life".She has also been described as "the epitome of selfishness" and an "uppermiddle class white woman pursuing her pregnancy fantasies by making consummately selfish choices". Louise's story has been given added resonance with the political row in Britain over children created without fathers.She is blissfully happy with her handsome, easy-going little son and is utterly confident her child will suffer no ill-effects from having no father.
"I think I'm a great mother," she says breezily, admitting that a nanny has just been hired full-time to bring up her son, while she works as a writer to support her "alternative" family."When Scott grows older I will tell him about his conception, that I very much wanted to have him, and that a nice man made it possible for that to happen.