Gay Parenting

Becoming a gay parent

There is evidence to suggest that children born from a gay relationship are often emotionally secure and live perfectly happy stable lives. The number of gay couples choosing to become parents is sharply on the incline so explore your options and consider if you would like to raise a family together. After your honeymoon of course! Search now for potential co-parents and sperm donors.

There are more and more gay people quietly getting on with their lives and having babies with or without gay marriage. This has been a growing trend for several years now in fact the number of lesbians having fertility treatment to become pregnant has doubled in the last year. It’s only when there is a gay celebrity baby that every starts talking about it.

There is no evidence to suggest that being gay means your child will grow up to be any less stable than a child from a heterosexual relationship. In fact recent studies have demonstrated that children growing up with gay parents have positive psychological outcomes.

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Sperm Donation

If you choose to donate sperm to married lesbians though a registered clinic you will have no parental rights or responsibilities. This is a great option if the male does not wish to be legally responsible for the child. If you donate to a lesbian couple who are not civil partnered you would legally be recognised as the child’s father.

Using a free sperm donor for sperm donation can certainly reduce treatment costs. Using internet connection services such as Co-ParentMatch.com is a great option for lesbian couples. Once you find a sperm donor, fertility treatment can be undertaken at a licensed fertility clinic or using home insemination as a method of conception especially in co-parenting arrangements.

As a lesbian getting pregnant can be achieved through a licensed fertility clinic using methods such as IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (intra vitro fertilization) or by home insemination. Home insemination can be successfully achieved using an artificial insemination kit.

It is very important that you know the best time to inseminate in order to give the highest chance of getting pregnant. In order to successfully conceive may take at least three months to achieve by inseminating 2-3 times per month during your 'fertile window'. However for some women pregnancy can take up to 12 months, meaning your donor must be committed if you are using either home insemination or artificial insemination through a clinic.

Co-Parenting

Co-parenting is when one or more persons get together to have child. Co-parenting is becoming a firm choice as the number one parenting option for many gay and lesbian couples.

If you are in a lesbian or gay relationship, co-parenting is a great option that enables you to provide the child with both female and male parental figures. Couples should make an agreement with regards to the child's upbringing and contact levels for both parties. The level of legal parental responsibility depends on whether the lesbian couple are married and whether the child is conceived through a licensed fertility clinic. It is advised that legal representation is sought and a co-parenting agreement is in place to reduce any potential problems.

Adoption

There are children of all different ages and different needs who would love to help you complete your family. Adoption is a great option as you can have a readymade family and give all of your love to a children or sibling group and they will love you straight back.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy has always been a popular choice with gay men. A surrogacy arrangement involves finding a female who is willing to donate her eggs that will be matched with your sperm or that of donor sperm and either carry the child herself or donate the embryo to a third person who would carry the child until birth. The custody of the child would then be given to the male.

Surrogacy is illegal in the UK so many gay couples choose to travel to the USA where surrogacy is legal. This can be a very costly method to become a parent as you will have to pay for the woman’s eggs and for the surrogate.

The decision to allow the child to know the identification of the surrogate and or egg donor should be decided between all of those parties as early as possible.

Fostering

 

Fostering a child can be both challenging and rewarding. There are so many children who need foster careers to find room in their heart to look after them. You can help a child again a better future and provide them with a more fulfilled life.

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