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Wannabe Parents Are Finding Each Other Online to Make Kids — Without the Romance

Two childless, single people meet, decide they have enough in common (including clean medical records and a yearning to have children), and get to work on having a baby. It might sound like the plot for about a dozen click-flicks (check out Friends with Kids, it’s definitely worth the rental!), but it’s actually happening off-screen too.

A new article from The New York Times reports on a new trend in child-rearing: parenting without the couple part. People are putting together parenting arrangements that sound more like business agreements: They live together, conceive a child and raise it, but they’re not actually a a couple. There are even websites, such as, where people seeking co-parenting agreements can vet and meet up with potential partners.

We want to know what you think: Is it a wise idea or not? Should the only way to have a baby be to find a mate or go at it as a single parent? What if you haven’t found love and the biological clock is ticking? What if you are only interested in having a child and not a spouse? On the other hand, are these business-planned babies getting a fair shake at a real family life? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Source: The New York Times

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02.15.2013 / 05:58 AM EDT by Jo Aaron
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