Lesbian Couple Share Pregnancy Experience With “Two-Mom” Approach
There's nothing like the joy of pregnancy and parenthood, but having kiddos as a same-sex couple can be an arduous process. While adoption or surrogacy is always a great option, many lesbian couples choose to carry their own children — but what if both mothers want to be physically involved in the gestation of their baby?
Luckily, there's a new "two-mom" approach to IVF, wherein a woman's eggs are fertilized and then implanted into her partner. New Yorkers Sarah Marshall and Maggie Leigh Marshall used this innovative technique to have their daughter, Graham, who is currently 18 months old. Maggie's eggs were implanted in Sarah, which allowed both of them to have a biological role in the pregnancy!
"It allowed us both to participate," Sarah said. "I had to mentally and psychologically give up the idea of, is she going to look like me or my family. But from the time I started carrying her up to now, she is definitely mine."
The procedure is far from inexpensive, and Maggie and Sarah spent $100K on failed IVF treatments before it worked. Just one attempt runs up to $20k or more, depending how much testing is done! Despite the high price, the "two-mom" approach to IVF is a great option for couples who want to share the experience of creating a baby.
"We get same-sex couples from all over the world' because some nations don't allow surrogacy or egg donation," says chief executive officer of HRC Fertility Roger Good, adding that "there is greater awareness and acceptability" of same-sex relationships in the United States.
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