For almost 30 years, Midland Fertility has helped lesbian couples, and more recently gay couples, to become families. Almost 6,500 babies have been born since the clinic was established in 1987 – many of these following treatment with donor IUI and also IVF surrogacy.
Whether the required treatment is IUI or IVF – including shared motherhood or ‘reciprocal IVF’ – with sperm from a known donor, or from a screened donor we have sourced, the team can guide you every step of the way through your treatment plan – from initial tests, to results, planning, counselling if required, and right up to the first pregnancy scan and beyond. We’re with you all the way.
Having a family was something out of reach for Cat and Charlie Thompson until they met in 2006 – and subsequently married in 2008.
The decision to try for a family was a natural progression and they considered various methods of conceiving, including home insemination with donor sperm – but quickly discounted it as ‘unsafe’.
Instead, they were counselled through the process of intrauterine insemination by the team at Midland Fertility, about purchasing donor sperm through the clinic, and the screening checks.
Their daughter Mya was born in March 2012, followed by son Harrison in July 2015 – using the same donor.
“When I first came out, my parents were really supportive, but my dad was upset that he wouldn’t see me get married, and that he wouldn’t get to be a granddad,” said Charlie. “A few years later, he’s done both!”
“As we are married, both our names are on our children’s birth certificates,” said Cat. “Making our family official!”
Midland Fertility offers gay couples the chance of fatherhood using an egg donor and a separate surrogate. Both partners are guided through the legal and medical aspects of surrogacy by specially trained clinical, laboratory and counselling staff. Surrogacy may require IVF or ICSI, and the use of donor eggs. The commissioning couple and the surrogate both receive extensive and separate consultations from different members of the clinical team to cover the medical, scientific, emotional and legal issues of surrogacy and the welfare interests of any current or future children.
After 24 years with his partner Andy, and a very comfortable lifestyle, Gary slowly and very obviously was overcome with a case of ‘paternal instinct’.
“It wasn’t a dream I’d always had,” he explains, “possibly because when we were in our 20s and 30s parenthood just didn’t really happen for gay couples. But a combination of being 40-something and a growing instinct to become a dad, altered my perspective on what I really wanted in life – and luckily Andy wanted it too.”
And once the commitment to transform from couple to family was made, Gary and Andy’s path to parenthood was fairly rapid.
Through Surrogacy UK, they met Sue. And through Sue as surrogate, Lucy entered their lives as their egg donor. Introductions were made, and a friendship was formed which turned into a lasting bond, and the four of them began an incredible journey that led to the birth of twins Marnie and Dexter in March 2014.
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