TWO DADS, ONE VERY LOVED LITTLE GIRL
It will be the first Father’s Day for Brisbane parents Mark Davidson and Damian Buckley who’ll probably mark it as they do most precious weekends, by spending time together as a family.
Their daughter Isabel, conceived through a surrogate, turns one later this month and they’re saving any celebrations for her birthday.
“We’ll probably have a big party then for all our friends who tell us they never see us anymore,” Mark said.
Mark and Damian, both professionals in their late 30s, had been partners for two years when they began investigating how they could become parents.
They attended a surrogacy information conference in Brisbane in June 2016 and by September the next year, were holding baby Isabel in their arms.
“It happened so fast,” Mark said. “We were looking at different countries where surrogacy is possible but ended up going with the US system which is very commercial.”
Isabel’s surrogate was Stephanie, an African American/Puerto Rican nurse who was offering her services to put her own children through college.
Mark said he and Damian have been blown away by how welcoming people have been of their not-so-conventional family.
“It’s been amazing,” he said. “There’s two dads but no one’s said this isn’t right. We’ve had great support from everyone in the community.”
He said Isabel has been a very easy baby, sleeping 12 hours a night from four-months old and is very settled in her routine.