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or al­most 30 years, Mid­land Fer­til­ity ha­so­ral­mos­thelped30les­bianyears, cou­ples,Mid­lan­dandFer­til­i­ty­more re­cent­ly­hashelpedgayles­bian­cou­ples,cou­ples,to­be­come­and­more fam­i­lies.re­cently gayAl­most­cou­ples,6,500to­b­a­bies­be­come­have been born­fam­i­lies.sincetheAl­most­clinic6,500was­es­tab­lished­ba­bieshave in­been1987born–manys­ince­of­thethese­clin­ic­fol­low­ing­was­es­tab­lishedtreat­ment with­in1987­donor–manyIUIo­fandthe­seal­so­fol­low­ingIVF­sur­ro­gacy.treat­ment with donor IUI and also IVF sur­ro­gacy. Whether the re­quired treat­ment is IUI orWhetherIVF– in­clud­ingth­erequired­sharedtreat­ment­moth­er­hood­is­IUI or ‘or­recip­ro­calIVF–in­clud­ingIVF’–withsharedsper­mmoth­er­hood­fro­ma­knownor donor,‘re­cip­rocalor­fromIVF’a –screened­with­sper­mdonor­fromwea­have­known sourced,donor,or­the­fromtea­m­ascreened­can­guide­dono­ryou ev­ery­we­have step of the­sourced,waythrough­theteamy­our­can treat­ment­guideyou plan­ev­ery–stepfro­mof ini­tialthe­waytests,throughtore­sults,yourtreat­ment­plan­ning, coun­selling­plan–from if re­quired,ini­tial­tests,and­torightre­sults,up toplan­ning,the­first­coun­selling­preg­nancy if scan­re­quired,and be­yond.an­drightWe’re­up­towith­the firstyou all­preg­nan­cythe way. scan and be­yond. We’re with you all the way. Hav­ing a fam­ily was some­thing out of reach forHav­ingCat andafam­i­lyChar­liewasThomp­son­some­thing un­tilout­oftheyreach met in­for2006Cat and–andChar­liesub­se­quent­lyThomp­son­mar­riedun­til inthey2008.met in The2006de­ci­sion–and­sub­se­quent­ly­totry­forafam­i­ly­mar­ried­wasin a2008. nat­u­ralThede­ci­sion­pro­gres­sion­totryand­fortheyafam­i­ly­con­sid­ered­wasa var­i­ous­nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion­meth­od­sof con­ceiv­ing,andth­ey­con­sid­ered in­clud­ing homevar­i­ousin­sem­i­na­tion­meth­od­sof con­ceiv­ing,with­donor in­clud­ingsperm – but quick­ly­home­in­sem­i­na­tiondis­counted itwithas‘un­safe’.donorsperm – but quick­lyIn­stead,dis­count­edthey­w­ereit coun­selledas‘un­safe’. through the pro­cessIn­stead,of in­trauter­inethey­w­ere­coun­selledin­sem­i­na­tion­through­by­thethe team­pro­ces­sat ofMid­land­in­trauter­ineFer­til­ity,in­sem­i­na­tion­about­pur­chas­ing­bythe donortea­matsper­mMid­landthroughFer­til­ity,the clinic,about pur­chasin­gand the screen­ing­donorsperm­checks.through the clinic, and the screen­ingTheirdaugh­terchecks. Mya was born in March 2012,Their­fol­lowed­daugh­terby sonMyaHar­rison­was­bornin­inJu­lyMarch 2015 – us­ing2012, fol­lowedthe­same by­donor.son Har­ri­son in July 2015 – us­ing“When­the­sameI­first­donor. came out, my par­ents were re­ally“When­sup­port­ive,Ifirst­came­but my­out,dad­my­was­par­entsupsetwere that he­re­al­ly­wouldn’tsup­port­ive,seeme­but­get­my­mar­ried,dad­wasandupset­thatthathe wouldn’the­wouldn’tget­seeto be­meaget­grand­dad,”mar­ried,saidand Char­lie.thathe “wouldn’tAfewyears­get later,tobe he’sagrand­dad,”doneboth!”said Char­lie. “A “fewAsweyearsare­later,mar­ried,he’s both­done our­both!” names are on our“Aschil­dren’sweare­mar­ried,birthcer­tifi­cates,”both­our­names­saidCat.are on “ourMak­ingchil­dren’sour­fam­ily­birth cer­tifi­cates,”of­fi­cial!” said Cat. “Mak­ing our fam­ily of­fi­cial!”

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