A gay and lesbian pregnancy and parenting is different. Choosing to become a parent in a gay or lesbian relationship is a big decision. Once the parents have chosen to expand their family there are several options for the pregnancy.
When you are gay, like me, and raising a family, like me, there are a
myriad of issues that we face that are unique to our societal presence
in a predominately straight world.
If you simply want your partner in the delivery room you can address her
as your birth coach and no one will ask another question.
The Turkey Baster Method is the most common way of artificial insemination to get pregnant and have an artificial insemination at home. More often than not you do NOT actually use a turkey baster but a disposable syringe.
Gay and lesbian couples may choose surrogacy as an alternative to pregnancy or adoption. Surrogate mothers carry a child with the sole intention of allowing the gay or lesbian couple to adopt the child(ren) after birth.
The Second Parent law opened the doors for dual parenting in gay and lesbian households. Before the law took effect, gay and lesbian parents were forced to choose which parent would have legal custody of a child or accept the fact that the biological parent was the only legal parent recognized by law.
There should, theoretically, be no differences between the outcome of a child parented by a heterosexual couple or a gay / lesbian couple. It seems, however, science plays by a different set of rules from time to time.
Having a child when you are gay or lesbian can pose some different and difficult questions. Below are common topics discussed between gay or lesbian couples with regard to conceiving and parenting a child.
This is a headline you will probably never see. Ellen DeGeneres has been open with her sexuality and open with her ideas about having children.
Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person.