Who’d have thought that twins could be born from two different fathers? Obviously, they will be non-identical, fraternal twins born of separate eggs, but it still seems a little unusual. And it seems even more unusual that both fathers would be fine with the situation.
Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards are a gay couple who went through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in order to be the genetic parents of their future children. The procedure involves both men donating sperm samples to be implanted into an anonymous donor egg, which is then implanted into a surrogate’s womb.
The procedure usually involves a few eggs implanted into the surrogate, in the hopes that one survives and a baby can begin to grow in their womb, but in Simon and Graeme’s case, two eggs settled, allowing them both the chance to be the genetic father, and genetically fathering one twin each.
The couple couldn’t be happier with the results, and although they will father both twins equally, it means so much more that each of them is genetically related to a child. They are thanking advances in modern medicine for the “miracle” feat.
It wasn’t easy for them, though. In their home country of England, there would have been plenty of hoops to jump through after their child was born in order for them to legally register it as theirs. These problems arose out of the donor egg and surrogate, the latter of whom would be a legal parent for at least six months after the birth.
The couple expanded their search to Canada, where they found Meg Stone. After accepting that their child wouldn’t be born in England, the couple flew out to Los Angeles to begin the IVF procedure.
They were hoping for a child but were overjoyed when they learned that Meg was carrying twins. Simon and Graeme are now happy fathers of a daughter and a son, Alexandra and Calder, and stay in contact with the children’s “tummy mummy” Meg. Let us know what you think of this heartwarming story in the comments!