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Hannah Vahl profiles a pioneering family in Madison, Connecticut headed by Donna Gardner [left] and Cathy Griffith. The couple, together for 27 years, have three children - all with the help of artificial insemination [left to right, Jake, Zach and Liz].
Along with their other obvious achievements, these moms were first in Madison - population approximately 18,500 - to receive a same-sex marriage license.
The American Fertility Association’s New York Family Matters Conference is an all day educational event for anyone who wants to create a family.
The AFA says the event is egalitarian in nature, with three concurrent educational tracks to focus on the needs of couples, singles and the GLBT community. Panels, lectures and small round table discussion topics include vitro fertilization, egg freezing, adoption, ovum and sperm donation, and surrogacy.
Telegraph.uk.co reports on a new study which shows that frozen embryos produce healthier babies than "fresh" embryos.
Also among the findings - fewer of the children born from frozen embryos were twins or triplets. And - infants born from embryos which were frozen and then thawed before being implanted into a woman had a higher birth weight and were less likely to suffer abnormalities.
Two of our new bloggers are trying to get pregnant in the comfort of their Iowa home. ProudParenting.com member - Us 2 - is sharing their story with us.
She writes: "This is my first blog! We have attempted at home insemination for the past 3 months. We have been together for the past 8 years. We have good jobs and own our home..."
This is a good place to start your journey towards successful insemination. There are a few choices you can make after first learning your options - so basic definitions are required.
Artificial Insemination (AI)
Artificial insemination (AI) is a common procedure lesbians use to become pregnant. In AI, sperm is injected into a woman's cervix, uterus, fallopian tube, or ovarian follicle. Sperm is typically selected from a sperm bank or from a known donor. This may be done at home.
ProudParenting.com member - SarahM - is chronicling the steps she's taking with her partner, to build a family.
"I am very new to this site, but I am just desperate to communicate with people that are and have gone through the same things..."
At first, the couple struggled with the options available to them. They talked about adoption versus insemination, then decided on insemination. But the decision came after much processing of the fears that can arise during the decision-making process.
The Sydney Morning Herald recently informed its readers about the evolution of gay families in Australia. The number of lesbian and gay parents is increasing there and elsewhere - and the families are showing the world we can be outstanding guides and role models for our children.
Herald writer, Louise Hall, tells the story of nine-year-old Qona, a little girl born via artificial insemination. She has two lesbian moms and one gay dad.
"We call ourselves a family," said Qona's dad, Mark Harrigan (pictured with Qona).
The American Fertility Association is addressing special issues confronting LGBT parent hopefuls. In a unique move to provide fertility and family-building information to lesbian and gay prospective parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, the AFA is presenting the West Coast Family Matters conference February 10th.