Moms celebrate a special birthday with their quadruplets. Co-parenting arrangements becoming popular in the U.K.

A couple from rural North East England is celebrating the first birthdays of their quadruplets – born December 5, 2006.

The babies arrived prematurely – at 32 weeks – and two of them had to fight for their lives directly after birth. But all are healthy and happy one year later.

The couple has been in a relationship for more than decade.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the number of lesbian and gay parents in England is rising dramatically and more than 3,000 couples are now thought to have biological or adopted children.

The Mail says “co-parenting arrangements” are also becoming popular. This is where a lesbian couple and a single gay man “team up” to have children.

The new Human Tissues and Embryos Bill will give both partners in a lesbian relationship the legal right of parents when one of them gives birth.

The Bill states that both women should be treated as “parents” even if they are not in a civil partnership.

In those circumstances no man – such as the sperm donor – can be treated as a father so as to avoid a child having three legal parents.

Photo: Daily Mail

7 thoughts on “Moms celebrate a special birthday with their quadruplets. Co-parenting arrangements becoming popular in the U.K.

  • December 9, 2007 at 7:02 pm
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    This is a truely inspirational family.

  • December 10, 2007 at 3:09 am
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    Right on

  • January 7, 2008 at 6:02 pm
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    They are so cute me and my partner are wanting a baby.

  • March 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm
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    My partner and I plan on becoming one of those lesbian families in England next year 🙂

  • April 4, 2008 at 8:29 pm
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    My partner of 10+ years and I are the proud moms to 2 1/2 year old Quads! We are so excited for y’all and wish you the very, very best! A&S in Texas

  • August 8, 2008 at 11:13 am
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    Thank you we appeciate your comments M & S the proud mums!

  • November 14, 2008 at 9:48 am
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    How Cute, They are adorable, my partner and i have 7 month old Twins Boy/Girl We are so proud.

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