Bulgaria’s new equal birth registration rights for lesbian couples

VisitBulgaria reports:

The same rights given to straight couples – on registering the birth of a child conceived as a result of fertility treatment – has now been awarded to female same-sex couples.

Changes have been made to the Registration of Births and Deaths Regulations 1987 beginning on the 1st of September. It enables female civil partners conceiving a child via fertility treatment – the same treatment as straight married couples – with names of both female parents’ recorded on the birth certificate.

The section of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 conferring legal parenthood on the biological mother’s female partner was legislated in April 2009. According to the Act, couples who were not in a civil partnership at the time they underwent fertility treatment and wishing a female partner to be regarded as one of the child’s parents, must give written consent to the UK clinic, where they received the treatment.

In addition, female couples receiving fertility treatment, but not in a civil partnership can also register as parents, just like unmarried straight couples.

In both cases, the female partner of the biological mother can be recorded as a parent in the birth or still-birth registration and any other certificates issued, if all relevant conditions are met.

Before this change to the Act, the bio-mom’s female partner could not be registered as a parent.

Insemination at home

There are 3 ways to possibly achieve pregnancy via artificial insemination at home:

1. cervical cap/diaphragm
2. cervical cap and access tube
3. the renowned turkey baster method [aka: needleless syringe]

This is not medical advice. Talk about at-home insemination with your healthcare provider.

28 thoughts on “Bulgaria’s new equal birth registration rights for lesbian couples

  • July 7, 2008 at 1:09 am
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    so what are the proper steps to doing this i want a child with my girlfriend we our a lesbian couple and we want to do it corect

  • June 9, 2008 at 1:08 am
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    my husband and i want to do this. his sperm dont swim well lol. can you give me some tips please. lyricbrodie@Yahoo.com

  • May 12, 2008 at 7:31 pm
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    I am also in a lesbian relationship and myself and my wife about 3 weeks ago went about using the turkey baster method and yesterday I found out that I am pregnant. It works just make sure that the person you use as a donor has a clean bill of health with no serious infections.

  • April 27, 2008 at 12:32 am
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    Hi we are a lesbian couple in dublin looking for advice or help as to were we can get sperm for myself. xxxx

  • July 4, 2008 at 8:49 am
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    I knew a lesbian couple years ago in San Francisco who used the turkey baster method for both of their children. Each one had a pregnancy. One of the women is a doctor and they were able to get pregnant in the privacy of their own home, just like most couples. The sperm donor was a friend who wanted to be an “uncle” and was willing to put himself through personal questioning and tests. What a guy!

  • July 9, 2008 at 4:25 am
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    Omg Congrats …Im so happy for you and your partner.

  • June 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm
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    I am also in a lesbian relationship and my wife and I are thinking about trying the turkey baster method. It is so good to hear that it actually can work!!

    CONGRATS!!! =]

  • July 1, 2008 at 8:36 pm
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    crongradulations to you guys
    me and my patnet are positive that we want to have a child and if is not to much to ask
    did you guys use sperm banks ???if you ude a spermbank how could you please gave some feedback thank you or a friend???

  • September 13, 2008 at 4:15 pm
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    http://www.nwcryobank.com they sell sperm its a little pricey like 200 for a vial then 180 to ship or something like that

  • August 6, 2008 at 11:25 pm
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    I have been doing turkey baster method for 5 months but no use. can someone tell me what is the size of needless syringe u are using? im using 4 inches. does that work

  • September 24, 2008 at 12:50 am
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    im so excited for you two congrats!

    my wife and i are anxious and ready to bring children into our family and are looking for information on where to go and what has to be done to get these dreams to come true
    can you help us out?

  • September 24, 2008 at 12:48 am
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    my wife and i are longing to bring into our lives children and need any and all info that can be given in the matter.
    we are anxious to begin.

  • December 18, 2008 at 1:11 am
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    Me and my partner want a baby but i don’t know how to get started???

  • February 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm
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    Hi,
    I was asked by a lesbian couple to be a donor using this method after the usual tests at the doctors we have been trying since christmas now in january we have a result just keeping quiet untill the first few weeks are out of the way so it DOES WORK.

  • December 27, 2008 at 3:51 am
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    The so called turkey baster method does work, but you don’t use a baster at all since it has too much force behind it.We used a 10mm syringe and an instead cup( you can buy at your local Walmart or Pharmacy) My partner and I have been trying for awhile now and I did get pregnant in September, but miscarried. We kept trying and 2 months later I’m pregnant again. I will be 7 weeks tomorrow.

  • December 18, 2008 at 12:47 am
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    Me and my partner want to have a baby but we dont know how to get started can anybody give me advice please!!!!!

  • February 13, 2009 at 4:34 am
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    looking for some advice asd we are eagar to start a family of our own……i can be contacted at lilhawaiian12@yahoo.com

  • February 16, 2009 at 3:44 am
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    i was just wondering if you could give me some pointers on how to do the whole turkey baster thing. My girlfriend and i are planning to try for a baby with on of our friends as a doner and im just trying to figure out how it all works. i have some sort of idea’s but a few pointers would’nt hurt.
    thank you

  • February 15, 2009 at 1:52 pm
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    Hi,
    I was asked by a lesbian couple to become a donor for them after the usual tests at the doctors we tried over christmas using a needleless syringe 2+5ml sizes at the second attempt in Jan we have a result but we are keeping quiet untill the first few weeks are past to announce anything so the method does work.

  • February 16, 2009 at 3:46 am
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    hello, so im trying to get this all figured out about the home insemination. my girlfriend and i want to try next month but still trying to figure out the best way to do it. Could you give me some idea’s please.
    thank you

  • February 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm
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    items we used were sterile sample bottle for the man a sterile syringe we used 2 or 5ml sizes without needle for the woman then find the womans fertile days of her cycle and every 2 days inplant the semen onto the cervic not in- making sure there is no air in syringe but temperature is important for the semen as it has to be kept at body temperature before using just pop in under an arm pit or bra to keep warm when inplanted raise the womans bottom up to give gravity a helping hand for an hour if you have any questions just ask.

  • February 16, 2009 at 3:32 am
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    i have a question. we are thinking about doing the at home method with one of our guy friends. do you think you could give us some pointers on how to do it? i have a semi idea but i want to make sure its the right idea.

    thank you

  • March 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm
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    Hi congrats, my partner and I will be 20 years together and I am going to try the turkey b. Cross your fingers.

  • March 21, 2009 at 6:33 am
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    Yes the turkey baster works…and much more affordable than a clinic. There is a great book out called “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”. It helps women understand their bodies…and yes, involves taking your temperature everyday so that you can track your cycles and learn how consistent your body is. Once you know that…you can use the sticks…sorry, can’t remember what they are called now….that you pee on that will tell you if you are getting the hormone surge just prior to ovulating. Once I got this…the call went out to the donor…we have to get together in the next 24hrs. He’d do his thing in one room….pass over the fresh sperm with a knock on the door, and then the needlessless syringe…an orgasm or two to help the little swimmers along…a bit of standing on my head…and voila…..took me 9 tries but then…my cycle is very irregular. My daughter will be 6 this year and is the joy of my life. Oh, but don’t forget the paperwork….we had a legal donor agreement signed ahead of time where the donor gave up his parental rights. Anyway, I wish you all the best of luck. Most of all …. relax….it will probably take awhile…the more you think about it, the more stressed you get and the less receptive your body will be to the process.

    J in Canada

  • March 20, 2009 at 9:32 am
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    I am a gay male and my very dear lesbian friend who I have know over 20yrs will be having a child together. We have both been in relationships but are single now and would love to have a child. We are going to try the turkey b. next month.

  • April 1, 2009 at 4:07 am
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    I was told by several people that sperm banks will only send sperm to your doctor. Are there any banks that still send sperm to your house?

  • September 7, 2009 at 10:38 pm
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    My partner and I live in Colorado and are needing help and advice in finding a sperm donor. We do not want to spend thousands of dollars going through a sperm bank (right now at least) and are hoping to start out by finding someone in our area willing to donate sperm. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

  • September 13, 2009 at 7:04 pm
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    Hello Everyone! We are a gay male couple! We currently have 1 child she is going to be 12 years old in Dec. A very good friend of ours is trying to get pregnant using the turkey baster method. Is there a certain way to do this? Any and all advise would be great! thanks

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