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Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are new dads!
John's publicist confirmed late Monday that the child, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born on Christmas Day via surrogate (7-pounds, 15-ounces). Zachary is 62-year-old John's first child with the 48-year-old Furnish. The couple married in 2005.
In one of the first cases of its kind in Britain, a woman is set to make history by acting as a surrogate for her brother and his gay partner. Fertility expert Dr Kamal Ahuja says, "The definition of a traditional family is progressively fading. Though we had concerns some years ago, the evidence now is that we need not worry in terms of same-sex parenting.
Families of the future may combine up to five parents. Regardless of culture, the evidence is that children adapt well and it’s the quality of the nurturing environment which is important."
QUESTION: My wife and I decided that whoever becomes pregnant first can carry our first child, so we've been trying to conceive with the help of our best [gay] male friend. We're doing this at home, using the needleless syringe method. We've been trying for about a year, and neither of us has conceived yet. I'm 30 and my wife's 28. Both of us are interested in holistic approaches that may help us but we've only just started researching techniques. We both work full-time at this point and only one of us has a stressful job. What are the chances that we're both infertile?
QUESTION: My partner and I live in Toronto, and we need to work with an agency in the U.S. to help build our family. We are considering at least two children. Maybe twins? We both currently work full time, and can't make too many trips to the U.S. We realize that we'll want to spend time with the American surrogate, and there will be many initial meetings as we choose the egg donor and surrogate. What's the average number of times a prospective parent typically travels to the U.S. during this entire process? Does the surrogate ever travel to see the parents?
QUESTION: "I'm a 23-year old athletic woman who is considering donating her eggs to be used by a family who needs them. I'm consistently healthy, with average height and weight. Can I donate? I know there are tests used by fertility agencies that can help me determine if this is the right thing for me to do. What types of tests will I be given in order to measure my ability to be an egg donor candidate? What is the approximate financial gain for a one time donation?"
While surrogacy is illegal if done in Italy, having a child with the help of a surrogate mother in the U.S. is becoming more popular among Italian gay men. Circle Surrogacy hosted an informational seminar last Fall - about parenting options through surrogacy in the U.S. for Italian and Swiss residents.
QUESTION: "My partner and I have researched traditional and gestational surrogacy, and we've decided to go with gestational surrogacy because of the emotional attachment sometimes experienced by traditional surrogates. Having made that decision, we're excited about choosing an egg donor. What are some things we should know before beginning this step? What is the role of the medical team in finding and screening the egg donor? And how long does it take?"
Dawn - a surrogate mother in the United States - delivered twins for an Israeli gay couple. She recently visited the family along with her husband. The reunion was featured on Israeli TV in a story about gay men who increasingly turn to U.S. surrogacy in their quest for parenthood. Also featured in the news clip are the Israeli couple, Circle Surrogacy's president - John Weltman - and the agency's Israeli liaison.