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After much soul-searching, I have finally come out of the closet. It was pointless denying it any longer. Judging by the sniggers and knowing looks, everyone probably knew already. So I just came out with it: ‘I want a baby.’
I want to cradle the little mite in my arms. I want sleepless nights and afternoons in the park. I want to spend a small fortune every Christmas and moan about house prices in school catchment areas. In short, I’m broody.
MY WEIRD & WONDERFUL FAMILY
Wednesday 21st July 21:00 Channel 4
Cutting Edge goes behind the headlines to intimately portray how gay millionaires Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow's determination to have more children has affected them and their kids.
Barrie and Tony talk more to Channel 4 about how their family came about, and they offer advice to others in similar situations.
Channel 4: You've clearly been very honest and upfront with your children about how they were conceived. How important is it to be truthful?
A gay couple that made legal history when they fathered twins are celebrating the arrival of their fourth and fifth children.
Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow will be joined by more than 150 people at a christening service for five-month-old twins Dallas and Jasper tomorrow.
The millionaire couple, both businessmen in their 40s, said the boys were born to a surrogate mother in California in February, and would be christened at St John the Baptist Church in Danbury
Surrogates are unusual women who selflessly carry a child to term for someone who cannot otherwise do so. They endure psychological counseling, fertility treatments, pregnancy cravings, swollen feet and more, all with a smile on their face. The end prize: happy families that they help create.
What these surrogates don’t have much of is a network just for them. A place to go when the hormones are raging, to question other surrogates about the legal process or just to express how they’re feeling after the baby is born.
Do you ever wonder what father’s day is like in a house with two dads? In a home with gay parents raising children, the emphasis is on Father’s day being about ‘Fathers’ or parents rather than on an individual.
Father’s day in a house with two dads can be an extra special event. The only challenge however, is that when you are celebrating both of your dads on the same day, then father’s day doesn’t actually celebrate either parent as an individual. Instead of being about one parent it is about both parents which makes it more of a family day.
The nation’s largest surrogacy agency announced today the creation of the first ever financing program for clients who are creating or expanding their families through surrogacy.
Growing Generations unique program will provide up to $100,000 in financing for qualifying clients working with the company’s surrogacy program. The loans offer competitive interest rates comparable to second mortgages or equity lines of credit.
The struggles facing single mothers are well documented, but what of men left to raise families alone? The Telegraph talks to four single fathers.
One day, which, at first, seemed like any other, Bob Greig, 45, came home from work to discover that his wife of seven years had left him.
'Crazy though it sounds, I had no idea that anything was wrong,' he says. 'Yes, we'd been arguing a bit, but nothing major. Now here I was, alone with my two young daughters and our world turned upside-down. I was devastated.'
"If you must begin then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the unfinished business you have left behind begins to haunt you all the time."
– Chögyam Trungpa
My Granny used to say, "Finish what you start!" It didn't matter what it was for either. I could be eating something and not want the rest of my food and I would be told I had to finish it. My Grandmother was adamant about me finishing school, my homework, my piano lessons, (Of which I did not finish, and yes it haunts me!), etc. She was the type of woman that once her mind was made up on something she saw it through to the end. It was one of her missions, I believe, in life to instill the same tenacity in her family.