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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Welsh Clinics are helping lesbian couples become parents

By Madeleine Brindley -

WELSH fertility clinics are leading the way in helping lesbian couples become parents.
Several hundred babies have been born to lesbian women who have undergone treatment at the London Women’s Clinic, which has clinics in Swansea and Cardiff.
Research carried out by the clinic suggests that homosexual women are more likely to give birth following IVF than heterosexual women. The clinic said lesbian women could play a vital role in making up the shortfalls in egg donations to UK fertility clinics.
In a case of life imitating art, 80% of gay women say they plan to have children, emulating Julianne Moore and Annette Bening in the recent film The Kids Are All Right.
Dr Kamal Ahuja, the London Women’s Clinic’s scientific and managing director was a pioneer in admitting lesbian women for donor insemination in 2000 in the face of public outcry.
The clinic is also now receiving its first inquiries from gay men about using donor eggs to create a family.
Dr Ahuja said: “The LWC had one of the only sperm banks around and there were already studies on the wellbeing of children which proved they weren’t compromised by the lack of a father figure in the family.
“There has also been a surge because of changes in legislation. Women can now appear as a second parent on the birth certificate. Adoption is no longer necessary.”


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