A surrogacy story has hit the headlines in the past week because the technique used, banned in the United Kingdom, has led to the birth of twins with different biological fathers but the same biological mother.
A British gay couple paid a Canadian surrogate mother to carry the twins. She gave birth to twins from different fathers. Since the procedure was not authorised in the United Kingdom, Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards used the services of a fertility clinic in Los Angeles and a surrogate mother in Canada. Total cost: €29,000. Once the egg donor was chosen, the two men flew to Los Angeles. “We couldn’t decide on who would be the biological father. Graeme said it should be me, but I said that he had just as much right as I did. Then the clinic told us it could be both of us. They said that we could have half the embryos fertilised with my sperm and then half with Graeme’s sperm.”
Meg Stone, the surrogate mother, therefore carried twins from two different fathers, a girl and a boy. Right from birth, “Calder was the double of Graeme, and Alexandra was the image of me” recounts Simon. The two men stayed with the surrogate mother for the first seven weeks; “it was sad to say goodbye to Meg”, said both men, well aware of the role she had played in bringing the two children into the world. She came to see them in London a year later for their first birthday. The two men call her their twins’ “Tummy Mummy”.