Author Archives: My Big Gay Family

What do kids call you if not mommy/mummy?

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If you’re a two mama or genderqueer family, trying to decide what your kids call you can be complex. Especially if the traditional mummy/mommy/mama/names just don’t feel like they fit. Compiled below is a list of names others in your situation have come up with. If you have any to add, feel free to comment below! Maddy (a mom daddy) ... Read More »

Jana, Susan, Landon and Bryce

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Meet Jana and Susan, a two mum family navigating the world with their twin boys! Read More »

Lindsay and Evie

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Showing us that being single shouldn’t stop you from realising your dream of being a mum – meet Lindsay and Evie. Read More »

Lesbian access to IVF and IUI in Canada

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It may come as no surprise, that one of the countries which has enjoyed marriage equality for over 10 years, also provides equal access to IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) and IUI (interuterine insemination) for lesbian/same-sex attracted female couples. Cost of accessing IUI or IVF in Canada In Canada, a cycle of in-vitro fertilisation costs approximately $10,000 to $15,000. While Canada also ... Read More »

What is interuterine insemination (IUI)?

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What is IUI? Interuterine Insemination (IUI), also called artificial insemination, is when the donor’s sperm is inserted into your uterus around the time of ovulation. If you have a regular period and no known health issues, IUI will likely be done on a natural cycle. If your doctor decides you may need a little help, you may be given artificial ... Read More »

Research: same-sex couples could make biological babies in a few years

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An international team of scientists have shown that it is possible to create human sperm and eggs from stem cells derived from adult skin, regardless of the donor’s gender. This brings hope to same sex couples that they could one day have biological children together. Scientists from Cambridge University in England, with funding by the Wellcome Trust and Israel’s Weizmann ... Read More »

What does the scholarly research say about the wellbeing of children with gay or lesbian parents?

Colombia Law School – What we know Colombia Law School manages a project that gathers peer-reviewed studies on the wellbeing of children with gay or lesbian parents. 77 studies dating to 1980 have been identified by project staff and experts at universities in the US and abroad. Of these studies, just four concluded that kids of same-sex parents face disadvantages, ... Read More »

Research: Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian

Ellen C. Perrin, Benjamin S. Siegel, American Academy of Pediatrics – 2013 Abstract: Extensive data available from more than 30 years of research reveal that children raised by gay and lesbian parents have demonstrated resilience with regard to social, psychological, and sexual health despite economic and legal disparities and social stigma. Many studies have demonstrated that children’s well-being is affected much ... Read More »

Research: Same-sex parents invest more into their children

Research by Kate Prickett, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin http://childandfamilyblog.com/same-sex-couples-give-more-focused-time/ “Our findings support the argument that parental investment in children is at least as great – and possibly greater – in same-sex couples as for different-sex couples.” Female same-sex parents spend 40 percent more time engaged in child-focused activities than do different-sex ... Read More »

Researchers: Susan Golombok

Susan Golombok http://www.cfr.cam.ac.uk/directory/SusanGolombok Susan Golombok is Professor of Family Research and Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines the impact of new family forms on parenting and child development, specifically lesbian mother families, gay father families, single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilisation (IVF), ... Read More »