A gay couple in England, Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards, has become the first British couple to father two IVF babies a.k.a twins. Both men were able to fertilize an embryo during the IVF process.
The twins were born via a surrogate mother, Meg Stone, whom the couple met in Canada after a £25,000 quest for the perfect family.
The babies names are Alexandra and Calder, and even though they were born at the same time, they are actually half-siblings. That’s because they don’t share the same fathers. Simon is Alexandra’s father and Graeme is Calder’s dad.
Pictured below: Father of the twins, Simon and Graeme.
The couple had to travel to Canada in order to have the IVF they required because the practice of fertilizing two embryos by two different fathers is not yet available in the UK.
Speaking about the surrogate mother and their dream come true, Simon, who is 43 years old, said:
It really is amazing that Graeme and I have been able to father one of our twins each.
Meg did an amazing job – and it meant she was actually pregnant by two men at the same time. It’s thanks to the wonder of IVF that we have been able to achieve our dream.
Graeme and I have always wanted to have a family, and now we have our lovely twins.
They are still classed as twins even though they have different biological fathers.
While the couple was in Canada, they did not only meet the surrogate mother, but they also tied the knot and enjoyed their honeymoon.
Describing their experience of meeting Meg, Simon said:
We were nervous at first, but meeting Meg was like being reunited with a long-lost sister. She wrapped us both in a hug before introducing us to her adorable boys.
We told her we were so grateful – she was changing our lives.
Six months later, one fertilized embryo of Simon’s, and one embryo of Graeme’s were implanted into Meg’s womb. After a couple of weeks, Meg confirmed she was pregnant.
During the whole pregnancy process, they kept in touch with Meg to get updates on how the pregnancy was going. The couple got the chance to feel their twins’ moves for the first time during Meg’s 19-week scan, with Simon saying:
For our Christmas present, she had arranged a lovely photoshoot with all of us together. We got to meet her family too, which was lovely.
It was great to see her being a mum to her children. We knew that our babies were in the best possible hands.
Seven weeks after the twins came into this world, the whole family flew back to England. And for the twins’ first birthday, Meg made the trip from Canada to be there.
The couple is really grateful to Meg for having given the chance to create a family.