It’s another lesbian pregnancy miracle! Two lesbians in New Zealand got pregnant at the same time after finding a sperm donor on Facebook.
Kat Buchanan and her fiancé Taryn Cumming had originally planned to start a family at the end of 2020. But after consulting with doctors, they discovered that they both had low egg reserves, making it difficult to conceive. To make matters worse, they weren’t yet eligible for publicly-funded in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Cumming explained why to Daily Mail Australia.
“IVF is very expensive here. A straight couple can try and conceive at home and if not successful after a year they qualify for public funded IVF,” Cumming said. “As a lesbian couple that doesn’t count. We would have to have six cycles of IUI at a clinic before qualifying for public funded IVF.” IUI, or intrauterine insemination, costs $1700 per cycle.
So, Cumming and Buchanan decided to take matters into their own hands. The couple found the “perfect” sperm donor on Facebook and began trying to get pregnant at home.
“We are very lucky to have found someone really decent,” Cumming said. “We know his medical history as well as family history.”
The couple started the insemination process in February. By March 28, both women had positive pregnancy tests. They’d originally planned to have two kids (though not at the exact same time) — so they’re delighted with this outcome.
“The doctor said we had a better chance of winning the lotto than getting pregnant at the same time,” Cumming said.
The babies’ due dates are just 12 days apart. But since the moms will be spending their pregnancies with each other, it’s possible that the babies will be born at the same time due to hormone syncing, Cumming says.