Are there any gay parents in the midlands

(20 Posts)
Christinap30 Sun 20-Oct-13 11:36:13

Hello,

We are a lesbian couple living in solihull and are expecting our baby in April, I'm just wondering if there are any gay families in the midlands interesting in meeting up etc

hbmelon Sun 05-Jan-14 20:48:01

Hi, we are a lesbian couple in Worcester and we are not parents yet but starting on the journey! My wife is quite shy but I would definitely be interested in chatting to some other people who are going through the same thing :-)

lucyxvivi Fri 31-Jan-14 01:32:30

Hi,

Congratulations!! smile

We're a young lesbian couple (living in Solihull) currently researching into getting pregnant with a lot of questions...
We would love to hear about your experience and what costs were involved.

Sabbyz1 Mon 03-Feb-14 20:01:24

Hi all...
I am 32 and have a beautiful baby girl (1.5yrs old)
Would be great to meet other lesbians who are starting or have their own family. My daughter knows of no other lesbian families so would be nice for me and her to meet like minded people x
Sabbyz1@yahoo.co.uk

FinleysMummys Tue 18-Feb-14 17:50:18

I have a 19 week old son with my wife, we are in the midlands xxx

jenophie Tue 18-Feb-14 20:01:43

My wife and I live in North Warwickshire and our son is 16 weeks old.
Looking to try for baby number two this year smile

FinleysMummys Thu 20-Feb-14 07:55:17

We are on shropshire x

Sebs08 Mon 24-Mar-14 20:21:15

Hi!
My partner and I are based in warwickshire and are just being our pregnancy journey...

Would love any help and advice or to hear from any gay parents in the midlands smile

Christinap30 Sun 30-Mar-14 18:46:19

Hiya, does anyone fancy meeting up for a coffee in the loft lounge (only thought of the loft lounge as people can chat freely) on the 3rd may to chat and meet other gay families??

confuddledDOTcom Sun 30-Mar-14 19:15:02

You could always post on your local boards as well, if you arrange a meet up the LE could promote it for you.

Sebs08 Mon 31-Mar-14 13:36:28

Hi!

Is the loft lounge in Birmingham? Did you get any responses from people advising they would like to attend?

We are not pregnant yet unfortunately however would still love to get together with other like minded people for any advice/info...

AmieLoveBug Sun 06-Apr-14 18:57:38

Hi all,

My partner and I are soon to be starting on the journey (we live in the West Midlands) just wondered how you guys got on in the early stages - have you all gone through the private route?

Looking forward to your responses!

Sebs08 Sun 06-Apr-14 19:04:28

Hi AmieLoveBug, we are also still in the very early stages so can't give you advice I'm afraid...we are currently waiting for a GP referral to our local fertility clinic however it looks like we will probably head down the private route as from what we have read we don't believe we are eligible for NHS funding however we haven't yet had this confirmed...
Have you been to your GP yet?

AmieLoveBug Sun 06-Apr-14 19:10:22

Hi Sebs,

Thanks for your reply!

We're just waiting for an appointment, our GP isn't great so we're considering changing.

We don't have the money to go private - from what I've read it runs into the thousands? I have quite severe Polycystic Ovary Syndrome so hopefully the NHS will offer us some help.

I know there was talks last year of the NHS helping same sex couples and single women so you never know, although I think its all down the local PCT.

If you don't mind me asking, are you guys using a known donor? We like the idea of my partner carrying using my egg however it all depends on the fertility test results!

Sebs08 Sun 06-Apr-14 19:27:14

We would also love for my partner to carry using my egg but financially, this isn't going to happen for us...if you've got PCOS I don't see what your local CCG won't cover-who is your local CCG?
The new NICE guidelines do mention same sex couples but to be honest the information available isn't great!
We are not using a known donor...

AmieLoveBug Sun 06-Apr-14 19:36:31

Fingers crossed they will, we fall under Dudley CCG. How about you?

When I was diagnosed with PCOS I saw a lovely gynae who specialised in fertility but he is based at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield so he's out of our area unless we see him privately.

We considered a known donor but it worries me that they will want more to do with the child than we would be comfortable with

Sebs08 Sun 06-Apr-14 19:40:11

Coventry and rugby for us...

To be honest we don't know anyone who would be willing to be a known donor and don't want to go down the co-parenting route, for the same reason as you really...

We are probably going to go down the privately funded IUI route as it's less invasive and then if that doesn't work we will need to go down the IVF route...

AmieLoveBug Sun 06-Apr-14 19:43:53

We'll keep our fingers crossed for you guys! smile

twentysomethingnotforlong Wed 16-Apr-14 10:01:06

Nottingham here smile

I already have a 7 year old from a previous relationship (I'm bi), but me and my gf would like to either adopt, or go down the sperm donor route. We're still not really sure which would suit us best, so are still researching.

We don't really mix with other gay/lesbian parents, or just gay people generally for that matter. It's certainly not out of choice, but where we live, we do kind of stand out, cos it's quite an old fashioned area and we simply just don't know any other lesbian couples. So we can feel quite isolated.

Would love to meet other couples like us!

mackadoodle Wed 28-May-14 21:41:29

Hey, we are just outside of Lincoln. Similar situation, we know we want to start a family but not quite worked out how yet. We live in a neighbourhood of almost exclusively OAPs (though there are more gays than you'd think, they just hide) so we don't really have any lesbian friends either.

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