Inside Infertility: Same sex couples
MARSHALL- One group increasingly looking for both reproductive and adoption services is same sex couples. While the issue of same sex marriage and families is controversial, this article will look at how one couple grew their family without exploring the religious or political views surrounding it. Eva Garlinghouse and Alexis Jostling had been married about a year when they decided to start a family, but knew they would have to go about it differently than most couples.
"I've always pictured big family dinners with the holidays and having everybody over and not having enough room for everybody," said Jostling. :Getting annoyed because everybody is under my feet in the kitchen, but loving every minute of it."
The couple went through a sperm bank to pick an anonymous donor. They don't have his contact information, but they do get to see a few baby pictures and basic information about the man who will genetically be their future child's father. Each vial costs them $400 dollars, and they decided to buy three in case the process doesn't work the first few times. Like any other couple with normal fertility rates, the chances of getting pregnant in any given month are still only about 20%, but after the second insemination Alexis found out she was pregnant.
"It was like 5:30 a.m. She woke me up and i was like oh my gosh, ok. It said pregnant," Garlinghouse said.
"I always wanted to be a mom. I've always thought that was what I was supposed to do," Jostling said. "We will love them no matter what, and they are wanted, and it won't be an accident."
The couple's baby is due in April.