The only way to make it happen would be to have twins through in vitro fertilization
Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards are a happily married gay couple from London, England. They decided it was time for their family grow, but both of them wanted to be the biological father of their first child. "We couldn't decide on who would be the biological father," Simon told the Daily Mail. "Graeme said it should be me, but I said that he had just as much right as I did." For that to happen, they would need to have twins through in vitro fertilization. This would mean that the doctor would have to implant embryos from separate fathers in the same surrogate mother.
Isn't science just wonderful? 2 lovely children to 2 amazing dad's. I wish both families all the very best as they grow and develop.— Ali O'Brien (@AliOBrien16) February 13, 2019
This was not easy to make happen in England, so they searched abroad for a doctor and surrogate mother in different countries. "I saw Simon and Graeme's profile on a surrogacy website and I thought they had lovely smiles," Meg Stone, the Canadian surrogate, said. "I had recently split with my partner and I wasn't ready for another baby, so I wanted to help someone."
Twins born with separate fathers are rare in the human population. Although there isn't much known about heteropaternal superfecundation — as it's known in the scientific community — a study published in The Guardian, says about one in every 400 sets of fraternal twins have different fathers.
Seriously cute - meet Alexandra and Calder - twins who have two different biological dads.— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) February 13, 2019
Their dads, Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards, explain how they were born using IVF and a surrogate in Canada. pic.twitter.com/iEVSrabV7A
“It does sound a bit Mary Poppins,” says Michael Carroll, a reproductive scientist at Manchester Metropolitan University and the father of identical twin boys. "Females will have multiple matings with multiple males and this increases the chance of them producing multiple offspring.” Humans, on the other hand, “are not the best at breeding”. Either way, Carroll says: “It’s extremely uncommon. It all adds up to many rarities happening in the same cycle.”
So Simon and Graeme met Meg who was already a mom to two children, Jeffrey, 12, and Max, five. They flew out to Los Angeles where they both fertilized eggs from an anonymous donor. Then, they journeyed to Canada where they met Meg and checked her medical condition to ensure that she was the perfect fit. "We were nervous at the beginning — in case that we didn't click with her. But we needn't have worried," Simon said. Six months later, one fertilized embryo of Simon's, and one embryo of Graeme's were inserted into Meg's womb. It was quite the stressful week for the couple as they had to see if both embryos would take.
Husbands who each biologically fathered one twin share their amazing story— LGBT News World (@LGBTNewsWorld) January 29, 2019
'There has been so many lovely comments' Simon tells GSN after he and his husband Graeme went public with their story of welcoming twins over the weekendhttps://t.co/C7Z9gOZ1ad pic.twitter.com/Cb5nd6OL8x
"She FaceTimed us from the scanning room. First of all, we saw one heartbeat, and our stomach clenched with nerves," Simon said. They were afraid that one of the fathers' embryos would work, the other wouldn't, and they'd have to eventually go through the same process again. "Then we saw the other heartbeat. Graeme and I just hugged each other," he continued. "We were just over the moon. We were both going to be dads — she was pregnant with both of our babies."
Over the coming weeks, the couple stayed closely connected with Meg and then flew back to Canada for her 19-week scan. The two fathers-to-be couldn't be more proud and delighted as they happily touched her belly and felt their babies kicking inside the womb.
Meg went into labor during her 31st week and the couple quickly packed their bags and flew to Canada once again. "We dashed to the hospital when we arrived, to find out it was a false alarm," Simon said. "We were just so relieved that she and the babies were fine."
They remained in Canada and five weeks later, Meg actually gave birth to the miracle twins, Calder, and Alexandra Berney Edwards. "It was the most amazing experience of our lives," Simon said. "Alexandra was born first and then Calder arrived minutes later. When we both held them for the first time, we couldn't believe that we were both daddies," he added. "It was a long way to go and do this, but it was worth it to both be able to have fathered one of the twins each."
"Simon and Graeme are like brothers to me now," Meg said. "They call me the twins 'Tummy Mummy' which I love."
Twins Fathered by Two Dads are Born in UK— LGBT News World (@LGBTNewsWorld) January 29, 2019
Married British husbands Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards recently welcomed twins, one half of which they each biologically fathered, reported The Mirror. Twins Alexandra and Calder, fathered by Simon and Graemehttps://t.co/2uXfqHJg3G pic.twitter.com/wUSgUKPHi9