Gay couple have baby via surrogate — and she’s one of the men’s mom

Elliot Dougherty (L) and husband Matthew Eledge.

When Matthew Eledge and Elliot Dougherty decided they wanted to have a baby, they would have never thought Eledge’s mother would turn out to become their surrogate.

The gay couple from Omaha, Nebraska, has just welcomed a baby girl named Uma Louise. The gestational carrier is Eledge’s mother, Cecile, who is 61.

‘If you want me to be the gestational carrier, I’d do it in a heartbeat,’ Cecile told her son when he shared his wish to become a dad.

The couple thought a postmenopausal woman couldn’t possibly carry and give birth to a baby, but their doctor proved them wrong.

‘It was a no-brainer,’ says Cecile

Dr. Carolyn Maud Doherty said there weren’t any guarantees, but she was down to see whether Cecile might be a candidate for surrogacy.

It helped that Cecile was committed to a healthy lifestyle and did regular exercise. As Doherty explained, there aren’t many 60-year-olds that can be surrogates.

‘She’s 61 years old and has lower blood pressure than the rest of us,’ Eledge said of his mother in an interview with BuzzFeed.

‘When they made her run on a treadmill, even when it was turned up to the highest level, she wasn’t anywhere close to the danger zone.’

‘I thought if I could do it, I would do it,’ Cecile said.

‘It was kind of a no-brainer.’

Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge born at 6:06 a.m. on March 25th 2019 weighing 5 pounds 13 ounces. Life is a credit Ariel Panowicz Ariel Panowicz Creative

Posted by Elliot Dougherty on Monday, March 25, 2019

Having a kid ‘on our own terms’

Cecile got pregnant after her very first embryo transfer.

Dougherty’s sister Lea Yribe, 25 at the time, donated an egg. It was then fertilized with Eledge’s sperm.

The couple had previously considered fostering or adopting. These are still options they’re very open to when it comes to building out their family in the future.

And in choosing the IVF route instead, Eledge said, ‘you have to navigate this guilt. Like, why do we want to have a genetic connection? Are we just obsessed with ourselves? Are we trying to be heteronormative, to be just like a straight couple?’

Up until two years ago, Nebraska banned same-sex couples from fostering children. In April 2017, the Nebraska Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban on same-sex couples becoming foster parents.

Thanks to Dougherty’s sister and Eledge’s mom, Eledge said, ‘We could do this on our own terms.’

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Trans men maintain functioning ovaries after a year on testosterone


Trans men appear to have functioning ovaries even taking testosterone injections for a year, a new study has found.

The findings could be important news for trans people who wish to conceive while undergoing gender affirmation treatment.

The findings come from medical investigators at the Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center in Israel.

‘Our research shows for the first time that after one year of testosterone treatment, ovary function is preserved to a degree that may allow reproduction,’ said Yona Greenman, lead investigator of the study.

‘This information is important for transgender men and their partners who desire to have their own children,’ Greenman said, according to Devdiscourse.

Within the normal range for fertility after testosterone treatment 

Researchers conducted a study of 52 transgender men between the ages of 17 and 40.

The trans men were monitored for 12 months after the began taking testosterone injections.

The doctors then accessed the complete results of 32 of the subjects.

Though the researchers found that the level of the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) diminished after 12 months, the hormone still remained within the normal range for fertility.

The level of AMH is used as an indicator of the so-called ovarian reserve and allows doctors to access the remaining egg supply.

While this is a small sample of the overall trans community, such studies on the effects testosterone injections have on reproductive abilities remain rare.

The researchers will present their findings at the Endocrine Society in New Orleans this weekend.

Author: Calum Stuart

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Trans non-binary couple announce pregnancy with the sweetest picture

Jay and Reuben showing an ultrasound scan of their baby.

British trans non-binary couple have finally fulfilled their dream to become parents.

Reuben and Jay had started a GoFundMe in April 2018 to raise the necessary funds to pay for the treatment.

After undergoing two IUI (intrauterine insemination) attempts, they announced Reuben is pregnant on 21 February.

‘So… We’ve been keeping a little secret’ Jay tweeted.

‘IUI round 2 was a huge success! My boyfriend is pregnant!’ they also added.

They also shared a closeup of their baby.

‘Already getting their selfie game strong, just look at that profile!’ they wrote.

The fertility fundraiser

The couple also thanked those who contributed to their fundraiser.

‘Would like to take this chance to thank anyone who’s RT’d, contributed to or shared our fertility fundraiser,’ Jay wrote in a tweet.

‘I honestly don’t know how we could have pulled this off without the support we got, financially and emotionally. Can’t begin to put it into words. We’re just so grateful.’

The fertility journey of a trans couple

Reuben and Jay set the GoFundMe page on 5 April 2018.

They shed a light on the obstacles a trans couple have to face along their journey to become parents.

‘We are both trans/non-binary trans and don’t have a drop of sperm between us! However, we have found a donor from within the Brighton trans community who has amazingly and kindly offered to help with this.’

‘I have always wanted to become a parent, and initially believed that I would do this through adoption. However, I realised that due to my circumstances and the difficult nature of the adoption process this option is sadly not available to me,’ Reuben wrote.

‘As a queer couple, we have come across many barriers to the fertility treatment that we require to conceive our baby!

‘Most frustratingly, the type of help that we are looking for would be available for us for free if either of us were assigned male at birth and had viable sperm!’

Despite difficulties, their second IUI attempt was successful and the couple is now expecting a baby, to whom they refer using they/them pronouns.

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