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In this episode of The Queer Family Podcast, Lauren and Amanda share their journey of raising their bi-racial, donor-conceived boys as an interracial lesbian couple. They also talk about their experience of being Instagram famous for documenting their Reciprocal IVF journey and sharing their mom-lives on the app.
Guest co-host Tom Coppola from S1 joins Jaimie to introduce the episode and update listeners on how his known donor-conceived family has been doing since they last spoke. It’s always great to hear from previous guests and see how their families have grown and evolved over time.
Lauren and Amanda discuss their decision to use reciprocal IVF to conceive their children, which involves using one partner’s eggs and the other partner carrying the pregnancy. They talk about the challenges they faced during the process, including financial and emotional hurdles, but also about the joy and excitement they felt when they finally held their babies in their arms.
Throughout the episode, Lauren and Amanda share their approach to parenting, which includes baby-wearing, co-sleeping, cloth diaper-wearing, and attachment-based parenting. They emphasize the importance of being present for their children and creating a loving and supportive home environment.
This episode is a great resource for anyone considering reciprocal IVF or interested in learning more about the experiences of interracial lesbian moms raising donor-conceived children. It’s also a reminder that there are many different paths to building a family, and that love and commitment are the most important factors in creating a happy and healthy home.
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