More lesbian couples becoming moms
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Frederique Clermont and Ximena Delgado chose the father of their two children from a list. They know his height, his education (Delgado wanted a man with a post-graduate degree), his ethnic background, and whether his hair is curly or straight.
But they don't know his name.
Clermont, a vivacious program coordinator for a jobs program in the city, likes to say that she and her partner are "a subset of a subset" - a lesbian couple that has given birth by artificial insemination.
While they may not be the typical American family, Clermont and Delgado represent a growing trend in motherhood, what UC Berkeley associate Professor Charis Thompson calls "the LGBT baby boom." And San Francisco is home to the ground-breaking, Pacific Reproductive Services, where the center's director says 85 to 90 percent of her clients are lesbians.
Certainly an ever changing society, which we live in.