Bachelor males flying solo—into the winds of Surrogacy.
Surrogacy, an increasing phenomenon with celebrities, single women and gay couples today has landed on the curious minds of many single, straight men.
Steven Harris and Peter Gordon are just two of the many men around the world taking on the world of parenthood…unaccompanied.
Ultimately allured by the latest trend in parenthood, Steven Harris, a 57-year-old New York lawyer, always wanted kids, but never quite reached a point in his life to settle down and make it a reality.
"I didn't want to wake up in five years when I'm over 50 and say, ‘if you'd just kind of done this earlier, you might have been able to use the energy and be able to kind of give the time that you can give,’” Harris stated. "I really felt like I really was missing something," he further added.
Peter Gordon, 45-year-old middle school principal, turned to Surrogacy after adoption agencies refused to help him (a single bachelor) achieve his dream of building a family.
"I called five different agencies and every one of them told me that either I would not be considered or that I would be at the bottom of the list because I was a single father," Gordon frustratingly emphasized.
Where do you turn—when you are over 40, not married and deeply committed and ready to build a family?
Surrogacy is helping many couples achieve their desires for a family—all over the world. Not only is Surrogacy in America booming, but fertility tourism in India and Mexico is on the rise. Embraced by many couples as an infertility option, intended parents choose a surrogate mother to carry their baby to term.
Dream Come True
Harris welcomed baby Ben, while Gordon's twins, Olivia and Noah, made their way into the world with the help of IVF and surrogacy.
With the help of an egg donor and using their own sperm, both men have taken the trends of surrogacy to another level… "Dating is a snap," Harris held strongly. "Ben is a chick magnet."
So, what’s next? Although both men are still hopeful of adding yet another addition to the family—a wife, they are as happy as they have ever been.
"I say 'there are all kinds of families. There are families with two daddies and two mommies and a daddy and a mommy and we're a kind of family with one daddy,' and that's fine for him now," Harris stated.
Harris and Gordon have happily emerged, from occasionally dating to a commanding desire for children and a once feared thought that time was passing them by, into their new roles—proud single fathers.
Egg donor selection allows potential intended parents to review information such as education, family traits and physical characteristics.
Surrogacy may feel like uncharted territory for straight men, but with the aid of egg donors, gestational carriers, fertility clinics and advanced assisted reproductive procedures, it is quickly becoming the new face of families—solo surrogacy.
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