Jessica and Mandy Gerow during a maternity photo shoot. Photo by Stephanie Sonju.
It was two years ago that Kara Matus stepped into the NICU to visit her tiny twin daughters, little miracles named Reese and Cameron. The nurses asked her, “Where’s dad?”
She replied, “I’m dad.”
Matus’s wife, Jaclyn, gave birth to their daughters thanks to the growing field of reproductive medicine, and many other lesbian couples like them are able to have children together — and in a variety of ways (check out our infographic).
“There continues to be so many advancements that I noticed definitely there’s been an increase year after year in the LGBT patients that we’re getting,” said Dr. Lesley de la Torre, who practices at Associates in Advanced Maternal Fetal Medicine in Miami.
Ferd van Gameren, left, and his husband, Brian Rosenberg, with their son Levi, 6, and twin daughters, Ella and Sadie, 5. The couple founded Gays With Kids in 2014. (Robert Figueroa)
In 2009, Bryan Rosenberg and his husband Ferd van Gameren had just found out they were going to be parents – a 3-day-old baby boy was available for adoption – so they needed to get their house ready right away.
The couple took off from store to store with a doula to help them pick out what they would need for a newborn — bottles, bibs, bouncers and all — when they noticed that everything was geared towards moms.
“I swear half the labels on the products that we ended up buying said ‘Made for mommies!’ ‘Approved by mommies!’” Rosenberg laughed. “Are we not supposed to buy this stuff?”
Photo courtesy of the Allen-McDaniel family
Stepping inside the Allen-McDaniel household, it’s very clear that two little girls reside inside. The sounds of the animated film “Rio” plays from the television, a “Frozen” table is the perfect size for little ones, and a pink kitchen playset is surrounded by dolls and toys. Laying on the floor as they wind down after dinner are Sarah, 3, and Maddie, 2, staring up at the adventures of exotic birds.
Not only do two little girls live here, but two very loved little girls.
“Sarah asked me just the other day for the first time, ‘Why do I have two daddies?’ And I said, ‘Because God knew that you were supposed to be with us,’” said Jim Allen-McDaniel.