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Lesbian couple expecting quintuplets following donor insemination

11 October 2010
Appeared in BioNews 579

A lesbian couple are expecting quintuplets after using a sperm donor to conceive. Melissa Keevers and her partner Rosemary Nolan, from Brisbane Australia, were told that the chances of conceiving quintuplets - a very rare occurrence - without the use of fertility treatment were one in 60 million. However, during her five-week scan doctors found Melissa was carrying five embryos and the couple would be expecting quintuplets a few months later. Although there were initial concerns about the potential health risks of having multiple births, each baby is reported to be of average size and with a normal heartbeat, and to be developing without any problems.

The couple had previously used the same US-based Internet fertility company and the same sperm donor, to father their first child, now aged one. They were given the option of choosing from 30 different male donors and, in the end, decided upon a 27-year-old law student, who will remain anonymous throughout the children's upbringing. The news of the imminent birth of quintuplets, conceived without the use of IVF treatment, received widespread coverage in the print media, with stories appearing in the UK, Australian and Irish press.  Melissa told the Daily Mail: 'It took me a long time to get my head around what was happening. But now I've come to terms with it, I'm excited'.

SOURCES & REFERENCES
Brisbane lesbian couple expecting quins
Brisbane Times |  5 October 2010
Irish woman's partner expecting quins
Belfast Telegraph |  6 October 2010
Lesbian couple beat odds of one in 60m to conceive quintuplets
Daily Mail |  5 October 2010
Lesbian couple pregnant with quintuplets without IVF
The Telegraph |  4 October 2010
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