Yesterday, I received an e-mail from a current client letting me know that their baby would be making his big debut soon! The dads are excited beyond belief! In preparing to help this same-sex couple, I wanted to shed some light on the word family, and different ways that families are created.
What does family mean to you?
Traditionally, you may think of it as a mother, father and their children. Perhaps you don’t. Maybe you were adopted or have half siblings or step parents. Do you have a mother and father that had trouble conceiving and used an egg or sperm donor and or surrogate? Most likely the definition of family will mean something different, depending on who you ask.
Families today truly do come in all forms often containing a mix of stepparents, half siblings, single parents and same sex couples. Relatives such as aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews or grandparents and grand children may be included as well as biologically unrelated friends.
Blended, traditional, extended or non-traditional, there is no “normal” in my opinion. Family does not have to be biological. It is what we choose. It is the people we love and the ones who love us unconditionally back.
It’s amazing what can be done this day in age and the science that can go into creating a precious new life. At The Early Weeks, we have supported new parents from all walks of life and from all over the world. Many families unable to conceive on their own including; single moms and dads, same sex couples, families utilizing an egg donor and or surrogacy as well as more traditional families consisting of a man and wife conceiving the old fashioned way.
It is a great privilege to be able to support such diverse group of new and expecting parents. In addition to meeting families from all over the world, we love learning about your traditions, culture, food and fun activities. Oftentimes incorporating them into our family.
Where ever you’re at in your journey, we are here to support you. We will care for your family as we do all of our families. Like they are OUR family.
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