Polyamorous throuples given IVF so they can have kids with three parents

Polyamorous "throuples" are now being offered fertility treatment at clinics so they can have kids with three parents, it has been revealed. 

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) which provides treatment and terminations, says there is a demand for three parents who want children.

One of the UK's largest IVF providers Care Fertility said they are happy to go forward with helping adapt to the desire of wanting a family.

The idea behind offering would-be parents IVF over the chance to conceive naturally means the child would technically have two mothers.

Care Fertility explained that a woman could supply an egg, fertilised by a man's sperm, so she could be the infant's biological mum.

Through a clinic, the embryo could then be placed into a second woman, who carries and births the baby, which would make her the baby's legal mother.

According to the UK provider, another option would be for the child to have a biological dad, who gives their sperm as a donor, and another legal father, who is identified on the birth certificate.

But lawyers have warned that if a breakdown in the relationship occurs, custody issues could arise, reports Daily Mail.

Victoria Maxwell, an expert in family and fertility law at Bishop & Sewell, said: "We often assist in disputes where two people don’t agree on decisions bringing up a child.

"That is difficult enough – three people would bring a raft of further problems. People in a polyamorous relationship looking to have IVF should also be mindful that only one or two parents can be recognised as a child’s legal parents."

It is believed that around 2 per cent of Brits are or have been in a polyamorous relationship, according to YouGov figures.

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Last year, three fathers secured the right to get their names put on a birth certificate in Canada, but this is prohibited in the UK.

BPAS Fertility confirmed they would look into treating people in a polyamorous relationship but haven't treated anyone yet.

Dr Debra Bloor, of Care Fertility, added: ‘We firmly believe that family is for everyone and we do everything we can to support those seeking our help. 

"This includes women who are in a relationship with a partner who does not intend to be involved in their treatment or the upbringing of any future child, and those who are in open or polyamorous relationships."

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