First gay couple to become fathers in UK open surrogacy centre for same sex couples
11:13 GMT, 13 March 2012
11:17 GMT, 13 March 2012
Britain’s first gay fathers have opened the country’s only surrogacy centre to cater for same sex couples.
Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow hit the headlines 12 years ago when they used a surrogate mother and an egg donor to father twins Aspen and Saffron.
They now have five children and are sharing their surrogacy expertise with others.
Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow with children (from left) Aspen, Dallas, Saffron, Jasper and Orlando
Tony, 47, told Best magazine: ‘It’s about helping people who can’t normally have kids.
'I hope in 40 years time, whether you’re gay or straight, it won’t matter. If we can help same-sex parents become mainstream then our job is done.'
The couple sold their clinical testing business in 1998 and found themselves swamped by same-sex couples seeking advice.
So with Tony’s clinical expertise, they set up the British Surrogacy Centre in Maldon, Essex, in February 2011.
And not content with their brood,
42-year-old Barrie confesses he’d love to add another daughter to the
family and take their total up to six kids.
The Drewitt-Barlows were the first British homosexual couple to be named on their children's birth certificates
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Last year, the couple, who have made millions from cosmetic research, were accused
of fabricating the test results in clinical trials.
They were also accused of lying to an ethics committee by saying that Barrie
was a nurse when he did not hold the appropriate qualifications.
Euroderm Research, which went into liquidation in March 2008, conducted tests for dermatological and cosmetic products.
They pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
The pair first hit the headlines in 1999 when
they became the first British same-sex couple to be named on their
children's birth certificates.
The twins were born to a
surrogate mother in California.
Following a ruling by an American
court, they became the first British children to be registered as having
two fathers and no mother.
Four years later, they used the same egg donor and a different surrogate to have another child.
In 2010, the couple welcomed their fourth and fifth children into the
Twin boys Dallas and Jasper were born to the same surrogate
mother who carried Orlando.
The couple entered into a civil partnership in 2006.