In UK, the first birth certificate that leaves the father off the official record for the first time in nearly 200 years has been reported. Birth certificates were introduced 170 years ago and have always recorded the mother and father, if known.
The baby was born to 38-yearold Natalie Woods. The parent named on the form is Miss Woods’s partner, 47-year-old Betty Knowles. An anonymous man provided half of Lily-May’s genes through IVF treatment.
It is thought to be the first recorded birth to two lesbians since a recent change in the law.
The 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act paved the way for them for the first time to record two mothers – to the dismay of many Christian groups and campaigners for traditional family values. Until the law changed same sex couples could not put both of their names down for a child conceived by a donor.
It is heartening to know that change is taking place slowly but surely in accepting human diversity.