Lesbian couple Alison Castree and Catherine Barlow are celebrating their 'complete' family after giving birth within three weeks of each other.
Alison and Catherine accidentally got pregnant at the same time after finding a private sperm donor through online connection website www.prideangel.com.
As Catherine, 27, struggled to conceive for several months, they decided Alison would also try artificial insemination.
They were stunned when they discovered they had both fallen pregnant, with their due dates just weeks apart.
Alison birth to 6lbs 9oz Lacey Castree-Barlow on October 1 following a 13-hour labour.
Three weeks later the couple returned to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for Catherine to have 8lbs 14oz Vinnie Castree-Barlow via caesarean section on October 22.
The couple, from Clayton, Staffordshire, are now enjoying their maternity leave with their two little bundles of joy.
Palliative care worker Alison said: 'We have always wanted children and last year we felt it was the right time.
'A lot of people have donors but I've never known it where both women in a couple have been pregnant at the same time.'
The couple - who have been together for four years and engaged for two - found a sperm donor through Pride Angel after ruling out pricey IVF.
Alison added: 'You can just go on a website and pick your sperm donor'.
'We found one straight away and then about three to four months before we met him in person and went through the process.
'We chose him because of his background. He is a university teacher so he is very clever. Looks as well were very important. He sprang out at us.
'Because they have the same father, the babies are blood-related to each other.
'We have our donor's contact details and send him photos every now and then along with updates.
'When the children are old enough, they can track him down. It will be up to them whether they want to know.
Catherine said it had never been their intention to fall pregnant at the same time.
She said: 'I'd been trying for quite a few months but with no luck. We decided to alternate to see if Alison had any joy and for the one month we both went through the process to give us a better chance.
'It was a bit of a shock when we both got pregnant though. It was like all the babies had come along at once.
'It's nice have shared this experience, being on maternity together, and neither of us missed anything.
'Everything is great with the babies - our little family is complete.'
Article source: www.dailymail.co.uk 15th April 2017