As a lesbian couple, Colorado residents Heather and Jennie Crate realized early on that becoming parents would be costly, regardless of how they did it.
After deciding on purchasing sperm and using an IUI procedure so that one of them could carry the baby, they started saving up. But then the purchase of their home in April cost them more than they had expected and they were back at square one.
When the couple turned to crowdfunding, they were quickly overwhelmed by the support they received. With their fundraising goal met, they hope to start the procedures soon.
"We realized that this was going to be very public... putting ourselves out there," Heather said. "But we also thought it might raise the awareness around the fact about how much starting a family as a lesbian or gay couple costs."
Hopeful parents to be are turning to crowdfunding sites to raise thousands from friends, family and even complete strangers.