The road to fatherhood isn’t always easy and it can feel scary and isolating if things aren’t going the way you planned. Positive examples of the various ways you can build a family – and advice from people who understand – can be really helpful when on this journey.
Here are 5 of our favourite fatherhood accounts which offer just that.
Michael and Wes became Dads to their two children thanks to surrogacy – and now they are on a mission to help other intended parents do the same. Their account gives an uplifting peek into family life following the surrogacy process and is also one of many examples of how LGTBQ+ couples can become parents and raise a beautiful family! The pair also have another platform – My Surrogacy Journey – which offers expert advice you can trust on all things surrogacy, from optimising your sperm health to finding your surrogate and the legalities involved depending on where you live. Whether you are just starting to consider surrogacy as an option or are ready to embark on the journey – give these guys a follow!
It’s not always easy for men to talk about fertility and the struggles that can be thrown at them on your road to fatherhood, but Shaun’s account and online community Knackered Knackers is a safe space for men to do just that. Shaun became a father through sperm donation, after being diagnosed with azoospermia, likely caused by having mumps in his early twenties. However, he is now the proud father of two beautiful children after going through IVF with donor sperm. His page is an honest account of the good, the bad and the ugly of his experience – but is also a great source of hope for anyone having a difficult time becoming a Dad. If you are considering sperm donation, Shaun’s page is definitely worth following, but it’s a great place for men dealing with any fertility struggles to hang out.
Humour is such a powerful tool for bringing men into the fertility conversation and Jon Summers aka Infertility Man has it in spades! After cancer treatment left Jon infertile, he accepted he may never become a father. However, years later he met his partner Laura and they decided to embark on a mission to have a baby – and share their whole experience with the world, in an effort to end the stigma around infertility. The result is an account that has earned legions of fans thanks to their open (and at times hilarious) account of their fertility journey – which ultimately led to the birth of their daughter last year, after numerous rounds of IVF. From the incredible comic-book style illustrations to his side-splitting video content, Jon tackles serious topics with a light-hearted attitude that is sure to put a smile on your face and make you feel less alone. Check out our recent interview with Jon right here.
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There are many health and fitness accounts you can follow on social media but not all of them understand what it’s like to struggle with fertility – unless it’s Ciaran Hannington. After struggling to conceive for a while, Ciaran found out that he had a seriously low sperm count. Doctors weren’t hopeful that he would ever be able to have biological children, but Ciaran did not decide to take matters into his own hands and do everything he could to improve his sperm health. He overhauled his diet and committed to a regular exercise routine and saw incredible results. He is now a proud father of two. On his page, Ciaran shares bitesize pieces of nutrition and fitness advice aimed at improving male fertility and is always on hand for a bit of motivation! Through his business Humanity Health and Fitness, he also helps guys with 1-to-1 coaching. If you’re looking for advice on a healthy lifestyle from someone who understands – you can’t beat Ciaran.
Klinefelter Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that can affect men, characterised by them having XXY chromosomes. Whilst many men have no idea they have the condition until later in life, it often impacts testosterone production which sadly can cause infertility. Guys with Klinefelter Syndrome not only have to deal with fertility issues but they can also feel isolated and confused once they get a diagnosis. Gareth Landy – along with his pal in America, Ryan Bregante – share their stories to end shame and misinformation around Kleinfelter Syndrome and support other guys who are navigating the road to fatherhood with an extra X chromosome. Gareth is now a father to adorable twins after using donor sperm, and his page is full of their adventures in Ireland! You can learn more about Gareth’s story on our recent IGTV.