Do you know what is co-parenting? You may have never heard this word until now. Indeed, it may not even be in dictionaries today. But, whether language academics like it or not, it's a term that is here to stay and you'll be hearing more.
In this post, we'll discuss what it means to co-parent and the childbearing options this new concept offers for different groups of people for whom until very recently wasn't possible to be parents (for example single women and men, gay and lesbian couples, etc.).
Now, before you continue reading, I recommend you open your mind and prepare to leave behind some of the more traditional family paradigms. For example, having children only in the context of marriage and that sort of thing. ;)
What is co-parenting?
Co-parenting, or being co-parents, happens when two people (or sometimes more than two) that have no emotional relationship between them decide to have a child and raise them together.
That means the possibility that, as a woman, I may decide to have a child with a man that isn't my boyfriend, or my husband, or partner, or lover, and share childbearing with him.
While it may sound like something outrageous at first, it's something that has really existed all the time. For example, co-parenting happens when two parents separate, but continue sharing their children's custody. Or when a child is raised by a single mother and the child's uncle, a father and their new partner, etc.
Co-parenting is an inclusive way of having children
The best about co-parenting is that not only it opens the door for single men and women, but it also offers the opportunity to have a child to people who had it complicated due to different circumstances, such as homosexual people, which cannot procreate in the traditional way for obvious reasons.
Nowadays, co-parenting offers the possibility that a gay couple, for example, could be co-parents with a single woman. This is a win-win for all parties and opens new possibilities that were unheard of only a few years back.
Another of the most interesting co-parenting options within the LGBTQ community happens when two couples (one gay and one lesbian) decide to have a child in common and share responsibilities amongst the four. I don't know about you, but I'd be thrilled to have two mums and two dads.
How does co-parenting works
Co-parenting isn't very common in Spain yet, but it's starting to make its way. Copaping is a tool for all of those people looking for a like-minded person to create a family to get in contact with and start working on their dream.
Our website makes it possible for these people to meet and if there are a connection and common ground, may reach a co-parenting agreement.
Once co-parents have made a decision, the conception process can be completed through artificial insemination, or even through home insemination.
In upcoming blog posts, we'll speak in more detail about the different steps people interested in becoming co-parents need to take.
Definitely, co-parenting is an innovative and very inclusive way of having children, with many advantages. It makes it possible for any person to become a mother or a father, regardless of their sexual orientation or their marital status. It's an advancement in our society, the solution to a problem, and an answer to a need that existed long ago.
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