Johnny and Stefan are a gay couple. Thanks to an egg donor and surrogate mother, they are now also proud fathers of the twins Amalia and Aurelio. A family like any other, they say.
Egg donorship and surrogate motherhood are banned in Germany. But certain states in the US permit it. For Johnny and Stefan, it was the only way they could make their dream of having their own children come true. What’s their little family like - spanned across two continents? Between keeping their company afloat, arranging visits with the surrogate mother and taking the wishes of the conservative grandparents into account, the beginning was tricky - but worth it. We got to accompany the small family as they navigated the ups and downs of their first year together. A report by Almut Röhrl.