5 people in the Netherlands are expecting a baby ... together

While we know that the idea of a white picket fence family isn't as common today as it used to be, this group of five people in the Netherlands is proving that family truly is what you make of it.

This specific family unit is made up of two couples -- Jaco and Sjoerd and Daantje and Dewi, and the couples have known each other for ten years. They've considered having a child together for about six years now. The fifth family member is Sean, an Australian man who has been Jaco and Sjoerd's partner for the last three and a half years. The family has decided that Sean will play an equal role in raising the family's future son.

In regard to Sean's relationship with Jaco and Sjoerd, Sjoerd told VICE, "Jaco and I have been married for eight years now. Unfortunately we can't marry Sean as well, otherwise we'd have done it in a heartbeat."

Dewi told VICE:

The family has to do this legally because in the Netherlands, a child can still only have a maximum of two legal parents. However, it is allowed for a mother to appoint an additional legal parent.

The family has made a plan to have one legal parent in each household because they're "splitting the upbringing equally," Dewi said.

Well, this baby definitely won't be short on love (or parents) when he finally enters the world.

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