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Your ultimate source for LGBTQ+ fertility and family-building information, including guides to surrogacy, IVF, IUI, affording treatment, LGBTQ+ parenting and much more.

Family Building | LGBTQ Parenting

By: Molly Horton Booth
June 15th, 2022

June is the perfect time to reflect on how we’re doing with making LGBTQ+ parents feel welcomed in social situations. Whether you’re an ally or part of the rainbow community, there’s always more to think about, learn, and un-learn when it comes to treating queer families with respect.

LGBTQ Parenting | Mental Health

By: Dr. Laura Meyer
May 20th, 2022

There are many paths to parenthood for LGBTQ+ parents, with some being more stressful and trying than others. Regardless of how you choose to grow your family, it can be challenging to prioritize your mental health and emotional wellness throughout the process. Whether you're adding a child to your family by adopting, going through fertility treatments like IUI or IVF, or working with a gestational carrier (surrogate) to help make your dreams come true, it's common to experience added stress and anxiety at times. Here are some ways to help you maintain balance and emotional wellbeing!

Family Building | IVF | LGBTQ Parenting | Patient Stories

By: Lisa Rosenthal
May 6th, 2022

What is it like to shift from hoping to be a mother to going through fertility treatment to finally, being a mother? And what is it like being one of two mothers in a family unit? This Mother’s Day, we want to recognize the experience of LGBTQ+ moms by sharing a story from one of our families. We are so thrilled to be able to share Kix's story. She is a former Illume Fertility patient who is now happily enjoying life with her three children and her wife. Below, Kix shares her personal journey toward celebrating Mother’s Day with her wife and children.

Egg Donors | Gay Surrogacy

By: Dr. Mark P. Leondires
March 31st, 2022

Embarking on the surrogacy process can be overwhelming, whether you’re starting with a trusted provider at your fertility clinic or with an agency. Prospective parents have a myriad of questions, from “how long is this actually going to take” to “does my surrogate want to keep my baby?” At Gay Parents To Be, we’ve been a resource and a sounding board for dads-to-be for years, so we’ve learned to anticipate some of the most common questions about the egg donation, IVF, and surrogacy process for LGBTQ+ families. One key area about which parents frequently ask questions is choosing the right egg donor – this special person will contribute 50% of your child’s genetic makeup, after all! Many dads feel immense pressure to ultimately make the right choice for their family, so knowing where to turn for any and all egg donor information before they even begin the surrogacy process is incredibly helpful. Have no fear! In this blog, we’ll examine your options for egg donor selection, plus the pros and cons associated with each, so you’re prepared for what’s ahead. And if you’re looking for more information on the entire surrogacy process, check out our comprehensive guide here. Skip to a section: Where To Look For an Egg Donor Why Choose an Egg Donor from an In-House Donor Program? Why Would I Choose an Agency Egg Donor? How Fast Can I Match with My Egg Donor? The Bottom Line More Resources for Dads-to-Be

Family Building | IVF | Patient Stories | IUI

By: Sierra Dehmler
February 9th, 2022

When hopeful LGBTQ+ moms-to-be decide they are ready to grow their family, the first step is often finding a fertility clinic that can help them make their dreams come true. For moms Taylor and Mary Kate, the journey to bringing home their first daughter was challenging, eventually leading them from IUI to IVF. This is their story.

Family Building | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
January 19th, 2022

Although the COVID-19 pandemic altered LGBTQ+ moms Yessenia and Millie's wedding and family-building plans, they still found a way to make their dreams of having a baby come true. Read all about their IVF journey and the advice they offer to other LGBTQ+ parents-to-be in this heartwarming story.

Family Building | IVF | Sperm Donors | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
December 3rd, 2021

Through multiple disappointing failed IUI and IVF cycles and the emotional roller coaster of fertility treatment, Malorie and Holli learned a lot about what it's really like to go through this process as an LGBTQ+ couple. In this blog, they share what they learned, how they navigated their journey and where they turned for support.

Family Building | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 11th, 2021

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage...right? Well, not always! In this blog, parents-to-be Rosa and Jackie share their unique story, including their fertility journey and path to parenthood, as they await the arrival of their first baby together.

Family Building | LGBTQ History & Culture

By: Dr. Mark P. Leondires
October 29th, 2021

In June, towns across the world celebrate the history of “Pride Month,” and we highlight LGBTQ icons from across history. The infamous Stonewall Riots that began June of 1969 have long been recognized as a catalyst for the gay rights movement as we know it today. But, who said education and celebration must stop in June?

Family Building | Gay Surrogacy | LGBTQ Parenting | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 13th, 2021

Navigating any surrogacy journey is challenging, but what does it look like to embark on one during a global pandemic? In this blog, new dads Robbie and Mackenzy share what it was like to become parents during the COVID-19 crisis, how they maintained a connection with their gestational carrier long-distance and everything else they learned along the way.

Family Building | IVF | LGBTQ Parenting | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
September 24th, 2021

When any parent-to-be embarks on a family-building journey, the last thing they expect is the worst-case scenario. While most families understand there will be bumps in the road, the majority of them emerge from the process relatively unscathed. This is the story of one LGBTQ+ couple's experience growing their family and grieving the loss of the future they imagined.

Egg Donors | Family Building | Gay Surrogacy | IVF

By: Emma Lott
September 8th, 2021

Surrogacy allows those in a same-sex relationship to do something that wasn’t possible 40 years ago – have their own children. You've likely already explored the surrogacy process, and now you’ve ended up here, trying to determine why the surrogacy process costs so much.