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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 | IVF | Fertility FAQs

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 14th, 2023

The andrology wing of a fertility clinic is usually shrouded in mystery…what exactly goes on behind those closed doors? What exactly are they evaluating? And how does a semen analysis fit into your family building puzzle? Let's answer some commonly asked questions!

Family Building | Gay Parenting | LGBT News

By: Sierra Dehmler
February 17th, 2023

As parents (or parents-to-be), you may know that it is not always easy to find books, TV shows, and movies that represent diverse families. In its annual Where We Are on TV report last year, GLAAD announced that representation of LGBTQ+ characters in mainstream media was at an all-time high, but that it was still only at 11.9%. While we continue to push for more inclusive character representation on our screens, it’s also important to showcase families of all shapes, sizes, and colors early in our children's lives. We’ve pulled together a list of our favorite LGBTQ+ children’s books featuring Black characters for you and your child to discover together.

Egg Donors | Family Building | Surrogacy

By: Sierra Dehmler
December 19th, 2022

When building a family as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, gestational carriers and known donors don't just help you get there, they become part of the family, too. So when the holidays come around, it's only right to want to give them a gift that is just as special as they are. But what could possibly match the perfect gift they're giving you?

Family Building | LGBTQ Parenting

By: Sierra Dehmler
December 16th, 2022

Do you have a LGBTQ+ friend who's expecting? Are you and your partner starting to think about building a family? Are you a new parent and don't have much time to shop? Here at Gay Parents To Be, we have lots of experience celebrating new parents and the holidays, and we're here to share some of our favorite gift ideas with you!

Family Building | IVF | LGBTQ Parenting | Surrogacy

By: Carlin Longley
October 19th, 2022

One of the most important relationships you will have on your surrogacy journey is with your gestational carrier, and this complex, layered connection requires good communication and mutually agreed-upon boundaries and expectations. In this blog, a dad of three through surrogacy shares eight things he's learned about building a relationship with this very important member of your family-building circle.

Family Building | IVF | Sperm Donors | Patient Stories | Twins

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 11th, 2022

Megan and Nicole dreamt of becoming mothers one day, but nothing could have prepared them for how their journey to parenthood unfolded. From initial discussions with an OB/GYN to working with a fertility clinic, exploring their family-building options, a surprising pregnancy, and welcoming their little ones, they took one step at a time and kept moving forward. This is their story, told in Megan's own words. Enjoy!

Family Building | IVF | Sperm Donors | Patient Stories | Mental Health | Fertility Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
August 30th, 2022

In the world of LGBTQ+ family building, there are no accidents. The decision to become a parent is an intentional act, one that requires a high level of commitment and patience. Hopeful moms Emily and Staci know that better than most. In this blog, they share their story of loss, perseverance, and hope as they continue navigating their tumultuous path to parenthood.

Family Building | Gay Surrogacy | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
July 25th, 2022

Happy World Embryologist Day! We’re celebrating the fascinating, important work that our embryologists must do every single day in order to make things like IVF and cryopreservation possible. Keep reading to learn more about IVF and embryology! Skip to a section: LGBTQ+ Parents-to-Be & Fertility Treatment What do embryologists do? My embryo was abnormal…why did you still freeze it? How do you grade embryos and what does the grade mean? How long does it take to transfer in samples from another facility? How long do cryopreserved embryos last? If you used frozen sperm for my IUI/IVF procedure, why am I still receiving a storage bill? Honoring Our Embryologists More Family-Building Resources

Family Building | Transgender Family Building | Non-Binary | Advocacy

By: Molly Horton Booth
July 14th, 2022

In honor of International Non-Binary People's Day, let's talk about the current state of non-binary and trans healthcare, unpack why gender and sex are so closely tied together, and explore some actionable ways healthcare providers can offer more inclusive, welcoming environments for non-binary and trans patients to get the care they deserve.

Family Building | LGBT News | Transgender Family Building | LGBTQ History & Culture

By: Molly Horton Booth
June 29th, 2022

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, it's essential to include ALL perspectives in the conversation - not just those of cis women. Let's explore why a lot of the language being circulated in the media is harmful, and how we can be more inclusive of trans and non-binary people in a post-Roe world.

Egg Donors | Family Building | Gay Surrogacy | Patient Stories

By: Lisa Rosenthal
June 17th, 2022

What are your dreams about Father’s Day? Is this holiday about spending time with your own father? Or is it about having children of your own? One Gay Parents To Be couple who are now happily expecting, share some of their thoughts about Father’s Day, as they await the birth of their first child.

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.