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Events | Gay Parents To Be News | Advocacy

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 2nd, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website - a modernized, freshly designed virtual hub for LGBTQ+ fertility and family planning! So, what can you expect from our new site? Keep reading to find out! Pssst...jump to the end to see what events we'll be at for 2023 Pride!

IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 28th, 2023

Moms Taylor and Holly open up to share their LGBTQ+ fertility journey, which included both IUI and reciprocal IVF, as well as how they navigated the ups and downs, their advice for other two mom families, and what life looks like as a family of four.

IVF | Patient Stories | Mental Health | Fertility Treatment | Adoption

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 25th, 2023

After 693 injections, two years of genetic testing, financial obstacles, pregnancy losses and unsuccessful IVF cycles, hopeful moms Emily and Staci make the difficult choice to stop pursuing IVF and begin to reimagine their future family.

Egg Donors | Patient Stories | Surrogacy

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 24th, 2023

After two Episcopal priests decide to begin their journey to parenthood, they encounter unexpected roadblocks, including financial hurdles and a global pandemic. This is the story of how they navigated surrogacy, what they learned along the way, and what life looks like as a family of three - in their own words.

LGBTQ Parenting | Sperm Donors | Patient Stories | Twins

By: Nikkya Hargrove
April 4th, 2023

Photo: The Rathkopfs  Dinushka, my now wife, and I met on a dating website over 16 years ago. We got to know each other via phone calls and emails for a month before our first date in 2007. Over email, I first shared with Dinushka that I wanted to have kids. Then, she shared with me that she did not. This is the story of what happened next. 

Family Building | Gay Parenting | Gay Surrogacy

By: Dr. Mark P. Leondires
March 8th, 2023

  Let's be honest - surrogacy can feel very intimidating. As much as you may long to hold a baby, raise a child, and grow your family, sometimes the process is overwhelming. For LGBTQ+ dads-to-be, there are so many things to think about (like how to choose a surrogacy agency, egg donor, gestational carrier, fertility practice, and attorney), that it's sometimes hard to even know where to start. 

Mental Health

By: Melissa Kelleher, LCSW
February 21st, 2023

Many LGBTQ+ parents-to-be are surprised when they are referred to a mental health professional for a consultation during their family-building journey. Here's why fertility clinics recommend or require special counseling for families pursuing donor conception and surrogacy, and how you can take advantage of the opportunity to learn and process your own emotions.

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 | Surrogacy

By: Sierra Dehmler
January 13th, 2023

Here at Gay Parents To Be and our partner clinic Illume Fertility, we have many years of experience guiding future dads through surrogacy journeys. We also know that the pathway to parenthood can be overwhelming, whether you’re at the start of your journey or a few steps into the family-building process. Choosing an egg donor is one of the first big decisions you'll need to make. Let's explore this important step towards fatherhood.

Family Building | IVF

By: Dr. Mark P. Leondires
January 4th, 2023

Congratulations on deciding to become parents! As a same-sex female couple, there are several family-building options available to you.  The first question to ask is: Do you want to proceed with biological family building (where you and/or your partner could conceive a genetically linked child), or do you want to pursue adoption? Both are wonderful family-building options, and require separate teams of experts to help you achieve your goal. If you've decided to pursue biological family building, keep reading to learn more about the different pathways available!

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!