LGBT Family Building
Deciding to take the first steps on the path to parenthood is a very exciting time for partners or for those who have chosen to be single parents. At Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine we believe in taking a "whole person" approach in helping people build their families.
Gay Parenting: Atlanta
We are very sensitive to the unique needs of our LGBT patients and any special needs they have in family building. In addition, we provide the necessary referrals to facilitate the family building process. Such referrals include those to attorneys specializing in reproductive and adoption law. In our commitment to the philosophy of treating the whole person, we also offer fertility acupuncture, and nutritional counseling and emotional counseling for infertility support to further support you on your journey to parenthood. We are a team of professionals dedicated to caring for patients through thoughtful, cost-effective, and most importantly, honest treatment with an individualized approach.
Family Building Options for Same Sex Parenting
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), is when sperm, from you or your selected donor, are placed directly into a woman's uterus when she is most fertile, immediately prior to and during ovulation.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
ART is a term used by Reproductive Endocrinologists to describe medical procedures used to bring sperm and eggs together without sexual intercourse. ACRM provides state-of-the-art treatment through the use of ART, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the fertilization of an egg by sperm outside the body. Once fertilization has occurred and normal embryo development is confirmed, a selected number of embryos are transferred to the uterus. The remaining development of the embryo(s) occurs naturally within the carrier.
Participants in our IVF program are cared for by a highly skilled and experienced team of fellowship trained physicians who trained in the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology, as well as embryologists, nurses, and infertility counselors.
At ACRM, the Donor Program staff is dedicated to working with patients whose family building requires the use of either an egg donor, sperm donor, or gestational carrier. We work closely with national sperm banks, and our dedicated Donor Program staff will assist you in finding an egg donor match. As well, we work with national agencies who identify excellent gestational carrier candidates. Our Donor Program professionals work day-in and day-out with the specialized needs surrounding third party reproduction, and are able to address all concerns of those choosing to utilize our Donor Program.
Use of Gestational Carriers
A gestational carrier is a woman that will carry and deliver a child for another couple or person.
When a gestational carrier is used, with the use of IVF, eggs and semen are combined to make embryos, and the embryos are then transferred into the carrier's uterus. The carrier has no genetic tie to the child.
ACRM is partnered with several nationally recognized agencies and can be a prime resource in helping you find your gestational carrier. We also provide any medical procedures associated with gestational carrier usage.
At any point along your journey to same sex parenthood, you may decide that adoption is the best choice for you or for you and your partner. ACRM works closely with many adoption agencies, and can be a resource in guiding you to the right people to help you build your family.
When third party reproduction is used, there are important legal issues that should be considered and addressed, including establishing legal parentage. ACRM can refer to you several law firms that specialize in third party reproductive law and that have attorneys who have years of experience in this very special area of legal practice.