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Hope For All Starts Here

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Hope For All Starts Here

Embracing Diversity in Family Building

At ACRM, we believe in providing unwavering support to individuals and couples as they embark on the journey of building their families. We understand that families come in various forms, from same-sex couples and transgender parents to single parents by choice and hetero-normative couples. That's why we offer a wide range of treatment options tailored to each patient's unique needs. Whether it's IUI, IVF, donor sperm, donor egg, gestational carrier, or co-maternity IVF, we are here to help.

Challenges and Specialized Paths

While fertility treatment can be challenging for anyone, members of the LGBTQ+ community often face additional hurdles on their family-building journeys. When a treatment plan involves the use of an outside genetic source, such as a donor egg or sperm, or the assistance of a gestational carrier, we offer three distinct paths for patients to choose from.

Option 1: Independent Donor Sperm and Egg Banks

Many patients opt to use independent donor sperm and/or egg banks, where they can find individuals who possess the desired qualities and characteristics. At ACRM, we take pride in maintaining our own in-house egg bank. Our donors undergo rigorous screening and treatment, adhering to our stringent ACRM standards. Rest assured, our processes fully comply with ASRM guidelines and FDA-mandated screening protocols. 

Option 2: Partnering with Leading Sperm Banks and Agencies

While we do not have an in-house sperm bank, we work closely with many reputable sperm banks nationwide. If a patient cannot find an egg donor who meets their needs, they may choose to work with an independent agency specializing in donor searches. Similarly, patients needing a gestational carrier often rely on independent agencies as well. By partnering with these agencies, ACRM ensures that our high standards are maintained throughout the evaluation and treatment process. We are committed to supporting our patients every step of the way.

Option 3: Directed Donors and Compassionate Gestational Carriers

For patients who don't find the above options suitable, there is an alternative. They can explore the possibility of a directed (known) donor or a compassionate gestational carrier. In this arrangement, a friend or family member offers to undergo appropriate testing and treatment to help a loved one fulfill their fertility dreams. These compassionate gestures can be life-changing for all involved.

Navigating Legal Hurdles

In addition to the challenges of finding a donor or gestational carrier, many LGBTQ+ patients also face legal obstacles. While most state laws automatically guarantee parental rights to hetero-normative couples upon the birth of a child, same-sex couples don't always enjoy the same privileges. In some cases, parental rights default to only the genetic parent, even if legally married.

To ensure both partners are legally recognized, additional steps may be required, such as a legal agreement establishing the intent to parent, regardless of genetic status. In more complex scenarios, the couple may need to undertake the emotionally taxing and costly adoption process.

At ACRM, we are committed to protecting our patients' rights to create the families they desire. We maintain strong relationships with top reproductive law attorneys in the greater Atlanta area, ensuring our patients are well-informed about their parental rights within their state of residence.

ACRM: Standing with the LGBTQ+ Community

ACRM proudly stands with the LGBTQ+ community, offering inclusive treatment options, compassionate and understanding care, and supportive guidance. We believe that hope begins right here for every individual or couple who dreams of welcoming a child into a loving and nurturing home. Together, let's embark on this journey, overcoming challenges and embracing the joy that comes with building a family.

For more information about LGBTQ+ family-building options, contact Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine today, 678.841.1089.