Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is launching GayParentsToBe.com, a website dedicated to helping same-sex couples learn about their family building options using fertility therapy.
There is growing interest in family building in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community; the Census Bureau estimates that the percentage of same-sex couples raising children has more than doubled in just 10 years, from eight percent in 2000 to 19 percent in 2010. This may be especially relevant in Connecticut, where same-sex marriage is legal and the laws are conducive for surrogacy.
The gay parenting website, created based on feedback from members of the LGBT community, includes four primary sections: egg donors and sperm donors, pregnancy success rates for patients using third party reproduction, location and transportation, and resources for financial and legal services. In addition, the website provides information about assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and advanced medical procedures such as Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS). It also walks readers through the process of working with donors and surrogates, and the agencies that represent them.
“I feel strongly that if one desires to have a family, the hurdles are surmountable,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director of RMACT. “An important step for all patients, whether they are heterosexual or LGBT, is education. Through our new website and our third party program, we hope to educate and help the LGBT community better understand their fertility options and the role of assisted reproductive technologies in their family building journey. After all, knowledge is a powerful tool in overcoming fertility challenges. Our goal is to demystify and simplify the process for anyone who is attempting to have a child.”
While the website is new, RMACT’s third party program has been in place for 10 years and includes recruiting and screening egg donors; overseeing the matching and synchronization of donor and recipient cycles; and working with gestational carriers and the intended parents. Like other RMACT patients, each LGBT patient has a dedicated fertility team that includes a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, nurse coordinator, patient coordinator and financial advisor. Each specialist helps guide an intended parent through his or her area of expertise; collectively, the team provides seamless support for parents-to-be as they realize their dreams of a family.
RMACT primarily offers its same-sex family building services at its Norwalk and Stamford locations, which are easily accessible from New York City via commuter trains and car (I-95 and Merritt Parkway). It is near three major airports, JKF, LaGuardia (LGA) and White Plains (HPN), and has hotel accommodations within blocks of the clinic. Ask questions and connect with GayParentsToBe.com on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services through RMACT Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center, such as nutrition counseling, psychological counseling, acupuncture, massage and yoga.
The RMACT team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMA of CT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit RMACT.com, GayParentsToBe.com or find them on Facebook.
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