Celebrating Pride Month: LGBTQ Families Achieve Parenthood

Supporting Pride, and the LGBTQ Community

Fertility Centers of Illinois is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community and will be attending and sponsoring the Chicago Pride Fest June 22-23, 2019! This year marks a milestone as we honor the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Riots and the birth of the Pride movement.

There will be drawings for a free Fertility Awareness Checkup and consultation with one of our physicians. Please stop by our table to enter and to find out more information on how Fertility Centers of Illinois can help you plan your family.

We are proud to celebrate families and family formation of all kinds during Pride Month.

Information shared by the Family Equality Council states that there are over 10 million adults in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Between 2 million and 3.7 million children under age 18 have an LGBTQ parent, and approximately 200,000 of them are being raised by a same-sex couple.

Since national marriage equality, the number of same-sex couples creating families through assisted reproductive technology and third-party reproduction (gestational carrier, egg donor, sperm donor) as well as adoption and foster care continues to increase.

We would like to honor two families that we have been privileged enough to work with on their journey to parenthood. In the links below, they share their experiences in their own words.

Two Moms, Two Babies: One Family 

Kira and Dana are the proud mothers of sons Maverick and Ryder. After at-home inseminations, intrauterine inseminations and IVF, Kira gave birth to Maverick. Their second son, Ryder, was carried by Dana. Dana’s eggs and the same sperm donor were used for both pregnancies, making the brothers biological siblings.

From Two to Four: Gay Parenthood Through Surrogacy and Egg Donation

After meeting in medical school and falling in love, Flavio and Matt saved diligently to pursue the dream of parenthood. Over a decade later, using sperm and a gestational carrier, Flavio and Matt became fathers to Kaiyen, whose name means “long-hoped-for-child.” Eighteen months later, they decided to add to their family and via surrogate, they had Tavi, their second son.