Free event aims to help lesbians become parents safely by sharing must-know legal and medical information. Presented by The American Fertility Association with information from Fertility Centers of Illinois and sponsored by California Cryobank.
Chicago, IL (August 6, 2014) – As the overdue push for marriage and family equality successfully spreads across our country, understanding the unique circumstances and special needs of LGBT family building has never been more important. For lesbian couples, not knowing your legal and medical options can potentially result in unrealistic expectations, heart-wrenching legal battles, and excessive medical expenses. Maximizing your opportunity for a healthy, happy family requires a little bit of preparation.
To help lesbians pursue parenthood with knowledge and confidence, The American Fertility Association (The AFA) is hosting a free, educational event about pregnancy and family-building options for lesbians in Chicago.
Gay Women’s Gathering will take place on Wednesday, August 6th, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Women & Children First, located at 5233 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
Critical information like deciding between a sperm donor you know and one you don’t, getting pregnant at home or in a doctor’s office and understanding your legal rights will be discussed by experts in a relaxed, conversational format.
“This is the seventh in our national series of informational gatherings specific to the needs of hopeful lesbian moms,” said Ken Mosesian, Executive Director of The AFA. “As the only inclusive, national fertility association committed to serving the LGBT community, we’ve worked hard to assemble a top-rate knowledgeable team of presenters to help this community.”
“Making informed and educated decisions on having a child can protect the legal rights of lesbian families as well as conserve the financial and emotional resources necessary on this journey,” says Dr. Laurence Jacobs with Fertility Centers of Illinois. “Our priority is to help you achieve the family of your dreams safely and securely.”
Dr. Jacobs has helped many lesbians have a family, including Dana and Kira Crosby. The couple shares their emotional journey to have son Maverick in a short video.
The evening is focused on the lesbian community, but all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served and educational gift bags given to all participants.
Fertility Centers of Illinois is one of the leading fertility treatment practices in the United States, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. With a team of 11 nationally and internationally recognized reproductive physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. FCI is dedicated to medical and clinical excellence and continues to invest in the latest technologies and research. FCI offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well as extensive resources to address financial and emotional needs. Fostering a culture for continuous innovation has made FCI home to the annual Midwest Reproductive Symposium which attracts experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology from around the world. FCI has 10 offices conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland area (Buffalo Grove, Chicago/River North, Crystal Lake, Glenview, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lindenhurst, Warrenville, Oakbrook Terrace, and Orland Park). FCI is a member of the Attain Fertility Network which provides discounted fertility treatment programs. For more information visit www.fcionline.com
The American Fertility Association (The AFA) is an inclusive organization committed to helping people create their families of choice by providing leading-edge outreach programs and timely educational information. The scope of our work encompasses reproductive and sexual health, infertility prevention and treatment, and family-building options including adoption and third party solutions. The AFA is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in New York City. For more information visit http://www.theafa.org/