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LGBTQ+ Family Building

We know that there are many different paths to parenthood. We know because we help build families every day. We also know that the fertility options and issues facing gays and lesbians and transgender individuals are different from others wishing to become parents. There are legal, financial and other obstacles that need special attention and knowledge to overcome. Various medical procedures also have benefits and risks that need to be understood. That’s why we offer the very best in comprehensive and personalized care.

Fertility options for third party reproduction have grown over the years. We now have choices that include not only adopted children, but genetically related children, as well. Biological females, depending on their health and age, can use advanced technologies such as egg or embryo freezing, sperm donation with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), shared conception, and egg donation to achieve a pregnancy. Biological males, depending on their sperm quality and surrogacy options, can use technologies like IVF, egg donation, and gestational carriers. As many LGBTQ individuals and couples do not have an established diagnosis of infertility, pregnancy rates per cycle are generally quite favorable.

In addition to the range of advanced medical technologies we offer, we can also guarantee the highest level of skill and expertise in successfully using them. We are experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and have been nationally recognized for our success, compassion and commitment. 

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LGBTQ+ Family-Building Services near New London CT

Family Building for Gay Couples & Individuals

Family Building for Lesbian Couples & Individuals

Fertility Preservation and Family Building for Transgender Individuals

Caring for LGBTQ Community Since Early 1980’s

Since 2006, The Center has been tracking the LGBTQ community as a distinct demographic. We know that between 2006 and 2018, the Center has been responsible for over 175 babies born with over 300 couples/individuals seen.

Looking back to 1983, and applying the percentages seen from 2006 to the present, we approximate there have been nearly 2,500 babies born to LGBTQ parents with the Center’s help.

From 1988-2004, we were one of the only commercial sperm banks in New England and very popular with the local and regional lesbian community.

We are Long-Time Supporters of the LGBTQ Community

We have an inclusive work environment for LGBTQ individuals, staff and patients. In addition, all of our staff have had LGBTQ sensitivity training conducted by professionals. Our CEO Emeritus, Paul Verrastro, is a proud member of the LGBTQ community.

We are avid supporters of LGBTQ causes, including New Haven and Hartford Pride, Hartford Health Collective’s One Big Event, and have partnered with the New Haven Pride Center to bring public service announcements (PSA’s) and educational programs to the LGBTQ community.

Additional Resources

As recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine [ASRM] all Center patients utilizing donor gametes [egg, sperm or embryos] or a gestational carrier are required to have a consultation with The Center’s psychologist.

The Center is a 2024 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Builder

We’re proud to say that The Center received an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Builder designation in the 2024 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation is the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. For 16 years, the HRC Foundation has released the HEI, which is the leading national benchmarking tool for LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and best practices in healthcare facilities.

The Center received high marks on the criteria used for the HEI, including Non-Discrimination & Staff Training which measures the following:

  • Patient Non-Discrimination
  • Visitation Non-Discrimination
  • Employment Non-Discrimination
  • Staff Training

If you’re an individual or couple in the LGBTQ+ community, The Center can help you reach your family building goals. Make an appointment today.