Dr. Mark Leondires and Financial Advisor Beatrice Abshire Conducting In-Person Consultations with LGBTQ Community at The Center
On Friday, September 12 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Chicago, IL, Dr. Mark Leondires and Financial Advisor Beatrice Abshire of GayParentsToBe.com will conduct consultations with members of the LGBTQ community to discuss their medical and financial questions about family building. The following day, GayParentsToBe.com is sponsoring the Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo hosted by the LGBTQ organization Men Having Babies.
“For gay men, starting a family, and surrogacy in particular, can be overwhelming because there are so many questions and challenges to consider,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, who is a Board Certified reproductive endocrinologist and has had two children with his husband. “I am proud to share my expertise and insights with the LGBTQ community as both a physician and a dad who worked with a gestational carrier. These consultations and the Men Having Babies Expo are
opportunities for gay men to find answers and make a plan for their families.”
What: Consultations about Surrogacy and Family Building
Who: LGBTQ Community interested in having a family
When: Friday, September 12 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
In addition, on Saturday, September 13, Dr. Leondires and Abshire will give consultations at the Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo hosted by Men Having Babies. The expo includes several speakers and break out sessions to help educate attendees about family building options for the LGBTQ community. Additional information may be found at www.menhavingbabies.org/chicago
Dr. Leondires, Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com, married his husband in 2011 and has two sons through surrogacy. The combination of his professional and personal experience with surrogacy gives him a unique perspective when working with patients. For two consecutive years, Dr. Leondires has been selected through a peer-review process for Best Doctors in America, which represents the top five percent of physicians across the country. He is also a Castle Connelly “Top Doctor” for his work in the field of reproductive endocrinology.
Beatrice Abshire, who has 20 years of experience working in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, is the Third Party Financial Coordinator with RMACT and GayParentsToBe.com. She can answer financial questions about family planning and working with a gestational carrier. Beatrice is also fluent in Spanish.
GayParentsToBe.com is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBT community. Through its partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), GayParentsToBe.com provides full service care by working with an established professional network, including gestational carrier (surrogate), egg donor and sperm donor agencies to help LGBT persons build families.
GayParentsToBe.com patients benefit from the experience and services of RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as 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, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.
About Men Having Babies
With over 1500 couples and singles worldwide, Men Having Babies (MHB) is the only international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing current and future gay surrogacy parents with educational and financial support. It offers seminars, exhibits, and workshops in NY, and teams up with LGBT family associations throughout the world to develop similar programs. In 2014 the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) awarded 10 couples and singles over $600,000 in cash grants and free services, in addition to dozens who became eligible for generous discounts from over thirty service providers. MHB also offers extensive online resources, a directory with ratings and reviews of surrogacy agencies and IVF clinics, a speakers bureau, and a vibrant online community forum.