Fertility Doctor Leads “IVF Basics for All” Workshop at The Center’s LGBTQ Family Building Expo in New York City

by Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Care Team

Norwalk, CT, May 08, 2014

On May 10, 2014 in New York City, Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com, will lead a workshop called “IVF Basics for All” from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. at The Center’s second annual Family Building Expo. GayParentsToBe.com, which is primarily an informational resource for the LGBTQ community, is sponsoring the Expo.

 

During “IVF Basics for All,” Dr. Leondires will explain how gay, lesbian and transgender individuals can plan for a family through the following topics: assisted reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF), gestational carriers (also known as a surrogates), donor egg and donor sperm and fertility preservation. He will also explain now individuals with Hepatitis and HIV can have a genetically related child.

 

“I want attendees to leave the workshop knowing they can be parents, no matter what obstacles they think stand in the way,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “I’m proud to share my personal experience as a gay dad who worked with gestational carriers, as well as my medical knowledge about assisted reproductive technologies.”

 

In addition to the workshop, GayParentsToBe.com will have a booth at the Expo where attendees can get written materials about family building options for LGBTQ community. Dr. Leondires will also be on hand to answer questions.

 

The Center presents its second annual LGBTQ Family Building Expo on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 208 W 13th St, New York, NY. Admission, which includes a welcome lunch and workshops throughout the day, is free. For a complete schedule and other details, please go to:https://gaycenter.org/lgbtfamilyexpo.

 

 

About GayParentsToBe.com

GayParentsToBe.com is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ persons build families. The GayParentsToBe.com Team is led by Medical Director Dr. Mark P. Leondires, a gay father who married his partner in 2011.

 

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 Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. 

Topics: Family Building, Fertility Treatment

GayParentsToBe.com and TCC Present an LGBTQ Family Planning Event

by Laura Oreilly

Medical, psychological and legal experts will provide insights during a panel discussion.

 

Norwalk, CT March 26, 2014

On April 5 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. the Triangle Community Center (TCC) of Fairfield County, CT and GayParentsToBe.com will host “Getting Started: A Lunch & Learn on LGBTQ Family Planning.” During the event, a panel of experts will discuss starting a family in the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ Family Building event will include a light lunch and is being held at TCC’s new location at 618 West Avenue in Norwalk.

 

The panel of experts is comprised of Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com; Lisa Tuttle, PhD, who specializes in third-party assisted reproduction at RMACT; and Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., who is a prominent lawyer specializing in third-party assisted reproduction. The panel will take questions from the attendees and will explore many facets of surrogacy, including medical (in vitro fertilization or IVF), psychological (emotional impact of choosing an egg donor, gestational carriers/surrogates) and legal (importance of using an attorney).

 

“With Connecticut laws conducive to gay parents and its renown quality of life, Fairfield County is an increasingly attractive destination for LGBTQ families,” says Anthony Crisci, Executive Director of TCC. “As our community grows, TCC is proud to provide a support system for new and existing LGBTQ families. Events such as this Lunch & Learn signify TCC’s coming of age with a new office, new team and new programs.”

 

For 23 years, TCC has been offering resources and programs for a wide range of interests and ages within the LGBTQ community. GayParentsToBe.com and Dr. Leondires, who are long-time supporters of TCC, are excited to be a part of expanding the family building program.

 

“TCC is an ideal partner for GayParentsToBe.com because we both have a mission to provide education and help our community overcome obstacles to creating the families of their dreams,” says Dr. Leondires, who is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “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 for both of my sons.”

 

About Triangle Community Center (TCC) 
Triangle Community Center (TCC) is an LGBTQ Community Center serving all of Fairfield County. The mission of TCC is to help strengthen the health, culture, and visibility of the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County, CT, as well as to work with the greater community to foster and promote a more welcoming place for all. TCC achieves its mission by offering a diverse set of programs and services for LGBTQ people of all ages and their allies. For more information visit http://www.ctgay.org.

 

About GayParentsToBe.com 
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.


Topics: Family Building, LGBT Family Building

Norwalk Ladies Night in Presents: Peer Support Group “Pick your Topic”

by Brian Poe

Norwalk Ladies Night In "coping with the feelings of infertility"Peer Support Group “Pick your Topic”

 

Thursday – April 7th  6:00pm

 

If you are feeling alone and confused during this difficult time, please know that you are not alone. Ladies Night In will show you the way to cope and understand exactly what it is that you are feeling during your path to family building. You are not required to join in on the discussions, sometimes just listening helps more then you could ever know. This support group will be facilitated by Carrie Van Steen & Lisa Rosenthal who are staff members and former infertility patients dedicated to offering support and sharing their coping strategies with all of you.

 

RSVP- cvansteen@rmact.com or tell the receptionist!

 

As always a light dinner will be served!

RMACT - Norwalk

10 Glover Ave

Norwalk, CT 06850

www.rmact.com

Topics: Family Building, RMACT Team, Support

Ladies Night in Presents: Peer Support Group “Pick your Topic”

by Brian Poe

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Wednesday – March 30th 6:00pm

 

If you are feeling alone and confused during this difficult time, please know that you are not alone. Ladies Night In will show you the way to cope and understand exactly what it is that you are feeling during your path to family building. You are not required to join in on the discussions, sometimes just listening helps more then you could ever know. This support group will be facilitated by Carrie Van Steen & Lisa Rosenthal who are staff members and former infertility patients dedicated to offering support and sharing their coping strategies with all of you.

 

RSVP- cvansteen@rmact.com or tell the receptionist!

 

As always a light dinner will be served!

RMACT - Danbury

67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300

Danbury, CT 06810

www.rmact.com

Topics: Family Building, RMACT Team, Support