In Illinois, same-sex couples can become legal parents of children they have after joining in a civil union or marriage. State statute also permits gestational surrogacy. This means the biological parent can skip court proceedings and obtain a pre-birth order by going directly to the Illinois Department of Public Health, which maintains birth records. The non-biological parent then conducts a second-parent adoption after the birth of their child. Because these laws vary from state-to-state, LGBT patients should always seek legal advice while exploring surrogacy.
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In many cases, we can use a method allowing one of the parents to be the genetic father or mother of the child. IVF combines a patient's sperm or egg with donor sperm or eggs outside of the body. Once Dr. Jacobs has selected several viable embryos from those created, they can be inserted into the uterus of a woman in a lesbian relationship, or, in a surrogate carrier for same-sex male partners. A less invasive option, such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), is a common procedure for lesbian couples using donor sperm.
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For gay men who want to have a child who will be biologically connected to one or both partners, surrogacy offers that chance. One or both of the partners' sperm can be combined with donor eggs to create embryos. Next, these embryos are placed within a surrogate mother's uterus, and she will carry the baby to term. This process can be very rewarding for all the parties involved, and can help loving fathers grow their families.
Lesbian couples can grow their families with a variety of options at Dr. Jacobs' office. Women can choose Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, with a known or anonymous donor sperm. Another option is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using a sperm donor. There is also the option of reciprocal IVF, where one partner's eggs are harvested for fertilization and the other partner carries the baby. Dr. Jacobs can help women decide which option is best for them.
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As mandated by the Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992, fertility clinics must release their data. When you are exploring fertility offices, these numbers can be helpful in making your decision. LGBT patient success rates are excellent. Our team can help you explore different treatments and determine the best one for your chances of success.
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