Helpful Websites

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Midwives, In-Home IUI Inseminations and Fertility Services (Greater Bay Area)

Fertility Resources

  • Aimee Eyvazzadeh, M.D. Fertility Specialist in Bay Area, California

  • Alta Bates In Vitro Fertilization Program Comprehensive fertility services: IUI, IVF, In-house Egg Donors, Surrogates, ICSI/MESA/PGD, Egg Freezing, Fertility Preservation with Cancer, Pregnancy Losses, Ovulation Induction, Surgery. Educational website.

  • American College of Nurse Midwives National database of nurse midwives, plus links related to pregnancy, medical issues, and parenting.

  • American Fertility Association

  • Gamete Donation: Findings on Disclosure and Anonymous Donation  Good resource for when you're considering whether to use a donor in our Identity-Release® Program and/or when you're trying to decide whether and when to talk to your future child about your family's donor origins. Based on empirical and clinical data. Authored by psychosocial fertility expert, Madeline Licker Feingold, PhD (2013).

  • Building Healthy Donor Conceived Families  An excellent primer to read anytime during the process of trying to conceive, during pregnancy or after your child is here. Authored by psychosocial fertility expert, Madeline Licker Feingold, PhD (2008).
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine Helpful guidelines and fact sheets related to every aspect of reproduction from technology to psychosocial education. ASRM’s research journal, Fertility & Sterility, focuses primarily on medical and psychosocial aspects of fertility. Also see ASRM's Mental Health Professional Group, which specializes in education, psychological support and well-being. See also Ethics Committee reports:

    • Access to fertility services by transgender persons (2015)

    • Access to fertility treatment by gays, lesbians and unmarried persons (2013)

    • Informing offspring of their conception by gamete donation (2013)

  • At Home Fertility These SF Bay Area-based midwives offer in-home intrauterine inseminations to women in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

  • Awakenings Birth Services  SF Bay Area-based midwives offering prenatal, birth and post-partum care.

  • Bay Area Home Birth Collective Collective of midwives offering prenatal, birth, and postpartum care, as well as classes and support groups. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area. (415) 273-5185

  • Birthways Childbirth preparation classes and referrals within the SF Bay Area

  • Fertile Hope Non-profit organization dedicated to helping male and female cancer patients faced with infertility.

  • Fertile Thoughts  Resources, links, and bulletin boards related to fertility, adoption, surrogacy, and parenting.

  • INCIID International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination. Consumer-targeted infertility information with fact sheets and up-to-date reproductive health news.

  • Infertility 911  Find out complete information about female and male infertility, their symptoms and causes. Get to know how infertility is diagnosed and treated.

  • Infertility Network Non-profit organization offering education and support related to infertility. Based in Canada.

  • Integramed Links to US Fertility Clinics-contact one in your area

  • Laurel Fertility Care  They offer only the latest assisted reproductive technologies (ART) supported by our nationally accredited embryology laboratory, resulting in excellent success rates.

  • MAIA Midwifery and Fertility Services  Internationally renowned experts in LGBTQ family building, MAIA Midwifery provides comprehensive fertility consultations for all families conceiving via donor insemination, including individualized insemination timing plans, holistic fertility enhancement, and a balanced approach to infertility.  Their reported "over 40" success rate of 33% is far above industry standards.

  • Mental Health Professional Group  The American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG) is to dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of psychological and emotional aspects of reproductive health.

  • Natural Resources SF Bay Area-based retail store and educational center providing resources, referrals, and classes focused on pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

  • Parents Via Egg Donation   Information for the parent or the parent-to-be including secure message boards, resource information and reading list.

  • UCSF Center for Reproductive Health   Fertility services, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, and donor egg program. Fresh sperm inseminations with husband’s or known donor’s sperm. Inseminations seven days a week. San Francisco, CA (415) 353-7475

Family Building & Parent Preparation

  • Bananas  Provides comprehensive information and referrals to child care and children’s services in Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Piedmont. Oakland (510) 658-7353

  • Building Healthy Donor Conceived Families  An excellent primer to read anytime during the process of trying to conceive, during pregnancy or after your child is here. Authored by psychosocial fertility expert, Madeline Licker Feingold, PhD (2008).

  • Choice Moms  For single women who are choosing to build a family. Resources, events, podcasts and blogs geared toward the choice mom community.

  • COLAGE, Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere. Support and advocacy organization for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* identified parents. See especially: Donor Insemination Guide (written by and for donor-conceived children/teens/adults) and Kids of Trans Resource Guide

  • Cheryl Deaner, LMFT Resource for considering building a family through donor conception. Cheryl is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist In 1997. Cheryl founded and served as the first executive director of Our Family Coalition, a non-profit organization serving the needs of LGBT families.

  • Donor Conception Network  Non-profit organization offering education and support related to family formation through donor conception. Includes excellent resources for talking to your child about their donor origins. Based in the UK.

  • Donor Conception Support Group   International organization (based in Australia) offering support, information, and resources.

  • EMPOWERING SOLO MOMS EVERYWHERE (ESME) dedicated to Solo Moms who face the challenge of solo parenting in a society that provides little help or guidance.

  • Ethics Committee reports and Fact sheets from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Every aspect of assisted reproduction from technology to psychosocial education. ASRM’s research journal, Fertility & Sterility, focuses primarily on medical and psychosocial aspects of fertility. Also see ASRM's Mental Health Professional Group, which specializes in education, psychological support and well-being.

    • Access to fertility services by transgender persons (2015)

    • Access to fertility treatment by gays, lesbians and unmarried persons (2013)

    • Informing offspring of their conception by gamete donation (2013)

  • Family Equality Council  Works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.

  • Madeline Feingold, PhD  Psychosocial Fertility Expert. Excellent resource to help you consider long term implications of building a family through donor conception.

  • Lesbian Health Research Center   The official site of UCSF's Lesbian Health Research Center offers lesbians and their medical practitioners information on a variety of health-related topics and includes a section on parenthood.

  • Our Family Coalition  Sponsors events and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered families and friends in the SF Bay Area.

  • Parents Place  A full-service family resource center offering workshops, classes, and support groups to families in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Santa Rosa.

  • Single Mothers by Choice  National support and information network for single women choosing motherhood.

  • SprOUT Family A gender and sexually diverse non profit startup that supports LGBTQ people through the family building process.

  • Talking with Children about Sperm Donation   An excellent primer when thinking about talking to your children about the family's donor origins. Authored by psychosocial fertility experts, Jean Benward, LCSW & Patricia Mendell, LCSW (2010).

  • The Rainbow Babies  The Rainbow Babies vision is to provide a central area for general information on the many aspects of GLBT pregnancies and parenting. We will also provide space for parents or would-be parents to share their stories about their respective paths to parenthood.

  • TransParentcy  TransParentcy's mission is to support the Transgender Parent, and their advocates (lawyers, mental health professionals, friends, family) by providing information and resources to diffuse and/or dispel the myths about any adverse impact being transgendered/transsexual might have on one's children.

  • [Kids of] Trans Resource Guide: "Plenty of transgender people have children, but there are only a few resources available for transgender parents and their families. This guide is the first of its kind, a resource specifically created for and by people with transgender parents, " (p. 4).

  •  Two Lives  A publisher and distributor specializing in books, music, and gifts for LGBT families.

Sperm Banking and Male Infertility

  • Sperm Bank Directory  This national directory site includes information on why and how to bank your sperm.

  • Testicular Cancer Resource Center  Information and support related to testicular cancer, the most common cancer for men between the ages of 15 and 35.

  • The Turek Clinic  dedicated to treating and solving the unique conditions and needs of reproductive age men

Adoption

  • Adopt International Private non-profit agency that provides both domestic and international adoption placement services. San Francisco (415) 934-0300

  • Adoption Connection  Non-profit Northern California agency that facilitates open adoptions.

  • Gradstein, Attorney  Adoption and surrogacy counseling and legal services. Half Moon Bay, CA (800) 922-0777

  • Pact, An Adoption Alliance  Non-profit Bat Area organization that facilitates open adoptions of US-born children of color and creates resources and publications related to race and adoption.

Legal Resources

  • Ami Jaeger, Attorney   Private practice. Works with parents, donors, and surrogates. Santa Fe, NM (505) 466-4642

  • Diane Michelsen, MSW, Attorney   Private practice with Shannon Matteson. Twenty years experience with adoption and assisted reproduction. Lafayette, CA (925) 945-1880

  • Emily Doskow, Attorney and Mediator  Private practice. Fifteen years offering family services to the LGBT community, including donor agreements and adoption. Oakland (510) 698-4902

  • Jane Hindman, Attorney  Private practice. Experienced in alternative methods of family building. Cupertino (408) 777-8457

  • Lambda Legal: A nonprofit, national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. See especially:

  • Lederman & Beach, Attorneys   Lesbian-owned private practice in San Francisco. Services include co-parent agreements, sperm donor and recipient contracts, powers of attorney, and adoption.

  • Linda Scaparotti, Attorney  Private practice in Oakland and San Francisco. Experienced in donor insemination issues including co-parent agreements, donor contracts, and powers of attorney.

  • National Center for Lesbian Rights National legal and advocacy organization for lesbians and their families offering phone counseling, education, and publications.

  • NCLR - comprehensive LGBTQ guide to legal issues post 2016 election

  • Nolo Press  Free legal information on key issues affecting same-sex couples.

  • Susan Silber, Attorney  Family law. Lesbian mom herself, working in DC and MD, also licensed in NY. (301) 891-2200

  • Tiffany L. Palmer  Assisted Reproductive Technology Law, Adoption, and Family Law Litigation. (215) 843-6041

  • Yetta Kurland, Attorney  Private practice. Experienced in second-parent adoption and lesbian/gay family issues. New York, NY (212) 253-6911