Making Parenting Conceivable: A Gay Man’s Guide to Family Building

Chicago, IL

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The exciting adventure of creating a family is a unique one for gay men and same-sex couples. Utilizing a surrogate and egg donor is complex, and the process can be magnified for gay men. But with the right guidance, resources and preparation, it can be done with ease.

Fertility Centers of Illinois and ConceiveAbilities are bringing together top experts in reproductive medicine, reproductive LGBT law and psychology - as well as families we’ve had the privilege of helping build - to discuss the ins and outs of this unique journey to parenthood. This free educational seminar will dispel the myths and give you the key tools you need to make parenthood conceivable.

Explore with us:

Building a Support System:
Finding experienced professionals to guide you through the process.

Psychological Considerations:
Fertility Centers of Illinois, Ariadna Cymet Lanski, Psy.D. will discuss the emotional effects on intended parents, surrogates and egg donors

Legal Implications:
Led by an Illinois attorney specializing in third-party reproduction 

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Embryo Creation:
Presented by Fertility Centers of Illinois physicians Brian Kaplan, M.D.  and  Jennifer Hirschfeld-Cytron, M.D. 

Discuss with us:

Expert Panel Discussion:
Our medical, legal and mental health professionals, as well as, intended parents, surrogates and egg donors will answer your questions. 

Breakout Sessions:
One-on-one time to ask your questions and take the next steps toward building your own family.


About Fertility Centers of Illinois
Fertility treatment is an intensive process that requires sensitivity and an understanding of the physical and emotional aspects of a patient’s fertility problems. FCI's expertise and personal caring approach acknowledge this. You will be treated by our professional staff who have been helping infertile couples in the Chicago metropolitan area since 1976. Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) is the fastest growing practice in the Chicago area dedicated to providing comprehensive fertility services. We are amongst the largest providers of fertility services in the United States. Our growth has been the result of a supportive and personalized approach to fertility care. This can start with the simplest and least invasive treatments. We also offer some of the most sophisticated reproductive technology services and are one of a handful of referral centers for advanced genetic and fertility treatments.

 About ConveiveAbilities
Since 1996, ConceiveAbilities has provided the tools and support to simplify what can be a difficult road to parenthood.  With personal experience guiding our philosophy, our dynamic team brings an unmatched level of service and support to help guide intended parents, egg donors and gestational surrogates through an often challenging process. With a staff that includes former egg donors, gestational surrogates, and intended parents, we have the unique perspective to provide all sides of the partnership with the best resources, support, and information to maximize the overall chance for success.