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Dr. Kreiner Hosts Talk on Fertility Preservation and Reproductive Options for the LGBT Community

By Tracey Minella

November 1st, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Dr. David Kreiner, reproductive endocrinologist and co-founder of Long Island IVF, is excited to be presenting an interactive lecture and Q&A session on Fertility Preservation and Reproductive Options for the LGBT Community at the 20th Annual Long Island LGBT Conference.

The conference will be held at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, on Tuesday, November 17th, from 8:30 am- 2:00 pm. The conference is sponsored by the LGBT Network and any questions or registration should be directed to them. Admission is free to SBU students and is available for $20-30 for other age groups.

Dr. Kreiner will introduce the medical options available to assist LGBT family-building with special emphasis on the importance on advance planning for fertility preservation. Topics will include:  donor sperm insemination, in vitro fertilization, reciprocal IVF, use of gestational carriers, and also fertility preservation in the transgender community. The social, legal, financial, and medical issues will be discussed.

Reproductive options for lesbian couples will also be discussed. The limitations and the workup for women wishing to donate eggs and/or carry a pregnancy will be covered. The legal, medical and financial issues involved with surrogacy and gestational carriers for gay male couples will also be addressed. In addition, the fertility preservation options available to transgender people prior to transitioning will be covered. If you are…or love…a member of the LGBT community, you won’t want to miss this information–packed seminar.

Long Island IVF has been a supportive provider of assisted reproductive family-building services for the LGBT community for decades. We recognize that your needs and rights to parenthood are universal, but that the approach to your care and particular fertility obstacles is unique. Our staff, some of whom are members of the LGBT community themselves, is sensitive to your needs and eager to help you build your family.

If you would like to attend Dr. Kreiner’s lecture, please register by contacting the LGBT Network. http://bit.ly/1N77BrP

 

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Do you have any questions you would like Dr. Kreiner to address either before or at the lecture? If so, please comment below.

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Long Island IVF Builds Families for GLBT Community

By Tracey Minella

November 4th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

 

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Long Island IVF is so excited to return to the Long Island GLBT Expo this weekend on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Long Island Hilton in Melville, New York. We’ll have a raffle again, too, so be sure to stop by.

Long-committed to helping the GLBT community build their families, we love being able to reach out in person in a supportive environment like the expo. It gives you a chance to get a feel for us in a casual, rather than clinical, atmosphere. Some of our staff belongs to the GLBT community, so we understand what you’re feeling. Choosing a fertility practice is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, so come over to our booth and say hello and ask us some questions.

Here’s a true story: Last year, a couple of guys (let’s call them “Max” and “Larry”~ not their real names) came by our booth at the expo. We talked. We bonded. And today, Max and Larry are a couple of proud new dads!  Their beautiful baby’s birth announcement just recently arrived. And it all started with a conversation at this expo.

There are so many options available and amazing new advances in assisted reproductive technologies that can help resolve your unique family-building challenge. We offer the most cutting edge technologies, including PGS (Pre-implantation Genetic Screening), and EEVA (Early Embryo Viability Assessment), many of which are only available at a handful of fertility centers in the country. We have pre-screened, multi-ethnic anonymous donors ready to help you, if needed. And we offer personal financial representatives to help navigate insurance issues and explain our many grant programs and flexible payment options.

We look forward to welcoming you into our family as we help you build yours.

 

LONG ISLAND IVF was nominated BEST IN VITRO FERTILITY PRACTICE in the Long Island Press’s “Best of Long Island 2015″ contest. If you’d like to vote to help us win, you can vote once per day from now through Dec 15 here: http://bestof.longislandpress.com/voting-open/

 

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Will we be seeing you at the expo on Sunday?

 

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National Adoption Awareness Month Kicks off with Every Child Deserves a Family Act

By Tracey Minella

November 1st, 2011 at 8:17 pm

The big news to start November’s National Adoption Awareness Month…N.Y. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Every Child Deserves a Family Act.  Read more on the proposed legislation, including interesting facts, studies, and stats, here: http://gillibrand.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=7F6E1235-884D-4361-A281-A9F930ABCABE

The proposed law, announced four days ago, would make it illegal for federally-funded or supported adoption or foster care agencies to discriminate against prospective adoptive and foster parents based on gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation.

Currently, thirty-one states practice some form of discrimination against the LGBT population. And this discrimination exists even though studies have shown LGBT parents can provide just a loving and stable a home as heterosexual parents.

This legislation would enable the more than 400,000 children currently in foster care and 107,000 children currently awaiting adoption…who are languishing away in the system… to be more quickly placed in loving homes with loving families, by opening up the prospective parent pool to include the LGBT population.

Really, doesn’t every child deserve a family?

Those less open-minded to the benefits of this legislation may argue that children adopted by LGBT parents may be at risk of increased bullying and discrimination in their communities.

But sadly, children of many different backgrounds are bullied daily, and it is with help and support from their loving parents that they usually survive. Plus, is the potential for bullying any worse than the known increased risks of not being placed in a loving home? Risks like increased chances of early parenthood or incarceration?

The founder of East Coast Fertility has been committed to family-building for the LGBT population for decades and applauded the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in New York for removing a roadblock that made some LBGT couples reluctant to seek fertility treatment to build their families.

This proposed legislation stands for building loving families…something we at ECF do every day.

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How do you feel about this proposed legislation? Do you think it is fair, with benefits that outweigh concerns? If not, what are your primary concerns or reservations?

Have you adopted or fostered a child, and what was your experience?

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