Pathway to Parenthood for Gay Couples

Blair and Chad

Blair and Chad

Read about Blair and Chad's amazing journey to create a family. This is a great resource for any gay men who are thinking of having a baby. At Olive we are dedicated to helping everyone achieve the family of their dreams.

 
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Family Building for Gay men

Olive is dedicated to helping gay men build their family. To do this, you will need an egg donor, gestational carrier, and in vitro fertilization (IVF) or shared IVF.

Shared IVF

If you are a gay couple, you may want to each have biological offspring.

Once you have chosen an egg donor, you can elect to have half the eggs fertilized with one partner’s sperm and the other half of the eggs fertilized by the other partner. The fertilized eggs would then be grown into embryos in the lab. An embryo created from each of the partner’s sperm can then be transferred into the uterus of a gestational carrier.

 

Pathways to Parenthood for Gay Men

Although everyone’s path to parenthood is unique, here are some common scenarios.

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Michael and Drew

Follow Michael and Drew’s IVF Path

Referral
1
Referral from a Family doctor.
Testing
2
Blood work and sperm testing.
Olive Fertility
3
Consultation with an Olive doctor.
sperm
4
Decide to use Michael’s sperm to fertilize the eggs to create embryos.
select
5
Session with third party reproductive counsellor. 
sperm
6
Select egg donor (known or egg bank).
conversation
7
Select gestational carrier (GC). 
legal
8
IVF cycle with Michael’s sperm/donor egg.
fertilization
9
Transfer of embryo into the uterus of GC 
fertilization
10
Blood tests and ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. 
Referral to pregnancy care
11
GC referred to family doc/midwife/ob.
Declan and Maddie

Follow Paul and Shane’s Shared IVF Path

Referral
1
Referral from a Family doctor.
Testing
2
Blood work and sperm testing.
Olive Fertility
3
Consultation with an Olive doctor.
sperm
4
Decide to use both Paul and Shane’s sperm.
Use Declan's Eggs
5
Session with third party reproductive counsellor. 
Maddie will carry the pregnancy
6
Select egg donor (known or egg bank). 
conversation
7
Select gestational carrier (GC). 
legal
8
IVF with Paul’s sperm fertilizing ½ donor egg and Shane’s sperm fertilizing ½ donor eggs. 
Declan's eggs and Donor sperm
9
Transfer of an embryo fertilized with Paul’s sperm and an embryo fertilized with Shane’s sperm into the uterus of GC.
Embryo transfer
10
Blood tests and ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. 
Confirm pregnancy
11
GC referred to family doc/midwife/ob.