Gay Baby Boom Part 1: Connecticut fertility clinics see increase in same-sex couples

Connecticut Families

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Marriage equality has given more same-sex couples confidence to start a family – making local fertility clinics busier than ever.  News 8’s Connecticut Families begins a two part look at what’s being called a Gay Baby Boom.

“Someone’s sexuality doesn’t necessarily come into playing regards to their desire to be a parent,” says Dr. Mark Leondires.

Suddenly, 60% of his clients are prospective parents who are gay, many of them male couples.

“For a long time, being a LBGT, we worried about safety,” he explains.  “Now, with almost a stamp of validation from our Supreme Court, there’s a sense of safety and you feel like you’re family is going to be safe, as well.”

But the process is incredibly complicated, involving a plethora of decisions.

“From whose genetics are we going to use, whose eggs,” says Leondires.  “You’re talking about men who have no familiarity with fertility and they’re going from 0 to 150 to pursue their pathway to parenthood.”

Leondires works for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut which has offices in Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury and Trumbull.

“There’s a lot of oversight required to do this well and it requires a team to do it,” says Leondires.

The in-vitro fertilization clinic helps clients connect the dots by providing a nurse, a mental health professional to screen all involved, a financial expert, a patient navigator and access to legal help to protect the surrogate and the dads.

“While I used to have a couple to take care of – now, I have intended fathers, a donor plus her partner, a surrogate and her partner,” says Leondires.

Also, the web site – GayParentsToBe.com – provides a place to begin.

Coming up Wednesday, Leondires and his husband open-up about their personal journey to have children – the extreme cost involved and forming relationships with surrogates.

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