For years PNWF has regularly worked with local same-sex couples and gay and lesbian singles to start or grow-their families via IUI, IVF and surrogacy. And because Seattle is a welcoming city that celebrates diversity, out-of-town patients are increasingly making Seattle and PNWF their destination of choice as they pursue family building and a little rest and relaxation in The Emerald City.
Female Couples: Shared Maternity
Intrauterine Insemination, or IUI, is the most straight forward, and often the simplest way, for a lesbian couple to conceive. A full fertility evaluation will precede the insemination, assuring that the chance of success is maximized. For some patients medications may be prescribed to enhance the potential for conception.
In some cases, one of the women will provide the egg and the partner will carry the pregnancy.In this process, In vitro fertilization, or IVF, will be necessary to fertilize the eggs in the laboratory before embryos are transferred to the selected partner’s uterus.
In either scenario, sperm utilized in the process can be provided by a known or anonymous donor. We have recommendations for sperm banks for our patients who are interested in those resources.
Male Couples: Surrogacy and IVF
Couples start the process by selecting an anonymous egg donor at PNWF. Once a healthy egg donor has been matched with the couple, a gestational surrogate is then identified, medically and psychologically screened, and a legal agreement is made with the help of attorneys.
The men then have the option to both provide sperm samples for testing and cryopreservation. Eggs can be fertilized and embryos created with both men’s sperm.
When all of this is complete, our laboratory will perform IVF with the provided eggs and sperm sample, then grow the embryos for about 5 days followed by the transfer of one embryo into the gestational surrogate’s uterus.
Pregnancy success rates are extremely high after this process, exceeding 80 percent.
5-Star Yelp Reviews
This review is long overdue, but I feel so passionately about it I finally have taken the time to write it! My Husband and I had just been married due to the legalization of gay marriage and we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time we used this clinic. My cousin/surrogate lived in the Seattle Area (Fall City, WA.) We looked at four clinics in Seattle over the phone from the bay area and this one stood out in the service department, they got back to us quickly with questions we had versus the other three were really terrible. This one also had a high rating on the government survey we found online.
From our first visit in May 2013 we were really impressed with all of the staff, from the receptionist, to the finance person, to the nurse (who has since left, but she was wonderful) to our doctor. Our eggs we purchased from their Donor bank and we were able to get two embryos and implanted one on July 17th, 2013.
First try worked, they called us 10 days after implant right after they got the positive tests (on our cell phone in California while we were camping.) We had to pull over as we were driving because both my Husband and I were crying so hard with happiness!
Each follow up appointment our surrogate had the nurse was just awesome about calling us right after the appointment to fill us in. We were able to fly up for several of the ultra sounds before she was released from the fertility clinic to her own OBGYN (after first trimester.)
We were able to finance the entire procedure via a fertility bank and the finance person at PNWF made the process super easy. We are about three months away now from pay off (3 year loan.)
Our Daughter was born in March of 2014, healthy and happy and has just been the biggest joy to our lives, and without PNWF none of this would have been possible! I highly recommend their services!
My partner and I went to PNWF because of the positive stance they take on assisting the LGBT community build families. Our primary provider is wonderful. From the get-go, the doctor made us feel comfortable, she took the time to answer all of our questions, and it felt like we were friends talking about fertility treatment, not numbers on a chart. Our doctor, over the course of our treatment, really got to know our personalities too, which was great. I prefer scientific explanations and my partner prefers brief, "give me the short version" explanations. I mention this because the fact that she got to know us in that way really made us feel like she cared about us personally as well as the outcome of our treatment and our family.
I also appreciated the extremely efficient way that this clinic functions. I'm sure we've all experienced the long process of seeing a provider and then being told to get blood drawn and having to walk to a lab, draw a number and wait. What seems relatively simple can take over an hour. But, at PNWF, everything is in-house, and the communication between staff is excellent. I never waited long. If a nurse or doctor was a bit behind, my blood was drawn first. If blood-draw had a few patients ahead of me, I saw the nurse or doctor first. Or, at times, the financial coordinator. Everything at this clinic ran like a well-oiled machine.
I loved the model of direct communication into our nurse as well. Our nurse was with us every step of the way and even followed up with us during our pregnancy. She was extremely responsive and caring, another great aspect of our overall care.
We're the proud parents of a wonderful, perfect little boy now and we could not have done this without PNWF. I would highly recommend the clinic to anybody looking for a professional, caring place to build their family.
I would encourage my friend to seek professional help as early as possible. Both seeing a medical team that specializes in fertility treatment as well as someone to support their emotional health. I would advise them to consider all options. Loving a child regardless of how they came to you is such an incredible gift. I would encourage my friend to not give up no matter how hard the process becomes.