SPERM BANKS

While it’s important to “go local” for other resources on this site, such as doctors, midwives, and lawyers, most lesbian mothers tend to widen their search for sperm banks, simply to consider a wider variety of options. Certain sperm banks may offer more “open-donor” selection, for example, or may cater to gay and lesbian families specifically…

SPERM BANK COMPARISON

See how top sperm banks for lesbian couples stack up. It’s a bit awkward to shop for sperm, but once you start the process, the options can be overwhelming, time consuming, and a little confusing. Sorting through sperm bank sites to figure out what they offer, and at what cost, and how they compare to…

SPERM BANK FEES

Cost of Sperm The price of sperm varies depending on the sperm bank you use, what procedure you are planning to use the sperm for, and whether you would like sperm from an open donor or anonymous donor. Sample sperm costs from a sperm bank include: Open Donor Sperm IUI:   $500-$700 per vial ICI:    $400-$600…

THANK YOU SUPREME COURT!

It is a good day for my family and many other same-sex couples across America. Today the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and overturned the 17-year old law that banned same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits and otherwise being recognized under federal law. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia…

AN INEVITABLE TRUTH

So our son will soon be two and I was recently asked why I have never written about his birthday. Not the cake filled, balloon type of birthday, but his actual day of birth. Sure, I have written many pieces leading up to his birth – the meeting of the birth mom, learning to navigate…

BEST LGBT BOOKS FOR KIDS

Every night my partner and I sit down with our 9-month old daughter, Ava and read her three bedtime stories. The first two vary nightly, but we always end with the same one: “Mommy, Mama and Me.” It is short, cute, and ends with “Mommy and Mama kiss me goodnight” which of course we follow…

HAVE YOU USED A SPERM BANK? RECEIVE A GIFT CARD FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

We were recently approached by GenePeeks – a genetic information company with a mission to help families protect the health of future generations. The company is working to create a different kind of sperm bank, one with fewer genetic risks and fantastic customer service. The inspiration for the company came from CEO Anne Morriss’s own experience with…

DOMA AND PROP 8 HEADED TO THE SUPREME COURT

Image © Meryl Schenker Photography News outlets are brimming with marriage-equality stories lately, in part because the Supreme Court announced Friday that it will be hearing two cases related to marriage equality. Both cases will be decided sometime before June 2013. The first concerns California Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage. It was voted into…