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Family Building for Lesbian Couples

If you are in a same-sex relationship, having children with your partner can be complicated.

At Heartland Center for Reproduction in Omaha, NE, we offer family building for lesbian couples who want to become parents.

Here's how our fertility center can help you and your partner have children...

Benefits of Pursuing Family Building with a Fertility Center

Before the rise of LGBTQ family building, same-sex couples who wanted to grow their families had just one option: adoption. While adoption can work for many families, reproductive medicine offers several unique benefits for lesbian couples.

Contact the Heartland Center for Reproduction & Take the First Steps Towards Motherhood

Our Omaha, Nebraska, clinic welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer couples. Our compassionate team can take into account your goals when designing a custom plan to help you achieve pregnancy. To learn about your options, schedule your initial consultation at Heartland Center for Reproduction. Request your appointment online or call us at:

(877) 831-3227

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Becky Rothfuss

2020

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We can’t thank Dr. Elizabeth Constance and the staff at Heartland enough! We did IVF and are 29 weeks pregnant with a baby boy! The IVF process can be hard emotionally, physically and financially but they patiently answered all of our questions and made sure we were informed before every procedure.

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Morgan Schisler

2020

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We had the most caring, compassionate experience with Dr. Maclin and Katherine and now have the most beautiful boy! Katherine cared for us so well throughout our 2 year journey, always keeping us encouraged. Dr. Maclin is brilliant, thorough, and made herself available to her patients which is quite rare these days. The whole experience while difficult was made better because of these two women specifically. We’re celebrating 18 months of Landon this week and reflecting on how grateful we are for Heartland Center!

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What Are Your Options?

Lesbian couples and single women who are not in a relationship have many options to choose from when it comes to family building. 

Sperm Donation

First, you will need to select a donor who can provide healthy sperm for your embryo. If you choose someone you already know, we can provide screening and processing to ensure that their sperm is healthy and viable. You can also choose an anonymous candidate from a trusted outside agency. Heartland Center for Reproduction works with agencies that can provide information about the candidate's ethnicity, education levels, and unique personality traits.

Egg Donation

If neither of the partners can donate their eggs due to health reasons, the couple can also choose egg donation. You can work with a known egg donor or our practice can connect you with a highly qualified anonymous candidate. You can also work with an outside agency to supply your egg donation. No matter which option you choose, the Heartland Center for Reproduction can provide the care needed by all parties involved.

Reciprocal IVF

Reciprocal IVF is a unique option for partners who both want to partake in the experience and contribute their genes to their child. During reciprocal IVF, one woman donates her egg while the other carries the embryo in her womb.

Surrogacy

If neither of the partners can carry the child due to infertility issues or health reasons, couples can also choose a gestational surrogate. Once the egg is donated by one of the partners, it is fertilized in our state-of-the-art laboratory. Finally, the embryo is implanted in the uterus of the gestational surrogate. Our Omaha, Nebraska, practice can connect you with a highly qualified, healthy surrogate to serve as the carrier for your child. Couples can also choose a known carrier.

Artificial or Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a fairly straightforward option for lesbian couples to become pregnant without intercourse. The procedure is designed to promote egg fertilization and increase the likelihood of pregnancy. During the procedure, one of our fertility specialists will introduce concentrated semen directly into the uterus of the intended mother. Our team will help you track your menstrual cycle to place the sperm when you have the highest chance of becoming pregnant. 

Your First Visit

During a patient's first visit to Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, our team will evaluate your medical record, perform a limited exam using an ultrasound, and gain an overview of your reproductive health. Patients will also undergo blood testing for disease and any other conditions that could affect fertility, as well as egg testing. Once patients have undergone testing, patients will return to hear their results and come up with a plan of action for treatment.

What to Expect during the Process

Although each family building plan is different depending on the couple's desires, here is what each couple can expect throughout the process:

What If You Are Facing Infertility? 

Many couples face infertility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "About ten in 100 women in the United States ages 15 to 44 have difficulty becoming pregnant or staying pregnant." 

If you are facing infertility, our team in Omaha, Nebraska, can perform screening and imaging to determine the cause. In some cases, we discover that women are having trouble getting pregnant due to:

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine anomalies
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency

Depending on your diagnosis, we can provide treatment or alternative solutions to help you overcome infertility and grow your family. 

How Much Does Family Building for Lesbian Couples Cost?

The cost of your family building plan will depend on several factors, including which procedure you choose, whether you need additional screenings or exams, and whether you choose to work with a surrogate

At Heartland Center for Reproduction, we want every same-sex couple who wants children to have the ability to reproduce, regardless of their sexual orientation, marital status, or finances. To make family building more affordable for intended mothers, we allow patients to finance their treatment through third-party lenders. 

"They Communicate Well and Answer Any and All Questions"

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Vanessa Young

2020

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We loved the staff and facility! We are pregnant on our first IVF cycle after a fresh transfer. Unfortunately, we only had one embryo make it to day 5. We will be doing our second round with them as well!

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Amanda Knowlton

2019

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They deal with all aspects of infertility and hormones. They communicate well and answer any and all questions.

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Dr. Victoria Maclin

Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Victoria Maclin is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist committed to using state-of-the-art technology to perform effective fertility treatment. As a leader in her field, she serves as an authority on reproductive medicine:

  • She is an associate professor at UNMC and supervises OB/GYN resident education in reproductive endocrinology.
  • She has lectured throughout the United States and has served on many professional advisory boards.

Contact our practice online or call us at (877) 831-3227 to schedule a consultation.

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Each and every staff member at Heartland Center is tremendous. Dr. Maclin is a woman of grace, and a terrific medical doctor. She is a world-class surgeon, and we are so grateful to know her. Lene - IVF Patient

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