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LGBT Parents: The New Pioneers

The world’s first baby born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) recently celebrated her milestone 40th birthday. The so-called first "test tube baby", Louise Brown, was born on July 25, 1978 in the United Kingdom.

Not long after, America’s first IVF baby, Elizabeth Carr, was born on December 28, 1981, as a result of America's first successful IVF program at the Jones Institute in Norfolk, Virginia.

Just a few years later, RMA Long Island IVF's own Dr. David Kreiner was among the nation’s first reproductive endocrinologists to train under Dr. Howard Jones at the Jones Institute. In 1988, Dr. Daniel Kenigsberg and Dr. David Kreiner co-founded RMA Long Island IVF, which promptly became Long Island's first successful IVF practice.

We not only brought Long Island its first IVF baby, but also its first baby born from a cryopreserved embryo and its first donor egg baby. We've been creating families in the LGBT community for decades as well.

RMA Long Island IVF is celebrating its 30-year anniversary by inviting ALL of the families we’ve helped create over the past three decades to a reunion celebration on September 22, 2018 at our Melville location. To register and for more details click here.

While Louise Brown has grown up in the world spotlight and expects extra attention on milestone birthdays, she is always quick to give the credit for her birth not only to the doctors who pioneered the IVF technology responsible but to her father and particularly her “mum” as well.

Imagine what it must have been like to be an infertile couple 41 years ago. You want a baby desperately, but it cannot biologically happen and, so far, there was nothing the doctors could do to help in your situation. Then, you are presented with an opportunity to try a brand-new, cutting-edge medical technology that no one has ever tried before—conceiving a baby outside the womb in a petri dish. It was technology many would initially consider to be unnatural or "sci-fi" in nature and even if it worked, it would thrust you and your baby into the world spotlight and surround your life and your child in controversy. Was it safe for you, or for your baby? Would you be the first one to try it?

Stepping up to be the world’s first IVF parents certainly made the Browns true medical pioneers in the assisted reproductive technology world. 

Since Louise Brown's birth, approximately 8 million babies have been born throughout the world as a result of IVF technology. But with far less fanfare, a new generation of pioneer wannabe parents has arrived on the scene–the LGBT community.

For the longest time, the only parenting option available for LGBT community members was adoption, and even then, there was prejudice due to sexual orientation.  Often, loving hopeful parents would have to wait years and/or accept older children, minority children, or those born with special needs or drug-addicted. While adoption is a wonderful and noble way to build a family, prospective LGBT parents, like anyone else, deserve additional family building choices to consider when starting or adding to their families. Finally, medical technology caught up with the community’s needs.

Just as the Browns desperately wanted children but were faced with a biological obstacle, the LGBT community has come to embrace assisted reproductive technologies including IVF, donor egg, donor sperm, gestational carriers, and surrogacy (where legal) to have the biological children they've always wanted. Along the way, some community members have encountered support but many have also faced hostility, prejudice, threats, and other unwanted attention because of their quest for biologically-linked children.

The earliest LGBT community members embracing the newest technology available for them to create families that biology can't do alone are the same kind of pioneers the Browns were 40 years ago. Many of you readers may be LGBT family-building pioneers. Our hats are off to you for paving the way for all LGBT people who want to be biological parents, regardless of their sexual identity.

We are proud to partner with The LGBT Network to provide information, education, support, and access to the most advanced traditional and holistic assisted reproductive technologies. All while understanding, respecting, and being sensitive to the unique needs of the LGBT community.

If you are interested in LGBT family-building, now or in the future, please contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation. And if you have created your family over the last 30 years with the help of RMA Long Island IVF, we would love to have you attend our 30th anniversary reunion.

Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for info on our upcoming free events including our next seminar with The LGBT Network “Building Families in the LGBT Community” on October 25, 2018 at The LGBT Network’s Bay Shore Center. Register here for the free seminar.