An LGBT-friendly obstetrician/gynecologist?

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C. emails:

My wife and I are looking to start the process of getting pregnant, but we'd like to make sure that our OBGYN is someone who is open to same sex couples and knowledgeable about that process. If anyone has suggestions for doctors in and around the Albany/Troy area that they have had positive experiences with, we'd appreciate it!

An important question! With so many questions we get here about doctors, one of the central issues is often people wanting to find a doctor who takes the time to listen and answer questions. So if you have a physician to recommend, it'd be helpful to hear about the aspect of the experience.

Got a suggestion for C. and her wife? Please share!

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I went through Boston IVF (formerly Albany IVF) to get pregnant using IUI/IVF. Dr. Eleguero is the best. I had a great experience and I was hardly the first lesbian to go through their office. I used Upstate Ob/Gyn for my pregnancy. I love the doctors there. Upstate Ob/Gyn delivers at St. Peters and we had a wonderful delivery there. I admit I was wary because it's a Catholic hospital, but they treated my wife as an equal partner and were very supportive.

I also would recommend going through a specialist like Dr. Elguero at Albany IVF if you are looking for assistance with the actual conception (IUI or IVF). I worked with her and had a great experience and found her and the staff very welcoming. Some things about the office itself seemed kind of "straight" if that makes sense--like the stock photos on brochures/web were usually heterosexual couples, some of the forms or handouts were geared toward husband/wife. But maybe that's changed now that they are affiliated with Boston?
Regular obgyn offices might be able to help you, but I found the experience at a fertility clinic to be much more convenient when it came to scheduling all the appointments and everything that can come with timing conception.

I am a single mom who went through the process. Upstate obgyn referred me to Boston Ivf for the fertility treatments. I went back to them for prenatal care and delivered at St. Peter's. Everyone I dealt with was wonderful and professional. I would recommend any of them.

Oh man, when I lived in St Louis they had a whole practice dedicated to LGBTQ. That was in the 90's and it was awesome. Why can we not get that here in the 20tens? I wish I could help the questioner but alas, there is no such thing I know of.

I'm not in a same-sex relationship, but I am currently pregnant with a baby conceived via IUI at Albany IVF, and also had a great experience with them there. I also saw Dr. ElGuero and she was very nice, listened to us, and was upfront about how the entire process would go. Most of my visits were with nurses and ultrasound techs, but I have no complaints.

I forgot to add in my first comment! During the several months I was regularly visiting Albany IVF for appointments, there were several same-sex couples in the waiting room with me. It would be nothing out of the ordinary there at all. Good luck to you and your wife, OP!

I highly recommend you and your wife meet with a midwife. Barbara Fleck and Lisa Preller at Albany ObGyn are great and I know they are both LGBTQ friendly and would be a great place to start. I also highly recommend CNY Fertility in Latham. They have a holistic approach and serve all kinds of families. They are a wonderful practice that tries hard to make the whole process less clinical and more open and comfortable. Best of luck to you!

our obgyn is Dr Bloss, through community care. All of the providers in that practice have been fine, no issues with LGBT status. delivery at st. peters was also fine, but we had to send back the birth certificate for not listing the non-bio mom. we dont know how that mistake was made and if it was intentional, but we filled out the form accurately. that was four years ago.

to get pregnant, we used Albany IVF. we were there for our second try during the transition from Albany to Boston IVF and it was a bumpy road, but I think they've smoothed things out. never any issues with LGBT status. they seem to take forever to get things scheduled, so move on it even if you think youre not ready yet. their pace has slowed considerably since the transition, and it is a much less personal experience. (But, ditto to other comments praising Dr Elguero.)

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