Family Building Options

There is no cookie cutter approach for building a family as the family building journey is different for each family. Often, the decision making regarding non-traditional ways of having a child can be overwhelming for individuals and couples -- because for many, all of their lives, they believed they were able to have children in the traditional manner with no problem, especially African Americans. Learning the various types of family building options is the first step to fighting infertility and starting a family. In addition to the use of fertility medications and choosing to live child free, the following are examples of family building options:


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Surrogacy and gestational care, is a family building option by which a woman carries and gives birth to another woman's baby. Some women and couples choose this option because they have had difficulty conceiving, carrying a pregnancy to term, sometimes have no uterus, etc. and still desire genetic ties.