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The Contemporary Context of LGBT Family Building: What Providers Need to Know

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Video Length: 93 minutes

Presentation Materials: Slide Deck 

As of 2010, over 115,000 same-sex couple households have children, and that number is growing. Providing high-quality health care for LGBT couples seeking to adopt or conceive is essential in creating an environment that is tolerant of the unique needs of these populations. Participants in this webinar will gain a broad understanding of the physician’s role in various contemporary family building options.

Learning Objectives:
After viewing this video, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify at least one cultural/societal change that has led to expanded family building options for the LGBT community.
  • List special considerations regarding family building for the LGBT community.
  • Summarize the role of the physician in various contemporary family building options.
  • Examine the ways parenting impacts health outcomes for LGBT people.
  • Describe "pearls of wisdom" from the lived experience of LGBT parents.

Greg S. Blaschke, MD, MPH, FAAP
Division Head, General Pediatrics, Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University
President, Oregon Pediatric Society, State Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics
Capitain (Retired), Medical Corps, US Navy

Andy Miller, MHSE, MCHES
President & CEO of Any Baby Can of Austin, Inc.
Co-Founder & Board President of The Handsome Father
Co-Founder of MillerStephens & Associates

Terrance Hines, MD, FAAFP
Medical Director, Department of Family Medicine, Baylor Scott & White Health Clinics
Clinical Assistant Professor, Texas A&M College of Medicine
Texas Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors

Dorothy A. Sippo, MD, MPH
Department of Radiology Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Colleen McNicholas, DO, MSCI
Assistant Professor OB/GYN, Washington University School of Medicine
Director, Ryan Residency Training Program
Assistant Director, Fellowship in Family Planning
Member, Committee on Healthcare for Underserved Women, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Meghan Stabler
Advisor, CA Technologies
Member, Board of Directors, Human Rights Campaign
Member, Business Council, Human Rights Campaign
Member, Board of Directors, Athlete Ally

Kenan R. Omurtag, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

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Suggested Citation:
Association of American Medical Colleges and American Medical Association. "The Contemporary Context of LGBT Family Building: What Providers Need to Know" (January, 2017). AAMC Videos and Resources. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges. Available online at:

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