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Single-Parent Family Building at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center

If you are considering becoming a single parent, there are many options and resources available to you. The Johns Hopkins Fertility Center offers a range of fertility services to help single individuals build their dream families. Our collaborative team of fertility specialists, nurse practitioners, third-party reproduction coordinators and fellows will work together to provide the best possible care to meet your individual goals and needs.


Family Building Options for Single Individuals

  • Donor Egg

    The donor egg process is the use of eggs from another person to achieve pregnancy. Donors may be considered either “anonymous” meaning from an egg bank or they may be a “known” donor, such as a friend.

  • Donor Sperm

    Donor sperm, refers to the use of sperm from either a known donor (for example, a friend) or anonymous donor (usually from a donor sperm bank).

  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

    A highly successful option where eggs are fertilized with sperm in a lab and then transferred into the uterus of either the individual or a surrogate.

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

    A lower cost, minimally invasive procedure where sperm is inserted directly into the uterus. It is often the first option pursued for women using donor sperm.

  • Gestational Carrier (Surrogacy)

    A gestational carrier is a person who carries a baby throughout pregnancy for another person. Gestational carriers can be someone you know or someone selected with the assistance of a third-party reproduction lawyer or a gestational carrier agency.

  • Elective Fertility Preservation

    We offer a range of fertility preservation and family-building options, such as sperm banking and egg freezing, for single individuals who want to delay parenthood for later.