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9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

TGNC Family Building: Navigating the Path to Parenthood

Thinking about the prospect of parenting in the future? Ready to take the next step towards parenthood? Regardless of how and when you plan to become a parent, the journey is complex. How do you get the information you need, find the right providers and cultivate emotional and social support throughout the process? Whether you are planning to foster, adopt or biologically conceive, The Center is here to provide and connect you with resources to support you through the journey. This event, focused on the unique needs of TGNC individuals navigating the path to parenthood, will provide information and resources related to the biological, medical, logistical and emotional components of family building.


Free Registration


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30-9 p.m.

Presented in Partnership with

Exhibitor Q&A

5:30-7:45 p.m.

Meet with family-building providers who can inform you about their services, as well as answer questions about your particular path to parenthood.

  • Exhibitors:
  • ACS LGBTQ Office of Policy & Practice
  • ACS Parent Support & Recruitment
  • Adoption STAR
  • APICHA Community Health Center
  • Community Healthcare Network (CHN)
  • Community Midwifery Care
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
  • Mt. Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery
  • The NYC Doula Collective
  • RMA of New York
  • Root Fertility
  • You Gotta Believe

Panel Discussions

Impacts Of Medical Transitioning on Fertility and Parenthood—Professional Panel
6-7:15 p.m.

Moderator: Zil Goldstein, NP, Program Director, Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery

Kristen Giordano, BSN, RNC-MNN, Mount Sinai
Rashmi Kudesia, MD MSc,  Assistant Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Tamar Reisman, MD, Mount Sinai

What are the effects of hormone replacement therapy and gender affirming surgeries on fertility and the ability to chest/breast feed a newborn? What are the fertility preservation options? What are the procedures and expenses associated with cryobanking eggs or sperm? Answers to these questions and more will be offered by experienced providers during this session geared towards TGNC individuals, their partners and family members. Also a good resource for professionals working in TGNC family building services.

Parent Panel
7:45-9 p.m.

Moderator: Amanda Hayden, LMSW, Family Permanency Coordinator, The Center

What has the path to parenthood been like for parents in the TGNC community? Hear from parents about their experiences with providers, their journeys towards pregnancy and adoption, and their navigation and cultivation of social and emotional support throughout the process. Panelists will take questions from attendees. This session is a community space open to TGNC individuals, their partners and family members only.

Zil Goldstein, NP - Program Director, Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery

Zil Goldstein is a nurse practitioner and a transgender activist working to promote better health care in marginalized communities. Ms. Goldstein provides education and training in transgender-competent care for providers and residents throughout the Health System. She is a published author on transgender and sex worker health and is a nationally recognized leader in both fields.

Kristen Giordano BSN, RNC-MNN - Mount Sinai

Kristen has been a nurse on the postpartum unit at Mount Sinai West for 9 years, and the Nurse Manager for 1 year. Kristen is also a Master Trainer in Mount Sinai’s ‘Enhancing the Transgender Patient Experience’ for new and existing employees. She was also instrumental in making the Labor and Delivery unit a positive, inclusive, and pleasant experience for all patients.

Rashmi Kudesia, MD MSc - Assistant Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Kudesia is a board-certified fertility specialist who specializes in the reproductive care of individuals and couples trying to start or expand their family, or preserve future fertility potential. One of her particular areas of interest is methods to reduce health disparities in access to fertility counseling and treatment, including among LGBTQ individuals.

Tamar Reisman, MD - Mount Sinai

Dr. Reisman is a general endocrinologist with a commitment to providing inclusive, high quality care for the LGBT community. She is an Assistant Professor of Endocrinology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her areas of focus include transgender hormone therapy, sexual health, and testosterone disorders.




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