This class covers it all and will
leave you feeling prepared

You'll learn how to choose a sperm donor, how to track your fertility signs, how to time inseminations (at home intracervical or intravaginal inseminations as well as intrauterine inseminations with a provider). We will also discuss some ways to optimize fertility.

What are the goals
of this class?

To help you feel empowered with the basic information you need to make a baby, and to break down all of the steps to this process so it feels doable and accessible.

This class will focus on:

  • How to choose a sperm donor

  • How to track your fertility signs

  • How to time inseminations (at home intracervical or intravaginal inseminations as well as intrauterine inseminations with a provider

  • Ways to optimize fertility

Meet the instructor

Marea Goodman, LM, CPM

Meet the instructor

LM, CPM

Marea Goodman

Marea Goodman, LM, CPM is a licensed midwife specializing in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and conception care for the LGBTQ+ community. A graduate of the National Midwifery Institute, Marea got her license from the California Medical Board in 2015 and spent the following year and a half working at birth centers in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala. She founded her midwifery practice, Restore Midwifery, in 2016 in the Bay Area, and is now serving the community in Santa Cruz, CA. Aside from midwifery, Marea is also a writer whose work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Ms Magazine, and Mother.ly. Her upcoming book, Baby Making for Everybody—A Guide for LGBTQ+ and Solo Parents, is set to be published in April, 2023. She lives in Santa Cruz with her three children and her wife, Andrea, who is also a midwife.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Meet Marea Goodman

  2. 2
    • Understanding different donor options

  3. 3
    • Understanding our menstrual cycle so we can know when we ovulate

  4. 4
    • Understanding different insemination methods and how to do them

What mamas are saying

★★★★★

  • So warm and knowledgeable

    "Marea is so warm and knowledgeable, it's no wonder she so quickly gained our confidence. I would recommend her a hundred times over."

  • The perfect balance between
    head and heart

    "Marea strikes the perfect balance between head and heart—she provides skilled evidence based care and she does it with humor and warmth."

  • Powerful ally and skilled practitioner

    "It is with love and pleasure that I recommend Marea as your powerful ally and skilled practitioner to support you in the most sacred event of your life."

More articles by Marea

Your guide to getting pregnant with IUI

Two midwives share everything you need to know about the fertility process.

Legal basics for forming LGBTQ families

It's a simple fact that our societal and legal systems have not yet caught up to the needs of LGBTQ families, and these gaps start from before our babies are even born.

Your guide to finding a birth provider who’s LGBTQ-friendly

Know this: Treating the first 40 days after birth as sacred may help reduce postpartum depression.

How do I find the right sperm donor?

Queer midwives Marea Goodman and Ray Rachlin walk through the pros and cons of choosing a sperm donor to start your family.