Fertility, Adoption and Third-Party Reproduction
April 24 - 30, 2016 is National Infertility Awareness Week
I also have a special interest in fertility
issues. I personally understand the physical, emotional and mental stress that individuals and couples endure on their fertility journey. Maybe you’re experiencing stress or loss, you’re having a hard time
navigating third-party reproduction options, you’re interested in adoption—or
in not having children at all? These issues can strain the strongest
relationships, but they don’t have to break them. Couples can come through more
united than ever.
My goal in fertility counseling is to help you better cope with the process, possibly improve pregnancy outcomes (studies show there are known links between stress, depression and infertility), and find peace with the ultimate outcome—natural pregnancy, assisted biological pregnancy, donor assisted pregnancy, adoption, or living child-free.
Needs change throughout this process. What you need immediately after a diagnosis of infertility is different than what you'll need during stimulation and retrieval. Your needs will be different still during the "two-week wait," and even after a positive pregnancy test. Regardless of where you are in the process, I can help.
Solo or with your partner, the first (or first and second if coming as a couple) session/s of fertility counseling are 90 minutes each, and may include separate conversations with each partner, if both participate. This assessment will help me learn where in the process you are of building your family, and what additional factors need to be considered. From there we'll develop a plan for our ongoing work.
If adoption is an option, I use the Prepare/Enrich pre-adoption assessment to help couples explore the considerations, understand their strengths, and, areas for growth. Issues we'll consider include:
- Personal stress
- Adoptive parenting