Third Party Reproduction

For those utilizing an egg, sperm or embryo donor to build their family, I provide the psychoeducational consultations required by most reproductive endocrinologists and clinics for third party reproduction. In this meeting we will explore the use of donated gametes and raising a child conceived using a donor. This session is not about determining your fitness to be a parent.

The session is interactive, and we will discuss the many different aspects of the process and help you successfully navigate treatment and parenting in these unique arrangements. You can ask any questions you have while learning about:

• Emotional readiness in proceeding with alternative family building
• Grieving the loss of genetics and the fantasy of the biological child experience
• The current research on “disclosure” – to disclose or not to disclose, when and how to tell your child their story
• Choosing the right donor according to your needs and values
• Appropriate expectations, boundaries and healthy communication with open/known donors
• Support systems – family, friends, coworkers
• Success of treatment
• Feelings about and effect on spouse/significant other
• Financial concerns

“Parenthood requires love, not DNA.”