Reproductive Counseling

There are many ways to create the family you want – from the good old fashioned to the medically or third-party assisted.  But no matter how you become a parent, the path itself can present both logistical and emotional challenges.  I work with reproductive psychiatrists, fertility physicians, adoption attorneys, egg and sperm donor and surrogacy agencies, and intended parents to provide help for individuals and couples in the following areas:

Prenatal, Perinatal and Postpartum

  • Emotional Aspects of Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Feelings involved in pregnancy termination or selective reduction
  • Pressures of infertility while keeping the couple bond strong
  • Creating a birth plan
  • Understanding differing parenting expectations
  • Taking care of a premature baby
  • Post-partum depression, anxiety or difficulty bonding with baby
  • Body image issues related to pregnancy or post-partum
  • Sexual changes from pregnancy through post-partum

Third-Party Assisted Reproduction–Physician Services

  • Egg donor and surrogate psychological evaluations
  • Letter to physician for recipients

Consultation and Support for Intended Parents

  • Exploration of egg donation, sperm donation, gestational surrogacy or adoption options
  • Understanding the issues involved in non-genetic or gestational family building and parenting
  • Help selecting an egg donor, sperm donor or gestational carrier
  • Finding ways to talk to children about their conception
  • Help navigating the adoption process
  • Guidance in writing “dear birth parent” letters
  • Working through expectations with extended family
  • Finding a comfortable way to talk about non-traditional family building with friends, family and co-workers

Becoming a parent can be hard, but getting support is easy. Just call (310) 853-3567 or simply fill out this form and I’ll contact you as soon as possible.



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