Mental Health Counseling
Infertility can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life and can stir up a host of emotional responses, such as shock, anger, grief, depression, guilt and feelings of helplessness or dispair. These emotional responses are not unique to women, as men may also experience significant emotional distress during this time. Many live through this in silence and isolation.
How Can Therapy Help
- Coping with stress, anxiety or depression related to fertility issues
- Fertility treatment decision-making
- Dealing with family and friends
- Relationship adjustment
- Pregnancy loss and grief
- Postpartum depression
- Exploring third party family building choices
- Adoption or child free living
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work
National Association of Social Workers
International Association for Trauma Professionals
Compassionate Friends (Support for Families after loss of a child) serving Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford Counties
SHARE (Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support)
www.asrm.org - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is non-profit devoted to advancing knowledge in reproductive medicine including infertility, menopause, contraception, and sexuality.
www.resolve.org - RESOLVE is a nationwide education, advocacy and support network for those experiencing infertility.
http://www.cdc.gov/ART/ - Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Success Rates: National Summary and Fertility Clinic Reports published by the Centers for Disease Control that details clinic success rates.
www.inciid.org - The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID ï¿¿ pronounced "inside") is a nonprofit that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options.
www.ivfconnections.com - Connecting people going through IVF.
www.infertilitynetwork.org/miscarriage - Resources for those struggling with pregnancy loss.
www.aplacetoremember.com - Uplifting support resources for those affected by pregnancy loss and death of a baby.
www.surromomsonline.com - Information and support for individuals interested in pursuing a surrogacy arrangement.
www.opts.com/opts.htm - The Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy is a national surrogacy support organization for both couples as well as surrogate mothers.www.naic.acf.hhs.gov - National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.
www.pved.org - Parents via Egg Donation provides support and information to parents having children through egg donation.
www.dcnetwork.org - Donor connection network for parents who have children through gamete donation.
www.sharedjourney.com - Links to information about sperm donation, egg donation, and surrogacy.
www.sogladwewaited.com - Support and parent education to over parents age 35+.
Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation by Glazer, E., and Sterling, E. (Perspectives Press, 2005)
The Ultimate Insiders Guide to Adoption: Everything You Need to Know About Domestic and International Adoption , by Falker, E. (Warner Wellness, 2006)
Conquering Infertility:ï¿¿ Dr. Alice Domarï¿¿s Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility , by Alice D. Domar (Penguin, 2004)
Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss , by A. Douglas and J. Sussman (Taylor Trade, 2000).
What to Expect When You're Experiencing Infertility: How to Cope with the Emotional Crisis and Survive , by D. Peoples and H. Ferguson (W.W Norton 1998).
A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy , by Gail Dutton
A Time to Decide, A Time To Heal: For Parents Making Difficult Decisions about Babies They Love, by Minnick, M., Delp, K., and Ciotti, M. (Pinapple Press, 2004)