Intended parents are encouraged by their doctor and the ASRM to attend counseling prior to an egg or
sperm donation procedure or before using a gestational carrier. Counseling for IPs includes
the exploration of complex social issues and feelings that may be hard
to voice. This counseling session is not intended to be a test you must
pass prior to treatment but rather a place to discuss your concerns.
IP counseling is approx 1 hour and covers the topics recommended by the
American Society of Reproductive Medicine, (ASRM). A brief report for your physician or clinic is included in the fee. A narrative report will be an additional fee.
ASRM Topics for Intended Parent Egg Donation Counseling
ASRM Topics for Intended Parent Gestational Carriers (click for more)
- What are our best options considering our finances?
- Will my child be upset with me for choosing to conceive this way?
- How do we choose a donor?
- Should we tell our child about his/her donor conception?
- Will I feel like my child isn't really mine?
- How can I cope with the grief of not having a biological child?
- Should we tell our family members about using a donor?
- How do we deal with questions from others?
- What if this treatment doesn't work?
- What role will the donor have in our lives, if any?
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After the gestational carrier's (GC) mental status interview is complete, the GC and intended parents (IP) attend a 70 minute joint counseling session. During the joint session, members meet with the same counselor to outline expectations and discuss concerns. This session should be conducted face-to-face or through video conference. Joint or individual follow-up sessions are encouraged for the duration of the pregnancy through delivery if needed.
Individual GC sessions or MMPI testing and reporting are separate fees.
Joint sessions for intended parents and known donors are important to manage expectations and discuss the long-term psycho-social aspect of donation conception on both future families and the children born through donation conception.
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