Coping With Infertility:
You never thought you'd be here. You assumed it would be easy, and you didn't plan for detours in the process.
And yet here you are, struggling to have a baby while everyone around you seems to create a family so easily.
Experiencing infertility, regardless of cause, can take its toll on your mind, your body, your relationships, and your finances. Struggling with something that we understand to happen so naturally and to come so seamlessly to others can feel frustrating, upsetting, and unfair.
It's not fair.
Thankfully, science has evolved to help individuals and couples build families even with fertility challenges. In fact, family is an ever-broadening concept. According to a 2015 Pew report, “. . . There is no longer one dominant family form in the United States. Parents today are raising their children against a backdrop of increasingly diverse and, for many, constantly evolving family forms.”
Still, struggling with infertility - or using assisted reproductive technologies - can be a stressful and time-consuming process, straining individuals, relationships, and bank accounts.
We get it.
Gatewell Therapy Center works with individuals and couples, including single parents by choice and same-sex parents, helping you explore and evaluate family-building options.
Our center offers specialized, infertility therapy to provide support and education through the physical and psychological challenges of fertility procedures.
You'll want a mental health professional in your corner during this time.
- Coping with anxiety, stress, and depression
- Managing treatments and life simultaneously
- Exploring fertility options (including using donor sperm, donor eggs, donor embryos, and/or working with gestational carriers/surrogates)
- Making well-informed treatment decisions
- Enhancing couples' communication
- Advocating for effective, therapeutic care in a medical setting
Gatewell also conducts psychological evaluations in the fertility sphere. We are able to screen potential donors and gestational carriers (surrogates) for third-party reproduction. Additionally, we offer formal consultation with intended parents, offering education and support as they navigate the family-building process.
Gatewell's director, Dr. Rosenfeld, is a prior member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), along with its Mental Health Professional Group, and a current member of RESOLVE. She has participated in educational programs through ASRM and through the Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Gatewell abides by ASRM guidelines in making decisions and constructing recommendations for those choosing to build families using assisted reproductive technologies.