Mental health counseling in third party reproduction

What role should the mental health professional serve in third party reproduction for the clinical, psychosocial, and ethical issues that arise? Data and trends that influence roles are explored.

William D. Schlaff, M.D., Andrea Mechanick Braverman, Ph.D.

Volume 104, Issue 3, Pages 499-500


Mental health professionals serve an important role in guiding intended parents through a myriad of considerations from donor or surrogate selection to issues of disclosure with children. This role has evolved due to many considerations including evolving practice and ethics guidelines, as well as other factors such as access to the internet. This Views and Reviews will explore how team care, inclusive of the mental health professional, serves the interests of patients and provides a strong foundation for families created with the help of donors and/or surrogates.

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