Archive | Infertility

Disposition of Cryopreserved Embryos: Now That You Have Them, Can You Use Them?

Joni Mantell, LCSW, IAC Center Director with Denise E. Seidelman (Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP), Nina E. Rumbold (Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP) is offering a CLE training for lawyers on: Disposition of Cryopreserved Embryos: Now That You Have Them, Can You Use Them? Learn more and Register: https://www.lawline.com/course/disposition-of-cryopreserved-embryos-now-that-you-have-them-can-you-use-them

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Joni Mantell speaks at New York University

Upcoming Event:   Joni Mantell, LCSW is presenting as part of a panel on Infertility and Adoption at the NYU at the Silver School of Social Work 2016 Professional Seminar Series This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning’s Spring 2016 Seminar Series. February 12, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm […]

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Knowing When to Stop Trying

  Written By: Janet Jaffe, Ph.D./ Center for Reproductive Psychology /www.ReproductivePsych.org / www.UnsungLullabies.com One of the most profound decisions you must make when dealing with infertility – as important as the decision to try to conceive in the first place – is the decision to stop trying. How do you know when enough is enough? How can […]

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Keeping Your Relationship Healthy During Infertility

Written by Janet Jaffe, Ph.D./ Center for Reproductive Psychology / www.ReproductivePsych.org / www.UnsungLullabies.com Adapted from: Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility (St. Martin’s Press, 2005)   Infertility is not just an individual trauma. The stress on your relationship can leave you feeling that you’re alone in this, not facing this crisis together as partners, as a team. The […]

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Adoption or Donor – Making the decision

Written By: Judith Kottick, LCSW Montclair, New Jersey/ judykottick@comcast.net/ (973) 746-7370   For many couples and individuals yearning for a child, it is unwelcome news to hear that the time has come to transition from the dream of parenting a child of your genes to an alternative family building method. While accepting the concept of non-genetic parenting […]

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Knowing When to Stop Trying

By Janet Jaffe, Ph.D. Center for Reproductive Psychology www.ReproductivePsych.org www.UnsungLullabies.com One of the most profound decisions you must make when dealing with infertility – as important as the decision to try to conceive in the first place – is the decision to stop trying.  How do you know when enough is enough?   How can you […]

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Keeping Your Relationship Healthy During Infertility

Written By Janet Jaffe, Ph.D. Center for Reproductive Psychology www.ReproductivePsych.org www.UnsungLullabies.com Adapted from Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility (St. Martin’s Press, 2005) Infertility is not just an individual trauma.  The stress on your relationship can leave you feeling that you’re alone in this, not facing this crisis together as partners, as a team. The […]

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Therapeutic Writing: Putting Your Feelings on Paper

Infertility, parenting after adoption, growing up in an adoptive family, relinquishing a child—all give rise to complex emotions. Learn about the innovative Therapeutic Writing model that’s helping many lay bare and make sense of their innermost thoughts.

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Surviving Infertility: What it’s normal to feel, even after you adopt and fall in love with your child

After struggling for years to have a child, many couples may be caught up in their negative feelings about their infertility. It’s important to work through these feelings together. During a years-long struggle with infertility, couples feel intensely isolated and experience a range of emotions. Most of us expect these feelings to disappear after we […]

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Therapeutic Writing for Adoptive Parents and Parents-to-Be

Parenthood — whether we’re anticipating and planning, or already in the thick of it —can sometimes be hard to wrap our heads and hearts around. Putting words to complex and amorphous thoughts and feelings can be challenging. In this group, we’ll explore our internal experiences around adoptive parenthood through short writing exercises — such as […]

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Surviving Infertility

Infertility is ranked by psychologists as high on the stress scale as that of a life-threatening disease. Emotional reactions to infertility occur on a Grief Continuum©, range from basic grief about the difficulty or inability to have a biological child to a post-traumatic stress reaction that often lasts for a period of time even after […]

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Should We Adopt

“We are raising three children who’ve come from three different ‘methods.’ And yet they are each as much a part of us as the other. If you become parents at the end of the infertility rollercoester ride, the ride fades into the background and is no longer the focus of your life. Your focus becomes […]

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