Wanting a family is a fundamental human desire, something at the core of life itself. Being unable to have a baby as and when you had hoped can be one of the most painful crises that couples confront.
If you have suffered from infertility, or have experienced a miscarriage or pregnancy loss, you have gone through a reproductive trauma you may be depressed, anxious, and feel an enormous sense of defeat. You may feel despondent, out of control of your life and wonder, 'why me?' Your relationship with your partner may be under stress, and you may feel overwhelmed by decisions about assisted reproductive technology, be it in vitro fertilization, egg or sperm donor, or using a surrogate. You may also be trying to decide if adoption is the right step for you, or if you should remain childfree. With so many options available, it's no wonder you feel confused. Your reproductive story, that inner narrative of hopes, dreams and expectations about parenthood, has gone horribly awry.
The Center for Reproductive Psychology is dedicated to addressing the psychological impact that men and women experience when faced with obstacles in becoming parents. Drs. Martha and David Diamond, and Dr. Janet Jaffe, co-founders of the Center, know from the inside what it feels like: we have each experienced our own reproductive trauma, and have come together to provide education, psychological counseling, and supportive services to individuals and couples struggling with: