BONUS 211: The Emotional Impact of Using a Donor

June 14, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.

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Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss the emotional impact of using a donor and how to cope:

INTRODUCTION

  • What misconceptions might infertility warriors have about using a donor, and what are the facts?

DONOR GAMETES

  • How might the use of donor gametes change partners’ relationship? What should they be prepared for emotionally? What are some differences in male and female partner’s emotional experiences?
  • How can partner’s support one another during this process?
  • How can one grieve the loss of a genetic connection to their child? Are there any differences in male and female grieving processes?
  • Together, how can couples grieve the loss of a partner’s genetic connection?
  • Is genetic connection the only aspect that causes grief? What else might be a contributor?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to listeners who are considering donor gametes?

BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.

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