FREE, Coaching Group Via Telephone - Parenting Children Conceived with Donor Gametes

This coaching group is accessible to you via your telephone.

It is appropriate for individuals who:

  • Are considering the use of donor sperm, egg, or embryo to create their children
  • Are already parenting children created by donor sperm, egg, or embryo

During this one hour group conference call, you will have the opportunity to receive information on:

  • The pros and cons of disclosure to children of their genetic origin
  • What and when to share this information with children if you so choose
  • How or if to share this information with family or friends
  • Questions you may have if you have already begun to share this information

You will also have the opportunity to share information and support one another in making the decision about disclosure and implementing this aspect of parenting.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
TIME: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern time
FACILITATED BY: Joann Paley Galst, Ph.D. and Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W.

For further information and to register, contact:
Patricia Mendell ( or 212-819-1778)

Joann Paley Galst, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in New York City specializing in mind-body medicine and reproductive health issues, including infertility, pregnancy loss, and pregnancy and parenting after infertility. She is a past Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and is currently the Co-director of Support Services for the American Fertility Association. She is the author of numerous articles on infertility and is a nationally recognized expert on the psychological aspects of reproductive health. In her work with individuals, couples, and groups, she believes that good family building decision making starts with well-substantiated facts and clarification of feelings.

Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W., B.C.D. is a clinical social worker in private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She is Co-chair of the American Fertility Association (AFA) and the facilitator of the AFA Ovum Donor Seminar Series. She is co-author of the fact sheet for AFA on “Talking to Children about Ovum Donation.” Ms. Mendell has written and spoken extensively on numerous topics regarding fertility, third party reproduction, parenting after infertility, disclosure, multi-fetal reduction, pregnancy loss, and adoption. As an infertility and pregnancy loss survivor, she is well aware of the impact decision making choices have on people’s lives. In her role as therapist and consumer advocate, she gives those seeking her help both practical and therapeutic advice on how to better cope with stress, resolve marital tensions, and select and explore solutions to their family building dilemmas.