LGBTQ Reproductive Counseling
All patients (gay or straight) using donor eggs, sperm and/or surrogacy participate in at least one reproductive counseling session.
Counseling sessions are psycho-educational in nature and are scheduled for 1 to 1.5 hours. If a known egg or sperm donor or a surrogate is being used, there will be an additional joint meeting with the donor (or carrier) and their partner and the intended parents.
During these meetings, IVF New England counselors will explore psychosocial issues involved in donor recipiency and/or gestational surrogacy. Special attention is paid to your unique circumstances and history as intended parents. The meeting is also an opportunity to address questions you may have about the treatment and challenges you may face throughout the process of family building.
Meet Our Counseling Team
IVF New England has two experienced counseling professionals on its clinical team. Our counselors are available to offer support, advice, and guidance through this potentially challenging process.
Adele Kauffman, Ph.D.,(right) is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience with individuals and families. She has worked extensively in the area of infertility, assisted reproduction, and gamete donation. She has been at the Reproductive Science Center since it first opened in 1988. Dr. Kauffman also has a private practice in Newton, MA.
Susan Levin, LICSW, (left) is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience working with groups, couples, and individuals. She has extensive experience in the area of infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and third-party parenting. Her publications include medical texts, specialty journals, and published workshops on ovum donation. Ms. Levin also has a private practice in Newton, MA.