Counselling During Treatment
Individuals and couples may benefit from counselling prior to, during and following Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR). Counselling explores the psychosocial implications of treatment and the moral and ethical dilemmas that come with using one’s own gametes (sperm and egg) as well as third party assistance (sperm donation, egg donation and gestational carriers).
Throughout treatment, the counsellors at NOC can support clients by:
- Helping clients to gather appropriate information needed to make informed decisions including when to stop treatment and move on to other options
- Providing clients with appropriate tools to make informed decisions about treatment
- Assisting couples to strengthen their communication through joint decision making
- Addressing client concerns regarding ethical and cultural specific issues related to treatment
- Empowering clients to advocate for themselves within the medical system
- Providing tools to educate family and friends to understand the challenges of infertility
- Helping clients explore family building options
Counselling clients in treatment using donor gametes.
This refers to clients using sperm or egg donation for the purpose of producing a pregnancy, counselling considerations specific to single women and lesbian couples requesting sperm donation, male-factor infertility, known versus anonymous use of donor gametes and surrogacy.
In addition we provide written reports as required within Canada and the United States.