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At Northwestern Medicine, we understand that the journey to parenthood may involve a long and winding path that can take an emotional toll on individuals, couples and families. You may feel a sense of loss, anger or guilt. These feelings can change over the course of treatment and can differ for men and women.
Because of the differences in coping strategies, men and women facing infertility may have difficulty communicating with each other, which can lead to misunderstandings and strains on their marriage. Avoiding the subject and blaming yourself can also cause stress for individuals and couples.
Because infertility and its treatment can result in diverse emotional reactions, we offer personalized pre-treatment psychological consultation, individual and couples counseling, psychological assessment, and emotional support to you through the infertility treatment process and beyond.
These emotional support services focus on the often complex nature of emotions around fertility treatment. We can help you:
When to Schedule an Appointment
An appointment with one of our providers is scheduled for you as part of the in vitro fertilization registration process, as well as when choosing to use donor sperm or donor eggs, or a gestational carrier.
Other times when appointments could be beneficial to you:
Request an Appointment
You may be referred to our psychologists by a healthcare provider, or you may self-refer.
Call 312.695.7269 to schedule an appointment and to ask about your insurance coverage for outpatient mental health benefits.
Meet Our Team
Emotional support services are provided by our three licensed clinical psychologists, who have specialized training in psychological issues related to infertility, reproductive loss, parenting and other reproductive concerns, and all specialize in women’s reproductive health.
RECURRENT PREGNANCY LOSS CLINIC
Recurrent pregnancy loss can be physically and emotionally difficult. At the Northwestern Medicine Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Clinic, we help people become parents by offering comprehensive care that addresses both their medical and psychological needs.
DEALING WITH INFERTILITY
Angela Lawson, PhD
STRESS AND YOUR INFERTILITY TREATMENT
Susan Klock, PhD