MHPG Member Publications


Bergman, Kim; illustrated by Irit Pollak (2019). You Began as a Wish. This book helps parents help tell the story of donor conception and/or surrogacy to their children with simple, easy to understand language.

Noonan, Jen (2015) In Due Time.  A journey Through Infertility, Loss and Embracing the Unknown.  Denver: Mission Bay Press

In Due Time chronicles Jen’s initial difficulty to conceive her son followed by the most physically and emotionally demanding time trying to expand her family.  Intimate details of infertility testing and medication through failed attempts at pregnancy, in vitro attempts and embryo transfers are divulged. An emotional mixture of hope, defeat, success, and loss depicts her lengthy struggle to embrace the unknown.  

Stamm, Linda, (2016) Harry the Helper: A family uses a gestational carrier to have another baby. Harry the Helper is a book for children explaining how a carrier can help a couple who is experiencing secondary infertility tell their story to their child.  

Fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): Theory, Research, Policy and Practice for Health Care Practitioners
Edited by Eleanor I. Stevenson, and Patricia E. Hershberger         

 “The first publication of its kind, this book on fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) is a globally focused, authoritative guide to state-of-the-art information about modern fertility and ART health care. Written for clinicians, public health officials, women’s health experts, scientists, students, scholars, and other interested individuals, the book encompasses theoretical, research, policy, and clinical practice aspects of fertility and ART health care. The book features the diverse contributions of multidisciplinary research, scholars, and clinicians from eight countries who explore contemporary health care perspectives regarding individuals and families dealing with infertility and fertility challenges, with information on such advanced technologies as in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, and oocyte preservation.” Springer Publishing Company,

February 2016.


Fertility Counseling Clinical Guide and Case Studies
Edited by Sharon N. Covington Shady Grove Fertility, Rockville, Maryland

 Using real-world cases, this clinical guide details the psychosocial challenges faced by patients navigating the world of medically assisted reproduction (MAR). It describes in depth the latest perspectives on counseling approaches to the evolving complexities of family creation, whether fertility issues are a presenting problem or occur during the course of therapy or the aftermath of a struggle with infertility. Applying an evidence-based, cross-border approach, international experts not only discuss advanced perspectives on topics such as third party reproduction, pregnancy loss and adoption, but also newer issues of fertility preservation, ‘older’ patient parenthood, LGBT and singles’ family creation. A comprehensive resource, it explores pioneering insights into fertility counseling such as spirituality, developing disclosure language, a counselor’s personal fertility issues, and more.

This is an essential aid for medical and mental health professionals to develop and refine the skills needed to treat the increasingly diverse and complex needs of MAR patients.

April 2015


Preimplantation Diagnosis: The Burden of Choice
Joann Galst and Marion Verp

This book aims to expand the awareness and understanding of the emotional sequelae of prenatal/preimplantation diagnosis, prenatal decision-making, pregnancy interruption for fetal anomaly, multifetal reduction for high-order multifetal pregnancies and preimplantation choices involving the selection of embryos. Featuring a multi- disciplinary approach, it examines prenatal and preimplantation diagnosis from medical, legal, ethical and psychosocial perspectives.

Prenatal and Preimplantation Diagnosis is an excellent resource for obstetricians, reproductive endocrinologists, clinical geneticists, genetic counselors and mental health professionals seeking to better support patients faced with difficult choices.