Opening up a Conversation about Disclosure
Nancy Freeman-Carroll, PsyD
January 10, 2013; 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
NIP Conference Room; 250 West 57th Street, Suite 501; NYC
In the US and across the globe, there is increasing pressure for families to communicate the facts of assisted conception to their children. However, worldwide, many recipients of donor gametes continue to choose NOT to inform their children about the unique way they came to be. As psychoanalysts, we have much to offer these families, to help them understand the internal pressures, fears, and fantasies that influence this behavior. It is useful to understand "disclosing" information about donor gametes as a developmental process of communication between parents, and between parents and children. This on-going, potentially life-long, process includes both parents' and children's capacities to differentiate their emotional experiences, and hold onto ambiguities and ambivalent feelings about the role of the donor in their lives.
Nancy Freeman-Carroll, PsyD, is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan. Dr. Freeman-Carroll is a faculty member and a supervising analyst at the White Institute, and a former faculty member at ICP, MIP, and NIP. She is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and has presented at their annual meetings. She also has expertise in infant development, adjustments to infertility, and family-building with assisted conception.
Learn more and register online at http://www.nipinst.org/nip/training/events/initiative_opening_up_a_conversation_about_disclosure/ .