Pregnancy loss, infertility, and family building via Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) are complex and often deeply stressful and isolating experiences that can stay with individuals, couples, and families long after a pregnancy does or doesn't happen. Join us for an informative workshop and discussion exploring the experience of family building when the "reproductive story" may not have gone as originally expected.
In this workshop, we will discuss:
• A general overview of pregnancy loss, infertility, and family building via ART
• A brief discussion of reproductive trauma and new concepts in the field of reproductive mental health
• Common emotional experiences related to these experiences
• Ways to cope and how to find support
• Time for Q&A
Dr. Shara Brofman is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City and Westchester County specializing in reproductive and perinatal mental health. She supports people before, during, and after conception, pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period, birth trauma, pregnancy loss, pregnancy termination, infertility, and family building via Assisted Reproductive Technology and third-party reproduction. She also teaches educational workshops and provides clinical consultation. She previously served on the adjunct faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she built and taught a master's level course on perinatal mental health. Dr. Brofman is a member of a number of local and national professional organizations, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the NYC Women's Mental Health Consortium, and the Hudson Valley Birth Network.