“Emotional rollercoaster” is a phrase often used to describe the ups and downs of infertility. As if the diagnosis and the treatment weren't difficult enough, the emotional turmoil surrounding infertility—while perfectly normal—is yet another source of anxiety and stress. Psychological support and counseling can be very helpful to couples going through this process.
Dorothy Greenfeld, LCSW, is the Director of Psychological Support Services at the Yale Fertility Center and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and is licensed by the state of Connecticut. She has counseled couples seeking parenthood through assisted reproduction in the Yale program since 1982.
Ms. Greenfeld is a founding member and former Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She was the first mental health professional in the nation to be appointed to the ASRM Ethics Committee and has served as mental health representative to the board of directors of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Ms. Greenfeld was the Connecticut State Representative to the board of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers. She has lectured around the world and has served on the faculty of several postgraduate courses focused on the psychological aspects of infertility.
Ms. Greenfeld has published numerous articles in leading scientific journals addressing the psychological aspects of in vitro fertilization, egg donation, sperm donation, gestational surrogacy, and disclosure to children about their donor gamete conception. She was the editor of a book on the psychological aspects of infertility, and written several chapters for textbooks on assisted reproduction. Her current area of research is on the transition to parenthood for couples who have achieved pregnancy through third party reproduction.