Motherhood and Parenthood
Merle Bombardieri, author of The Baby Decision, (New York: Rawson/Scribnerís 1981) and contributor to Our Bodies, Ourselves, (2005) can guide you through your decision-making process and transition to parenthood or childfree living.
- "Iíd like to have a child, but I worry I wonít be a good enough parent."
- "I donít think I want children, but what If Iím sorry when itís too late?"
- "Weíve been trying for four years and still no baby. How much longer can we stand this?"
- "Iíve lost two pregnancies. What next?"
- "I want to adopt, but donít know where to start."
- "Do I have what it takes to be a single parent?"
- "Since my baby was born, Iíve been so depressed. Will my life ever be the same?"
Fortunately, you can benefit from Merleís 30+ years of experience in the fertility field, and her empathy and respect for women and their motherhood dreams and fears. She is available to work with you individually and/or as a couple depending on your needs.
Merle can help you with:
- Making the best decision for you and your partner.
- Helping couples who are disagreeing about their choices to make the best possible decision.
- Values clarification and life planning for people choosing not to have children.
- Preparing for the changes that parenthood brings.
- Completing unfinished psychological business so that you are ready for motherhood.
- Planning with your partner to share the responsibilities of work and parenting.
- Living the most fulfilling life possible no matter which decision you make.
Other Fertility Issues Merle Can Address
- Deciding to be a single parent.
- Deciding to be a gay parent.
- Deciding whether to have another child; preparing your family for the new baby.
- Deciding on or coping with gynecological surgery, including hysterectomy.
- Preserving your fertility before cancer treatment.
- Handling the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause.
- Coping with emotional storms during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
- Handling the frustrations of pregnancy complications and bed rest.
- Handling postpartum relationships and parenting issues.
- Understanding that bonding isnít always immediate, and handling your feelings about this.
Using strategic coping and decision-making techniques you can reach your goals quickly; typically in five to fifteen sessions.