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Siegel, R. (2017). “Where Did I Come From?” The Impact of ART on Families and Psychotherapists. Psychoanal. Inq., 37(8):512-524.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(8):512-524

“Where Did I Come From?” The Impact of ART on Families and Psychotherapists

Renee Siegel, LCSW

This article focuses on the field of assisted reproductive technology (ART) and psychoanalysis as it relates to people who’ve struggled emotionally in pursuit of their wish to create a family. Recent medical advances have changed baby-making to the extent that infertility is no longer a terminal diagnosis (Ehrensaft, 2012). New opportunities exist to create a family through introduction of a third party in the process of conception via in vitro fertilization, the use of donor egg and/or sperm, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and surrogacy. The realities raised by these new methods have challenged usual cultural ideas of what constitutes a family, as well as what it means to become a parent or give birth to a child (Ehrensaft, 2000; Notman, 2011; Samish, 2006). The subject of reproductive medicine has stimulated a wide range of emotions within the community of people who suffer infertility and among psychotherapists who become involved with them in analytic and psychotherapeutic relationships.

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