06105 22629 mail@pthorn.de

Dr. Petra Thorn | Langener Str. 37 | 64546 Mörfelden |06105  22629 | mail@pthorn.de | You can reach me best between 9.00 and 12.00 a.m.

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I have been working as a family therapist offering infertility counselling for over 25 years. These are the main areas of my expertise:

  • psychosocial infertility counselling for individuals and couples
  • preparation for family building with the assistance of donor gametes (egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation etc.)
  • supporting parents who intend to talk to their children as well as family and friends about the donor conception of their child
  • supporting couples who have experienced miscarriages, stillbirths
  • couple and family therapy
  • training for professionals

Many of my scientific articles are published in English and I have also written chapters for English books. I also provide many of the news in the „News“ section (scroll down) on international developments and in English. I speak English fluently and offer counselling and therapy in English. If you are interested in counselling, training or in books and articles on infertility counselling, feel free to browse through the various sections of my website. If interested, you can contact me by telephone or email. If you subscribe my „News“, you can read about new books, TV shows, radio contributions etc. – in German and sometimes in English.

Enjoy reading my website,

Dr. Petra Thorn

Are you interested in numbers?

Here some about me:

Years experience in infertility counselling

Books and scientific articles

Trainings for professionals


Reviews for journals

Participation in conferences

Contributions to radio and TV


Dedication to infertility counselling

News about „Infertility“

An example of altuisitic surrogacy: Woman carries baby for her gay brother

Woman delivers baby who is both daughter and niece - here more    

Bezeichnung „Kinderwunschtee“ ist unzulässig

Die Bezeichnung "Kinderwunschtee" ist irreführend und daher nicht zulässig - so hat m.E. zu Recht das OLG Köln geurteilt.  

Ungewollt kinderlose Paare fühlen sich benachteiligt

Hier ein Artikel, in dem eine Gruppe von Wissenschaftlern, zu denen auch ich gehöre, eine bessere Finanzierung der Kinderwunschbehandlung fordern.  

Changes in Dutsch legislation: 4 parents are possible

DUTCH KIDS can have up to 4 parents, according to recent legal changes. Here more.  

Social Freezing, Samen- und Eizellspende

In der Süddeutschen Zeitung ist heute (16.7.2019) auf S. 22 ein großer Beitrag zu den o.a. Themen erschienen. Der Beitrag basiert auf einer Tagung zu Social Freezing, die am 3.7.2019 in München stattgefunden hat und zu der ich als Referentin geladen war.  

Was macht Mutterschaft aus?

Hier ein Artikel in der Zeit zu Mutterschaft, Eizellspende, Embryonenverwechselungen und Leihmutterschaft.

Jahrestreffen des Arbeitskreises Donogene Insemination e.V.

Am Samstag, dem 16. November findet von  9.00 bis12.00  Uhr die diesjährige Tagung des Arbeitskreises Donogene Insemination e.V. statt. Ort: Berlin, Intercity Hotel Hauptbahnhof, Katharina Paulus Str. 5 Hier das Programm 9.00 Uhr bis 12.00 Uhr (CME-Punkte bei der...

„Falsches“ Baby

Im Rahmen einer künstlichen Befruchtung wurden Embryonen vertauscht, hier näheres.  

Neues Aufklärungsbuch für Kinder nach Embryonenspende

Zurzeit schreibe ich an einem Buch für Kinder nach Embryonenspende. Wie die anderen Aufklärungsbücher hat Tiziana Rinaldi wieder neue Bilder hinzugesteuert. Ich suche noch nach einer Familie, die einen Erfahrungsbericht zur Embryonenspende beitragen würden. Wenn Sie...

Zwei Frauen berichten über ihre Familienplanung

In der Zeitschrift NEON wurde folgender Beitrag über junge Frauen und Kinderwunsch veröffentlicht:   Junge Frauen und Kinderwunsch – zwischen Lust auf Freiheit und unerfüllten Hoffnungen    

Fernsehbeitrag im ORF zu Samenspende

Vor kurzem lief im ORF dieser Beitrag zum Thema "Samenspende" . Auch ich wurde dafür interviewt.   Bei FamART gibt es den o.a. Ratgeber zum Thema!        

Neu: Info-Karten für Paare mit Kinderwunsch

Info-Karten In meinem Verlag FamART (siehe hier: FamART-Übersicht) sind nun die Info-Karten erschienen. Diese Info-Karten dienen dazu, Nahestehende wie Familienmitglieder und Freunde über die Gefühlslage zu informieren, die man typischerweise erlebt, wenn man mit...

Whenever I come across some news worth reporting I post them here on my website. These include new books, announcements about radio and TV contributions as well as interesting articles from abroad in English. You can subscribe these news, see on the right „subsribe News“.en.

If you scroll to the very bottom of this page, you can read all news.

For Individuals and Couples
seeking support

I known that it is not easy to experience a crisis and to find out that you do not have sufficient resources to master this crisis on your own. Infertility can be such a crisis. If your wish for a child is not fulfilled and you are considering medical treatment, counselling can help you to be informed about all medical and non-medical options of building a family. Counselling can also support your decision-making for or against medical treatment. If you decide to undergo treatment, it can help you to survive the emotional roller-coaster. Last but not least, it is important for some to draw limits,  to decide when to stop treatment and to develop an alternative life plan. Click the sections below to find out more (these sections are all in German):

  • General information on therapy and counselling and details about infertility counselling (Allgemeine Hinweise zu  Therapie und Beratung)
  • General information about family building with egg and semen donation (Allgemeines zur Familienbildung mit Samen- oder Eizellspende)
  • Information seminars for family building with egg and semen donation (Informationsseminare zur Familienbildung mit Samen- und Eizellspende) and for parents with children conceived via third party reproduction
  • Books for family building with medical assistance (Bücher zur Familienbildung mit medizinischer Unterstützung)
  • News on infertility

There are many Links to external websites with information on infertility, egg donation and donor insemination, also in other countries. And you can establish contact  to others experiencing infertility and to families following egg and sperm donation – for many, this contact helps to normalize feelings and to find out about others‘ experiences.

Impressionen of my practice

For colleagues

If you are interested in professional information on infertility counselling and psychosocial aspects of infertility, have a look at these sections:

  • Training for general as well as specialized infertility counselling (i.e. gamete donation etc.) is offered by the Training Institute of the German Society for Fertility Counselling – BKiD
  • For books on family building with medical asssistance, see FamART 
  • Here you find booksI have written, edited or co-authored
  • Here you find scientific articles I have authors or co-authored, presentations and trainings I have conducted for professionals in Germany and abroad
  • Here you find some contributions I have made to journals, radio and TV

If you are interested in training possibilities or would like to ask me for presentations, feel free to ring me or send me an email.

What has enveloped from my work as an infertility counsellor …

As  a social worker and family therapist I have been working as an infertility counsellor for over 25 years. From the very beginning, I have focused on family building by donor insemination and from the very beginning, I have supported disclosure. When counselling and facilitating seminars, I often felt that couples would like to be open about the way they built their family, but they felt anxious and were worried about negative reactions from family members and friends


Books for children
As early as in the 1990is, in the Anglo-Saxon world, books for children conceived by donor insemination were published. About 13 years ago, these books inspired me to write similar books in German. Together with Tiziana Rinaldi, an Italian artist, I have written several books. She has a magnificent way of painting wonderful, dream-like illustrations that are so typical for especially young children. In 2006, these books led to the foundation of my publishing house  FamART (Family Building with Assisted Reproductive Technology)..    


Books for parents and professionals
In the last years, together with her and with other authors, several more books have been created. In addition, colleagues approached me and asked if I was interested in publishing their books on family building with medical assistance. This has become the current programme  of FamART, which you can see and/or download on the left.


I am certain there will be more books …
Dr. Petra Thorn

You can download the current FamART Catalogue – just click on the illustration.

News about „infertility“ etc.

Whenever I come across some news worth reporting I post them here on my website. These include new books, announcements about radio and TV contributions as well as interesting articles from abroad in English. You can subscribe these news, see on the right „subsribe News“.

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