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

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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“

Doch keine erhöhte Geburtsrisiken für Kinder nach IVF?

Die höhere Rate von Früh- und Mangelgeburten, zu denen es nach einer künstlichen Befruchtung (In-Vitro-Fertilisation, IVF)  kommt, ist laut einer Vergleichsstudie mit Geschwisterkindern nicht auf die medizinisch assistierte Reproduktion zurückzuführen. Darüber...

Krankenkassen sollen PID bezahlen

Im Ärzteblatt wurde dieser Artikel zur Kostenübernahme der PID veröffentlich.  

Fortbildungen für die psychosoziale Kinderwunschberatung

Das BKiD Fortbildungsinstitut bietet in nächster Zeit die folgenden Fortbildungen für Fachkräfte an, bei einigen bin ich Referentin: Fortbildung: "Psychosoziale Beratung bei Kinderwunsch - medizinische und juristische Fragen" am 18.-20. März 2019 in Heppenheim...

Neues Buch zur Kinderwunschberatung – kostenfrei!

Der Tagungsband "Kinderwunsch? Beratung" - Perspektiven der psychosozialen Kinderwunschberatung in Deutschland – Tagungsband der öffentlichen Fachtagung, Hamburg, 12. und 13. Mai 2017" ist ab sofort bei FamART kostenfrei als PDF erhältlich. Sie können es hier...

Zahlen zu Präimplantationsdiagnostik

Deutlich mehr Anträge auf Präimplantations­diagnostik in Bayern - hier mehr  

Women travelling to Denmark for fertility treatments

Here an article on why traveling to Denmark has become so popular.  

DNA Tests als Weihnachtsgeschenk

In den USA wird es immer üblicher, an Weihnachten einen DNA Test zu verschenken. Ein solcher Test kann jedoch aufzeigen, dass Kinder nicht mit beiden Elternteilen verwandt sind. Hier ein Artikel dazu.  

Finanzhilfe bei Kinderwunsch­behandlung für immer mehr Paare

Immer mehr kinderlose Paare erhalten in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern s Finanzhilfe für IVF etc. Hier mehr dazu.  

Leaving it too long – age and fertility

Here an Australian article on age and fertility.  

Spermienqualität und Fehlgeburt

Hier ein Artikel zum Zusammenhang zwischen Samenqualität und Fehlgeburt.  

Veranstaltung der Leopoldina zu den Empfehlungen für ein neues Fortpflanzungsmedizingesetz

Fortschritte in der Reproduktionsmedizin – Brauchen wir ein neues Fortpflanzungsmedizingesetz? Veranstaltung am 5.2.19, 18.00 bis 21.00 Uhr in Hannover Hier mehr  

It has been some time …

.. since I have last written about news etc. Unfortunately, my websites were hacked, both of my practice and my publishing house FamART, and it took quite some time to get them up and running again. This has now been achieved and I am looking forward to sending out...

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.

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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.


Solo-Mutter Bitte melden: Welche Solo-Mutter möchte über ihre Erfahrungen im Radio des Bayerischen Rundfunks berichten? Gerne auch anonym. In einem halbstündigen Feature auf Bayern 2 geht es um alles Wissenswerte der Solo-Mutterschaft.   Ulrike Nikola...

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Buch zu Leihmutterschaft

Vor kurzem wurde das Buch von Beate Ditzen und Marc-Philippe Weller veröffentlicht. Es sind die Beiträge basierend auf einer Tagung zur Leihmutterschaft . Hier zum Buch    

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