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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News about „Infertility“

Interview mit mir zu Leihmutterschaft

Schon vor einiger Zeit ist dieses Interview mit mir über Leihmutterschaft erschienen: "Interview mit Petra Thorn: Schwester oder Freundin" Ein Buch mit vielen Portraits von Familien nach medizinsicher Hilfe wird in Kürze bei FamART erscheinen - hier sehen Sie einen...

30 Jahre Embryonenschutzgesetz: Medizinischer Fortschritt, gesellschaftlicher Wandel und politischer Handlungsbedarf

Am Donnerstag, 22. April 2021 findet von 16.00 bis 19.15 Uhr die folgende Online-Konferenz statt, bei der ich mitdiskutieren werde: 30 Jahre Embryonenschutzgesetz: Medizinischer Fortschritt, gesellschaftlicher Wandel und politischer Handlungsbedarf   Hier zu...

Video with Susan Golombok on the development of children after assisted reproduction

"We are Family" is Susan Golombok's latest book on children and families after medical treatment. Here you can see a video with her on her research. FamART has books for these families!  


Von der WHO wurde ein sog. "fact sheet" zu Endometriose erstellt, das auf englisch erhältlich ist. Hier zum Factsheet    

Youtube-Video über junge Frau, die ihren Spender kennengelernt hat

Sarah P. hat vor 8 Jahren eine gerichtliche Auseinandersetzung gegen den Arzt gewonnen, der ihre Mutter mit einer Samenspende behandelt hat. Der Arzt wurde verurteilt, ihr die Daten des Spenders offenzulegen. Das Urteil hat damals sehr viele Medienbeiträge ausgelöst....

New book for solo mums

BioNews just published a review of a new book for solo mums: "Going it alone - a guide für solo mums in the UK" Here the review.   Here you find books for solo-mum-families  

Diskriminierung von Regenbogenfamilien

FDP-Abgeordnete fordern Reform des Abstammungsrechts hier mehr und hier ein weiterer Artikel   Bücher für diese Familienform finden Sie bei FamART.    

Online-Materialien-Markt am 23.4.2021 von 14.00 bis 17.00 Uhr

Hier die Ausschreibung eines Materialien-Marktes für Fachkräfte in Kindergärten etc., auf dem Bücher zur aktuellen Familienvielfalt gezeigt werden. Mein Verlag FamART wird sich ebenfalls beteiligen. Petra Thorn __________________________________________________  ...


Am 19. und 20. März 2021 fand in Deutschland die erste Fortbildung zum Schwerpunkt „Kontakt zwischen Kindern und Samenspender“ statt. Konzipiert und durchgeführt wurde diese Veranstaltung von dem Fortbildungsinstitut der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kinderwunschberatung...

Video-Informationsveranstaltung zu Samenspende am 18.3.21

Am 01.07.2018 trat das Samenspenderregistergesetz (SaRegG) in Kraft. Erstmals wurde mit diesem Gesetz in Deutschland das Auskunftsrecht der in Deutschland mit Samenspende gezeugten Personen gesetzlich sichergestellt, indem die entsprechenden Daten zentralisiert bei...

Gleitgel bei Kinderwunsch: Machen Preseed, Ritex und Prefert schwanger?

Dazu gibt es bei Dr. Elmar Brähler einen guten Artikel. Die Zusammenfassung: Man wird damit nicht schneller schwanger, die Gleitgels haben keinen positiven, aber auch keinen negativen Einfluss auf die Beweglichkeit der Samen, wer Gleitgel benötigt, sollte es...

New York legalises commercial surrogacy

New York's new surrogacy law has come into effect, ending a ban on commercial surrogacy in the state. The Child Parent Security Act establishes legal criteria for gestational surrogacy agreements that provide protections for parents and surrogates and ensure parties...

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.

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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.

Streitgespräch zu Eizellspende

Streitgespräch zu Eizellspende

In der TAZ ist am Wochenende ein Streitgespräch zu Eizellspende zwischen Claudie Wiesemann und Tales Stüwe erschienen. Ich kann Claudia Wiesemann in allen Punkten zustimmen! Hier zum Artikel Und hier ein Aufklärungsbuch für so gezeugte Kinder  

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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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