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“

Neues Buch „Ethik der Adoption“

Von Henning Theissen ist vor kurzem das o.a. Buch im Verlag Karl Albers. In meinem kurzen Statement habe ich dazu geschrieben, dass dies eines der wenigen Bücher ist, das Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede zwischen Adoption und Gametenspende herstellt und einen...

Surrogacy in Cambodia

Here an article on the current situation in Cambodia.    

Aufklärungsbuch für Kinder nach Embryonenspende

In eigener Sache: Zurzeit erstelle ich ein Aufklärungsbuch für Eltern, die ihre Kinder über ihre Zeugung mit Hilfe einer Embryonenspende aufklären möchten. Das Buch wird den anderen Aufklärungsbüchern von mir ähneln (siehe: http://www.famart.de/kinderbuecher/) und...

Number of single women having IVF without partner QUADRUPLES in a decade

... and there are similar developments in Germany, although we don't collect this data. Here the article. FamART provides Telling & Talking books for children growing up with solo mums. Here more.

Kryokonservierung bei Krebspatientinnen

Im Ärzteblatt ist folgender Artikel erschienen: Drängen auf schnelle Umsetzung der Kryokonservierung für junge Krebspatienten

Gerichtsbeschluss – Frau darf von Leihmutter ausgetragenes Kind adoptieren

Ein Paar war in die Ukraine gereist, damit eine Leihmutter ihr Kind austrägt. Ein Amtsgericht sah darin eine dem Kinderhandel vergleichbare Praxis und untersagte der Mutter die Adoption. Das Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt hat dies nun zurückgewiesen. Hier der Bericht.

The Fertility Doctor’s Secret

An article in The Atlantic about a doctor who used his own sperm.

Risiken der späten Vaterschaft

Hier ein Artikel aus dem Ärzteblatt.

Experten wollen ein modernes Abstammungsgesetz

Hier die Informationen des Deutschen Bundestages.

TV Film zu Samenspende

Im WDR wird in Kürze dieser Film ausgestrahlt. Vater unbekannt - Anonym gezeugt (Teil 2) Hier zur Webseite des Senders.

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.

New book: Three makes baby

Last year, the American fertility counsellor Jana M. Rupnow published her first book "Three makes baby". It describes the emotional challenges of parents integrating the donor conception of their child and supports disclosure. It is one of the few books that not only...

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Neues Forum für Solo-Mütter

Solo-Mama plus eins - so heisst das neue Forum - hier können Sie es einsehen.   Ein Kinderbuch zur Aufklärung von Kindern, die mit Hilfe eines Samenspenders gezeugt wurden und mit ihrer Solo-Mutter aufwachsen, finden Sie bei FamART - und zwar hier!...

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Neues Buch: Angela Chadwick: XX – Was wäre wenn?

Das o.a. Buch ist 2018 im Atrium Verlag erschienen und verspricht spannend zu werden: Es geht um die Frage, was wäre, wenn zwei Frauen gemeinsam mit Hilfe von Gentechnik ein Kind bekommen würden - und ein Mann nicht mehr benötigt wird. Ich habe das Buch erst...

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Journalisten suchen Solo-Mütter

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren des BKID, wir sind eine Kölner Produktionsfirma und befinden uns derzeit ganz am Anfang einer Recherche für eine RTL Extra Langzeit-Reportage. In dieser Reportage möchten wir eine potenzielle (uns noch nicht bekannte) Solo-Mama mit...

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Pressemitteilung des Bundesfinanzhofes: Aufwendungen für heterologe künstliche Befruchtung in gleichgeschlechtlicher Partnerschaft als außergewöhnliche Belastung

Und hier der Text: Aufwendungen für heterologe künstliche Befruchtung in gleichgeschlechtlicher Partnerschaft als außergewöhnliche Belastung Aufwendungen einer empfängnisunfähigen Frau für eine heterologe künstliche Befruchtung führen nach dem Urteil des...

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Neues Buch: die Perspektive eines Mannes mit Kinderwunsch

Es gibt nicht allzuviele Bücher im Bereich des unerfüllten Kinderwunsches, die die Perspektive eines Mannes schildern. Hier ein neuer Band dazu: CHRISTIAN FALKENSTEIN „NEIN DANKE, KEINE KINDERBILDER. EINE MÄNNLICHE PERSPEKTIVE DER UNGEWOLLTEN KINDERLOSIGKEIT“....

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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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