Advice & Support: Professional Finder

This resource includes information about physicians, complementary care providers, surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation agencies, adoption agencies, lawyers, pharmacists and other professionals committed to assisting you.


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Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W. - Manhattan

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W. - Manhattan

Emily Laitmon L.C.S.W.
174 East 74 Street
New York, New York 10021
(212) 988-2054

Biography

Emily Laitmon, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and Westchester specializing in women’s issues, couple counseling, relationships, infertility and family building.  She's also a bereavement counselor and offers support to several NYC hospitals for pre-natal loss and genetic abnormalities. She is a group facilitator and coach for Path2Parenthood.  She writes articles and leads seminars on the emotional challenges of infertility and consults with couples to minimize stress.   Ms. Laitmon adopted a son and after repeated IVFs was successful with a daughter.  Some health insurance plans may be accepted.

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W. - New Rochelle

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W. - New Rochelle

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W.
22 Indian Hill Road
New Rochelle, New York 10804
(914) 633-4224

Biography

Emily Laitmon, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and Westchester specializing in women’s issues, couple counseling, relationships, infertility and family building.  She's also a bereavement counselor and offers support to several NYC hospitals for pre-natal loss and genetic abnormalities. She is a group facilitator and coach for Path2Parenthood.  She writes articles and leads seminars on the emotional challenges of infertility and consults with couples to minimize stress.   Ms. Laitmon adopted a son and after repeated IVFs was successful with a daughter.  Some health insurance plans may be accepted.

Erica Ploski, MA, LPC

Erica Ploski, MA, LPC

Reproductive Counseling Services/Millcreek Counseling Associates
4380 West 12th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16505
(814) 838-8255

Biography

Erica Ploski, MA, LPC graduated from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling .She is a Licensed Professional Counselor  and offers services individually tailored to the clients’ needs and will work collaboratively with your physician, psychiatrist, OBGYN or Reproductive Endocrinologist to provide you with the most appropriate level of care.

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Erica is a survivor of infertility, recurring pregnancy losses as well as post partum depression. She is the mother of one internationally adopted child as well as two biological children and she has extensive experience helping women and their families cope with the many issues that present during the various stages of the reproductive cycles, from menarche all the way to menopause.

Gail Zarbin, L.C.S.W.

Gail Zarbin, L.C.S.W.

Gail Zarbin, L.C.S.W.
815 S. Wisconsin Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60304
(708) 445-8367

Biography

Gail Zarbin has counseled women, men, and couples going through the challenges of infertility to help them with the emotional ups and downs of family planning choices and decisions. Gail is dedicated to helping people with their concerns and questions on how to build their family.

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Gail conducts the clinical assessment for women interested in being a gestational surrogate, egg donors, and the Intended Parents in third party reproductive arrangements. Loss of control is a common feeling for those who struggle with infertility. Uncertainty and struggling to become a parent can trigger powerful feelings. While most causes of infertility are physical, a cycle develops where stress affects infertility and infertility concerns cause emotional distress. Intended Parents choosing to build their families using a known or unknown donor need support to help them with their feelings, questions, and concerns. Women and men often go through the process of infertility in different ways. Men and women usually have different emotional reactions and emotional timetables. The infertility journey and family planning choices can challenge the ability for couples to stay connected. Gail offers counseling to provide support during this uncertain time to help couples communicate more empathically in order to better understand each other’s feelings of grief and loss, fear, differences of opinion, and concerns and therefore can decide how they want to move forward. Gail is dedicated and committed to using her personal and professional experiences to help women and couples find a sense of balance and hope during their journey.  

Gail Zarbin earned a Master of Social Work from George Williams College and has been in practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over twenty years counseling individuals, couples, and children to help them with life’s transitions and adjustments. Gail’s style is to be interactive and informative and provide a safe place for growth and change. Gail’s approach to counseling is tailored to meet each person’s needs. Gail is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Path2Parenthood, and RESOLVE.

Georgia Witkin, Ph.D.

Georgia Witkin, Ph.D.

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
635 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10022
(212) 756-5777

Biography

Dr. Georgia Witkin is a clinical psychologist and expert on infertility, egg donation, egg freezing and therapy for couples. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science as well as in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is also director of the Stress Research Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Dr. Witkin is a contributor for the Fox News Channel and was previously the health reporter for NBC. She has authored 11 books on stress and is a frequent contributor to magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Parade, and Self. She is also senior editor of grandparents.com

She is also director of the Stress Research Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has received awards from national infertility support organizations RESOLVE and Path2Parenthood for her work in helping individuals and couples and for bringing awareness of infertility-related issues to a broad audience through her work on television.

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