Shady Grove Fertility Offers Direct Access to World-Renowned Fertility Counseling Resources and New Clinician's Guide

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Publication of highly-anticipated clinician’s guide will expand fertility counseling knowledge internationally.

Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies
Shady Grove Fertility is proud to partner with this world-renowned team that continues to lead the fertility counseling field, developing the best counseling techniques to help patients on their journey.

Since its inception, Shady Grove Fertility has been at the forefront of integrating psychological support services into its fertility program. Clinical excellence is vital to fertility treatment, but providing an established support network is just as important. Infertility is often described as a life crisis by experts, creating feelings of isolation and increased stress. To provide patient support beyond clinical needs, Shady Grove Fertility’s Psychological Support Services staff is located in-house and provides a multitude of services to patients, including private counseling appointments, access to support groups, and the most current literature in the field.

The mental health professionals at Shady Grove Fertility have received extensive training and knowledge about all aspects of fertility counseling. The team is led by Sharon Covington, MSW, LCSW-C, Director of Psychological Support Services, who has more than 40 years of experience as an adult psychotherapist and is a leading expert on the psychological aspects of reproductive health. Covington and her staff are pioneers in the still-nascent field of fertility counseling, and have sought to use this expertise to train others in the field.

As part of this training and global outreach to fertility counselors, Covington has released her second collaborative book, Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies. This book presents the latest in-depth, case-based counseling approaches to help support patients who are seeking assisted reproductive technologies. It also brings counseling into the present, addressing the participating counselors’ insights into third-party reproduction, pregnancy loss, fertility preservation, becoming parents later in life, and LGBT and single family building.

“With this book, I was compelled to build upon the foundation of my earlier publications and go beyond the scope of the current body of work in fertility counseling, by examining issues that have not been fully explored in the literature. By providing evidence-based research and proven counseling interventions, I am confident that fertility counselors worldwide can provide the most evolved care for their patients,” said Covington.

Shady Grove Fertility is proud to partner with this world-renowned team that continues to lead the fertility counseling field, developing the best counseling techniques to help patients on their journey. Free support groups provided by the Psychological Support Services team meet throughout the Mid-Atlantic region regularly; covering infertility, donor recipient support, singles support, and more.

Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies is now available online and at authorized booksellers.

About Shady Grove Fertility

Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the top of all national centers. Since 1991, more than 37,000 babies have been born to patients from all 50 states and over 35 countries around the world. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrine fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships with Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed, and the National Institutes of Health. Today, 32 reproductive endocrinologists, PhD scientists, geneticists, and more than 600 highly specialized Shady Grove Fertility staff care for patients in 18 full-service offices, and four satellite sites throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit

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