I provide psychological evaluations of:
- Egg and sperm donor candidates
- Gestational carrier candidates
For egg and sperm donor candidates not previously known to their recipients and for all gestational carrier candidates, the psychological evaluation involves a clinical interview, psychological testing with the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Personality Inventory, Second Edition MMPI-2), and a written evaluative report summary.
For donor candidates previously known to their recipients, the psychological evaluation involves a clinical interview and written report summary only.
The psychological evaluation is intended to assess the candidate’s:
- motivation for serving as a donor or carrier
- understanding and appreciation of the psychological and emotional implications involved
- understanding and appreciation of the time commitment and medical aspects of treatment involved
- perspectives about the future child and oneself in relation to that child now and in the future
- if the donor or carrier is previously known, considerations of the impact on the existing and future relationship
- personal and familial mental health history, including any background of trauma or loss
- current psychological and emotional stability
- preparedness for various cycle outcomes
- reliability and responsibility
- lifestyle factors
The evaluation also serves as an opportunity for education and discussion about relevant topics such as:
- preferences regarding the nature, frequency, and parameters of any contact with the parents or resulting offspring
- number of embryos to be transferred and potential for twins or multiple gestation
- parameters for consideration of multifetal reduction
- decisions about remaining embryos
For egg and sperm donor candidates not previously known to their recipients and for all gestational carrier candidates, the psychological evaluation appointment involves approximately 90-180 minutes with the candidate. This includes both interview and testing time. In addition, another 90 minutes of my time is required for test scoring, interpretation, assimilation of data and observations, and evaluative report writing.
For egg and sperm donor candidates previously known to their recipients, the psychological evaluation appointment involves approximately 50 minutes of interview time with the candidate. In addition, another hour of my time is required for assimilation of data and observations and evaluative report writing.
Fees are based upon my hourly rate of service: $175/hr. The following are the approximate number of hours that an evaluation would require, including in-person contact and report writing:
- Gestational Carrier Candidates – 3-5 hours
- Donor Candidates Not Previously Known to Recipients – 2-3 hours
- Donor Candidates Previously Known to Recipients – 1-2 hours
The number of hours required for an evaluation will vary based on a number of different variables relevant to the evaluation. These fees apply regardless of the recommendations of the psychological evaluation.
Payment is owed prior to or at the time of service for the psychological evaluation appointment. The financially responsible party must call to make payment arrangements at least 48 hours in advance of the appointment or the appointment may be canceled. Payment may be made by cash, check, or major credit card.
Unfortunately, insurance cannot be used to pay for the psychological evaluation. Given the nature of the service, the evaluation is focused on the candidate’s understanding of and suitability to fulfill a certain role rather than on diagnosing or treating a mental health condition. Insurance companies typically require a billing code that reflects the diagnosis or treatment of a mental health disorder to reimburse for services, which is not applicable in this case.