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Elaine Gordon


Elaine Gordon, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in infertility, child development, reproductive medicine and third party family-building.

In addition to her role as a therapist and group facilitator working with patients struggling with fertility related issues, Dr. Gordon lectures on various topics surrounding the ethics and psychology of reproductive medicine. Dr. Gordon is the author of “Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? Where Some Babies Come From,” a children’s book dedicated to explaining a child’s unique reproductive beginnings including donation, adoption and surrogacy.

Her professional associations include the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the American Fertility Society and the Pacific Coast Fertility Society. She has previously served as Education Chair for the Psychological Special Interest Group of the American Fertility Society. Dr. Gordon’s clinical work include therapy and groups for couples and individuals, staff training for programs involved in reproductive medicine, and third party screening and evaluation matching donors and recipients for egg donation and/or surrogacy. Additionally, she counsels birthmothers and prospective parents who are considering adoption.

Dr. Gordon is well versed in both the medical and psychological aspects of reproductive medicine utilizing third parties. Her involvement in egg donation and surrogacy programs has stimulated an interest in the issues surrounding secrecy and disclosure in third party parenting. Related to the disclosure/nondisclosure issue is the need to assess the advantages and disadvantages of open versus closed donation policies. Dr. Gordon is currently involved in several research projects investigating the psychological implication of using egg and/or sperm donation as a means of building families.

“Mommy, did I Grow in Your Tummy? –
Where Some Babies Come From”

by Elaine Gordon, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
456 Hillside Lane
Santa Monica, CA 90402

This book explains to children about all the ways babies can come into the world. Meant to be read to the children providing a simple description of medical, egg donor, surrogacy and adoption arrangements. $9.95 USA