Reproductive Medicine

Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 287, Issue 3, pp 599-606

First online:

German guidelines for psychosocial counselling in the area of “cross border reproductive services”

  • Petra ThornAffiliated withPraxis für Paar-und Familientherapie Email author 
  • , Tewes WischmannAffiliated withInstitut für Medizinische Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg

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An increasing number of couples and individuals with a desire for a child travel abroad for assisted reproductive technologies that are not available in their home country. This trend has been coined “cross border reproductive services” (CBRS), often comprising third party reproduction. In order to respect the welfare of all parties involved, the German Society for Fertility Counselling has developed guidelines for psychosocial counselling in this area in 2010. The following article raises some of the controversies in CBRS and introduces these guidelines.


Cross border reproductive services Psychosocial counselling Infertility Third party reproduction Welfare of the child ART