Susan M. Isaacson, MA, CCC, LMSW, LCSW
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Gender Disappointment Counseling

Women who dream of having children often have an image or desire for a child of a specific gender. When the fantasy of having a boy or girl is unfulfilled it can summon up feelings of anger, depression and despair. Though Gender Disappointment is not recognized as an official psychiatric diagnosis, it is powerful in the resulting feelings that, for many, create difficulties in child/parent bonding.

Men also report having similar expectations upon the birth of their child.