Based on government & health official regulations about social distancing, support groups will be held virtually/may be rescheduled. Please contact specific group facilitators and/or see below for information on specific groups.
Experiencing infertility and/or undergoing fertility treatments can be an emotional and overwhelming experience. While this can often feel isolating, you are not alone. The following peer support groups are currently being offered:
Primary Infertility Support Toronto
Due to increased patient distress linked to Covid-19, monthly support groups usually held at Anova Fertility will now be offered twice monthly by video, until such a time as we are advised to return to normal activities.
For more information or to sign-up/receive reminders of upcoming groups, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Participants must sign up in advance to receive the password protected link for each ZOOM video support group.
These groups are open to anyone in the community experiencing primary infertility* and people are encouraged to join with partners (if applicable), as well as on their own. Together, participants create a safe and compassionate environment to talk about the experiences and emotions connected with infertility/loss, and the added emotional component of delayed treatment due to the pandemic.
*Primary infertility is defined as someone who is struggling to have their first child. While this group focuses on the needs of this population, there is also a recognition of the the unique needs of those experiencing secondary infertility (struggling to have a baby after successfully having had one or more children previously). If you are a parent dealing with secondary infertility and would like support, please contact Dara directly.
2020 PRIMARY INFERTILITY PEER SUPPORT GROUP
Where: Video Call or Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health 25 Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 690
When: 5:30-7:00pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month & 3rd Wednesday of the month (* with occasional exceptions)
Jan 7th; Feb 4th; March 3rd (Anova)
April 7th (video) & April 22nd (video)
May 5th (video) & May 20th (video)
June 2nd (video)
TBD: July 7th, Aug 11th; Sept TBD; Oct 6th; Nov 3rd; Dec 1st.
Note: The need for video/bi-monthly support groups will be reevaluated in early June
Single Parenting Support
'Choice Parents Toronto' is a social group for Thinkers, Tryers, Parents 2B and Choice Parents. We welcome parents or parents-to-be who identify as moms, dads, trans or gender variant to communicate, share info, make friends, hang out, post questions and get support. We have regular get-togethers from kid friendly outings (such as Riverdale Farms) to Wine Night for parents (and parents-to-be). While most of our members are Choice Moms, we welcome Choice Dads and those who are gender variant/fluid as well -- because regardless of gender/orientation/race/class etc., all choice parents need community, support and inspiration! This group has a closed Facebook group with more than 100+ members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChoiceParentsToronto/
Province Specific Support
For further information about support groups in your area, please check the Fertility Matters website, which lists peer-led support groups across Canada. These listings can be found by province and city at: www.fertilitymatters.ca
If you have specific questions about one of these groups, please contact the group facilitator directly.