Peer Support

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: supportgroup@anovafertility.com. 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.

2021 PRIMARY INFERTILITY PEER SUPPORT GROUP

Where: ZOOM Video call until further notice (note: password protected links are required for each video call. Please email Dara directly for access)

When: 5:30-7:00pm on the 1st Tuesday & 3rd Wednesday of the month (* with occasional exceptions)

Jan 5th & 20th

Feb 2nd & 18th (*18th is the 3rd Thurs of the month)

March 2nd & 17th

April 6th & 21st

May-Dec TBD (Schedule for bi-monthly virtual support groups will be reevaluated in late April

Support for People using Donor Eggs, Sperm, Embryos

Donor Conception Canada (DCC) organizes various support groups for people building their families through donor conception. Groups provide participants opportunities to discuss their experiences with donor eggs, sperm, or embryos, and topics include the social and emotional aspects, challenges and issues faced by participants. Groups are divided by topic and population and include, for example: people who intend to be parents; people who already have children conceived using donor gametes; people who themselves are donor conceived; and friends and family who support them. For more information and/or to register for any of the groups offered by DC, please email: info@donorconception.com

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.