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:
General Support Toronto
Please join Dara at Anova Fertility, for a free monthly peer support group. This group is open to anyone in the community experiencing primary infertility* and people are encouraged to attend 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. No one is obligated to speak, and many find comfort in simply being surrounded by others who care and understand. Topics covered are based on the interests of participants, and may include: grief, loss, jealousy, boundaries, support, marital relationships/intimacy, disclosing to family and friends, balancing work with fertility treatments and what to expect from treatment, including IVF, donor gametes and gestational surrogacy. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance. For more information or to sign-up to receive reminders of upcoming groups, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dara directly with questions.
*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 at email@example.com.
2019 PATIENT SUPPORT GROUP LOCATION & SCHEDULE: Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health 25 Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 690 Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm (* with occasional exceptions)
Jan 8th (2nd Tues of the month for Jan), Feb 5th, March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 9th (2nd Tues of the month for July), Aug 13th (2nd Tues of the month for Aug), Sept 10th (2nd Tues of the month for Sept), Oct 2nd (1st Wednesday of the month for Oct), Nov 5th, Dec 3rd.
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.