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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 PATIENT SUPPORT GROUP LOCATION & SCHEDULE: Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health 25 Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 690 Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm (* with some exceptions)
Jan 5th, Feb 1st (note this is the Wed not Thurs this month), March 9th, April 6th, May 4th, June 1st, July 6th, Aug 3rd, Sept 7th, Oct 5th, Nov 2nd, Dec 7th
Single Mother Support
Choice Moms Toronto is a self help support group for single women at different stages of family formation using donor gametes (e.g. contemplating, trying, expecting and having children). We aim to provide a safe platform to connect single women and choice moms together for social support and networking. For more information on meetings and upcoming events please email: email@example.com. choicemomstoronto.ca
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people trying to conceive.
Groups are held at the Sherbourne Health Centre once monthly on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm. Groups are free and no registration is required. Please call 416-324-4100, ext. 5276 for information and dates.
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.