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Infertility Awareness Association of Canada

Group Name: Infertility Awareness Association of Canada

Description: The Infertility Awareness Association of Canada’s mission is to support Canadians living with reproductive health issues through education and advocacy and to educate the public about reproductive disease. Our vision is that all Canadians living with reproductive health issues have equal access to treatment and public funding for all fertility treatments.

Come and share your experiences, learn, support and be supported by individuals who are walking the same road as you are. Meetings are monthly and free to attend. This group is currently looking for a new co-leader and participants! Almost 60 members strong but not everyone attends each meeting. Registration is done at the Meetup website.

Where: First United Church, 151 Lakeshore Road West | Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 1G3

When: Visit the Meetup website, call or e-mail for more details.

Contact: Eugenia 416-882-3772 |infertility_mississauga@hotmail.ca | www.iaac.ca

Sherbourne Health Centre – LGBTQ Fertility

Group Name: Sherbourne Health Centre – Still Trying… LGBTQ Fertility Support Group

Description: Like the unique mosaic at our front door, Sherbourne was shaped by our communities. As with our programs and services, when the pieces are put together, the different colours and textures form something inviting, vibrant and relevant to the people we serve. We work closely with our partners and community members. Our primary care and chronic disease management services, health promotion and education, outreach and social supports, and mental health services work together to provide transformative care and support.

Still Trying… LGBTQ Fertility Support Group
Fertility and infertility support from other LGBTQ people who are struggling with getting pregnant, staying pregnant, and everything that goes along with this difficult process. Join us – we get it. This group is for any LGBTQ person who is trying to conceive. No appointment is necessary.

Where: 333 Sherbourne Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

When: Usually Mondays from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Please call or e-mail for upcoming dates before attending.

Contact: Andy 416-324-4100 Ext. 5276 | ainkster@sherbourne.on.ca | www.sherbourne.on.ca

Hamilton Infertility Support

Group Name: Hamilton Infertility Support

Description: Jami-Leigh Sawyer is a Registered Social Worker that has been providing counselling for many years. Jami-Leigh is affiliated with the HART Fertility Centre, and is also a Support Group Leader for the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada. The journey to have a child can be physically and emotionally challenging. Infertility can affect all areas of your life, including your feelings about yourself, your relationships, and your future.

Everyone copes with infertility in their own way. When struggling with infertility you may feel a range of emotions including sadness, loneliness, anger, isolation and/or guilt. This support group is designed to help you cope with the stress of infertility while meeting others who are on a similar journey. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee associated with this program.

Where: HART Fertility Centre 1057 Main Street W | Hamilton, ON, L8S 1B7

When: Last Monday of every month from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Please RSVP by calling or e-mail.

Contact: Jami-Leigh Sawyer 905-741-2237 | jami@jlmcounselling.ca | www.jlmcounselling.ca

CReATe Fertility Centre – Infertility Support

Group Name: CReATe Fertility Centre – Infertility Support

Description: Our goal is to provide the best possible care for those people who require special help to build their family. We feel that the best way to accomplish this goal is to provide a personalized approach, which takes into account the special circumstances of each individual. In keeping with this, all patients are seen for their initial consultation by one of our doctors, and that physician carefully follows and supervises their care throughout the course of their treatment. In this way, patients always know who their physician is, and experience a continuity of care. We also believe strongly, that you must treat the whole patient, not just their reproductive organs. We therefore take into account social, cultural and spiritual needs. We also encourage all forms of complimentary stress reducing therapies and psychosocial support. We have purposely set aside space, and provided an atmosphere to facilitate such activities.

Joins us to share thoughts, strategies, joys and sorrows in a safe, supportive setting. No registration required to attend the meetings. For further information please contact Jan Silverman.

Where: ONE Fertility, 3210 Harvester Road | Burlington, ON, L7N 3T1

When: Third Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Contact: Jan Silverman 416-323-7727 | jan@createivf.com | www.createivf.com

Halton Infertility and Pregnancy Support Services

Group Name: Halton Infertility and Pregnancy Support Services

Description: Rebecca Hodson Infertility Counsellor, Fertility Yoga Instructor, Fertility Coach and Doula: I have passion, empathy and the ability to uniquely counsel those struggling with fertility issues. As a former infertility patient (with 2 happy endings) I am able to understand the many challenges of fertility treatment. I started facilitating support groups 5 years ago. I have been in private counselling practice for over 3 years and under the supervision of registered Psychologist Dr. Hannah Rockman.

Monthly Infertility Support group: An informal group where you can talk about Infertility, Miscarriage and many other topics. We laugh, we cry, we share………. we get stronger in order to face the many challenges of fertility treatments. **** RSVPs are required to attend the meetings (text, phone or e-mail).

Where: ONE Fertility, 3210 Harvester Road | Burlington, ON, L7N 3T1

When: Sunday November 2, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. There is no fee for this meeting.

Contact: Rebecca Hodson 289-795-1678 | info@hipss.ca | www.hipss.ca

Infertility London

Group Name: Infertility London

Description: We are a group of individuals who have all had infertility affect our live in one way or another. You will notice as we share at our gatherings that all of us will have different stories. We may use different clinics, have different diagnosis’s or medical challenges. Some of us will be cycling, others not. Some of us will have family support, others will not. Most of us will suffer financial stress, stress in our relationships, and feel diminished or alone as a result of our infertility. You will find that some of us may already have children and now suffer from secondary infertility. Some of us will have adopted. Some of us are going through divorces as a result of the struggles of infertility. Some of us are single. Some of us might consider or have tried donor alternatives in our quest to have children. It does not matter what our differences are, we are all here because we have one thing in common; our ability to have a child just because we “choose” to is now denied to us. Our purpose is to provide a safe environment for anyone looking for support as a result of their infertility. Our hope is that through sharing our struggles together you will finally have a place to just be yourself with those who understand. And who knows, you might just make some great friends!

This group is :

  • A safe space to be who we are without fear of judgement. We give everyone the freedom to be themselves in a safe environment.
  • Each of us is the expert of our own experience and you and your experience will not be diminished by another persons experience just because it is different from your own.
  • You are allowed to be yourself, to be exactly where you are in your process, and know you can be honest about how your feeling.
  • We all have so much to say and offer but we try not interrupt one another. And you DON’T have to talk if you don’t want to! No worries!
  • We encourage you to share and remember that while you may not think you have anything important to say, what you have to share can and probably will help someone else, and on occasion even change another person’s life.
  • If you have a family member or friend who would benefit from joining us know they are welcome.

When: Meetings are “usually” second Monday of each month but sometimes vary. Please check the schedule to VERIFY!

Contact: info@adoptionprofiles.ca | infertilitylondon.weebly.com

Women’s College Hospital

Group Name: Women’s College Hospital – Bay Centre for Birth Control

Description: Women’s College Hospital is established in women’s health – our remarkable history goes back more than a century in Ontario. We have gone through many changes in the past several years – the most recent being regaining our independent governance on April 1, 2006. This is a very exciting time for us, as we explore new and better ways to provide care to women and their families throughout every phase of their lives. Women’s College Hospital is a community dedicated to achieving leadership in women’s health in an ambulatory care setting.

The Bay Centre for Birth Control clinic provides women of various ages and backgrounds with programmes and services designed to meet their special needs, and help them maintain and enhance good health. The Bay Centre for Birth Control clinic offers comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for women in Ontario. Our confidential services include physical examination, counselling, information and referrals. The following activities are provided:

  • Bay Centre for Birth Control Family Planning Programme
  • Body Image Programme
  • In/Fertility Support and Education
  • Midlife and Older Women/Menopause Education and Support
  • Social Work Programme
  • Women’s Health Resource Centre

Where: 790 Bay Street, 8th Floor | Toronto, ON M5G 1N9

Contact: 416-351-3700 | BCBC@wchospital.ca | www.womenscollegehospital.ca

Infertility Network

Group Name: Infertility Network

Description: The Infertility Network (IN) is an independent, registered Canadian charity which strives to:

  • Provide support and information to help people make informed choices about their family-building options.
  • Advocate for reform of gamete donation practices so that they may better meet the needs of offspring for medical and identity purposes.
  • Develop public understanding and awareness of infertility, reproductive technology and related issues.

*** There is no longer a monthly support meeting.

Where: 160 Pickering Street | Toronto, ON M4E 3J7

Contact: www.infertilitynetwork.org | info@infertilitynetwork.org

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