Patient Support/Counselling

Undergoing fertility treatments can have a significant impact on anyone’s emotional well-being.

Our center is committed to providing the resources to our patients through education — helping patients with setting expectations and teaching patients how to manage stress. Prior to under-going IVF treatement, Anova Fertility highly recommends that patients participate in individual and/or couple counselling, a 60 min IVF education session with our on-site counsellor. A service included in patients’ IVF fees.

Patient Support Group

Anova Fertility provides a free monthly peer support group facilitated by a trained counsellor. The support 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, we create a safe and compassionate environment for people to talk about the experiences and emotions connected with infertility. No one is obligated to speak at these support groups, 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 subjects such as: 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 us at: info@anovafertility.com.

*Primary infertility is defined as someone who is struggling to have their first child. While this group focuses on the needs of this population, we do also recognize 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 dara@informedfertility.ca.

 

2017 PATIENT SUPPORT GROUP SCHEDULE

Thursday, November 2nd – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 7th – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Education Session Schedule

Please email info@anovafertility.com to reserve your seat, as seats are limited.  

IVF 101 Education Session Schedule

Thursday, November 23rd  – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – LGBTQ IVF Education Session

 

General Counselling

Topics covered in a general individual or couples counselling session can include:

Managing common emotions with primary or secondary infertility, such as: grief, loss, anger, jealousy, guilt, self-image, isolation, etc.

Relationship issues, such as: intimacy, sexuality, support, anger, etc.

Stress-reduction techniques and coping strategies

Dealing with negative results

Coping with miscarriage, prenatal/perinatal loss

Maintaining support networks and establishing boundaries

Decision-making regarding treatment options and next steps

Collaborative Family Counselling & Assessment

Anova Fertility supports individuals, couples and families accessing assisted fertility options for reasons not solely limited to infertility. For example, those requiring gamete donation and/or gestational surrogacy due to relationship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.

 

Intended Parent(s) Counselling sessions for Collaborative Family Planning (Third Party Reproduction) are booked for 90 minutes and in this time the Counsellor helps Intended Parent(s):

• Prepare emotionally, physically and logistically for their journey

Provide solutions to potential and actual challenges

Set the foundation for an appropriate and positive relationship with their donor and/or surrogate

Explore possible need for any support and/or additional information as they move forward

When applicable, issues and resources specific to single women or men such as donor selection, disclosure and communities of support are covered

When applicable, issues and resources specific to LGBTQ individuals/couples/families such as family of origin/choice, issues of biology/genetics, donor selection, legal issues and homophobia/transphobia are covered.

 

Egg Donors, Known Sperm Donors and Gestational Surrogates require assessments prior to moving forward in their role to help others build a family. These Collaborative Family Planning (Third Party Reproduction) Assessments are booked for 90 minutes and in this time the Counsellor helps donors and surrogates:

• Prepare emotionally, physically and logistically for their journey

• Provide solutions to potential and actual challenges

• Set the foundation for an appropriate and positive relationship with their Intended Parent(s)

• Determine if they are suitable and ready to move forward

Additional fees for Intended parent(s) Counselling and Donor/Surrogate Assessments apply, and are paid for by the Intended Parent(s).  Ask our reception for current rates.

 

Intended Parent(s) - During these 90 min sessions, the Counsellor helps donors and surrogates:

• Prepare emotionally, physically and logistically for their journey

• Provide solutions to potential and actual challenges

• Set the foundation for an appropriate and positive relationship with their Intended Parent(s)

• Determine if they are suitable and ready to move forward

Additional fees for Assessment apply and are paid for by the Intended Parent.  Ask our reception for current rates.