About Our Group
CVIPLSG was founded in August 2012. RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association offers training to lead peer support groups and our group was started based on this training.
Our group does not endorse specific doctors or clinics, does not suggest/encourage specific family building treatments or paths. Your journey is your own and you must decide what option(s) are best for you. However, we are here to support you in any way we can while you walk that journey.
Q: How Does It Work?
A: Our group is a "drop in" group, which means you do not have to RSVP for each meeting.
Repeat members typically share some of their story/journey when there are new members present. This is optional. If you don't feel comfortable, you can pass. If you are a new member, you can share your story/journey, or pass.
Members are free to offer up discussion topics during the meeting. People often share difficulties they have recently had, share steps they have taken in their journey, or just take time to vent.
If there aren't any topics offered by the group, the facilitator may bring educational materials and topics for discussion. Most topics are suggested by the members of the group and are areas where members feel they or others need support.
You are welcome to bring only yourself, a partner, a spouse, or any other friend or family member to support you.
Q: What happens if a group member becomes pregnant?
A: Our group has decided that a pregnant member will send an email to Andrea (the facilitator) and that will be forwarded to members who attend. The group will allow the pregnant member to attend for the first few months, but must refrain from attending once she starts showing. The group will welcome the pregnant member (and partner/spouse, etc) back once the baby has been born. Our group wants to be understanding that even after a pregnancy, the infertility journey does not end and can be complicated. We want to support you.
If you have specific questions or would like to suggest topics, please email Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequent Topics of Conversation:
- Difficulty with pregnancy announcements
- Difficulty with baby shower invites
- Things people say that sting
- Family and/or friends that don't understand
- Helping family and/or friends support you
- Holiday stress
- Strained relationships
- How to tell family and/or friends
- Difficulty @ church
- Treatments pursued by members
- Treatment costs
- Lack of insurance coverage
- The 2 week wait
- The OB waiting room