If you've been following along for any length of time, you know that I'm passionate about helping women who are experiencing infertility. I understand how lonely, scary and isolating this path can be.
In addition to the individual infertility counseling I provide to women in my private practice here in San Diego, I facilitate support groups. These groups introduce new coping strategies and offer women a place to share, connect and gain support from other women who are going through the same thing.
This may not be you, but it's someone you know- your sister, your cousin, your friend. I know because of just how common infertility is that we're talking about someone you know, perhaps someone you care for deeply. Please consider sharing this with her.
Does this sound like you, or someone you care about?
"I'm so overwhelmed with the process of trying to have a baby; I never thought it would be this hard".
"I feel so alone in this process; no one I know has struggled to have a baby"!
"I'm not really sure what to do anymore. The anticipation and the waiting/trying to conceive are stressing me out so much".
"I'm dreading this visit home and having to hear one more person ask me when we're going to have a baby".
"I feel so guilty for how I feel when I see pregnant women, or baby announcements; is this normal?"
Maybe you/they haven't actually said these words, but the feelings are there. If it's someone you care about, perhaps you've noticed their withdrawal, their worry and you're concerned about them.
Gaining support from others and developing new coping skills can help:
Reduce anxiety, stress and/or overwhelm
Lessen feelings of isolation, loneliness or depression
Improve communication and relationships with important people in your life
My next Infertility Support Group starts on October 9th and is designed for women who are experiencing primary or secondary infertility. Throughout the group we'll explore issues related to infertility, including the impact on identity, self-esteem, sexuality and relationships. Participants have the opportunity to learn and practice relaxation and other mind-body coping skills each week. While we can't change the stressors you experience each day, you can learn to manage your response to allow you to live more comfortably and engage with life more fully.
You can learn more about the group and schedule an intake through this link. If you have any questions, you can email me or sign up for a free consultation.
You also might find this blog post helpful when considering the benefits of a support group.