Support Groups

What is a Peer Support Group?

Providing in-person peer support is the cornerstone of our mission here at RESOLVE New England (RNE). In fact, it’s how RNE came to be way back in 1974 when a small group of women in Belmont, Mass., began to meet regularly and commiserate in their shared infertility experiences. Our peer support groups–open to women and men, individuals and couples–provide an opportunity for open discussion where you can come together and meet others who are facing similar challenges in a relaxed and confidential setting. Facilitated by a volunteer peer leader, our groups are on-going and meet in a variety of locations throughout New England, as noted below.

We are pleased to offer groups focused on general infertility and groups focused on specific topics, including secondary infertility, donor egg decision-making, adoption, as well as pregnancy and parenting after infertility. Discussion at our general infertility groups may include talking about current treatment, dealing with friends and family, and coping strategies. Discussion at our specialized topic groups enables attendees to meet others who share a similar struggle, learn more about a specific issue, and hear about resources for help.  Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been in the trenches for years, attendees from all stages of the infertility journey will be warmly welcomed.

 

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Registration & Fees

Pre-registration is required at our Waltham MA groups. For all other groups, we do strongly recommend and prefer pre-registration. While changes to our groups are always posted on our  Facebook page, pre-registering for our groups is the best way to receive notifications about any group changes or cancellations*.

Please pre-register by filling out the form below.

*Please note that while changes and cancellations are infrequent, they do occur from time to time. 

Fees

Our groups are free for RNE members, and $5 per person for non-members. Please pay at the door (cash or check) when you check in.  Exact change is much appreciated!

If you join RNE that evening, you may attend for free.

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Find a RNE Support Group Near You!

General Infertility Groups

Special Topic Groups

New Leaders Needed for the following community areas/towns: Rhode Island. Please contact us if interested.

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RNE Group Schedule & Details

Andover, MA

General Infertility Group

Location
Acelleron Maternal Health & Wellness
16 High St., Suite 201
North Andover, MA 01845

Dates/Times
Thursdays, 7pm – Sept 28, Oct 19, Nov 30, Dec 21, 2017

Leaders
Effie Stavrulaki, Tiffany Freedman & Mari Leckel Register

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Boston, MA

General Infertility Group

Location
Boston Integrated Health
581 Boylston St, Suite 700B
Boston, MA 02116

Dates/Times
Mondays, 7:15 pm – Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4, 2017

Leader
Erin Walker Register

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Branford, CT

General Infertility Group

Location
Common Grounds Coffee Shop
1096 Main Street
Branford, CT 06405

Dates/Times
Tuesdays, 7pm – Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, 2017

Leaders
Charly & Larry Weiss Register

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Burlington, VT

General Infertility Peer Support Group

Location
Prenatal Method Studio
1 Mill Street, Suite 236 (Chace Mill)
Burlington, VT 05401

Dates/Times
Wednesdays, 7:30pm – Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27, 2017

Host
Elisabeth Dewispelaere Register

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Cambridge, MA

General Infertility Group

Location
MIT Medical, Building E23 (on third floor, walk towards Mental Health)
25 Carleton Street, Room 376, Cambridge, MA 02142

Dates/Times
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, 2017

Leader
Kerri Kivolowitz Register

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Chatham, MA

General Infertility Peer Support Group

Location
Chatham Community Center
702 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633

Dates/Times
Mondays, 6pm – Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4, 2017

Leader
Heather Merrill Register

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Concord, NH

Donor Egg Support Group

This group is for those at any stage of the donor egg process from decision-making to pre/post-cycle to parenting. Join us for an open discussion of the issues, decisions, and emotions surrounding this family building option. This group is led by a mom through egg donation.

Please email admin@resolvenewengland.org for more information.

Location
Presidential Oaks
200 Pleasant Street, The Board Room
Concord, NH 03301

Register

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Farmington, CT

General Infertility Group

Location
Center for Advanced Reproductive Services
2 Batterson Park Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Dates/Times
Thursdays, 7pm – Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21, 2017

Leaders
Carissa Spada, Marlene Berson, & Ami Chokshi Register

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Foxborough, MA

General Infertility Group

Location
The Boyden Library
10 Bird Street, (Fuller Conference Room)
Foxborough, MA 02035

Dates/Times
Thursdays, 6:30pm – Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 30, Dec 28, 2017

Leader
Aprill Lane Register

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Hanover, MA

General Infertility Peer Support Group

Location
Harmony Wellness Center
51 Mill Street, Suite 8
Hanover, MA 02339

Dates/Times
Wednesdays, 7pm – Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, 2017

Leaders
Ruthie Lydon & Christina Wainwright Register

Middletown, RI

General Infertility Peer Support Group

Location
Mercier Therapy of Rhode Island
136 West Main Rd
Middletown, RI 02842

Dates/Times
Mondays, 7pm – Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, 2017

Leader
Courtney  Register

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Newton, MA

Donor Egg Peer Support Group for Women

If you have decided to utilize donor egg conception to build your family, this group will help you work through the related emotions and issues surrounding this family building option. This group will be led by a mom who built her family through egg donation.

Location
The Wellness Room
288 Walnut Street, Suite 220
Newton, MA 02460
(Building is an old church. Entrance and street parking on Newtonville Avenue.)

Dates/Times
Mondays, 7 pm – Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, 2017

Host
Stacey Ihnat Register

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Portland, ME

General Infertility Group

Location
Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St, Dana Education Center
Portland, ME 04102

Dates/Times
Tuesdays, 6pm – Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Dec 19, 2017

Leader
Anne Belden Register

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Springfield, MA

General Infertility Peer Support Group

Location
Springfield Central Library (The Community Room)
220 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Dates/Times
Mondays, 6:30pm – Oct 23, Nov 13, Dec 11, 2017

Leader
Erin Chrusciel Register

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Waltham, MA

General Infertility Group

Location
RESOLVE New England Office
395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 203
Waltham, MA 02451

Pre-registration required by midnight the night before – no walk-ins, please.

Dates/Times
Tuesdays, 7pm – Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, 2017

Leaders
Sarah Svenson Register

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Adoption Support Group

Pre-registration required – no walk-ins, please.  Co-facilitated by two adoptive moms (one with a young child and one with two older children), this group meets for 4 consecutive months.  Bring your questions and concerns to be shared with others who are exploring adoption or are in the process of adopting.  This is an opportunity to get some answers and strategies, and to connect with others in similar situations.

Location
RESOLVE New England Office
395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 203
Waltham, MA 02451

Dates/Times
Meets for four months on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm

Leaders
Mindi Whitney & Jessi Stone Register

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Donor Egg Decision-Making Group

Pre-registration required by midnight the night before – no walk-ins, please.

Are you considering donor egg as a way to build a family? Join us for an open discussion of the issues, decisions, and emotions surrounding this family building option. This group will be led by a mom through egg donation.

Location
RESOLVE New England Office
395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 203
Waltham, MA 02451

Dates/Times
Mondays, 7pm – Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4, 2017

Leaders
Beth Marcus & Barbara Miele Register

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Donor Egg Support Group

Pre-registration required by midnight the night before – no walk-ins, please.

If you have decided to utilize donor egg conception to build your family, this group will help you work through the related emotions and issues surrounding this family building option. This group will be led by parents that built their families through egg donation.

Location
RESOLVE New England Office
395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 203
Waltham, MA 02451

Dates/Times
Wednesdays, 7pm – Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, 2017

Leaders
Carrie & Jason Redi; Phoebe & Peter Russell Register

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Pregnancy After Infertility Group

Pre-registration required – no walk-ins, please.  This is a 4 month-long series that meets monthly to discuss the range of emotions, from apprehension to joy, that can accompany a pregnancy after experiencing infertility.  Open to women and men, this group hopes to smooth the transition into the reality of pregnancy.

For more information and resources about pregnancy after infertility, please visit our special Coping with Pregnancy After Infertility page.

Location
RESOLVE New England Office
395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 203
Waltham, MA 02451

Dates/Times
Meets for four months on the 4th Monday of the month at 7pm

Leader
Emily Lindblad Register

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Pregnancy Loss Group

Pre-registration required by midnight the night before – no walk-ins, please. This group offers support to those who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and/or recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). Geared specifically towards women and men who are not currently parenting*. Come and talk with others about the impact of loss on all aspects of life, the emotional and psychological experiences of grief, coping strategies, and how to move forward.

* If you are parenting and seeking support following a pregnancy loss, please email us at admin@resolvenewengland.org.

For more information and resources about pregnancy loss, please visit our special Coping with Pregnancy Loss page.

Location
RESOLVE New England Office
395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 203
Waltham, MA 02451

Dates/Times
Wednesdays 7pm – Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13

Leaders
Barb Luciano & Emily Lindblad Register

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Secondary Infertility Group

Pre-registration required by midnight the night before – no walk-ins, please.  Secondary infertility is defined as the inability to conceive, or to carry a pregnancy to term, following the birth of one or more biological children. This group provides support to those facing the unique challenges and frustrations of parenting while struggling with infertility.

Location
RESOLVE New England Office
395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 203
Waltham, MA 02451

Dates/Times

Tuesdays 7 pm – September 26, October 24, November 28, December 19, 2017

Leader
Robyn Gallagher  Register

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Westborough, MA

General Infertility Peer Support Group

Location
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
183 West Main Street
Westborough, MA 01581

Dates/Times
Mondays, 6pm – Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, 2017

Leaders
Deana Tuefferd & Amy St. Andre Register

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West Hartford, CT

Pregnancy & Parenting After Infertility

Location
United Synagogues of Hartford
205 Mohawk Drive
West Hartford, CT 06117

Dates/Times
Thursdays, 7pm – Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14, 2017

Leader
Amanda Berardi & Debbie Eddinger Register

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RNE Group Pre-Registration

If you would like to pre-register for one of our many Support Groups, please fill out the form below.

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RNE Group Attendees & Leaders Share Their Stories

“When my wife first suggested that we attend a support group, I was not overly enthusiastic. What would these other people tell me that I didn’t already know? You have a problem, you get medical treatment and then things work out. Infertility was not a club that I had any interest in belonging to and I had no interest in hanging out with other club members. Given my upbringing as a sensitive male, I told my wife that I could understand the need for support and would be willing, if not anxious, to go with her to a support group.

We went and it was a revelation. Infertility could be funny, heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and a growth experience. Our support group helped me learn things about myself; my wife and life that made infertility have a positive side to it. My experience with the RESOLVE New England support group touched me as very few things have done in my life. Thanks to RNE, my life has been enriched by the words and deeds of some wonderful people whom I would never had met otherwise.”

-Peer Group Attendee

“Six years ago, I went to a support group to help me through infertility. Angry, crushed, but ‘fully in control’ (or so I thought), that’s when I met my friends. We would talk daily and be supportive of all the failures; there were no successes for us. Our small group ended up staying in touch. We’d find out what each one was doing, how the treatments were going, be supportive, and provide encouragement.

Four of us from this support group are still friends. We get together as adults and as mothers with our kids. All of the kids get along together and us four moms have a connection that will always be there. We have a relationship that is unconditional – we went through too much with each other for it to be anything else.”

– Peer Group Attendee

“I am deeply moved when one person reaches across the room to another, whom they have just met, giving a gentle touch of knowing compassion. I love when someone finds courage through another’s story to tell a family member they cannot go to that baby shower. I smile to myself seeing some members linger in the parking lot afterwards, talking to one another, not wanting their new found connection to end.

RESOLVE New England peer support groups can help heal our own sense of being broken, help cultivate our sense of control and encourage us to discover new moons of our own. Great power and healing comes through compassionate human connection and collective energy. I am honored to bear witness to it each month.”

– Anne Brennan Belden, Portland, Maine Peer Group Leader

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