Support Groups

 

Support from RESOLVE New England No matter where you are in your journey toward parenthood, RESOLVE New England (RNE) can help. Since 1974, we have prided ourselves on our face-to-face support outlets for every stage on the journey to parenthood. We are pleased to offer Peer Support Groups across the New England region, including 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. While walk-in attendees are welcome to all of RNE groups, we strongly recommend and prefer pre-registration. Anyone who pre-registers will be notified of any last-minute changes to the group, such as a location change or cancellation. All groups are free for RNE members, and $5 per person for non-members. Non-members joining RNE that evening may attend for free. Please click the links below for more information about how you can find support through RNE.

What is a Peer Support Group?

At RESOLVE New England, our Peer Support Groups provide an opportunity for open discussion forums where you can come together and meet others who are facing similar challenges in a relaxed and confidential setting. Each of our support groups is facilitated by a volunteer leader. Our groups are ongoing and meet in a variety of locations throughout New England, as noted below. Our groups are open to women and men, individuals and couples. 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

RESOLVE New England strongly recommends pre-registering for any of our peer groups. While walk-in attendees are welcome to all of our groups, anyone who pre-registers will be notified of any last-minute changes to the group, such as a location change or cancellation. Please note that while these last-minute changes to our groups are infrequent, they do occur from time to time. While changes to our groups are always on our Facebook page, pre-registering for our groups is the best way to receive notifications about any group changes or updates.

Please pre-register by filling out the form below.

Fees

  • $5 per person for non-members. Non-members joining RESOLVE New England that evening may attend for free.
  • FREE for RESOLVE New England members
  • Pay at the door when you check in via cash or check. Exact change is much appreciated!

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Find a RNE Support Group Near You!

New Leaders Needed for the following community areas/towns: Vermont; Derry, NH; Brookline, MA; Cambridge, MA; Westborough, MA; East Providence, RI. 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 – Feb 25, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sept 29, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 22, 2016

Leaders
Effie Stavrulaki & 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, 6:30pm – March 7 (This group is temporarily full due to space limitations.  Please email for additional information.), April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, Aug 1, Sept 12, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, 2016

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, 7:00pm – Feb 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 15, Dec 13, 2016

Leaders
Charly & Larry Weiss Register

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Cambridge, MA

General Infertility Group

Location
Danger!Awesome – Central Square
645 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Dates/Times
Tuesdays, 7-9pm – Feb 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, 2016

Leader
Stephanie Register

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Concord, NH

General Infertility Group

Location
Presidential Oaks
200 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

Dates/Times
Tuesdays, 6pm – Feb 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 15, Dec 13, 2016

Leader
Natasha Zyla Register

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Donor Egg Decision-Making Group

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

Dates
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – Feb 16, April 19, June 21, Aug 16, Oct 18, Dec 20, 2016

Leader
Chrissy Hanisco 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 – Feb 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15, 2016

Leaders
Janine Pilney & Marlene Berson Register

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Foxborough, MA

General Infertility Group

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

Dates/Times
Thursdays, 6:30pm – Feb 25, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 22, 2016

Leader
Aprill Lane Register

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Longmeadow, MA

General Infertility Group

Location
First Church of Christ
763 Longmeadow Street, (Buxton Room)
Longmeadow, MA 01106

Dates/Times Mondays, 7pm – March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, Aug 1, Sept 12, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, 2016

Leader
Jodi Zepke Register

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Portland, ME

General Infertility Group

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

Dates/Times Tuesdays, 6pm – Feb 23, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 22, Dec 27, 2016

Leader
Anne Belden Register

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Portsmouth, NH

General Infertility Group

Location
Portsmouth Public Library
Hilton Garden Inn Room
175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Dates/Times Tuesdays, 6:30pm – Feb 23, March 29, April 26, May 31, Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27, 2016

Leader
Jen Smith Register

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Waltham, MA

General Infertility Group

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

Dates/Times Tuesdays, 7pm – March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug 2, Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, 2016

Leaders
Kerri Kivolowitz & Sarah Svenson Register

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Adoption Support Group

Join us for an open discussion led by an adoptive mom. Bring your questions, concerns, thoughts and ideas 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 Thursdays, 7pm – Feb 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8, 2016

Leaders
Barb Luciano and Mindi Whitney Register

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Donor Egg Decision-Making Group

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 Mondays, 7pm – March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, Aug 1, Sept 12, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, 2016

Leader
Beth Marcus Register

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Donor Egg Support Group

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 Wednesdays, 7pm – March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug 3, Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, 2016

Leaders
Anastasia Drost & Carrie Redi

Note: The April 6th session will be led by Carrie and Jason Redi.

Register

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LGBTQ General Infertility Group

This group is targeted to LGBTQ individuals and couples. Our general infertility discussion groups are open forums and provide you with the opportunity to come together and meet others who are facing similar challenges in a relaxed and confidential setting.

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

Dates
TBD

Leader
Rachel Vorkink Register

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Pregnancy After Infertility Group

Now that you are pregnant, you may be experiencing a range of emotions that you didn’t expect. It can be difficult to relax and enjoy a pregnancy after dealing with infertility for so long. This discussion group is for women and men who are experiencing apprehension as well as joy about being pregnant after treatment. Join your peers for conversation and support around making a successful transition into the reality of pregnancy.

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

Dates Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm – Feb 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, 2016

Leaders
Kerri Kivolowitz & Eva Churchill Register

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

Pregnancy Loss Group

This group will focus on support and acceptance for individuals who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy and/or recurrent pregnancy loss. Come and talk with others about the impact of loss on all aspects of life, the emotional and psychological experiences of grief and loss, coping strategies, decision making, and how to move forward.

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 – Feb 10, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 22, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14, 2016

Leaders
Margaret Albright & Barb Luciano Register

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Secondary Infertility Group

Are you coping with secondary infertility (infertility after successfully and naturally conceiving one or more children) while parenting? Feeling alone in your struggles? Perhaps this is the second time you’ve faced the emotional roller coaster of infertility treatment. The challenges and frustrations of secondary infertility are unique. Join our volunteer leader and peers who understand for informal discussion at this ongoing drop-in group.

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

Dates
Wednesdays, 7pm – Feb 17, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug 17, Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21, 2016

Leaders
Jennifer Burbridge & Kirsten DeSorbo  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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