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.

Use our Peer Group Locator Tool below to find a RNE Group near you!

Enter an address or zip code and click the Find Locations button.

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RNE Group Schedule & Details

Andover, MA

General Group
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 6 Locke St., Andover, MA
Dates/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm – Mar 26, Apr 30, May 28 Register
Leader: Effie Stavrulaki
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Beverly, MA

General Group
Location: The Healing Center, 222 Cabot Street, Studio 18-19, Beverly, MA *New location starting November 2014*
Dates/Times: Fridays, 7:00pm – Mar 6, Apr 10, May 1 Register
Leader: Judy Miranda
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Concord, NH

General Group
Location: Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH
Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 6pm – Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12 Register
Leader: Sarah Kelly
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Donor Egg Decision-Making Discussion 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: Concord, NH~ Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant Street -- The Board Room.
Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30pm -  Jan 20, Mar 17, May 19 Register
Leader: Chrissy Hanisco

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Pregnancy and Parenting After Infertility Discussion Groups

Now that you are pregnant and/or parenting, you may be experiencing a range of emotions that you didn't expect. It can be difficult to relax and enjoy a pregnancy or parent a child after dealing with infertility for so long. This discussion group is for women and men who are experiencing apprehension as well as joy after treatment. Join our leader for conversation and support around making a successful transition into the reality of pregnancy/parenting after infertility.
For more information and resources about pregnancy after infertility, please visit our special Coping with Pregnancy After Infertility page.
Location: Concord, NH~ Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant Street -- The Board Room.
Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – Feb 17, Apr 21 Register
Leader: Chrissy Hanisco
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Farmington, CT

General Group
Location: Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, 2 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CT 06032
Dates/Times: Thursdays, 7pm – Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21 Register
Leader: Jen Prather
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Foxborough, MA

General Group
Location: The Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street, Foxborough, MA -- Fuller Conference Room
Dates/Times: Thursdays, 6pm – Mar 19, Apr 23, May 28 Register
Leader: Beth Feinberg-Keenan
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Longmeadow, MA

General Group
Location: First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow St., (Buxton Room)
Dates/Times: Mondays, 7pm – Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4 Register
Leader: Jodi Zepke
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Portland, ME

General Group
Location: Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St, Dana Education Center
Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 6pm – Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26 Register
Leader: Anne Belden
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Portsmouth, NH

General Group
Location: Portsmouth Public Library in Hilton Garden Inn Room, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH
Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – Mar 31, Apr 28, May 26 Register
Leader: Jen Smith
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Waltham, MA

General Group
Location: RESOLVE New England Office, 395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 403, Waltham, MA
Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 7pm – Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5 Register
Leader: Caroline Gaibel
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Adoption Decision-Making Discussion 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 403, Waltham, MA
Dates/Times: Thursdays, 7pm – Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14 Register
Leaders: Anne Coleman & Barb Luciano
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Donor Egg Decision-Making Discussion 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 403, Waltham, MA
Dates: Mondays, 7pm - Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4 Register
Leaders: Beth Marcus
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Donor Egg Parents & Children Discussion Group

Are you currently parenting a child(ren) through egg donation, pregnant through egg donation, or interested in learning more about egg donation? Come join a peer-led donor egg parenting group that will meet at the group members' homes for conversation and a playgroup for the children. Meet other donor egg parents in a supportive environment for socializing and for the discussion of relevant egg donation issues. This informal group meeting will include a playgroup, so your children are welcome!
**Location: Please email or call RNE at 781-890-2250 if you plan to attend this group and we will provide you with the contact person and address of this meeting.
Dates/Times: TBD Register  RSVP required to receive exact Arlington, MA location and host details.
Leaders: Cindy Atoji
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LGBTQ Peer 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 403, Waltham, MA
Dates: Monday, 6pm - Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14 Register
Leader:Rachel Vorkink
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Pregnancy After Infertility Discussion 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 our leader, a very experienced nurse, for conversation and support around making a successful transition into the reality of pregnancy.
Location: RESOLVE New England Office, 395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 403, Waltham, MA
Dates: Thursday, 7 pm - March 5, April 2 Register
Leader: Paulette Melanson, RN
For more information and resources about pregnancy after infertility, please visit our special Coping with Pregnancy After Infertility page.

Pregnancy Loss Discussion 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.
Location: RESOLVE New England Office, 395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 403, Waltham, MA
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 7pm – Jan 7, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 6 Register
Leaders: Margaret Albright and Barb Luciano
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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 403, Waltham, MA
Dates: Wednesdays, 7pm - Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20  Register
Leader: Caroline Gaibel

West Hartford, CT

Secondary Infertility Discussion 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: Cosi, 970 Farmington, Ave West Hartford, CT
Dates: Fridays, 7pm - Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1  Register
Leader: Kristen Bachorowski
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Online Men's Discussion Group

Are you looking to find support from other men who are experiencing infertility? Whether you're experiencing male-factor, primary or secondary infertility, our Online Men's Discussion Group is a safe space to talk about the issues that matter to you. This group is focused on supporting men who are dealing with infertility. It serves as a place for men to talk about the stresses in navigating the world of family-building, be it through treatment, donor egg, donor sperm, or adoption. If you are interested in joining our Online Men's Discussion Group via Google Groups, please email us today at admin@resolvenewengland.org.
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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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