Letter to our Community

Dear friends,

Resolve New England (RNE) is navigating the unprecedented, ever evolving situation related to COVID-19 – like all individuals and organizations. As always, people that desperately want to grow their families are at the forefront of our hearts and minds. We know that struggling with family building always causes sadness, stress, uncertainty and more, but a global pandemic has clearly intensified this. With the majority of fertility treatment on hold right now in New England, and across the United States, this is a particularly challenging time for our community. We feel this, we hear this, and we are thinking constantly of ways we can help you.

Our office in Waltham is obviously closed, but Kirsten and I are both working from home, which we are used to doing (though nothing about this time is normal). Our staff and board are dedicated to RNE serving our community as best we can. We are part of this organization because all of us have a personal connection to family building challenges. We are committed to RNE being here for you, stronger than ever, through and after this crisis.

I wanted to let you know some of the actions that RNE has been taking in response to the coronavirus crisis, in all three parts of our mission, and to thank our community for your ongoing dedication.

  • SUPPORT: Emotional support for those seeking to build much wanted families is the cornerstone of our organization. While our network of in-person peer support groups are not able to meet, we have a full offering of virtual support groups meeting via Zoom. These groups have been very well received as a way to connect socially, while socially isolating, with people who can relate to each other’s struggles. The full schedule is on the Support page of our website. If you prefer to speak to someone individually and/or for a referral to a mental health provider, please contact us by email.
  • EDUCATION: Unfortunately, we were not able to hold our Connect-and-Learn Seminar on March 28th. Right now, we are working to convert this event to a virtual seminar series that will be offered soon. Though we will certainly miss the chance to be together in person, we are hopeful that this web-based program will actually meet the needs of more individuals who want to learn about donor conception and/or adoption.
  • ADVOCACY: We are continuing to actively support our policy priorities, even though government officials are rightfully focused on COVID-19, and legislative sessions have been largely suspended so far. Though it is not our role to dictate decisions about medical care, RNE has been working to communicate with the leadership of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, our elected officials and insurers. Our focus is on advocating for patient needs and patient voices to be more included in decision-making. Although there is certainly a lack of consensus in our community, among providers and patients alike, there is definitely agreement on the important fact that infertility is a disease. Fertility treatment is essential, time-sensitive and should not be classified any differently than other medically necessary treatments.

Please feel free to reach out to us at admin@resolvenewengland.org if we can support you in any way during this difficult time or if you have any suggestions for how we can do a better job of serving you. YOU are why RNE exists. This time is one of the hardest that all of us have faced, but our community is also incredibly resilient and inspire us every day.

With warmest regards,

Kate