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 groups: General Infertility – Rhode Island; Secondary Infertility – Waltham. Please contact us if interested.

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RNE Group Schedule & Details

VIRTUAL

General Infertility Group

Location
Virtual via Skype

Dates/Times
Mondays, 8:00 – 9:00 pm – Nov 4*, Dec 9, 2019

Leader
Emily Lindblad Register

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Boston, MA

General Infertility Group

Location
Boston Integrated Health
142 Berkeley Street, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02116

Dates/Times
Mondays, 7:15 pm – Nov 4, Dec 2, 2019

Leader
Erin Walker Register
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Cambridge, MA

General Infertility Group

MIT Medical, Building E25, Room 009-A (basement)
25 Carleton Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Dates/Times
Thursdays, 6:30pm – Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19, 2019

Leader
Stephanie Register

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Chelmsford, MA

General Infertility Peer Support Group

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

Location
Chelmsford Public Library (Lower level conference room)
25 Boston Road
Chelmsford, MA  01824

Dates/Times
Thursdays, 7:00 pm – Nov 7, Dec 5​, 2019

Leader
Jessica Stowe Register

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East Longmeadow, MA

General Infertility Peer Support Group

Location
East Longmeadow Public Library (The Community Room)
60 Center Square
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Dates/Times
Mondays, 6:15-7:45pm – Nov 18, Dec 9​, 2019

Leader
Erin Chrusciel 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 17, Nov 21, Dec 19, 2019

Leaders
Marlene Berson/Ami Chokshi/Debbie Eddinger/Carissa Spada Register

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Hooksett, NH

General Infertility Group

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

Location
Hooksett Public Library, Lilac Bridge Room
31 Mount St. Mary’s Way
Hooksett, NH 03106

Dates/Times
Mondays, 6pm – Dec 2, 2019

Leader
Karen Fiore Register

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Hooksett, 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.

Location
Hooksett Library, Lilac Bridge Room
31 Mt. St. Mary’s Way
Hooksett, NH 03106

Dates/Times
Mondays, 6pm – Nov 4, 2019

Register

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Mansfield, MA

General Infertility Group

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

Location
HarborOne Bank U (Small conference room)
131 Copeland Drive
Mansfield, MA 02048

Dates/Times
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – Nov 20, 2019

Leaders
Beth Feinberg Keenan/Aprill Lane Register

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Plymouth, MA

General Infertility Peer Support Group

Location
Panera Bread
138 Colony Place
Plymouth, MA 02360

Dates/Times

Sundays, 2:30 pm – Nov 3, Dec 1, 2019

Leader
Elizabeth Sanderman 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 – Oct 22, Nov 19, Dec 17, 2019

Leader
Anne Belden 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 – Nov 5, Dec 3, 2019

Leaders
Jeannine Lawless & Sarah Svenson Register

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Adoption Support Group

Pre-registration required – no walk-ins, please.  This group is co-facilitated by two adoptive moms (one with a young child and one with two grown children). 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
Tuesdays, 7pm – Nov 12, Dec 10, 2019

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
Wednesdays, 7pm – Nov 6, Dec 4, 2019

Leaders
Maureen Headley/Beth Marcus Register

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Donor Conception Support

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

If you are planning to use donor egg or donor sperm to try to build your family, this group can help you identify and process emotions that can arise with these paths to parenthood. We welcome those at any stage in the donor conception process from pre/post-cycle through the first trimester of pregnancy*. This group is led by parents that built their families through egg donation.

* If you are past your first trimester and seeking further support, please email us at admin@resolvenewengland.org

 

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

Dates/Times
Wednesdays, 7pm – Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, 2019

Leaders
Katharine & Heath Oikle/Phoebe & Peter Russell Register

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VIRTUAL Pregnancy After Infertility Group

This group meets monthly via Skype to discuss the range of emotions, from apprehension to joy, that can accompany a pregnancy after experiencing infertility and/or loss. 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
Virtual via Skype

Dates/Times
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Nov 4, Dec 9​, 2019

Leader
Emily Lindblad Register

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Pregnancy After Infertility Group

Pre-registration required – no walk-ins, please. This group meets monthly to discuss the range of emotions, from apprehension to joy, that can accompany a pregnancy after experiencing infertility and/or loss.  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
Mondays, 7 pm – Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 16, 2019

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 – Nov 13, Dec 11, 2019

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

Tuesday 7pm – Oct 22, Nov 26, Dec 17*, 2019

Leader
Sarah Gregory 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, 6:15pm – Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, 2019

Leaders
Amy St. Andre/Deana Tuefferd 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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