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Infertility Support

Are you looking for support and resources related to infertility?

Beginnings offers support for couples facing infertility challenges, treatment decisions or pregnancy loss.

Whether you are seeking…

  • practical information and resources to make wise decisions for infertility treatment
  • someone who understands the loneliness and loss of the infertility experience
  • assistance with telling family, friends or work colleagues

For more information you may call us at 905-528-6665 or email us at info@beginnings.ca at any time.

One Couple’s Story

“How Beginnings Helped Us”

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t was about 7 years ago when my wife and I were grappling with the aftermath of our respective infertility diagnoses. We attended one of your overnight workshops and it revolutionized the way we were thinking.

We found “permission” to grieve for the children we couldn’t have (and the language to describe it). We learned that no matter how we bring a child into the world, that child is not the “cure” for our infertility. We began to have a sense of urgency to focus on the needs of the child, and to guard against our loss/needs leading us to make choices detrimental to the children we’d bring into our family.

We found ourselves in a roomful of people in situations similar to ours – at a time when we knew no-one in our social circles who was facing infertility. More specifically, I found myself shoulder-to-shoulder around a table with men in the same boat as me. It was normative on many levels – I kept saying to my wife, “these people are just like us…we’re not alone.” Powerful stuff.

The path we chose and how we’ve walked it since then is a longer, different story. But suffice it to say that Lori and I have a warm and grateful spot in our hearts for Beginnings and your Openness message. You started us off on a solid foundation for which we’re grateful.

 Vince & Lori

Need Someone to Talk To?

Infertility Counselling Services

Beginnings offers individual or couples counselling to those experiencing losses relating to infertility.

We offer support for the following:

  • Grief and loss
  • Stress & coping management
  • Treatment options & decision making
  • Third party reproduction assessments
  • Third party reproduction – issues for children born from ARTs
  • Group support, resources & referrals
  • Moving on – considering adoption or living childless

Contact us today and begin the process of understanding and healing.

Professional Counselling

Service Fees

Beginnings offers professional counselling services at a rate of $130 per hour.

Please contact us for more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced counsellors.

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Have Questions?

FAQs

What is infertility and who does it affect?

Infertility:- “the inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months without the use of contraception, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth”.

Most couples assume parenthood will come easily and that conception will be the natural outcome of their loving relationship. It is only after they have been trying to conceive for 12 months without using contraception or are unable to carry a pregnancy to a live birth that they can be considered infertile.

Fact: 1 in 6 couples experience infertility

What are the effects?

Infertility causes profound emotional and psychological effects. It is often the first crisis a couple has encountered in their relationship and it may test their abilities to communicate, threaten their sexuality, challenge their sense of self and disrupt their life plans together. Relationships suffer and often cannot tolerate loss. The financial and physical consequences of treatment for infertility can result in further stress.

What is secondary infertility?

Secondary infertility is a term used to describe the inability to conceieve following the birth of a first child.  It can come as a complete surprise when couples were able to conceive easily with a first child. Often they may have a diagnosis of “unexplained infertility”.

What are the most common terms related to the treatment of infertility?

Medications – these are fertility drugs designed to stimulate follicles and ovulation
AI  – Artificial insemination
DI – Donor insemination (usually anonymous)
IUI – Intra Uterine Insemination
IVF – In Vitro Fertilization – fertilization occurs outside the womb
ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection  (for male factor IF)
Third Party Reproduction: use of donor gametes (eggs or sperm or embryos) to achieve a pregnancy
Surrogacy – carrier of child who is surrogate mother’s egg and donor father sperm
Gestational Carrier – carrier of a child who is not biologically related to the carrier

How can Beginnings help me?

Beginnings Counselling services will provide assistance for:

•    Grief and loss
•    Stress & coping management
•    Treatment options  & decision making
•    Third party reproduction – issues & offspring
•    Third party reproduction assessments
•    Group support & resources & referrals
•    Moving on – considering adoption or living childless

Does Beginnings have professional counsellors who understand what we are going through?

Yes. All Beginnings counsellors have specialized training and/or years of experience counselling in this unique area. Our counsellors know the medical terminology, procedures, and the emotional toll it takes on self esteem, and partner and family relationships.

Are Beginnings counselling services confidential?

All services are confidential. Consents are required to forward third party assessment reports to fertility clinics.

Are there costs associated with Beginnings counselling services?

Yes, Beginnings charges an hourly rate for direct counselling services, or on a per assessment rate for reports required for certain procedures performed in fertility clinics or physicians offices.

Does Beginnings offer financial assistance to counselling clients?

Some counselling services may qualify under a client’s workplace employee benefit plan. Please check with your provider.

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