Hunter IVF runs three different support groups:
This group is run for six weeks, once at least six couples have signed up for all six sessions. Guided discussions include topics such as self-esteem, goal-setting, relaxation strategies, self-talk, coping with depression, being assertive, decision making, and communicating effectively.
“We were pretty self-conscious going in to our first meeting, but realised quickly everyone was in the same boat. Now, a few years down the track, the couples we met are some of our best friends.”
Single Women's Support Group This group is run once a month, and offers support and information to single women undergoing fertility treatment or who may be pregnant to provide an opportunity to share with others in similar circumstances.
“I found some soulmates in this group who got me through some really tough times. Sometimes the reaction from family or friends could be daunting, but these women helped me find the positives. I don’t know what I would have done without them!”
PCOS Support Group This is a support group for women who have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is an open group and is available to anyone in the community with PCOS. Meetings are held once a month, covering different topics over five months. Topics include PCOS and insulin resistance, fertility/ovulation induction, physiology of dieting, exercise physiologist and the PCOS Association and patient stories.
“When I first joined the group I had only recently been diagnosed, and I was just trying to figure out how to manage some of the symptoms – especially the acne and facial hair! I wasn’t trying to conceive, but I’ve learnt a lot about what lies ahead. Now I feel confident I’m better prepared for the other heath issues I could face.”
Other Support Groups in Australia
ACCESS - Australia's national infertility network.
Access Australia is a consumer-based, independent, non-profit organisation that provides a national voice for infertile people of all ages. It promotes the well-being and welfare of those dealing with fertility issues, through representation in the general community as well as in the medical, scientific and political arenas.
ACCESS Australia can be an excellent resource for information, support and referrals with a range of fact sheets. ACCESS seeks to alleviate the pain and isolation of the one in six people in Australia with infertility, by supporting them through their journey and making them aware of the medical and social options available to help them pursue their wish to have a child of their own.
Mrs Glynis Nunn-Cearns OAM and Candice Reed, Australia’s first born IVF baby, are patrons of Access.
Contact us to find out more about Hunter IVF's Support Groups.