Trying to Conceive Support Groups

Our Trying to Conceive groups are designed to support you as you decide to try, or are actively trying to conceive after previous loss or fertility challenges. These groups are for those who are naturally trying to conceive or are trying to conceive through assisted fertility. You do not have to have experienced previous pregnancy infant loss to join.

**Please note: you are invited (and encouraged) to attend the 6-week group series more than once. Each time you attend, you can get something new from it

Fertility 8-Week Support Group

This 8-week group is a professionally facilitated, peer-driven group that is designed to discuss the many emotions that surface in a fertility journey. This group allows participants to gain self-awareness and self-direction within their own unique journeys.

Who is this group for? Individuals and partners who are trying to conceive either naturally or through assisted fertility and are seeking additional support. You do not need to have been previously pregnant or experienced pregnancy or infant loss to attend.

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Fertility Drop-In Group

This is a casual peer support drop-in group that is designed to connect with others as we walk with each other through our fertility experiences.

Who is this group for? Individuals and partners who are trying to conceive either naturally or through assisted fertility and are seeking peer connection with others who can relate. You do not need to have been previously pregnant or experienced pregnancy or infant loss to attend.

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FAQ

What to expect at a PILSC peer support group

A hybrid group is a peer support group that gives you the option of attending in person at the PILSC office in downtown Calgary or attending virtually on Zoom for those living outside of Calgary and for anyone who prefers to attend virtually.

Your hybrid group will have a designated facilitator for those who attend in person and the second facilitator will be supporting the group on Zoom. We have technology called Meeting Owl that allows for a seamless interaction experience between those attending in person and those who attend virtually.

(PILSC hybrid group using Meeting Owl technology with in-person and virtual attendees)

To see a video of a Hybrid group, see this video

For our 8 Week Groups, we require that all participants attend either the first or second session and as many sessions as possible to allow for a safe and consistent group environment. That being said, life happens and let us know if you are unable to attend a session by emailing info@pilsc.org.

As with all of our services at PILSC, we believe in the importance of removing barriers to accessing services. All of our groups are offered at no cost to participants. For those who have the means and ability to help support the centre and our groups programming, we graciously accept donations: https://pilsc.org/donate-to-pilsc

All of our online groups are open for anyone to attend anywhere in the world. Our groups that meet in person will always have a hybrid option so you can always attend any group virtually, regardless of your physical location.

You will receive a confirmation email from the Jane booking system and the day before your group you will receive an email welcoming you to your group. For 8 week groups, there are forms to fill out in the Jane booking system so please fill those out as we require your mailing information to send you materials for your group.

Yes, you are welcome to attend a group more than once. Every time you attend will be different because so much is determined by the people in a group with you. We also have various monthly groups that you can try after an 8-week group to meet others who have experienced.

Book with Erin Winters

In order to book with Erin, please connect directly with our Program Assistant, Shelagh via email at shelagh@pilsc.org

NOTE: Refrain from providing detailed personal information when emailing Shelagh. Feel free to describe your challenges in brief, and leave out personal details that you only wish to share with Erin.

Shelagh

Shelagh (she/her) brings with her a solid background as an admin in a variety of areas from business, academia and now with a charitable organization with the Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Center. She feels passionate about working in a role that benefits others in the community.

Shelagh was exposed to bereavement and deep grief at an early age and it left her with a profound sense of how fragile life is and how we need to find joy and light wherever we can. She feels privileged to be able to take this sense with her into her role with PILSC while putting her strong admin skills to good use.