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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre

Pregnancy & Infant Loss

Support Centre

Monthly Groups

Our monthly Drop-in groups are casual peer support drop-in groups for individuals, partners and couples who are looking to connect through their loss experience at any stage of the journey. These groups provide a comfortable space to share in a more casual setting

Partners in Loss Support Group

This is a casual peer support group that acknowledges the unique and often disenfranchised grief that men and gender diverse partners experience in their journey of infertility and/or of losing a baby or child.

Who is this group for? This group is for men and gender diverse partners who want an accountable space to connect with others who can relate

 

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Pregnant After Loss Support Group

This is a casual peer support group that provides an accountable, non-judgmental space for individuals and partners who are pregnant again after a previous loss to connect with others who can relate to the unique challenges of pregnancy after loss.

Who is this group for? Individuals and partners who are currently pregnant again after miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, or SIDS/SUDC who want to connect with others who are in a similar phase of the journey.

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General Drop-in: With Living Children

This is a casual peer support drop-in group for individuals, partners and couples with living children (pre or post loss) who are looking to connect through their loss experience at any stage of the journey. Pregnant people are welcome.

Who is this group for? All individuals at any stage of the journey including secondary infertility and loss experiences who currently have a living child (however the brought the child into their family).

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TFMR Drop-in Group

This is a casual peer support drop-in group that is designed to connect with others as we navigate the journey through a Termination For Medical Reasons (TFMR) loss together.

Who is this group for? Individuals and partners who have made the difficult decision to terminate their wanted pregnancy for medical reasons and are seeking peer connection at any stage of the journey.

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General Drop-in: Childless Not By Choice

This is a casual peer support drop-in group for individuals, partners and couples currently without living children, including those trying to conceive (naturally or through assisted fertility) as well as those who are coming to terms with not trying again. You do not need to have been previously pregnant or experienced pregnancy or infant loss to attend. This group is not suited for pregnant people. We recognize that being childless not by choice is a unique journey. This group provides a place to connect, validate our experience and hold space to process your emotions as you navigate your journey.

Who is this group for? All individuals at any stage of the journey who currently do not have any living children. This can include if you are still trying, given up on trying, have experienced loss, have never been pregnant, missed adoptions, etc.

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Post-Abortion Support Group

This group is a monthly drop-in peer support group that allows individuals who have had one or more abortion(s) to connect in a non-judgmental setting. This group is focused on finding ways to cope during the post-abortion experience and is inclusive of all experiences because there is no right or wrong way to feel about this decision. We are here to support whatever you are feeling or coping with as part of the post-abortion experience.

We are affirming, trauma-informed, and non-judgmental of all choices. We are fully supportive of access to all choices including parenting, abortion, and adoption.

Who is this group for? For individuals who have had one or more abortion(s) only

This group is in partnership with

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Queer Family Building Support Group

This is a casual peer support group that provides an accountable, non-judgmental space for those who identify within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. This group holds space for the diverse ways that 2SLGBTQIA+ parents build their families (i.e.: assisted fertility, surrogacy, chosen family, adoption) and/or experience loss on their paths to parenthood. We recognize that all parents deserve an accountable and affirming space to navigate their journey.

Who is this group for? This group is for individuals who are part of gender and/or sexually diverse populations including but not limited to Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual individuals. People in any stage of parenthood and/or loss are welcome, you do not need to have experienced pregnancy or infant loss to attend. This group is open to birthing persons, non-birthing persons, partners, caregivers, chosen family, surrogates, donors, etc.

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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 7-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.  Some of our groups that meet in person will have a hybrid option so you can 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 7-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 7-week group to meet others who have experienced.

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Join us on June 23rd for the

3rd annual PILSC Legacy Run/Walk

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Book with Erin Winters

In order to book with Erin, please contact us at info@pilsc.org

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