Support groups, workshops
& lectures

Fertility Support Groups

Focus on building strength and optimism to support you thorough your fertility journey. The emphasis of the groups is on the bio-psycho-social components you experience.

From the moment we are born, we are all part of a group.
They can help us to feel supported and not alone.

Topics Discussed Include:

Biological:

Understanding the option (IVF, Donor Egg, Surrogacy, Donor Sperm), the impact Hormones can have, Medical jargon, Keeping up with research, Fatigue, Diet

psychological:

Relationship with partner,
Feelings associated with treatment,
Lack of control, Shame,
Sadness, Self-esteem, Self fulfillment, Depression

social:

Financial impact,
Relationship with friends, family, acquaintances,
and Baby showers at work,
Media impact 

Upcoming Support Groups, Lectures, & Workshops

New York: General infertility

The physical & emotional impact of a fertility journey can elicit feelings that range from joy & optimism to being overwhelmed, isolated  & confused.  Groups allow members the opportunity to draw on the strengths of others. Members have typically reporting feeling understood, supported, less alone and able to gain a greater understanding of themselves and the ways in which to meet their needs. The group will be led by Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM, BC-TMH.  In order to make it available and accommodate busy schedules it is being offered either in person or as a video conference.  Professional guests may be invited to participate in response to the group discussion. For additional information please contact lori at 917.655.9776.

New York: Donor Egg & Surrogacy

The decision to begin fertility treatment has a physical, emotional & financial impact. It can elicit feelings of hope, joy, optimism while being overwhelming, confusing & isolating. There are typically feelings unique to those deciding to begin their family with a donor egg and surrogacy.  A group allows one to draw on the strengths of others. Participants typically feel understood, supported, less alone having a “safe place” to share and gain a greater understanding of themselves, their needs, and the ways in which to meet them. The group will be arranged to accommodate schedules.  There are key topics to discuss yet the group always take on a life of its own being tailored to the participants. The group is led by Lori Metz, LCSW,CCM,BC-TMH, special professional guests may be invited to participate in response to the group discussion. For additional information please contact Lori at 917.655.9776.

support group for the partner

The decision to begin fertility treatment has a physical, emotional and financial impact on the couple trying to conceive. It can elicit a wide array of feelings.  While typically most of the emotional support is focused on the one attempting to conceive, many partners feel helpless and alone, believing it is not their body going through the process.  Group members usually feel supported, less alone and able to gain greater understanding through coming together and sharing experiences. The 6 week group will be arranged to accommodate schedules and can be held in-person  or as a video conference. The agenda includes key topics for the partners to discuss.  For additonal information, please contact lori at 917.655.977

For more information, please contact lori at 917.655.9776 or [email protected]

Past Support Groups, Lectures, & Workshops

Fertility Support GroupS

January 2019
57th Street & 6 1/2 Ave. NYC
These 6 week groups are offered in person at 57th & 6 1/2 Ave. in NYC and as a video conference. While both groups offer similar content there are typically unique feelings for those deciding to begin their family with a donor egg. There are key topics to discuss and covered yet each group always takes on a life of its own and is tailored to participants. The decision to begin fertility treatment brings hope, optimism and some apprehension with each journey taking its own unique path. The physical and emotional impact of a fertility journey can elicit feelings of joy, happiness & optimism, while being overwhelming, confusing & isolating. A group allows one the opportunity to draw on the strengths of others. Through coming together participants typically feel understood, supported, less alone and gain a greater understanding of themselves, their needs, and the ways in which to meet them. Groups are led by Lori Metz, LCSW,CCM,BC-TMH, guests can be invited to participate in response to the group discussion, (MD, Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, etc.). For additional information please contact Lori at 917.655.9776.

​​The Bio-Psycho-Social aspects of Fertility

Aired November 28, 2018 @ 3-5PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW

​Fertility Support Group

September 2018, video conference, and in person at 57th Street & 6 1/2 Ave. NYC
The physical and emotional impact of a fertility journey can elicit feelings of joy, happiness & optimism, while being overwhelming, confusing & isolating. A group allows one the opportunity to draw on the strengths of others. Through coming together participants typically feel understood, supported, less alone and gain a greater understanding of themselves, their needs, and the ways in which to meet them. The group will be led by Lori Metz, LCSW,CCM,BC-TMH and guests can be invited (such as an MD, Acupuncturist, Nutritionist) to participate in response to the group discussion and interests. For additional information please contact Lori at 917.655.9776.

​Donor Egg Support Group

April 2018, video conference
The decision to begin a fertility journey brings hope, optimism and some apprehension, each journey taking its own unique path. The decision to use a donor egg is one that encompasses reflection, demonstrating the love, desire and commitment to nurture and carry a child from conception. It can be filled with joy and at the same time concern and isolation, many keeping this “secret” from those closest. This group will provide a place to share your experience, your joy and your concerns both short and long term. The group will be led by Lori Metz, LCSW,CCM and guests can be invited (such as an MD, Acupuncturist, Nutritionist) to participate in response to the group discussion and interests. In order to make the group available and accommodate busy schedules I am offering this 6 week group as a video conference lunchtime as well as Saturday mornings. If you are interested please contact me at 917.655.9776 for further details.

Support Group, Late Term Loss

September 2017 57th Street & 7th Ave. NYC
Going through a fertility journey is never easy and for those who conceive and are then faced with late term loss it can feel isolating in so many ways. Those around you may not know what to say or do or how to provide the support you need to cope. You may be experiencing thoughts and feelings you haven’t had in the past, and concerns about how to proceed. The group will focus on providing attendees with support from others experiencing the same and impart tools to help you cope. 

Fertility Workshop

October 1, 2017 JCC Upper West Side, NYC
This workshop will focus on the physical aspects of caring for yourself and your partner, and coping with the emotions that can arise. The goal is to assist attendees in understanding the impact of their fertility journey while recognizing they are not alone. Attendees with learn skills that not only will ease the fertility journey, but can also increase outcomes of treatment cycles. The day will be broken out into sections allowing us to explore the medical, nutritional, and emotional components. Lead by Miriam Pineles, DACM, Dara Godfrey RD, Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM.

Fertility support group

​March 2017, Upper West Side, NYC 
The fertility support group helps members understand they not alone in what they are feeling and experiencing. The uniqueness of the fertility support group is in helping members understand their fertility journey emotionally and physically, and to understand they are experiencing their fertility journey differently than their partner. Through communicating and sharing their experiences and feelings with the group, members gain a greater understanding of themselves and their needs, along with ways in which to meet those needs. Discussion items included, life on your fertility journey, physically, emotionally, financially, and all these topics encompass.

Fertility Lecture

Tikva Launch Event 2015
Infertility panel with Dr. David Reichman, MD and Dr. Miriam Pineles , L.AC.

The Podcast.

Bringing you insight and experiences into love, relationships and fertility, with a focus on enjoying life and moving forward.

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