Infertility Support Group Helps Ease Struggle
Almost 13 percent of couples experience infertility or difficulty conceiving a child, according to RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association. While infertility is not a rare issue, to some couples, the struggle may leave them feeling isolated and dejected.
To combat those negative feelings, Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) developed a support group for couples or individuals suffering with infertility.
Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every month at WMHS in the auditorium on the second floor from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is open to all individuals and couples who are experiencing infertility. The group is led by Jade Bean, licensed certified social worker - clinical (LCSW-C), and occasionally features guest speakers.
The support group can help reduce the feeling of isolation, provide a place to comfortably and safely express negative feelings, provide education on coping strategies, and help improve self-esteem. Additionally, according to a study conducted by RESOLVE in 2000, joining and participating in a support group has proven to increase pregnancy rates among attendees.
Please join us if you are living with infertility and spread the word about the WMHS infertility support group to your loved ones who are experiencing infertility. Please call Jade Bean, LCSW-C, at 240-964-8577, with any questions.