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Seeking Support

Whether you have been trying for months or years. Whether you have never seen a positive pregnancy test or you have seen many but still don’t hold a baby in your arms. Whether you long for just one child or you ache for a sibling for the child or children you already have. Whether you are just starting to seek help from your GP or you are on your fifth cycle of IVF.

Wherever you are on your journey with infertility we are here to help.

Fertility treatment and struggling to conceive is an emotional rollercoaster. And if you would benefit from the help and support of others who can relate to what you are going through please explore our support options to find one that feels right for you. We are here for everyone, no matter where you are on your journey.

You are not alone.

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Support meetings

It is never easy to take that first step towards seeking support. It can be a daunting feeling to open up about what you are going through. For this reason we make our support meetings as friendly and welcoming as possible, in a comfortable and completely private venue. We offer a safe space where you can come and be in the company of others who have been there or who are going through it too.

There is no pressure to share or talk any more than your feel comfortable doing - we are there to listen whenever you feel ready - the only thing we ask is that what is discussed is kept confidential between the group due to the often sensitive nature of the conversation.

Our main aim is for people to leave feeling a little lighter, knowing that they are not alone and that support and guidance is there when they need it. While hopefully making some new friends along the way too.

Our meetings are held every six weeks and if you would like to come along or if you have any other questions that we haven’t answered here, please get in touch.

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“The meetings I have attended were incredibly helpful providing an open and confidential forum in which you can listen to others or share your feelings with people experiencing similar struggles. I would absolutely come again and would encourage anyone experiencing similar issues to join.”

Facebook group

You can access support wherever you are through our private Facebook group. The group is administered by the charity governors for Tiny Seeds for the purpose of providing a safe online space where Jersey residents who are either experiencing infertility or requiring the help of fertility treatment to conceive can connect with and support one another along their journey.

By joining this group you will benefit from being able to share experiences with others who are going through the same or who have been where you are now. And you will also be able to keep up to date and involved with any feedback for or changes to the fertility services on the island.

The group is set up as a Facebook "private" group, which means anyone can find the group and see who runs it but only members can see who’s in it and what they post. Non-members cannot join without permission and cannot see what group members post. You can access the group by clicking the button below.

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“This support group has been the support and sounding board I didn’t even realise I needed!”

One-to-one Peer support

As we develop our services as a charity, we plan to offer a one-to-one peer support service where people who have been through infertility or fertility treatment can help others by using their own lived experience to support those who are going through it now. Sometimes just talking to someone who has been through a similar experience can really help and more details about how this support will be offered will be posted on our website and our social media pages as soon as they are available.

If you would be interested in training to become a peer-support worker for Tiny Seeds please get in touch with us to discuss this further.

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Counselling

Infertility is a medical condition that impacts on all areas of your life. if you are feeling depressed, anxious, or so preoccupied with your infertility that you feel it is hard to live your life productively you may benefit from talking to a medical professional. When considering fertility treatment options such as sperm, egg, or embryo donation or gestational carriers, it may be especially helpful to gain the assistance of a fertility counsellor.

If you are registered with a fertility clinic and undergoing treatment then they should have their own on-site counsellor available for you to access and this will be included as part of your treatment. Please contact your clinic for information about their own specific counselling options.

Here on island, those who are struggling with their mental health due to a difficult fertility journey can access support from trainee counsellor, Karina Ward.

Karina has completed a four year training programme through the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) has a student membership with the BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and is fully insured. Karina can offer face-to-face sessions in a private room in the General Hospital, or web-based sessions to those unable to attend appointments in person. Sessions can be offered after 6pm on a Monday and Thursday and between 9am – 1pm on a Saturday.

If you would like further details, to book a counselling session, or to organise an introductory meeting, please email Karina at arucounselling.jersey@gmail.com and she will get back to you within 48 hours.

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Pregnancy after infertility

We know that the questions (and often the worries) don’t always end with a positive pregnancy test or successful round of treatment and it is important that support is still available to those who need access to it.

In addition to our private Facebook group for those going through treatment, we also have a ‘follow-on’ group for those who are finally pregnant or parenting after infertility and loss.

The group is administered by the charity governors for Tiny Seeds for the purpose of providing a safe online space where Jersey residents can connect with and support one another along their journey.

If you are struggling with worries or feelings of anxiety during pregnancy, please reach out for support. You can talk to a family member, medical professional, counsellor or get in touch with us to discuss what support options are available.

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