Be your own Fertile Friend by Meg Sullivan,MA,LMSW


You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need…” Rolling Stones

fertile friends

While enduring the months or years of infertility treatments and issues, many couples have found that having friends – even acquaintances – that have gone through this process before is an invaluable source of information and support. While many of us may not view ourselves as leaders, consider it defined as the ability to be yourself in all situations – easy, hard, stressful, or challenging. We all have something to give and to be in any situation. At one of our Circle of Hope support group meetings, which meets at CNY Fertility Center on a monthly basis in each location (Syracuse, Albany and Rochester), we discussed what it would be like to be a “Fertile Friend” reaching out to a newcomer. Each participant responded to the question: “If a newcomer was assigned to you as a Fertile Friend, what one thing would you like them to know?”

Keep An Open Mind

Try not to set limits, such as, “I know I will only do this x amount of times.” Until you get there, you really don’t know how you will feel or what you will do. Take it step by step; you’ll know what your limits are as you encounter them. Read more