Victoria Fertility Counselling
Caron has worked with women, and/or couples around fertility issues for three years. First, she worked in a clinic, advising and advocating for women (and sometimes their partners) on their choices in reproductive health. Later she counselled women and their families in a large Alberta hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Through her experiences in both settings she has become familiar with many of the concerns and challenges around fertility, reproductive choice, and birth control. Recently she was approved for referrals from Island Sexual Health Society for counselling. Single women, women in heterosexual couples, and women in lesbian couples are all respectfully considered.
IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) treatments can be extremely stressful for women (and their partners), particularly if the treatments are unsuccessful. The endless cycle of fertility drugs, scans, ovulation, insemination and the waiting period after to determine if pregnancy occurred can be draining. Women who have been through this process have described the physical and emotional difficulties encountered with fertility drugs, the stream of different medical personnel, and the challenges in maintaining healthy relationships. In addition, family and friends may be informed of the process, and their concern and questions can add to the distress felt. If IUI is not a possibility, or if it does not succeed, some choose egg donations, embryo donations, surrogacy or adoption.
Single women choosing to have fertility treatments may find that their decision is challenged, or not supported, by “well-meaning” friends or family. Usually, if a woman has gotten to the point of deciding to go ahead and have a baby without a partner, she has carefully considered her options, and is well aware of the potential difficulties and benefits ahead. Going through this process without the support of a life partner can be a struggle.
Lesbian couples experience unique challenges as well. Heterosexism on the part of medical staff may make an already stressful situation worse. Clinic forms may refer to husbands, rather than partners. Some medical personnel may impart their own anecdotal advice, be condescending or patronizing, and make assumptions about the nature of a lesbian relationship. Friends, family, and clinic staff may also question why one woman is going through fertility treatment while her partner is not.
Caron’s office is in Victoria, BC, but she can be accessed by phone, email, or Skype. Contact her today to see how she can help you.
Having an unplanned pregnancy can be difficult for some women. Some organizations offering counselling use untrained “peer counsellors” to promote their own point of view. You may be considering adoption, termination, or continuing with your pregnancy – Caron can provide you with unbiased, nonjudgemental support.
Call today at 250-885-1610.