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Northern California Support Groups

There are two different types of support groups in Northern California -- Peer-led Support Groups and Professionally-led Support Groups.

 Peer-led Support Groups

RESOLVE Peer-led Support Groups are informal opportunities for women and men experiencing infertility to connect with one another, to discuss their situations and to receive support from others who have had similar experiences or who are struggling with similar issues. Group moderators are volunteers and are not mental health professionals. Attendance is free. Please contact the group host before attending your first meeting.

Don’t see a support group in your area? Want to start a new group? The first step in the process is to listen to a free one-hour TeleSeminar entitled “How to Start a Peer-Led Support Group”. After you listen to that training you will be given instructions on next steps in the process. We hope to make this process as simple and straightforward for you as possible, while also ensuring that our hosts have been adequately prepared for their role as group leader.

Please note the contact information below is provided only for those seeking a support group. The media and family-building professionals should not contact support groups directly; support group hosts will not respond. Media requests should be directed to  Andy Schwarz, Media Relations, at 703.556.7172 or aschwarz@resolve.org. Family-Building Professionals and Researchers should contact RESOLVE headquarters at info@resolve.org. For more information about RESOLVE Support Groups, please contact supportgroups@resolve.org.

East Bay
General Infertility Support Group
Meets on third Thursday of each month from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: varies
Host: Ainka and Blaney
Please contact Ainka and Blaney at trivalleyresolvegroup@gmail.com before attending your first meeting. This group will be on hiatus after March and is looking for new hosts, please contact supportgroups@resolve.org if interested. 

Greater Sacramento 
Adoption Support Group

Time, Place, Location TBA
Hosts: Bee and Lisabeth
Contact Bee or Lisabeth for details on meetings at GreaterSacIF@gmail.com. For more information, please go to: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/ifsupport.

North Bay/Marin
General Infertility Peer-led Support Group
Meets on the second Monday of each month from 7:15PM to 8:30PM
Location: San Rafael, CA
Host: Christina Forte
Please contact Christina Forte at cforte15@gmail.com before attending your first meeting.

Peninsula
General Infertility Support Group
Meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:30PM to 7:30PM
Location: Beresford Recreation Center, San Mateo, CA 94403
Host: Jamie
Please contact Jamie at jamie@jmeboutique.com before attending your first meeting. 

Placer County
General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Roseville, CA
Hosts: Karen and Crystal 
Please contact Karen or Crystal at greatersacif@gmail.com before attending your first meeting. For more information, go to https://www.bigtent.com/groups/ifsupport.

Sacramento
Couples Infertility Support Group
Meets once a month on weekends, location and time TBA
Location: Sacramento, CA
Host: Mollie
Please contact Mollie at  GreaterSacIF@gmail.com before attending your first meeting to get meeting location and date.

Sacramento
Child Free, Not By Choice Support Group

Time, Place, Location TBA
Host: Jannory
Please contact Jannory at GreaterSacIF@gmail.com to get location before attending your first meeting. For more information, please go to: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/ifsupport.

Sacramento
Donor Conception Support Group
On hiatus while looking for new host
Location: Sacramento, CA
Please contact GreaterSacIF@gmail.com if interested in hosting. For more information, please go to: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/ifsupport.

Sacramento
General Infertility Support Group
Time, Place, Location TBA
Hosts: Karen 
Please contact Karen at 73karebear@gmail.com or GreaterSacIF@gmail.com before attending your first meeting to get location information. For more information, please go to: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/ifsupport.

Sacramento
Pregnancy after Infertility Support Group

Meetings TBA once a month on weekends.
Location: Sacramento, CA
Host: Marilyn
Please contact Marilyn at GreaterSacIF@gmail.com before attending your first meeting. For more information, please go to: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/ifsupport.

Sacramento
Pregnancy and Parenting after Infertility Support Group
Meetings TBA once a month on weekends.
Location: Sacramento, CA
Hosts: Cindy and Karen
Please contact Cindy or Karen at GreaterSacIF@gmail.com before attending your first meeting to get location and time. For more information, please go to: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/ifsupport.

San Francisco
General Infertility Support Group
Meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: California Pacific Medical Center: Davies Campus, Room B2/B3, Duboce Ave, San Francisco, CA 94114
Host: Sarah
Please contact Sarah at resolvegroupsanfrancisco@gmail.com before attending your first meeting. 

Walnut Creek
General Infertility Peer-led Support Group
Meets on the first Monday of each month from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, Oak Room, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (Meeting is open to all and not religiously affiliated.)
Host: Rachel Weldon
Please contact Rachel Weldon at rachelcweldon@gmail.com before attending your first meeting.

 Professionally-Led Support Groups

Professionally-led Support Groups are more structured than peer groups and form at various times throughout the year. They are led by trained and licensed therapists who are professional members of RESOLVE and specialize in assisting individuals and couples with the special challenges presented by the struggle of Infertility. Participation in professionally-led groups involves fees set by the individual therapist and a commitment to a specific number of sessions.

San Francisco
Secondary Infertility Support Group
Meets: Tuesdays from 10:30AM - Noon
Location: 1197 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW at 415.317.4893, beth@therapistsf.org or visit www.therapistsf.org.
Members of this infertility support group come together to share feelings, and creative ways to cope with the challenges of secondary infertility. Members help one another work through feelings of anger and depression, as well as support each other through successes.  All aspects of secondary infertility will be covered including recurrent miscarriage, third party reproduction, IVF, when to stop treatment, and adoption. The group welcomes lesbian, married, partnered, and single women. 6 session commitment required with the option of continuing. Fee: $360 RSVP and an initial consultation is required.

San Francisco
General Infertility Support Group
Meets: Thursdays from 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Location: 1197 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW at 415.317.4893, beth@therapistsf.org or visit www.therapistsf.org.
Members of this infertility support group come together to share feelings, and creative ways to cope with the challenges of infertility. Members help one another work through feelings of anger and depression, as well as support each other through successes.  All aspects of infertility will be covered including recurrent miscarriage, third party reproduction, IVF, when to stop treatment, and adoption. The group welcomes lesbian, married, partnered, and single women. 6 session commitment required with the option of continuing. Fee: $360 for the 6 weeks of group. There is a 6 week minimum.

San Francisco
Women’s Ovum Donation Support Group
Meets on Tuesdays from 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: 1197 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW at 415.317.4893, beth@therapistsf.org or visit www.therapistsf.org.
Topics include: choosing a donor; deciding if 3rd part reproduction is right for you; how to talk to your child and others about your child's unique beginnings; common experiences of the egg donation process; having a genetic connection with one parent and not the other; coping with feelings of grief about your infertility as well as the impact of past experiences of failed treatment and/or pregnancy loss(es) *This group is for women who wish to explore their thoughts and feelings with others in a healing environment. 6 session commitment is required with the option of continuing. Fee: Initial Interview and $360. RSVP is required. 

San Mateo
Women's General Infertility Support Group
Meets every other Wednesday morning from 8:00AM to 9:15AM
Dates: March 2nd, 16th, 30th, April 13th, 27th, May 11th
Location: 1730 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 209, San Mateo, CA 94402
Led by Diane Cote, LCSW at 415.366.8830, dianecotelcsw@gmail.com
This "Leader-Led RESOLVE Support Group" is open to ALL women with a diagnosis of infertility, no matter where you are in your process, in your relationship or if you are considering single parenthood. Topics include; IVF cycling, repeat miscarriage, third party reproduction and integrated healing approaches. We will discuss the impact your infertility journey has on your relationships and we will work with challenging feelings and how treatment impacts your mind and body. Participants and leader serve as resources to each other in the practical matters of navigating clinics and agencies. I will lead participants through a variety of mindfulness-based techniques that can be used for coping with ongoing, day-to-day, stress. A strong emphasis on self-renewal, self-care and self-compassion will be at the heart of the group, which will be conducted in a safe and confidential setting. Fee: $360 for 6-week commitment, payment required at first meeting.