I was really pleased to hear that the fertility support group at Complete Fertility in Southampton had a successful launch this week, and am looking forward to hearing about the new group in Fulham starting tonight – and the other new groups starting around National Infertility Awareness Week too – there’s the St George’s West London group, the Fertility Circle at London Fertility Centre and the secondary infertility group for those who are already parents too.
Some of the groups I’ve been to in the past have been hugely successful – others have been quieter – and they do seem to go in peaks and troughs. It made me think about the whole idea of support groups, and whether it’s the name that puts some people off? Would you be more likely to go along to something that was a talk on a specific fertility-related topic with the opportunity to chat to others at the same time? Or would a more casual coffee morning type event be more attractive than an actual group?
I think sometimes people imagine support groups being slightly alarming – but in fact they are quite laid back affairs where people have an opportunity to get together with others who are going through similar experiences and to talk about how they’ve been getting on. It’s not the same as talking to friends or family because these are other people who genuinely understand where you’re coming from because they’re in exactly the same place.
I’d be interested in your thoughts though – would you be more willing to go to something that wasn’t called a “support group”? And if so, what sort of event would interest you?