Infertility Help and Support

Infertility can be very difficult to cope with. Understanding the terms that doctor’s use can help relieve some of the stress and assist you in making your decisions on treatment options. The information on this site is intended to help provide patients information on the issues that can lead to infertility, but should not replace a consultation with an infertility specialist.

Emotional Support
Undergoing fertility treatment is often a very emotional experience. Trying to have a baby can often impact individuals and couples in ways they do not expect. It is important to have someone to talk to about your struggle with infertility and how you are feeling. You can talk with someone in your family, a trusted confidant, a member of the clergy or a professional counselor.

Professional Counseling Services Available
At The Fertility Center, we offer a licensed counselor to meet with our patients as individuals or couples at our Grand Rapids, Michigan location. You can schedule an appointment either in the office or by phone. As a patient of The Fertility Center, there is NO COST for the counseling appointment.

Meet Our Counselor- Kristin
Kristin Blackwell, LMSW is the counselor at The Fertility Center and provides emotional support services at our Grand Rapids, Michigan location. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan and has extensive training and many years of experience in the psychological aspects of undergoing infertility treatments as well as other women’s health issues. Kristin has a hospital-based background focusing on women and children’s concerns in a medical setting. She is available by appointment to meet with individuals or couples to help find healthy ways to deal with the stress of struggling with infertility. Kristin can also help out-of-town patients find a licensed therapist in their area.

Meet Sandy RN, IVF Coordinator, Bereavement Coordinator

Sandy works with our IVF patients helping coordinate care for their IVF cycles.  She has been with the practice since January, 2005.  She has successfully completed  the RTS Bereavement Services Counselor Training Requirements in Feb. 1997.  She has worked with families experiencing loss in situations like stillborn deliveries, miscarriages, etc. Sandy has worked with patients in the Labor and Delivery area, OB/GYN office and with infertility patients all who have experienced some type of loss. Kristen, our Counselor, and Sandy RN are available to all to help patients and reach out to them during these difficult times of loss.


We understand that the journey through infertility can be very overwhelming. We hope that you will join us at our next Exhale meeting for some uplifting conversation and shared experience.  This group will meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month from 7-8pm. There is NO COST for this program.

Who: This group is open to any current patient at the Fertility Center (both men and women). You can attend once or as many times as you would like.

What: We will meet for an hour and discuss healthy ways to cope with fertility treatment. The group time will be spent learning information, practicing stress reduction techniques and sharing questions/concerns.

When: Third Thursday of the month 7-8pm

The Fertility Center, 3230 Eagle Park Dr, Grand Rapids location

Please let us know if you have questions or if you plan to attend. You can contact Kristin at 616-988-2229 (X104) or e-mail her at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you!