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.

Exhale                                                                                                                                                 We understand that the journey through infertility can be very overwhelming. We hope that you will join us at our next Exhale gathering and perhaps find some support where you can share your story, gather resources, and process your experiences. There is no cost for this program.

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

What: We will meet for an hour, discussing various topics that relate to the infertility experience. Our goal is that this time will allow you to cultivate a community of support to help you through this emotional process.

When: The Third Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM (We will not be meeting in December)

Where: The Fertility Center, Grand Rapids Location – 3230 Eagle Park Dr. NE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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, Amanda                                                                                                             Amanda Chassee, LMSW, is our counselor here at The Fertility Center, in the Grand Rapids location. She is available to meet with individuals and couples either in-person or on the phone for out-of-town patients. She graduated from Hope College with a bachelor’s in social work and University of Michigan with her Master’s in Social Work. Meeting with Amanda is always free of charge for patients at The Fertility Center. The path of building your family can be surprisingly exhausting and lonely. It may be helpful to share this experience, process your emotions related to fertility and to find new ways to better cope with the natural stress of infertility. Amanda also facilitates our monthly Exhale support group and can help connect you to other resources in your 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 of 2005.  Since successfully completing the RTS Bereavement Services Counselor Training Requirements in February of 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. Jenny, our Counselor, and Sandy RN are available to all to help patients and reach out to them during these difficult times of loss.