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 are now offering a gentle yoga practice during our monthly Exhale gatherings (doctor approved!). The mindful practice of yoga has proven beneficial in reducing anxiety and promoting physical and emotional health. We hope that you will join us at our next Exhale gathering for shared movement, breath, and community. This group will meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. 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. In the first 40 minutes, you will be guided through a gentle and relaxing yoga practice. If you have a yoga mat, please bring one with you. The last 20 minutes will provide you an opportunity to connect with other patients over refreshments. We hope that this time will allow you to gather resources, share questions and coping skills, and cultivate a community of support.

When: The Third Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Where: The Fertility Center, Grand Rapids Location – 3230 Eagle Park Dr. NE, Suite 201, 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- Jenny
Jenny Tanis, LMSW, is the counselor at The Fertility Center and provides emotional support services at our Grand Rapids, Michigan location. She received a bachelors degree in Family and Community Services, and Child Development from Michigan State University. She received a masters degree in Social Work and a certificate in Maternal and Child Health from Grand Valley State University. Jenny has many years of experience working with individuals and couples as they navigate their path to parenthood. She is available by appointment (in person or via telephone) to meet with individuals or couples to help find healthy ways to deal with the stress of struggling with infertility. Jenny 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 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.