Reproductive Counselling

Reproductive Counselling is specifically designed to support individuals, couples and groups in their family building goals.
Family building can be a complex and emotional experience – whether you are dealing with infertility or perinatal loss, or coming directly to fertility treatments because you require help from a donor or surrogate due to sexual orientation/identity, relationship status or an underlying medical condition. General counselling is tailored to people’s specific needs and situation, and can be beneficial at the start of and/or throughout the family building process, even when infertility is not a factor.

This type of counselling is client-led, based on your concerns/questions and can be 60 or 90 minutes as well as individual or couple.  The first general counselling appointment is normally 90-minutes, since there is so much to cover in getting to know your history and discussing the counselling goals/plan before you get to the “work” of the session. In such a case, subsequent appointments would be 50-minutes in duration.

This type of counselling is optional, as opposed to a clinic requirement, and confidential (within the bounds of the law).

There is ongoing support available as well as one-time sessions to help with issues such as:

  • Emotions common with primary or secondary infertility or perinatal loss/termination for medical reasons (TFMR), including: grief, bereavement, trauma, guilt, shame, anger, jealousy, anxiety, etc
  • Impact of infertility/loss/TFMR on self-image, identity, relationships, career, etc
    Managing wait times, processing bad news
  • Loss of genetic or gestational link
    Maintaining support networks and establishing boundaries
  • Developing strategies to manage family/social events, workplace interactions and holidays
  • Stress-reduction, anxiety management and mindfulness techniques
  • Developing strategies to manage family/social events, workplace interactions and holidays
  • Stress-reduction, anxiety management and mindfulness techniques
  • Disclosure support regarding infertility, loss/TFMR, use of donor and/or surrogate
  • Pregnancy and post-partum support after infertility or loss/TFM
Support Program - Bio - Dara Roth Edney

Dara Roth Edney, (she/her)

Dara Roth Edney, MSW, RSW is a Reproductive Counsellor and founder of Informed Fertility. She practices full-time in the field of fertility, assisting people as they go through some of the hardest times of their lives, and supporting those who require outside intervention in what for others, is a private and intimate experience.

Dara has been practicing social work since 2000, and her focus includes reproductive counselling and mental health support, as well as research in these areas. She is committed to providing services that are inclusive, empathetic, personalized and helpful, informed by her educational background and years of clinical and research experience, and inspired by her own long journey with infertility, IVF and ultimately, surrogacy.

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