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How to Find Help

Most of the families quoted here have benefited from professional counseling at some point in their journey. Families and professionals stress the value of counseling to help resolve feelings about infertility, to help parents talk positively with their children about ART, and to get through any rough times as children grow up. The American Fertility Association, RESOLVE, American Society for Reproductive Medicine and other organizations listed below can help refer you to local therapists who are skilled in addressing infertility and ART.

Support from other ART parents helps, too. These organizations can help you find a support group or online chat group that meets your needs.


The American Fertility Association is a national organization dedicated to educating, supporting and advocating for men and women concerned with reproductive health, fertility preservation, infertility and all forms of family building. The AFA's purpose is to educate the public about reproductive disease, and support families during struggles with infertility and adoption. The AFA provides a range of services designed to help people gather information about medical treatments, options, coping techniques, legal and insurance issues, and other concerns.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association provides education, advocacy, and support for men and women facing infertility. The association has chapters across the country.

The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced "inside") is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption and childfree lifestyles.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is professional organization offering multidisciplinary information, education, advocacy and standards for physicians practicing reproductive medicine. The ASRM also offers resources and information for patients.

The American Surrogacy Center (TASC) is devoted to information on surrogacy and egg donation for recipients, gestational carriers, and egg donors. They offer online chat and support groups for parents of children conceived through ART, mothers via egg donation or sperm donation, egg donors, parents pursuing surrogacy or embryo adoption, and other groups.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center is one of the most successful, technologically advanced programs in the nation. It achieves excellent results while welcoming all patients who seek treatment, including those whose situations may be particularly challenging or who require additional resources. The Fertility Center has a well-earned reputation for consistently achieving excellent outcomes while also ensuring patient safety. The Center consistently achieves among the highest pregnancy rates in the country while the rate of high-order multiple births is among the lowest. The Center also offers a holistic mind-body approach to fertility management, as well as individualized care delivered in state-of-the-art facilities designed for both privacy and comfort.

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