The SGF Facebook Community: Over 15,000 Strong

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As always, at SGF our goal is to do what is best for the patient. With that in mind, back in 2008, we realized something was missing – a place for our patients; current, past and perspective, to share their experiences. We turned to Facebook in hopes of creating a ‘safe place’ for patients to discuss and learn more about infertility, share experiences, and seek advice. Over the years, our patients have exceeded our expectations and have transformed the SGF Facebook Page into an interactive, patient-driven community of over 15,000 members.

Supportive Community

Infertility is very personal. It is often described as a journey that can be challenging at times, and gratifying at others. It requires support, hope, motivation, determination, and at times, encouragement from others to take the next step or remain positive when it seems a positive outlook is impossible.

“The Facebook Page – or our Facebook Community – offers a  safe place for patients to seek advice and share experiences with others who have walked the same path, overcoming the isolation felt by many patients.”
-Michael J. Levy, M.D.

Through positive stories and testimonials about overcoming infertility, past patients encourage other women to keep the end goal in mind – a baby – which is exactly what has happened for Kristen:

Prior to my first cycle, it was comforting to be able to talk to other women who were walking the same path and see the success stories. I’ll be undergoing my second cycle late this fall (we became pregnant on the first attempt, but lost him at 21 weeks and five days due to an issue with my cervix) and have received so much support from women I’ve connected with through the SGF Facebook page. I’m hopeful and optimistic that I’ll be one of the women sharing a photo of my Shady Grove Fertility miracle, soon.” – Kristen, SGF patient and FB Community Member

Dynamic Education

The online community offers men and women the opportunity to learn from a reliable medical resource  about diagnosis, treatment, informational events, latest technologies, or general infertility awareness.

In addition to the education we are able to provide, members of the Facebook Community are able to provide a two-sided conversation with other community members.  As a result patients  have the ability to learn from each other about their experiences and seek help when making crucial decisions. While it is imperative to listen to your physician and nurse, we understand how important it is to hear from others who have had to make similar decisions. For example, often times, women seek advice from others regarding how many embryos to put back. This was the case for anonymous SGF sister:

I’ve had two previous and unsuccessful IUIs, does anyone have advice on what to expect using IVF?” – Anonymous SGF patient and Community Member
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What is the benefit?

We know that the women who come to Shady Grove Fertility are strong and brave openly discussing their experiences no matter how trying their journey may be.

  • From Facebook, to friends, to motherhood. Read Sandi and Andrea's story.

    From Facebook, to friends, to motherhood. Read Sandi and Andrea’s story.

    Sandi was so open with her situation, and through her openness, she not only found a life-long friend through Facebook, but a friend who later volunteered to be her gestational carrier! Read their story.

  • A place for all patients – current, past and perspective – to celebrate infertility milestones: pregnancies, tranferversaries, and birthdays.
    “After 6 infertility treatments (4 IUIs and 2 IVFs) I was ready to give up but Dr. McKeeby wouldn’t let me. He gave me hope. Lucky #7 gave us our miracle. Thank you Dr. McKeeby and the entire Shady Grove Fertility Family!” – Jena Lynn Lentz, SGF Patient and Community Member
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    You are braver than you believe!

    Encouragement. Everyone needs positive encouragement every once in awhile. Facebook community favorites are quotes about hope, faith, and never giving up.

  • Tameenah used Facebook as a support group while struggling with weightless in order to conceive.  In addition to utilizing My Fitness Pal, she relied on the SGF Facebook page – where “SGF Sisters” would post their steps in the infertility journey and cheer each other on. Read Tamenah’s Story.

Join the Shady Grove Fertility Facebook Community

If you are ready to schedule an appointment at Shady Grove Fertility, please call 1-877-971-7755 to talk with one of our New Patient Liaisons. 

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Infertility Support Groups: Sept-Dec 2014

Infertility treatment can be a stressful time for any individual or couple. Shady Grove Fertility offers many infertility support groups free of charge throughout our Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC locations. To sign up for a support group, please call the designated number listed.

September Infertility Support Groups

Date Topic Leaders Location Information
9/15
7:00pm
Fertility Support Carol Toll, LCSW-C Columbia, MD 301-924-5124
9/23
6:30pm
Egg Freezing Support Erica Hanson, LCSW Washington, DC 202-368-2583
9/18
7:00pm
Donor Recipient Support Carol Toll, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 301-924-5124
9/25
7:00pm
Donor Recipient Support Tara Simpson, Psy. D Towson, MD 410-303-3402
9/29
6:00pm
Fertility Support Mia Joelsson, LCSW-C Harrisburg, PA 240-454-3002

October Infertility Support Groups

Date Topic Leaders Location Information
10/7
7:00pm
Fertility Support Tara Simpson, Psy. D Towson, MD 410-303-3402
10/7
6:30pm
Donor Recipient Support Erica Mindes, Ph.D.
Laura Covington, LCSW-C
Annandale, VA 804-237-8918
202-412-8022
10/11
9:00am
Fertility Support Mia Joelsson, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 240-454-3002
10/18
10:00am
Singles Support Michelle Hester, LCSW-C Upper NW, DC 202-494-6683
10/20
7:00pm
Fertility Support Carol Toll, LCSW-C Columbia, MD 301-924-5124
10/23
7:00pm
Donor Recipient Support Carol Toll, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 301-924-5124
10/27
6:00pm
Fertility Support Mia Joelsson, LCSW-C Harrisburg, PA 240-454-3002
10/30
7:00pm
Donor Recipient Support Tara Simpson, Psy. D Towson, MD 410-303-3402

November Infertility Support Groups

Date Topic Leaders Location Information
11/4
6:30pm
Donor Recipient Support Erica Mindes, Ph.D.
Laura Covington, LCSW-C
Annandale, VA 804-237-8918
202-412-8022
11/8
9:00am
Fertility Support Mia Joelsson, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 240-454-3002
11/15
10:00am
Singles Support Michelle Hester, LCSW-C Upper NW, DC 202-494-6683
11/15
9:00am
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Talk and Telling Workshop for Patient Who are Creating Their Families through Donor Conception *fee for workshop Carol Toll, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 301-924-5124
11/17
7:00pm
Fertility Support Carol Toll, LCSW-C Columbia, MD 301-924-5124
11/18
7:00pm
Building Your Family through Adoption Ellen Eule, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 301-340-1188 x129
11/20
7:00pm
Donor Recipient Support Carol Toll, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 301-924-5124
11/20
7:00pm
Donor Recipient Support Tara Simpson, Psy. D Towson, MD 410-303-3402
11/24
6:00pm
Fertility Support Mia Joelsson, LCSW-C Harrisburg, PA 240-454-3002

December Infertility Support Groups

Date Topic Leaders Location Information
12/2
7:00pm
Donor Recipient Support Erica Mindes, Ph.D.
Laura Covington, LCSW-C
Annandale, VA 804-237-8918
202-412-8022
12/2
7:00pm
Fertility Support Tara Simpson, Psy. D Towson, MD 410-303-3402
12/13
9:00am
Fertility Support Mia Joelsson, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 240-454-3002
12/15
7:00pm
Fertility Support Carol Toll, LCSW-C Columbia, MD 301-924-5124
12/15
6:00pm
Fertility Support Mia Joelsson, LCSW-C Harrisburg, PA 240-454-3002
12/18
7:00pm
Donor Recipient Support Carol Toll, LCSW-C Rockville, MD 301-924-5124

Not in the area or can make the support groups? Check out our Facebook page to connect with over 15,000 Shady Grove Fertility current, past and potential patients. Join us today!

If you are ready to schedule an appointment at Shady Grove Fertility, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 877-971-7755.

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NPR Article: Shared Risk Can Help Tame the Cost of Infertility Treatment

The Washington Post, NPR and Kaiser Health News explored if sharing the risk can help tame the cost of infertility treatment. “Infertility treatment is a numbers game in some respects: How many treatments will it take to conceive a child? And how much can you afford?”

While some insurance companies are providing more fertility treatment coverage, many patients don’t have sufficient benefits to cover the cost. This article looks at how patients are managing the cost of fertility treatment whether it be through self-pay financial programs, specifically looking at Shady Grove Fertility’s Shared Risk 100% Refund Guarantee for IVF or Donor Egg, or through new options like Glow First.

Shared Risk 100% Refund Guarantee for IVF or Donor Egg

First introduced by Shady Grove Fertility nearly 20 years ago, Shared Risk offers patients undergoing IVF or donor egg treatment a simple guarantee: take home a baby or 100% of your money. When Shared Risk was first introduced many patients thought it was too good to be true but after nearly two decades of success – and over 8,000 new families – the program continues to grow and provide men and women with a financial safety net when considering fertility treatment. In fact, about 82 percent of Shared Risk participants will go on to take home a baby.

The Shared Risk 100% Refund Guarantee Includes:

  • 6 Cycles of IVF or donor egg Treatment for a flat fee
  • Embryo Freezing and the first year of storage once the patient has completed the program by either taking home a baby or receiving  refund
  • Unlimited frozen embryo transfers resulting from the fresh IVF or donor egg cycles
  • Includes all laboratory and medical services from the start of stimulation medication through the blood pregnancy test

Glow First

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Another other the article reviewed was Glow, a new and innovative app that launched in August 2013. Offers patients two things: first, it is a free mobile application available for iOS users (iPhone, iPad, etc) offering women the ability to track and provide them with insights about their reproductive health. By having women track their ovulation, Glow will be able to inform women and their partners of their fertility window and their changes of conception.

Secondly, along with the app, users can apply to take part in Glow First, a not-for-profit fund for couples just starting their fertility journey. Participants contribute $50 per month over the course of ten months. This money goes into a pool what will be divided equally amongst any participants who did not achieve a natural pregnancy after ten months while using the Glow app. The first group that began contributing in October 2013 has just ended. Roughly 50 people participated, according to the company. The payout to those who didn’t become pregnant was $1,800.

Read the NPR Story

If you are ready to schedule an appointment at Shady Grove Fertility, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 877-971-7755.

 

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