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Support Groups





Webster defines support as “to carry the weight of; to uphold and give courage to; to bear and endure.” That’s what a support group is!

It is two or more people who are willing to carry each other’s burdens, uphold each other, and encourage each other to endure.

Stepping Stones is pleased to offer the following Support Group Directory. If you would like to see your support group for infertility or pregnancy loss listed here, please e-mail us with the following information at stepasst@bethany.org:

• State:
• City:
• Group’s Name:
• Meets: when and/or where
• Purpose:
• Is it Christian-based?: yes or no
• Contact Person: telephone or e-mail

Please note: The support groups listed here may not be affiliated with Bethany Christian Services. Views held by these support groups may not be consistent with Bethany’s views.

If you are interested in starting a support group, Stepping Stones has prepared a booklet to help you get started. It’s called Where Two or More Gather: Starting an Infertility Support Group. It is available at the Stepping Stones online bookstore for $11.

Find by State
A C D F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W


Alabama

Alabaster
Group Angel Touch Infertility
Women’s Small Group at Westwood Baptist Church
Meets 7 p.m. on the last Monday of every month
Purpose Confidential discussion and prayer support for the ongoing struggles associated with infertility
Christian-Based Yes

Madison
Group Hannah's Hope
Contact Telephone or email Diana Menne d.l.menne@gmail.com
Meets 6:30pm, 4th Tuesday of the month
347 Hughes Rd. Madison, AL
Purpose We gather monthly to encourage, pray and read God's word together
Christian-Based Yes

Talladega
Group RESOLVE - National Infertility Association
Contact Carrie Hutto, 256.649.0282 resolvetalladega@gmail.com
Meets Meets 2nd Tuesday of Every Month, Beginning June 12, 2012
Citizens Baptist Medical Center
604 Stone Ave
Talladega, AL 35161

Purpose Peer-Led Support Group

Alaska
No groups listed at this time.

Arizona
No groups listed at this time.


Arkansas
No groups listed at this time.

California

Laguna Hills
Group Women’s Infertility Support Group - View Flyer
Contact Valerie Gelb, MFT at 949.751.7380 or valeriegelb@hotmail.com
Now Endorsed by RESOLVE,
www.valeriegelb.com
Meets One evening per week
Purpose This support group will:
–Provide emotional support.
–Develop new coping skills.
–Give a safe environment to talk.
–Offer a forum to exchange ideas.
–Supply information and handouts.

Christian-Based No


San Ramon (San Francisco Bay Area)
Group Infertility Support Group for Women
Contact sfhopegroup@gmail.com
Meets Check with contact person for meeting time and location.
Purpose To provide support, encouragement, and prayer for women dealing with infertility
Christian-Based Yes

Upland
Group Support Group
Contact Jahanna Nichols at 909.262.0668 or Jahanna@nicholsandgibson.com
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m.
Purpose To give support, prayer, and information to women facing infertility, miscarriages, and adoption loss
Christian-Based Yes


Colorado

Denver Metro Area
Group Infertility Support Group
Contact Theresa Vigil or Kimberly Bech at kimberly@spu.edu or www.facebook.com/kimberly.bech or 303.563.9151
Meets 1st Friday of every month; location to be determined
Call or e-mail if you want to attend: 720.977.7118 or
tmvigil@comcast.net
Purpose To be a place where you can come and share your struggles with others who are in the same situation and/or to be a network of people to love and support you
Christian-Based Yes

Group Exiting the Chrysalis
Contact Kimberly Bench atkimberly@spu.eduor 303.563.9151
Meets Meets either the first or third Friday of the month (depending on what kind of support you are looking for) in Denver
Purpose To be a place where you can come and receive love and support as you walk the often isolating road of infertility. Whether you are just starting your journey, in the middle of medical treatments, adopting or have decided to live childless there are women in the group who can understand and support you.
Christian-Based Yes


Fort Collins
Group Hopeful Hearts
Contact Alison Wiltzius 970-988-9175alison_wiltzius@hotmail.com
Meets Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd, Ft. Collins CO 80525. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. starting Jan 8th 2013
Purpose A confidential Christ centered support group for couples coping with the challenges of fertility at all stages including: infertility, secondary infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, and adoption loss.
Christian-Based Yes

Connecticut
No groups listed at this time.

Delaware
No groups listed at this time.

Florida

Brandon
Group Hopeful Hearts
Contact Debra Cherry, debc1212@yahoo.com
Meets Mondays at 7 p.m. or as required
Purpose Offers support and encouragement
Christian-Based Yes

Jacksonville
Group FAITH (Feelings About Infertility That Help)
Contact Emma Langley at 904.287.1190 or nursemma3@aol.com
Meets Mandarin United Methodist Church on 11270 San Jose Blvd
1st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Purpose Helping people come to terms with infertility challenges by providing information, education, and spiritual support
Christian-Based Yes

Georgia

Atlanta
Group Hopeful Hearts
Contact hopefulhearts09@yahoo.com
Meets 1st Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Daily Grind coffee shop in Marietta/West Cobb
Purpose A support group for women struggling with infertility
Christian-Based Yes

Savannah
Group Empty Cradle - Girl's Night Out
Contact Kelly Wiggins @ emptycradle_savannah@hotmail.com
Meets Meets Last Thursday night of the month @ 6:30 p.m. location varies - contact for location
Purpose To provide support to women on the infertility journey, have endured the journey and are pursuing adoption and/or those who have already adopted. Provides a safe place for women to fellowship among women on the same journey.
Christian-Based No, however, most of the women are Christians - but infertility affects the Christian and non-Christian alike. It is my hope that they will see the hope that Jesus provides when you are a Christian enduring this journey


Hawaii
No groups listed at this time.

Idaho
No groups listed at this time.

Illinois
No groups listed at this time.


Indiana

Columbus
Group Infertility Support Group (ICFI - Columbus, Indiana and surrounding areas)
Contact Sabrina Hunterbrina96535@aol.comorcolumbussupport@myicfi.org
Meets The Third Thursday of each month. Location varies, please e-mail for more information
Purpose To provide advocacy, awareness, and support to families who face fertility challenges
Facebook www.facebook.com/infertilitycolumbusin

Crown Point
Group Comfort Within Support Group
Contact Contact Tracy Bultema at 219.313.5533 or email comfort_within@yahoo.com.
Meets Last Friday of Every Month from September 2012 - May 2013, skipping December & March.
from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. @ Pentwater Club on Delaware St just east of Broadway between Rt 231 and 113
th
Purpose A confidential Christian-based ministry for women coping with the challenges of infertility and adoption
Christian-Based Yes

Evansville
Group Still Waiting
Contact Elizabeth Robertson at 812.518.1444 (please ask for Crista) or email cguyer@crsossroadschristian.com
Meets Mondays at 7 p.m. @ Crossroads Christian Church
Purpose Support group for women dealing with primary or secondary infertility
Christian-Based Yes


Iowa
Mason City
Group Hope While Waiting
Contact Megan or Emilywww.hopewhilewaiting.com/hopewhilewaiting@gmail.com
Meets The 1st Thursday of every month 6:00-7:30. Mason City Public Library - Tomsen Family Large Group Study Room.
Purpose A peer-led support group offered to women who are going through infertility with their husbands. Women of all ages are welcome
Christian-Based Yes

Kansas
No groups listed at this time.

Kentucky
No groups listed at this time.


Louisiana

Baton Rouge
Group Sarah's Laughter
Contact beth@sarahs-laughter.com
Meets Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday night of each month at 7PM at the home of leader, Beth Forbus
Purpose We have a bible study that focuses specifically on the struggles faced when going through infertility. We then open the floor for discussion and fellowship. Members are provided with a lot of extra encouragement through daily encouraging emails and special meetings throughout the year.
Christian-Based Yes

Maine
No groups listed at this time.

Maryland

Landover
Group Sisters of Hannah
Contact Keely Walston, sistersofhannah@fbcglenarden.org
Meets Monthly on the 4th Friday at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Ministry Center @ 3600 Brightseat Rd
Purpose Christian support for married women who are having difficulty conceiving or carrying a baby or who have suffered a loss of a baby through miscarriage, still birth, or infant death
Christian-Based Yes

Upper Marlboro
Group Abraham's Promise
Meets 4th Monday of the month except in August @ the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center, 600 Watkins Park Dr
Purpose A separate group for husbands to aid them in supporting their wives and dealing infertility and infant loss
Christian-Based Yes
Contact Wanda Thomas & Keely Walston, abrahamspromise@fbcglenarden.org

Massachusetts
No groups listed at this time.

Michigan

Holland
Group Engedi's Hopeful Hearts
Contact Erin,engedishopefulhearts@gmail.com
Meets 2nd Monday of the month, 7pm, Engedi church conference room, 710 Chicago Drive Suite 300, Holland, MI 49423-3074
Purpose We are a group of women getting together to support each other through prayer, discussion, and study as we walk the journey of infertility together. Along with our group meeting monthly, there are also mentors available to meet on an individual basis who can relate with experiences such as miscarriage, adoption, IUI, IVF, etc. Husbands and couples are also available for support and prayer.
Christian-Based Yes, however people of all backgrounds are welcome

Minnesota

Blaine
Group Patiently Waiting
Contact Kari Nokken: kari@patientlywaiting.org
Tom Jensen:
ashley@patientlywaiting.org
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Purpose To provide compassionate support in a safe Christian environment for individuals and couples through their infertility and/or adoption journey
Christian-Based Yes

Mississippi
No groups listed at this time.


Missouri

Blue Springs (Kansas City Metro Area)
Group Sisters of Hannah
Contact Allison Spencer at alice_diane@hotmail.com or 816.695.0090
Meets 1st Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Timothy Lutheran Ministries @ 425 NW RD Mize Rd in Blue Springs
Reading Room (across the hall from the Fireplace Room)

Purpose To provide support and encouragement to all women in the Kansas City area who face the pain of infertility, pregnancy loss, and/or the adoption process. We will spend time in Bible study, reviewing Christian books, prayer, and fellowship. Please join us to share, encourage, mourn, and persistently seek God’s will through your personal journey.
Christian-Based Yes

St. Louis
Group Infertility and Adoption Support, Inc. (IAS)
Contact For more information, visit www.infertilityandadoption.org
Meets Adoption Support Group on1st Thursday of the month. Women's Infertility Support Group on 2nd Saturday of the month. Topical meetings on infertility and/or adoption and Couples Support Group on 4th Thursday of the month. Various events between meetings. Please visit our website for details.
Purpose To provide support and information for people facing the challenges of infertility and for people considering adoption by offering support groups, a resource library, and lists of service providers. Our goal is to encourage people to make informed decisions regarding their family-building options.
Christian-Based No

Montana
No groups listed at this time.

Nebraska
No groups listed at this time.

Nevada
No groups listed at this time.

New Hampshire
No groups listed at this time.

New Jersey
No groups listed at this time
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New Mexico
No groups listed at this time.

New York

Farmingdale
Group Share/Guardian Angel Perinatal Support Group, www.stkilian.com/gaps; Affiliate of Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Supportwww.nationalshare.org
Meets 7:30 to 9:30 on the 1st Friday of each month, except in July @ St. Kilian Parish Center
Purpose Pregnancy and infant loss peer support group
Christian-Based Yes, Catholic-based, but all faiths are welcome
Contact Martha Weiss: martyk9@optonline.net

West Islip
Group RESOLVE General Adoption Support Group
Contact Chemene at 631.474.1627 or cvizzi9@gmail.com
Meets First Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in West Islip Area please contact for more information.
Purpose To support members at any stage of the adoption process. This is a wonderful way to share your journey with others in the same situation
Christian-Based No

North Carolina
Charleston
Group Sisterhood Infertility
Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month @ Seacoast Church, 750 Longpoint Rd in Mt Pleasant
Purpose To seek God’s will and look to Him for comfort, peace, and growth during this season of infertility struggles
Christian-Based Yes
Contact Lena Amstutz, 843.730.1756 or lenaamstutz@gmail.com

Greenville
Group Journey To Peace @ Edwards Road Baptist Church
Meets Call for more details.
Purpose To encourage women who are going through infertility. We spend time in Bible study, reviewing Christian books on infertility, prayer, and fellowship
Christian-Based Yes
Contact Ginger Hall at 864.244.2975 ext. 111 or ghall@erbc-sc.org

North Dakota
Fargo
Valley Christian Counseling Center
Linda Weaver at 330.345.6472 or lsweaver@embarqmail.com
509 25th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 6:30-8:30 (Charge $25.00 per session)
Participants must register before attending by calling 701-232-6224.
Website: www.valleychristiancounselingcenter.com

Ohio

Wooster
Group Still Waters
Contact Linda Weaver at 330.345.6472 or lsweaver@embarqmail.com
Meets We meet every 2-3 months on a Saturday for a mini-retreat. Our location recently changed, so contact Linda for current information.
Purpose to provide support, encouragement, and healing to women who face infertility and/or childlessness. our meetings provide time for sharing but also include readings and experiences that help us grow and heal and move forward emotionally and spiritually.
Christian-Based Yes, but women of all faiths are welcome.

Zainesville
Group A Heart Like Hannah's
Contact Sarah Harper sharper@aheartlikehannahs.com or www.aheartlikehannahs.com or 740.319.0453 or 740.452.0076
Meets 1ST Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Zainesville Bible Methodist Church at 945 Grove Rd
Purpose A support group dedicated to give support and information to women dealing with infertility and/or fostering and adoption.
Christian-Based Yes

Oklahoma
No groups listed at this time.

Oregon
No groups listed at this time.

Pennsylvania

Chester Springs
Group Hearts of Hope
Contact Tara Hepfer @ tlhepfer@hotmail.com
Meets Chester Springs Community Church on the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m.
Purpose To provide support, encouragement, and information to women dealing with infertility
Christian-Based Yes

Pittsburgh (North Hills)
Group Journey of Hope Group through Orchard Hill Churchwww.orchardhillchurch.com
Contact Please contact Meg atgodwillfillthisnest@gmail.comfor more info.
Meets Group meets the third Monday of each month, Sept-May 7:00 p.m., Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd, Wexford, PA 15090. Childcare is provided for $5 per child donation
Purpose Group designed for couples facing pregnancy loss, going through infertility treatment, or on the journey of adoption -whether due to infertility or choice of adoption in addition to biological children. Members have adopted children, biological children, or no children yet. The group at this time is racially diverse.

Rhode Island
No groups listed at this time.

South Carolina

Greenville
Group Journey To Peace
Contact Ginger Hall at 864.244.2975 ext. 111 @ Edwards Road Baptist Church
Meets Call for more details.
Purpose To encourage women who are going through infertility. We spend time in Bible study, reviewing Christian books on infertility, prayer, and fellowship
Christian-Based Yes

Mt. Pleasant
Group Seacoast Infertility Support Group
Contact Lena Amstutz 843.730.1756 lenaholenski@yahoo.com
Meets Every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. in the The Loft
Purpose To create a fellowship centered around sharing our stories, supporting one another through triumphs and tribulations, and giving praise to The Lord from who all blessings flow. We use prayer, written resources and guest speakers to comfort and educate ourselves on infertility.
Christian-Based Yes

South Dakota
No groups listed at this time.

Tennessee

Memphis
Group: CrossHeart Ministries
Meets: The second Thursday of every month. Send an email to robin.cross@crossheartministries.net for location information
Contact: Robin Cross 901.604.0647 or robin.cross@crossheartministries.net
Purpose: To provide support to women who suffered the loss of a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss
Christian-Based: yes

Memphis
Group: Hopeful Hearts Ministry
Contact: Melissa Alexander at 901.270.4031 or hopefulhearts@highpointmemphis.com
Purpose: A support group for women seeking adoption or struggling with infertility or pregnancy loss.
Christian-Based: yes

Murfreesboro
Group SAIL: “Support for Adoption, Infertility, and Loss”
Contact Kerry Kilcoyne at 615.896.5707 or kerryk74@yahoo.com
http://fumcsailsupport.blogspot.com/
Meets Summer schedule: Meeting every other Wednesday during the months of June and July (beginning June 1)
Purpose This group is meant to provide support to those who have experienced or are experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss, or the adoption process. Our purpose is to share experiences and discuss the role faith plays in guiding us through the difficult times.
Christian-Based Yes


Texas

Arlington/Mansfield
Group Hannah's Heart
Contact Shelley Cranford at shellcranford@charter.net or 817.453.2051
Meets Monthly on a Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Shelley's home
Purpose We are a Christian-based group and open to all; for women experiencing infertility to share, laugh, support, and hope with others while seeking God's will
Christian-Based Yes

Conroe
Group HOPE: Hearts Of Promise & Expectation for Women
Meets 2nd Tuesday of every month • 7:00 p.m. @ The Ark Church
Purpose A Christ-centered, Biblically-based support group
Christian-Based Yes
Contact Maureen Reynolds at 936.756.1988, ext. 232 or maureen.reynolds@thearkchurch.com

Dallas
Group Hopeful Hearts
Contact Allison Leonard at 214.223.1542 or daleandallison@leonardfamilychiropractic.com
Meets From 7 to 9 p.m. the 2nd Thursday of each month (except for May and December, when we meet on the 3rd Monday of the month)
Purpose A ministry for women who are experiencing infertility or who have experienced the loss of a baby. Please join us to share, encourage, mourn, and persistently seek God's will through your personal journey.
Christian-Based Yes

Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex
Group Fertility Challenges Support at www.fcsupport.org
Contact Lorraine Thomas, Founder, at 817.656.9566 or 817.313.8029 or lorraine@fcsupport.org
Meets Texas Health Harris Methodist Hurst-Euless-Bedford at 1601 Hospital Parkway in Bedford. We meet from 10 a.m. until Noon on the last Saturday of every month in Meeting Room West I or East.
Purpose To support and encourage couples and their families who are experiencing infertility or have endured pregnancy loss. You are not alone!
Christian-Based Yes and open to all

Ft Worth
Group Hannah's Heart
Contact Shelley Cranford -shellcranford@charter.netor 817.453.2051
Meets Meets monthly on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Shelley's House
Purpose Come meet other women and find support as we journey down the road of infertility
Christian-Based Yes

Houston
Group HOPE - Hearts Of Promise & Expectation for Women
Contact hope@lakewood.cc
Meets Meets 1st Thursday of every month, 7:00 p.m. at Lakewood Church
Purpose It is a Christ centered, Biblically based support group
Christian-Based Yes

Irving
Group M.E.N.D. (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death)
Contact Cheryl at Cheryl@mend.org
Meets Meets at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at Starbucks when there is enough interest. Anyone interested in attending should e-mail Cheryl.
Purpose To support families experiencing infertility after a pregnancy loss or early infant death
Christian-Based Yes

Utah
No groups listed at this time.

Vermont
No groups listed at this time.

Virginia

Virginia Beach
Group Hope for the Journey
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month; call for summer meeting dates
Purpose provides emotional and spiritual support for Christian women experiencing infertility. Whether just starting on this journey—or having been on it for a while—please come to receive hope, prayer, and encouragement from women who understand. We have a time of study, sharing, and prayer at each meeting.
Christian-Based Yes
Contact Amy Forehand at 757.285.7686 or amyforehand@cox.net

Washington
No groups listed at this time.


West Virginia

Parkersburg
Group Our Hope
Contact Ronni Edmands at 304.482.1980 or ronnikay@gmail.com
Meets As needed for fellowship and support.
Purpose Christian-based support for women experiencing infertility and/or miscarriage
Christian-Based Yes

Wisconsin
No groups listed at this time.

Wyoming
No groups listed at this time.