Ottawa Fertility Centre
Offering compassionate care, understanding, and hope on your journey.
Counseling & Support
BRIA - Virtual Mental Health Care for Women
BRIA is a virtual mental healthcare clinic to support those going through the fertility process. BRIA offers individual and couples therapy, therapy for partners, sleep and nutritional support, and MD Psychiatric care when needed, especially to address medication issues. BRIA also offers implications counselling for third-party reproduction, and a bioethicist who can support patients when making difficult decisions. If you have any questions about specific services, BRIA offers a free 15 minute introductory call to those wishing to learn more. To book, please go to the Bria website. Please talk to your OFC nurse if you don’t have complete benefits coverage to learn how OFC can support you accessing BRIA services.
Reproductive Counselling Services
Stephanie Parker MSW, RSW
Westboro Village Therapy and Assessment
- Support for intended parent(s) and grief counselling
- Implications counselling for intended parent(s)
- 3rd party assessment for donors
Counselling services available in both French and English
Appointments available in person in Ottawa office or virtually
Dr. Sarah Birnie, C.Psych
Dr. Birnie can receive referrals (and self-referrals) for psychotherapy for the following areas:
1. Supporting the process of uncertain infertility treatment, including donor egg/sperm.
2. Supporting individuals once pregnant after infertility treatment.
3. Supporting postpartum stress and adjustment once baby/babies are born.
Brooke Eagle MSW, RSW at Vega Counselling
Assisted reproduction counselling in preparation for all forms of fertility treatment, including implications counselling for intended parents and third-party donors
Supporting perinatal and postnatal mental health
Gerri Mileva M.Sc, PhD, RP (Qualifying)
Whether you're struggling with infertility, going through assisted reproductive technologies, or dealing with pregnancy loss, I am here to provide a safe and compassionate space for you to heal and grow. My aim is to empower you, help you develop coping strategies, and enhance your overall well-being, regardless of the outcome of your fertility journey. Together, we'll explore your feelings, navigate the complexities of medical treatments, and cultivate a sense of hope and resilience. My approach is client-centered and eclectic, meaning that I tailor my therapeutic interventions to meet your unique needs and goals."
Please note: a psychotherapist is unable to provide assessment/diagnosis (clinical psychologist) or medication (psychiatrist/family physician). Also at this time I am unable to provide implications counselling for third-party reproduction.
Rate: $145 per session
Please email for more information or to book a free 15-minute consultation
Ziva Shmorgun MSW, RSW
Reproductive Health Counsellor.
Specializing in implications counselling for third-party reproduction.
New Origins Counselling
Karin Schwartz: 604-831-6558
Janna Stark Glassman: 604-671-5068
Rate: $165 per hour
Please call to book an appointment
Ottawa Peer Support Group: Join others each month to listen, learn, and hopefully laugh a little while you seek support. Meetings are held at the Ottawa Fertility Centre on the last Saturday of every month. Sessions are organized and led by a volunteer facilitator. Guest speakers are often invited to speak after the meetings.
2023 Meeting Dates:
Saturday, January 28th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, February 25th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, March 25th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, April 29th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, May 27th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, June 24th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, July 29th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, August 26th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, September 30th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, October 28th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, November 25th - 10:30am-noon
Saturday, December 30th - 10:30am-noon
Mindfulness for Fertility
If you are dealing with challenging emotions because you are struggling to conceive, you are not alone. It is common to feel anxious, depressed, and isolated. It has been well documented that people with reproductive challenges experience high levels of stress and studies have shown that mindfulness can help decrease emotional distress. Mindfulness for Fertility is an 8-week evidence based, experiential program that is offered online and follows the world renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum.
Spring 2023 Session:
Orientation - Friday, April 28th / 7:00-9:00pm ET
8 Fridays - May 5th - June 23rd / 7:00-9:00pm ET
Visit their website for more information and registration.
Fertility Matters is a national organization, providing educational material, support and assistance to individuals and couples who are experiencing the anguish of infertility, the reproductive health disease that affects over half a million Canadian men and women.
My Fertility Choices enables men and women to obtain support in making the fertility and childbearing decisions that best fit with their unique life situations. The website provides current, professional, and reliable information about fertility, assisted human reproduction, and various lifestyle and family building options, including childfree living.
Pregnancy in a Pandemic Support Group
Join this monthly virtual support group led by doctors who specialize in obstetrics, newborn care, and the mental health of new parents. They will speak about the most common concerns and struggles of being pregnant during the COVID-19 crisis.
Multiple Births Canada has a mission to improve the quality of life for multiple birth individuals and their families in Canada. They provide support, education, research, and advocacy both nationally and internationally to individuals, families, Chapters, and organizations that have a personal or professional interest in multiple birth issues.
Support for people with polycystic ovary syndrome
PCOSupport Group is US based organization that is operated by women with PCOS and those who support them. This organization is dedicated to serve the many women who struggle on a daily basis to deal with quality-of-life as well as life-threatening consequences of PCOS if untreated.
It is important for patients to seek appropriate legal advice when a third party is involved, either as a donor or surrogate. While we do not endorse any lawyer or legal form in particular, the following firms have experience with assisted reproduction.