Women going through fertility treatments can feel alone
and unsure of where to turn for support, says Katie O'Connor, a
Chicago mom who struggled with infertility for two years before
becoming pregnant with her daughter. So O'Connor recently decided
to start a support group called Shine Chicago for women to support
"There was a need, because it was like a void in this big
city for women wanting to be pregnant, wanting to be moms,"
O'Connor says. "The first few women that are part of it are
reassuring me that this has been a great path to go down. Either
they're so new in the process that they're overwhelmed, or their
friends just looked at their husbands and got pregnant. It's been
fulfilling to me to help these women."
The meetings take place about every three weeks at The Dailey
Method in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood and are moderated by
O'Connor. Most meetings are open forums to discuss anything they'd
like, although at some meetings, guest speakers talk about issues
relevant to women facing fertility problems.
The sessions are $120, or drop in for $20 per meeting. For
information, visit shinechicago.com or email
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