October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. I hope you have read some of the raw and moving posts already published on Quad City Moms Blog and other City Moms blogs around the country, including this great one from our neighbors in Iowa City. Infertility Awareness Week is not until April, but I couldn’t wait that long to share these resources that are available to moms and moms-in-waiting here in the Quad Cities. Infertility, miscarriage and infant loss are all different experiences, but they bring similar feelings of isolation, confusion and sadness. Attending a support group and receiving quality care are just two of the things that women experiencing infertility or loss can do for themselves during this difficult journey.

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1. Share Quad Cities is a group dedicated to serving those whose lives are touch by the death of a baby through pregnancy loss, still birth, or in the first few months of life. The purpose of the group is to provide “emotional, physical, spiritual and social … support toward positive resolution of grief experience at the time of or following the death of a baby.” Share Quad Cities hosts an annual Walk for Remembrance and Hope and has a private Facebook group for members to provide each other with ongoing support. For more information, please contact Chalyn through email at [email protected], via phone at 309-373-2568, or visit their website. The next Share meeting is October 15th at 6:30pm.


2. The Quad Cities Resolve Infertility Support Group provides an opportunity for women experiencing infertility to connect with and receive support from others who have had similar experiences. This group is open to any woman who identifies as infertile, regardless of whether or not she is undergoing fertility treatment or pursuing adoption. Full disclosure: I am the peer facilitator! I led a Resolve support group in Iowa City for two years while undergoing IVF and started this group in Davenport this summer. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 6pm. Please email me (Kimberly) at [email protected] with questions or to RSVP to a meeting. The next Resolve infertility support group meeting is November 3rd, 2015. For more information on Resolve, the national infertility organization, visit this website. 


3. The UI Women’s – Quad Cities Clinic is a satellite clinic of the University of Iowa Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The clinic offers high-risk pregnancy and infertility services, including hormonal therapy, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, and a fertility preservation program for people preparing to undergo cancer treatment. The UI staff are highly trained, board-certified experts. Talk to your doctor for a referral or contact them directly at (563) 355-2244.


4.  Bearing Hope is a Christian support group for people experiencing miscarriage, pregnancy and infant loss and infertility. The group meets once a month to pray, read scripture and share their stories. You will find them sipping coffee at Milltown Coffee on River Drive in Moline on the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm. The coffee shop even stays open late to afford the group privacy! For more information please contact Olivia (another QCMB writer!) at 217-494-7236 or [email protected] The next Bearing Hope meeting happens to be tonight! (October 12, 2015)
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5. Acupuncture is one complementary and alternative medicine treatment option that many people experiencing infertility find beneficial and relaxing. Studies have even shown that using acupuncture increases the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles.  Lynn Carstens, MSOM, L.Ac. is an acupuncturist specilizing in fertility.  She practices at Sacred Lotus Acupuncture and Natural Health in Davenport.  Contact Lynn at (563) 650-6747 or visit her website.


Are you aware of additional support groups or resources in the Quad Cities? Please post them in the comments below for our readers!

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