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Tuesday 21 August 2012
1.30 pm at the Memorial Hall Supper Room next to the Library on Main St, Otaki.

Speaker: Dr Steven Finlay, CEO of the Cleantech Trust
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RVSP by 19th August 2012
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Fertility Associates

2/22 Victoria Avenue
Palmerston North

Tel: (06) 354 5537
Fax: (06) 354 7781
Website: www.fertilityassociates.co.nz

Staff:
Digby Ngan Kee MRCOG, FRANZCOG
... graduated from University of Auckland and completed post-graduate training in Hamilton, Wellington and the United Kingdom. He returned to New Zealand in 1990 and has worked in Palmerston North since that time. Digby combines his work for Fertility Associates with his private gynaecology practice, and an appointment as a part-time consultant at Midcentral Health. Digby has trained in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery and has particular interests in the surgical treatment of infertility, laparoscopic tubal microsurgery, and the treatment of endometriosis.

Services:
Fertility Associates offers a comprehensive range of private and publicly funded fertility treatments throughout the North Island. Our professional staff is dedicated to providing the optimum help for people having difficulty conceiving a baby. As well as determining the possible cause or causes of any subfertility, Fertility Associates provides fertility treatments to the highest possible standard. These treatments of male and female infertility include IVF (in vitro fertilisation), ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), donor sperm, donor egg, ovulation induction, insemination using partner's sperm and microsurgery. The assessment and treatments may even be publicly funded if certain eligibility criteria are fulfilled.

Creating a family is not only a medical matter. Infertility brings with it much emotional stress and usually invades every aspect of a person's life. Having a baby can also be an emotionally charged event with many stresses and anxieties along the way.

Infertility involves a series of losses - loss of hopes and dreams, loss of control, loss of a positive self-image, loss of privacy, loss of a feeling of connectedness and belonging and many more. Although these losses are real, they are invisible to others so often people experiencing infertility feel lonely and isolated from friends, family and sometimes from each other. Treatment itself may be a challenge for some people.

At Fertility Associates we recognise the major impact and distress experienced by people who need assistance to create and complete families. Although all our medical and nursing staff are trained to provide support, Fertility Associates also has professional counsellors.

What do counsellors do?
A counsellor can help a couple or an individual feel less alone and can assist people with finding ways to cope with the emotional hurt of infertility. People may decide to talk with a counsellor at different points of their experience.

Perhaps
when first seeking assistance to become pregnant
when wondering what could help
when preparing to begin a particular treatment such as IVF
when undecided as to what to do at times of particular crisis
when the stress and strain feel too much
if a pregnancy is not on-going
if difficulties occur in relationships
when looking at alternative ways to form a family or to stop treatment
when seeking more information
when needing to prepare for applications for approval to the National Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies
when thinking about being a donor or a surrogate, or about using these services

The purpose of counselling will be different for each of these and counsellors use a variety of approaches to address particular needs.

Many people are a bit hesitant about the idea of "counselling" but one of the most common comments returned on our patient questionnaires is how valuable it was seeing a counsellor.

The counselling service is available to anyone independently of the medical services.

Counsellors are also available to talk to other professional or community groups about the emotional aspects of infertility. They will run training programmes for professional groups such as practice nurses, midwives, radiologists and GPs. They are able to assist with parenting issues after infertility and can act as facilitators for relevant self-help or education support networks.

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