These support groups are free and open to all experiencing infertility in Pittsburgh.
Meredith was raised in Pittsburgh, and after a short time in Washington, D.C., returned to raise her family. Meredith earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She returned to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing to earn her MSN and begin her career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Between her professional medical experiences, and her own journey with fertility treatments, she developed a strong understanding of the vulnerability and strong emotions felt throughout the process.
Meredith is excited to help bring awareness and support for men and women undergoing their own fertility journeys in the Pittsburgh community as the JFF-Pittsburgh Manager.
Having gone through many years of fertility challenges Pnina knows first hand how isolating the journey can be. She knows how disconnected it can make a couple/family from their community and is excited to be able to support local individuals on their own fertility journeys as well as helping the community at large have a better understanding of the fertility struggle and how best to support community members going through it.
Sharon understands (at least some) of the emotional and physical challenges of infertility and is eager to help support others on their journeys and feel less alone.
After seeing one of her children deal with infertility issues for years, Judi was excited to join the JFF and help assist others dealing with this issue.
Alison lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband, Josh, their 11-year-old son, Zach and their dog, Roxy.
Alison is passionate about the work of JFF, because of her own experience with infertility. She found the multiple rounds of unsuccessful IUI emotionally draining and isolating. Alison feels strongly about talking openly about infertility and does not want anyone to suffer alone. Alison and her husband adopted their son from St. Petersburg, Russia and would like to help others actualize their dream of completing their family.
Emily has over 15 years of experience caring for patients who are experiencing infertility. She understands the emotional and financial challenges that patients and families experience along this journey. When Emily learned that JFF was coming to Pittsburgh, she was eager to help. She is very excited to be a part of this organization.
Erika has both personal and professional experience in the infertility realm. From both perspectives, Erika has witnessed the financial and emotional challenges that accompany the infertility journey. Support during this process is crucial and when Erika learned of JFF's ability to help in both of these areas, as well as raise awareness and give a voice to a topic not often discussed, she immediately knew she wanted to see the Pittsburgh community be able to benefit from these services. After heading the initial exploratory committee, Erika is beyond excited to see JFF in Pittsburgh and to continue to serve the organization as the Pittsburgh Advisory Committee chair.