Counselling & Support
The Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee requires all IVF providers to have a counselling service available. Currently our policy is for all couples to attend a counselling session as part of their orientation. It is as an opportunity to highlight some issues you both may, or may not have thought about.
Counselling is also available to all couples at all stages of treatment. Our counsellor is available should you have any difficulty making a decision about treatment or if you are concerned about the impact of treatment on the partnership, have had a successful or unsuccessful treatment or simply want to talk over what you are experiencing.
IVF and ICSI treatments are time consuming, increasingly expensive and at times stressful. Couples thinking about having this type of treatment are strongly encouraged to read as much information as possible.
Our staff philosophy emphasises patient support - including support from nurses, doctors and scientific staff.
A chaplaincy service is also offered by the hospital for all denominations. This is confidential and can be accessed at any stage of your treatment. A prayer or karakia can be performed. Please discuss this with one of the nursing staff.
In addition, there are Infertility Societies and Support Groups throughout New Zealand. These organisations offer information and support for people experiencing infertility. The addresses are found at the back of the IVF treatment information download.