Dara Roth Edney, MSW, RSW
Dara earned a Master’s degree in social work more than 20 years ago, and as a Reproductive Counsellor practices full-time in the field of fertility. She is dedicated to work that is inclusive, empathetic, personalized and helpful, inspired by her own long journey with infertility, IVF and ultimately, surrogacy.
Dara compassionately supports people through the profound emotions of infertility and loss, and is equally committed to those using assisted reproduction due to sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship status or underlying medical conditions. She provides support to individuals and couples, including marriage and grief counselling, offers pragmatic decision-making guidance and help in developing effective coping strategies. She counsels Intended Parents doing IVF, using a donor or surrogate, and those embarking on co-parenting arrangements. She also conducts assessments for donors and surrogates, as well as facilitates patient support groups.
In addition to her counselling practice, Dara works closely with professional and community organizations and is a regularly invited speaker at conferences, workshops, webinars/live stream talks, and university campuses. She is involved in Canadian government consultations, has been an invited speaker in the Federal House of Commons and Ontario Provincial legislature, and is active in industry research. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dara works closely with clinics, agencies and affiliated professionals across Canada, as well as with patients from around the world. She offers in-person as well as video appointments.
On a personal note, Dara is a mother through surrogacy herself, after many years of infertility treatments. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and has a private practice office located near Spadina village.