Trauma-Informed Fertility Care

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What is Trauma-Informed Fertility Care?

Navigating trauma in the context of fertility care requires a delicate and personalized approach. Certain aspects of the fertility journey may evoke intense emotions and memories in some individuals. To ensure that these concerns are handled with care, TRIO is offering the Trauma-Informed Fertility Care (TIFC) program, guided by Alexandra Blight, TRIO’s Nurse Practitioner and Trauma-Informed Care Coordinator.

“Trauma” is a term used to describe the challenging emotional consequences that living through a distressing event can have for an individual. Traumatic experiences often involve a loss of power, control, or trust. At TRIO, the TIFC program involves understanding, acknowledging, and responding to the effects of various traumas in a supportive manner. Our approach emphasizes the importance of physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both patients and providers, nurturing trust, control, and empowerment.

Our Trauma-Informed Fertility Care Approach

Although all staff members at TRIO are equipped with training in trauma-informed care, ensuring that every patient receives a high level of support and sensitivity throughout their fertility journey, some patients may benefit from additional support.

You may benefit from this program if you: 

  • Have a history of sexual assault or have been a victim of domestic or other forms of violence 

  • Have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or panic disorder (PD) 

  • Have a history of recurrent pregnancy loss (defined as >3 losses) and are struggling with the steps of ongoing fertility care emotionally 

  • Have been diagnosed with vaginismus or have intense discomfort with penetrative sex and/or pelvic exams 

  • Identify as transgender/non-binary or are part of the LGBQT2S+ community and have been triggered by navigating the cis-gendered/heteronormative structured health systems within fertility care

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What to Expect with TIFC


Confidential Meeting

Confidential one-on-one meeting to understand your past and current life experience and talk about potential trauma triggers and how we might mitigate these in your fertility journey. The initial meeting is approxiamtely 1-2 hours in length.


Needs Assessment

An assessment of your specific needs that may include advocacy, relevant resources and referrals to specialized services such as TRIO’s Fertility Counsellors or BRIA, a women’s health agency we have partnered with to improve the mental health of our clients. 


Personalized Plan

Creating a personalized care plan to minimize distress and enhance understanding and sensitivity during your time at TRIO. This plan will be shared with your entire care team, fostering both physical and emotional safety throughout your journey.


Additional Support

Careful review and discussion of the TRIO fertility experience to minimize surprises and plan for a safe and smooth journey along the way. Throughout your journey, the care coordinator may also follow up with you and/or involved parties of your team as part of a coordinated care approach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Only current or returning TRIO patients can apply to the TIFC program. 

TRIO patients may self-refer to this program, or they may be referred by any TRIO clinician (MD, RN, MSW counsellor). To find out more, please email:

TIFC is designed for current TRIO patients to develop and document a plan of care that empowers them during their fertility journey. While the trauma care coordinator does have training in mental health care, this program is not meant to be a substitute for ongoing mental health counselling or crisis support. You will be provided with referrals for these services, either internally or externally, depending on your care needs.  

Learn more about mental health support at TRIO by visiting our Virtual Support Groups, Fertility Counsellors and Wellness Team. 

Patient Stories

"I realized that my history of sexual and reproductive trauma was having an impact on my ability to seek fertility/medical care and brought up a lot of fear around procedures and treatments. If you are finding yourself in the same position I would encourage you to share that with the TRIO team so that you can get the support you need & deserve, and so that you can have nurse practitioner Alexandra work with you as an advocate! Alexandra took ample time and care in asking me the right questions so that as I go through the journey, it will be less triggering. She suggested great things I could do on my own or with my partner to help calm/ground myself, in addition to the support TRIO is offering for patients. It's truly wonderful and comforting to see TRIO bring forward the Trauma Informed Fertility Care Program to patients so that we can feel seen and heard when often we are overlooked or gaslighted. Thank you, "Advocate Alex", I appreciate you being there for those of us who struggle to advocate for ourselves."
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