Our 10-Week Mind/Body group program is modeled after Dr Alice Domar’s internationally acclaimed research, and is designed to help individuals and/or couples who are attempting to conceive or participating in fertility treatments cope with the physical & emotional impact of infertility. Stress and depression disrupt the natural harmony of the body and reduce your chances for a successful pregnancy.
In a large federally funded Johnson & Johnson study, 55% of previously infertile women who met regularly in a Mind/Body Infertility Program conceived within 6 months after the program, compared to only 20% in a control group that used no mind body techniques. Research also shows that participants experience significant decreases in stress-related physical and psychological symptoms that are common in those struggling with infertility.
The goal of our program is to teach you skills which you can use to increase your sense of control, decrease both physical and psychological symptoms of stress (such as insomnia, headaches, irritability, fatigue, abdominal pain, headaches, etc), and help decrease the intense lows of infertility. The skills include relaxation techniques, information on lifestyle habits which can impact fertility, and psychological techniques such as learning to challenge recurrent negative thoughts such as “I will never have a baby,” or “this is all my fault.”
A supportive group of like-minded people will help reduce the stress which is important to creating a healthy environment for conception. The ability to share and express the many emotional peaks and valleys that you experiences during your fertility treatments can provide valuable peace of mind and a greater sense of control.
Benefits of Our Mind/Body Program
♦ Helps you to reduce the physical symptoms of stress (fatigue, headaches, insomnia, etc.) by learning specific relaxation strategies, and practicing them with feedback and support from a trained therapist and others in the group who “get it”
♦ Lessens feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, loneliness and anger by sharing feelings, accomplishments, losses, and humor known only to those who’ve experience and understand infertility
♦ Improves self esteem by instilling confidence in those who feel their life plan is out of control and those who feels overwhelmed by their medical treatment options
♦ Examines and improves lifestyle habits which can have a negative impact on fertility
♦ Learn the art of self-nurturance, effective communication and coping with negative emotions
♦ Learn to develop effective coping skills for situations you may experience during infertility – such as loss of hope, difficulty in dealing with friends who are pregnant, trouble “connecting” with your partner, stress, sexuality, the negativity you may sometimes encounter from others, sadness during the holidays, difficulty in sharing your infertility experience with significant people in your life, not being assertive with health care professionals and many others…..
♦ Enhances Self-Esteem Group members benefit from enhanced self-esteem when they improve their coping abilities. A sense of emotional strength can return as one gains a sense of perspective and control during a difficult crisis such as the infertility experience. Emotional energy can be made available to address other life issues and challenges that may have been put on hold.
♦ Learn about the impact of lifestyle behaviors that can affect fertility – including weight, nutrition, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, and exercise.
♦ Learn hatha yoga
♦ Addresses and improves “cognitive restructuring, which involves identifying and reframing recurrent negative thought patterns, so that what starts as “I will never have a baby,” may end up as “I am doing everything I can to try to get pregnant.”