The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health was founded in 2003 by Alice Domar, PhD., an international leader in the field of mind/body medicine. The innovative services our center offers are based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Domar, who for over 25 years has explored the impact of psychological distress on different women’s health conditions.
This research led to the first ever Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health well as the first center to offer a Mind/Body Program for Fertility, which is now offered at clinics throughout the country and the world. All are based on Dr. Domar’s model and personal training. Her Mind/Body Program, which teaches strategies to reduce anxiety, depression, and distress through relaxation, mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, and yoga ~ first took shape in 1987 and has since helped thousands of women enjoy healthy, happy lives and successful pregnancies.
Dedicated to the physical and emotional health of men and women, The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health provides cutting-edge services that help to create measurable, positive changes in the health and lives of our patients.
Our clinical services include scientifically valid treatment modalities which have been proven to reduce the stress-related physical and psychological symptoms that accompany many health conditions.
Each are tailored to the general public ~ as well as the fertility patient. We very understand the uncertainty many individuals and couples face when addressing their fertility options. At times it may even seem overwhelming. We seek to help our patients realize their goals and achieve fulfillment for themselves and their loved ones.
Our specialists treat a wide range of health issues for men and women, including infertility, pregnancy loss, high risk pregnancy, musculoskeletal problems, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches including migraines, bruises, fractures and tears, sciatica, whiplash injuries and a variety other symptoms. Our services include:
♦ Eating Disorder Counseling
♦ The Mind/Body Program for Fertility
♦ Nutrition Counseling
♦ PCOS Program
♦ Unsuccessful Fertility Cycle Program
The Domar Center was created from the generous assistance and support of Boston IVF, one of the nation’s most experienced fertility providers.
Our unique partnership intertwines cutting-edge fertility treatments with “mind” and “body services that help patients get their life back on track, to feel they are once again in control ~ and to help them achieve their dream of becoming a parent. Together we understand the uncertainty many individuals and couples face when addressing their fertility options ““ and our philosophy has always been to treat the entire “patient” ~ giving them the best opportunity for success.
Over the years The Domar Center and Boston IVF have collaborated on many groundbreaking studies, and our unique partnership has paved the way for how many fertility centers throughout the world treat their patients. Recent studies include:
♦ A recent review (2013) on the risks for infertile women to take antidepressant medications prior to and during pregnancy
♦ A recent study which showed that most IVF patients do not follow their physician’s recommendations in terms of healthful lifestyle behaviors
♦ As part of a 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 which shows that acupuncture may not increase pregnancy rates in all IVF patients bit that it decreases anxiety, increases optimism and patients who received it would like it for their next cycle
♦ Research on the emotional aspects of infertility which revealed, among other things, that most infertile couples don’t tell family and friends about it
♦ A recent review article on how to reduce the emotional burden of infertility treatment
♦ One of the first studies to demonstrate a far higher rate of eating disorders in the infertile population when compared to community norms
♦ The successful Project Hannah, a study of the effects of a psycho-social intervention on the stress levels of women coping with infertility