The Mind-Body Fertility Program is a ten-week course devoted to alleviating the distress of infertility. It is modeled after the Harvard Medical Institute’s Infertility Program and it incorporates the research of world-renowned infertility pioneer Alice Domar, Ph.D.
In a 2000 study, Dr. Alice Domar found that infertile women who went through a ten-week program of relaxation training, cognitive restructuring, and stress management demonstrated significant reductions in anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue. Furthermore, within one year, 55% of program graduates had a pregnancy that resulted in a baby. This compared to only 20% of the control group, who did not take the course.
Since there has been increasing evidence that anxiety and depression may hinder fertility, many physicians recommend that patients take the course while they pursue medical treatment.
In 2003 I trained with Dr. Domar and became the first therapist in the Chicago area certified to replicate her Mind-Body program.
Many participants in my Mind-Body workshops have gotten pregnant during the program and after its completion. More importantly, most graduates have said that the program has helped them learn not only how to survive but also how to flourish and thrive during this difficult time in their lives.
The program will teach you:
- Relaxation strategies, stress management skills and mindfulness
- Cognitive restructuring, that is, recognizing and changing repeated negative thoughts
- Self-nurturing skills Ways to create a “safe” support system
- Lifestyle habits that increase your odds of conception and contribute to well-being for the rest of your life