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The Mind Body Program for Fertility is a ten-session group course facilitated by mental health professionals from Positive Mind Body Australia.

The program, which was developed by Dr Alice Domar (Assoc. Prof Harvard University), is held either over ten weeks or in a weekend format.  Participants report decreases in physical symptoms such as insomnia, headaches and gastrointestinal distress, as well as reductions in psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and irritability.*

Women who have participated in the Mind Body Program for Fertility have also reported benefits such as:

  • Regaining a sense of control in their life.
  • Increases in a sense of autonomy and an ability to contribute to their own well-being.
  • Reduction in the feelings of isolation and sadness.
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-worth through positive connections with others also on their infertility journey.
  • A reduction in the power of overwhelming negative and catastrophic thinking that can be common when coping with infertility.

Research in the US shows that women who took part in the program had a substantially improved take-home baby rate: more than 50%, compared with 20% for controls.**

Through these programs you will share with others on their fertility journey and learn:

  • Numerous mindfulness and relaxation strategies to elicit the response to calm the mind and the body in order to heal (see one participant’s blog about the program).
  • To understand more fully the stress response and its impact on the body and health.
  • To change lifestyle habits that can have a negative effect on fertility.
  • To develop coping strategies through cognitive restructuring, which involves identifying and reframing recurrent negative thought patterns.
  • Self-nurturing skills for dealing with families, friends, partners and colleagues.
  • The safety and efficacy of alternative medicine approaches.

 

To view a schedule of upcoming programs, please follow the links below

 

Registering for the Mind Body Program for Fertility is easy. You can talk to your City Fertility coordinator or patient services adviser, or contact Positive Mind Body Australia directly on 1300 889 591 or email hello@positivemindbody.com.au today.

 

Sources

*Boston IVF http://www.bostonivf.com/mind_body_programs.html

**Domar, A.D., Rooney, K.L., Wiegand, B., Orav, E.J., Alper, M.M., Berger, B.M., & Nikolovski, J. (2011) Impact of a group mind/body intervention on pregnancy rates in IVF patients, Fertility and Sterility, 95(7), 2269-2273.

 

 

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