Do you have any of these feelings which often accompany
the infertility experience: stress, depression, anxiety,
frustration, fear, anger, isolation? If so, there is
a program in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to help you.
This program is based on the one begun in 1987 by Dr. Alice Domar, a nationally
known psychologist at Harvard's Mind/Body Medical
Institute in Boston. Now at Boston IVF, Dr. Domar has worked
with thousands of women experiencing infertility. Her work
has shown that a reduction in stress and tension is very
beneficial to program participants.
How does the Mind/Body program help?
It can . . .
. . . give you a safe place to deal with the emotions associated
. . . decrease your feelings of isolation by connecting with
others who are also experiencing fertility problems.
. . . help you manage stress by learning specific strategies,
and practicing these with feedback and support from a trained
therapist and from other women in the group.
. . . reinforce healthy lifestyle changes to enhance your fertility.
. . . help you explore, with your partner, ways of improving
your relationship in spite of the strain of infertility.
The Mind/Body Program meets for several weeks in a small group
setting. Husbands/partners are included at various steps of the
process. The women participating in the initial Dallas workshops
are from diverse backgrounds, have had differing physical and
clinical issues, and have been patients of several local physicians/fertility
Here's what recent participants had to say about the program:
"This program should be required for anyone going through
infertility treatment. The medical procedures, drugs, etc. are
only half of the process; this is the other half."
"It gave me the tools to deal with anxious thoughts and
stress and also to know I was not alone. The support was wonderful."
"The bonding I felt with the other women in the group
lifted the weight I was feeling; I no longer feel alone."
"I learned some different ways of communicating with
my husband that have definitely helped our relationship."
The DFW Fertility Nurses Society sponsored the professional
training in Dallas/Fort Worth for this program. Several
sessions are held each year.
For more information and a program schedule call Dr. Susan Leonard