Compassionate Care for Infertility & Pregnancy Loss
"The program helped me move forward again. I found others I could relate to and started thinking beyond infertility. The tools and skills transfer to every aspect of my life and helped me cope immediately." RM
"This group completely changed my life because I now have the strategies to help me navigate through the stress, fear and anguish of infertility." KM
Our goal is to help you learn the tools to reduce the emotional effects of infertility.
You can use these tools whenever you need them throughout the rest of your life. Current research shows that helping women and their partners maintain the lowest distress level possible is important during infertility treatment.
Level of distress may impact the success of treatment. The most recent study showed that women who were the most anxious and depressed prior to their IVF treatment cycle were 93% less likely to conceive than the least distressed women.
A study published in February 2004 in Fertility & Sterility shows that the #1 reason patients drop out of fertility treatment is not because their physician was discouraging them from continuing, but because of their distress.
The Coping Skills Workshop for Infertility is a life skills training course that blends group support, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and nutrition counseling to help you learn how to cope with the physical and emotional impacts of infertility. We teach clinically proven techniques to reduce anxiety, stress and depression.The program meets one evening a week for 10 weeks for 2.5 hours. You will get support from other women who truly understand what you are going through while learning coping skills to deal with infertility.
This workshop will:
Decrease feelings of isolation by connecting with others who are dealing with infertility
Manage stress by learning specific strategies, and practicing these with feedback and support from a trained therapist
Help you explore ways of improving your relationships in spite of the strain of infertility
Give you a place to deal with the emotions associated with infertility
Reinforce healthy lifestyle changes to enhance your fertility
Please take a look at the Workshop FAQs at the bottom of this page ↓
We understand that infertility can affect many aspects of your life including your health, your relationships and work. Trained at the Domar Center by Dr. Domar and her staff, we teach the Coping Skills Workshop for Infertility to women and their partners. Whether you are considering your next steps or have already begun medical treatment for infertility, the Workshop can help:
If you are feeling sad, isolated, anxious or depressed or
If you think you might become more stressed when you begin treatment
Coping Skills Workshop Details
The 10-week program includes:
10 group sessions 2.5 hours each
3 sessions where partners are invited
2 individual counseling sessions
30+ hours of individual and group counseling
Coping Skills Workshop program manual
Support via phone/email from the clinical team during the 10 week program
Session with yoga instruction
Session with nutrition education
Dr. Domar's Relaxation CD The Relaxation Experience
The weekend retreat is a good option if you need to start medical treatment quickly and want the benefits that this coping skills training provides.
The retreat includes the same take home materials as the 10-week program.
The program runs from 9am - 4pm on Saturday or Sunday.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Coping Skills Workshop Is the 10-week program covered by insurance? Typically, Workshops are not covered by insurance. Because we want to make this resource available to as many people as possible, we offer our program at a discounted rate. Some health insurance companies might reimburse you and we will provide you with a form you can submit. What is the intake interview like? The intake interview serves a very important purpose and is required for all participants. It provides a chance to meet and to get to know the program group leader. It allows the group leader to know how you are doing and what issues you would like to work on during the program. The exit interview is optional but important as it serves to summarize your experience and progress, and to set new goals for your health. This is also a good time to get answers to any other questions you may have. What time does the program start and can I arrive late? The program start time varies from group to group but is usually held in the evening for your convenience. The first half hour of every group is reserved for sharing and support time. The next two hours are focused the mind body program. I'm not a group type person. How touchy feely is this? While there is a half hour of optional sharing time at the beginning of each session, the rest of the time is structured to provide information, i.e., relaxation techniques, nutrition, exercise, etc. If you don't feel like you are a group person, simply skip the sharing/support time and attend the two-hour structured sessions. Must partners participate? Partners are strongly encouraged to attend three of the ten sessions, but this participation is optional. However, there is great benefit in involvement. Not only do they benefit from techniques taught, such as relaxation methods and the couples' paired listening exercise, but we also provide one support group session designed specifically for the partners. In addition, they gain key insight to what their partner is really going through. What happens if I need to miss a session? Most people need to miss a session or two since ten weeks is a long stretch of time. We ask that you not miss more than two. At the first session, a buddy is assigned to you. This person is there not only to support you emotionally during the program should you need it, but also to take notes for you should you need to miss a session. The group leaders are also there to answer any questions. In addition, you receive materials at the beginning of the program, which provide enough background information that you can catch up easily by perusing them. What is your cancellation policy? Full refunds less a $50 cancellation fee will be made if notice of cancellation is received 24 hours before your intake appointment and 48 hours before the first session of the program begins. Cancellations received after the intake appointment are subject to the $215 intake fee.
Please contact us to learn more about our services and discuss approaches that might be right for you.
Our program is modeled after the Mind Body Program for Infertility developed by Dr. Alice Domar. That program started twelve years ago at Harvard's Mind/Body Medical Institute in Boston. Dr. Domar is an internationally recognized pioneer in health psychology and infertility. Her work has shown that a reduction in stress and the emotional impacts of infertility is very beneficial to program participants.