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  Wellness Program

SSA/Parenting Options offers a mind/body approach to helping with the stress associated with infertility

  • High Stress Levels Can Reduce Your Chance Of Having A Child By Up To 93% *
  • Your Method of Coping With Stress Can Have A Significant Effect On Your IVF Success **
  • Learn The Coping Skills Shown To Maximize Your Chance Of Pregnancy



PLEASE GO TO www.fertilitywellness.com for further information

The Wellness Concepts programs is based on the infertility program at Harvard's Mind/Body Medical Institute in Boston. Kathy Stern, M.A., director and facilitator of the Houston classes is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kathy holds certificates in training for Infertility, Menopause, Cancer, and Medical Symptom Reduction from Harvard's Mind/Body Medical Institute and is accredited through the International Association of Mind/Body Professionals.

Kathy has lead groups at The Mind/Body Medical Institute at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. She offers a unique blend of personal and professional experience in the field of infertility. Kathy has been and is currently the director of Surrogacy Specialists of America, LLC and Parenting Options.

Components of the program include:

  • Relaxation Response Techniques
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Coping Skills
  • Stretching Exercise
  • Nutritional Information
  • Meditation
  • Breathing Techniques

We now offer the program online.  This provides the privacy and flexibility that patients are seeking.  To reach our online program, please go to:  www.fertilitywellness.com

Contact SSA/Parenting Options for details

* Boivin J., Schmidt L., Infertility-related stress in men and women predicts treatment outcome 1 year later. Fertil Steril 2005; 83, 1745-1752; Klonoff-Cohen H., Chu E., Natarajan L., Sieber W., A prospective study of stress among women undergoing in vitro fertilization or gamete intrafallopian transfer. Fertil Steril 2001; 76, 675-687;  Domar A., Clapp D., Slawsby E., et. al., Impact of group psychological interventions on pregnancy rates in infertile women. Fertil Steril 2000; 73, 805-810.

** Demyttenaere K., Bonte L., Gheldof M., et. al., Coping style and depression level influence outcome in in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril 1998; 69, 1026-1033; Rapoport-Hubschman N., Gidron Y., Reicher-Atir R., et. al., Letting go" coping is associated with successful IVF treatment outcome. Fertil Steril 2009; 92, 1384-1388; Panagopoulou E., Vedhara K., Gaintarzti C., Tarlatzis B., Emotionally expressive coping reduces pregnancy rates in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril 2006; 86, 672-677.

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