Stanford Mind-Body Medicine Fertility Support Program
Holistic OBGYN and imagery expert, Harise Stein MD, helped put this ingenious fertility-assisting program together and get it off the ground. It is run and facilitated by the awesome Penny Donnelly RN, MFT- a double threat as a nurse and a marriage and family therapist.
Modeled on Alice Domar’s course for women facing fertility challenges, this Cadillac of 10-session programs expands on what Domar has done, to help the women understand the effects of stress on their lives, and teach them tools and skills for coping, achieving the relaxation response, communicating, self-nurturing, and building resilience.
Besides learning about the relaxation response, mindfulness meditation, and various cognitive-behavioral issues, this program adds an increased group discussion component, as well as a series of guest speakers who expose women to a variety of healing therapies, including specialized nutrition for fertility, forgiveness, medical qigong, expressive arts, and couples massage (partners are included for selected sessions).
The women are given workbooks, a fertility guided imagery CD, weekly homework assignments, serial psychometric tests, and parallel private sessions as well.
The response has been tremendous, and the first, pioneer class has already made plans to continue meeting on their own. This year the program will be expanded, using research results of its efficacy, both in terms of womens'' well-being as well as pregnancy, and modifying the program based on what is learned.
For further information, contact Penny Donnelly RN, MFT, at 650-723-6408.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award