Specific infertility stress services offered by The Chicago Stress relief Center, Inc. include the following
Emotional Empowerment Sessions
During the diagnostic phase of the infertility work-up, all patients will go through two emotional empowerment sessions. The patient can expect to gain a greater understanding of how infertility stress is impacting their lives. Concrete skills are taught to aid the individual/couple in managing the multitude of ways infertility stress manifests in their relationships. We teach deep relaxation, guided imagery, cognitive restructuring, pain management and communication skills enhancement. 24-hour telephone consultation for patients in crisis is available through a staff member of CSRC.
Managing Infertility Stress: A Monthly Group Experience
Answer the following questions:
- Are you going through IVF?
- Are you considering donor egg or sperm?
- Are you wondering if your inability to conceive is your fault?
- Are you stressed by the multitude of procedures you are going through?
- Have you miscarried and struggle to get the support you deserve?
- Are you grieving the loss of parenthood?
- Are you wishing your partner understood how you are feeling more often?
If you said yes to any of these questions, this monthly group presented by the CSRC in conjunction with ARHC will be available to those after completing the Emotional Empowerment Sessions.
For those undergoing IVF, we provide two sessions specifically designed to teach deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, and positive visualization and meditation exercises. These skills have proven especially helpful for all patients preparing for egg retrieval. Research strongly supports the use of these skills in increasing one’s likelihood for conception.
Egg and Sperm Donor Assessments
Our egg donor program evaluates the mental health of the donor via psychological instruments and a clinical interview. Verbal feedback and an individualized report are provided.