Mind, Body, Baby
How to Overcome Stress and Enhance Your Fertility with CBT, Mindfulness, and Good Nutrition
Yellow Kite Books 2016
When trying to conceive doesn’t go as planned, many women and couples are faced with difficult decisions about which interventions to pursue. Treatment of infertility, whether natural or high-tech, comes with stress and feelings of isolation when your friends or relatives seem to fall pregnant without much effort. Mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills can be useful for reducing the stress and anxiety associated with fertility problems and for improving communication and support on the fertility journey.
In this interview, cross-posted from the new podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Rae Littlewood interviews Ann Bracken, author of the book Mind, Body, Baby: How to Overcome Stress and Enhance Your Fertility with CBT, Mindfulness, and Good Nutrition. Drawing from research and from years of experience counseling couples on their fertility journey, Ann Bracken offers an easy-to-follow guide to mind-body health with clear strategies to overcome emotional stress, improve relationships, communicate with fertility consultants, and support individual and couple wellbeing.
Ann Bracken has many years of experience as a Fertility Counselor and Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist and teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In addition to training with Dr. Alice Domar, renowned fertility researcher at Boston IVF, Ann has worked as a fertility specialist in Irelands largest fertility clinic, SIMS IVF, and at the renowned Lister Fertility Clinic in London. She is now in private practice in Dublin, Ireland.
Contact Ann Bracken through her website: http://www.annbrackentherapy.com/
Dr. Rae Littlewood is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, NM and a co-host of the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock.