The Hadassah Rimon Mind/Body Fertility Center
The Hadassah Rimon Mind/Body Fertility Center, housed in Hadassah Mount Scopus, is a model project created to give psychological support to all women with fertility challenges, at no cost. The goal is to reduce stress and depression and thus increase women’s chances of fertility.
Fertility treatments exert an enormous emotional and psychological toll on women. To fill the gap by supporting these women’s needs. The Rimon Center provides a range of Mind/Body therapies which women will be able to choose from while they are undergoing treatment. These include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mind-Body workshops, supportive fertility yoga, and supportive therapy for communities with specific needs. Each patient is personally approached by fertility counselor and offered a wide variety of options for psychological support, which take place either at Hadassah, or at the Gefen Center in the German Colony. While several programs of this sort exist around the world including in Boston, Los Angeles, and London, this is the only program of its kind in Israel.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a well-established empirically validated treatment for a variety of problems and disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and marital problems. The treatment helps people reduce their negative thinking that causes negative emotions, assists with problem solving and stress-reduction. Recent studies point to a direct relationship between CBT, stress reduction and fertility. Successful CBT treatment has a great effect on woman undergoing fertility treatments. Within a few weeks stress is reduced and the chance of pregnancy is higher. Restorative Yoga has also proved to be effective in relieving stress on woman with fertility challenges and allowing them to reach their fertility potential.