Hadassah Medical Psychologists visit The Gefen Center

It was so moving for me as a former clinical psychology intern at Hadassah to host Hadassah medical psychologists at the Gefen Fertility Center and share the Gefen-Rimon contributation to the fertility challenged community.  

מאוד התרגשתי בתור מישהי שהתמחתה בפסיכולוגיה בהדסה, לארח את הפסיכולוגים הרפואים במרכז גפן גוף-נפש פוריות ולספר על התרומה של גפן-רימון למאותגרות פוריות.

We were thrilled to host the Hadassah Medical Psychologists and interns, led by Sara Haramati, M.A. at the center. The ten interns gathered in the group room at the center to learn more about the activities and services we provide.  They were very interested in learning about the combined cognitive behavioral and mind body groups we offer to women undergoing fertility treatments. They developed a greater understanding of the struggles that infertile couples face. Their work in hospital with infertility is in the area of fertility preservation with cancer patients or bariatric patients. Several expressed interest in working with fertility challenged clients. Our goal is to offer internship possibilities for medical psychology interns in the future as we believe as our population is the ideal patient for medical psychologists to work with, those struggling with the mind-body interplay.

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Challenges at the Seder Blog Post

Golden Haggadah Detail of the Midwives before Pharoah folio 8a

Rabbanit Sharona Halickman, who leads Keren Gefen’s Fertility Chavruta and learning and discussion workshop, has shared a blog post on the Times of Israel, "Keeping in Mind the Fertility Challenged at the Seder” . She touches on the verse from Shmot 1:7 included in the Hagadah: “The children of Israel were fruitful (paru) and swarmed (va-yishretzu), multiplied (va-yirbu) and grew (va-yaatzmu) more and more (bimeod meod). The whole land was filled with them.” Sharona continues on to talk about how this affects the fertility challenged:
"The seder is set up as a family oriented ritual focused on the concept of “you shall teach your children” with the Ma Nishtana (Four Questions) recited by the youngest child, the discussion of the Four Children, the different activities which keep the children interested culminating with the search for the Afikoman etc. It can be challenging for couples who are suffering from infertility to feel part of this.”

We encourage you to read her full post. To read it, visit the post on The Times of Israel Blog.

You can learn more about the Fertility Chavruta program on the program page or by contacting Keren Gefen.

Happy Passover!

Image: Detail of Midwives before Pharoah, The Golden Haggadah f8a

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