Fertility Counseling of Houston  - Leslee Murphy, LCSW
 
COUNSELING IMPROVES 
PREGNANCY SUCCESS

Studies have even shown that people who take the time to care for their own emotional needs during fertility treatment tend to be more successful in achieving pregnancy as well. 
Consider these findings:
 
  • Women who were in their second year of infertility, who were not experiencing depression, and who received group psychological intervention to help them avoid becoming depressed had significantly increased rates of viable pregnancies compared to women who did not receive preventative treatment for depression (Reproductive Endocrinology 73:4, April 2000).

  • Women who received treatment for depression showed a 60 percent viable pregnancy rate within six months, contrasting with 24 percent for women whose depression went untreated (Journal of American Women’s Medical Association 54, 1999).
 
SUPPORT GROUPS
 
Memorial Area Infertility Support Group:
Healing, Hope and Health
 
This monthly support group offers patients struggling with infertility and/or recurrent miscarriage an opportunity to meet with others while learning to cope with feelings such as anger, anxiety, sadness, isolation and guilt. 
 
 
1st Wednesday of the Month
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Houston IVF Waiting Room
929 Gessner, Suite 2300
Houston, TX 77024
 
There is no fee for the group, which is open to anyone regardless of clinic or physician. Please register for each group by calling Leslee at 713-444-4828 or by submitting an email to lesleemurphy@sbcglobal.net
 
 
                RESOLVE
 
A support group can be beneficial:

  • When faced with making a difficult decision
  • When embarking on new parenting options
  • When dealing with a major loss

      Common reasons for joining a
      group:

  • I'm feeling lonely and isolated
  • I have very few people to talk with about my infertility. No one understands
  • Everyone I know is pregnant or has children
  • My partner is the only one I have who provides emotional support
  • Infertility is affecting my work and career
  • I feel that my life plan is out of control. I'm having trouble navigating through my medical treatment options
  • I can't decide when "enough is enough" 
  • Holidays and coping with family and friends is becoming more and more difficult.
 
           MYTHS & FACTS
 
Myth: Being in a RESOLVE support group is like going to therapy. 
Fact: A support group is not designed to offer professional counseling or psychological therapy. It is, however, therapeutic to talk with others about an intense experience like infertility.
Myth: I'll have to bare my soul and talk about the most private areas of my life. 
Fact: It is up to you to decide how much information and emotion to share with the group. You remain in control.
Myth: Joining a support group of infertile women or couples will just make me feel worse. 
Fact: You will receive support for your pain and disappointment and will also learn new methods of coping that can help you move forward.
 
 
       
 
PREGNANCY LOSS
 
HAND
(Houston’s Aid in Neonatal Death)
832-752-1919
HAND is a greater Houston area based pregnancy and infant loss support group for parents whose babies have died any time from conception through late infancy. They offer a monthly support group in the Spring Branch area on the 2nd Sunday of month.     Please call for more information.
                                                                                       
 MEND HOUSTON
(Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death)
281-374-8528
www.mendhouston.org 
MEND is a non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. The offer support groups, newsletters and commemorative ceremonies.             
 
 
Grief & Loss Bibliography List:
 
Surviving Pregnancy Loss by Rochelle Friedman and Bonnie Gradstein
 
A Secret Sorrow by Ingrid Kohn and Perry-Lynn Moffitt
 
Unspeakable Losses by Kim Kluger-Bell,
 
Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage
 
Stillbirth and Infant Loss by Ann Douglas and John R. Sussman, M.D.
 

INFERTILITY
RESOURCES
 
Helpful Websites:
 
www.asrm.org    
     www.endometriosisassn.org         
www.pcos.org    
      www.resolve.org                  
    

Bibliography List:
 
Conquering Infertility, by Dr Alice Domar
 
Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation, by Ellen Glazer and Evelina Sterling
 
Unsung Lullabies by J. Jaffe, M. Ourieff Diamond, and D Diamond
 
Waiting for Daisy, by Peggy Orenstein
 
When You're Experiencing Infertility, by D Peoples & H Ferguson
 
So Glad We Waited
 

Partners/Organizations

Sparkles for Life
 http://sparklesoflife.org/uploads/sparkle_2014_Final_Program_Book.pdf

Eastern Harmony
http://www.easternharmonyclinic.com/fertil.html

Fertility Resources
http://www.fertilityresourceshouston.com/documents/Psychological-Information.pdf


Articles & Links

https://www.seleni.org/advice-support/article/coping-with-secondary-infertility


https://www.fertilityauthority.com/articles/ivf-infertility-and-valentines-day

https://www.fertilityauthority.com/articles/infertility-support-houston-texas