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Mind-Body Programs Boost Pregnancy Rates for IVF Patients

Time,  May 17, 2011
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A new study published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that women who participate in mind-body training have a significantly higher pregnancy rate than women who don't undergo training: 52 percent compared to 20 percent.

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Stress as an Infertility Factor Stirs Debate

Montreal Gazette,  May 17, 2011
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Experts have long debated whether stress affects the pregnancy rate, but psychologist Jacky Boivin argues that stress has been present throughout human history, and that even in war, famine and poverty women get pregnant.

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Relaxation Techniques May Help Fertility

UPI,  April 15, 2011
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Couples undergoing fertility treatments and trying to conceive a baby are urged to ease the anxiety and reduce stress, a U.S. reproductive specialist says. Dr. Ellen Wilson of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas says it's not clear whether anxiety affects the outcome, but tension can influence how prepared couples are to receive an infertility diagnosis and complete treatment.

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Fertility Success through Visualization

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The mind-body connection helps infertility patient get pregnant

a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, January 19, 2011

In my last blog post, I talked about how to try to control the elephant inside to make real and lasting changes that you desire. It takes an understanding of how our mind works and then taming the beast to be the CEO of your life.

One Simple Holiday Survival Tip that Could Change Your Life

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The power of gratitude

a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, November 29, 2010

Navigating the landmines throughout the holiday season can be tricky for those who are in the throws of trying to conceive. And there are a lot of good articles and advice out there to help you through it.

What I would like to talk about is the power of gratitude.

Focus on Health: Acupuncture to Improve Fertility

Fox 21 News,  Nov 23, 2010
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Acupuncture to help get pregnant and have a healthier pregnancy

If you have trouble conceiving, months can become years. Now, more women are turning to ancient Chinese medicine for help, with beautiful results.

When Duluthian Rececca Katz Harwood wanted to get pregnant she thought the calendar might be her greatest challenge.

"It's interesting being over 35. I felt like that was actually more stressed to me about this is going to be your obstacle in terms of getting pregnant."

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The Science Behind Meditation

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The relaxation response can help relieve day-to-day stress

a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, November 12, 2010

What can we learn from research completed on cardiac and blood pressure health for fertility? The answer is being able to consciously manage stress levels through relaxation and meditation.

Is Trying to Relax Stressing You Out?

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Hypnosis, visualization and meditation may help fertility

a blog by Tami Quinn, Pulling Down the Moon, November 5, 2010

You’re getting sleepy, very, very sleepy ...

Before you know it, a sense of peace settles in, and your whole body falls into deep relaxation. So, what is it? What do you call that technique that helps you get there — the method that makes you feel as though you have drifted a million miles away and are nothing but a limp noodle on your sofa?

Mariah Carey: Acupuncture Helped Me Get Pregnant Again

US Magazine,  Nov 3, 2010
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Singer dismisses reports that she did IVF

After suffering a miscarriage following her April 2008 wedding to Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey cried herself to sleep many nights.

But in an exclusive interview in the new Us Weekly (on newsstands now), the singer says she and Cannon never gave up.

Though she dismisses reports that she did IVF, Carey tells Us Weekly she began taking progesterone, a hormone that is often prescribed to boost fertility and support or help maintain pregnancy in women susceptible to miscarriage.

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Will Kindness and Gratitude Get You Pregnant?

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Maybe not in the biological sense, but they carry a great deal of power

by Kristen Magnacca, November 2, 2010

We’ve all heard about the concept of random acts of kindness toward others and how one small gesture of kindness or love can impact a person for a brief moment or perhaps a lifetime.

But did you know that there is a World Kindness Week and a World Kindess Day? Both are in November, along with Thanksgiving.

  • World Kindness Day
 2010: November 13
  • World Kindness Week
 2010: November 8-14
  • Thanksgiving Day 2010: November 25

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