Healthy Mind Body Program

Healthy Mind Body Program

Traditional medicine has always focused on the IVF process with regard to improving outcomes by improvements in ovarian stimulation protocols, techniques of egg retrieval, embryo transfer and/or improving embryo culture systems. While all of these advances increase the success of the procedure, an essential factor has been left out: psychological and physical well-being.

Barbados Fertility Centre strives to continually be on the cutting-edge for medical protocols, techniques and embryology. We even encourage a much more holistic approach to your fertility treatment and care.

Infertility and Stress

Infertility and stress often go hand in hand. While it is doubtful that stress causes infertility, there is no doubt that the process of infertility, both investigations and treatment, is stressful. Studies have linked higher stress levels to poorer IVF outcomes – from fewer numbers of eggs being produced to fewer embryos and most importantly lower chance of success.

We hope to increase the chances of the procedure being successful by helping to reduce the stress surrounding your IVF treatment.

Healthy Mind & Body Approach

Our Healthy Mind & Body approach focuses on patients’ mental and emotional state (well-being) to increase the chances of treatment Success. We offer a Healthy Mind & Body Program in which, approximately every 2 days each couple will receive a pre-booked and scheduled Mind/Body treatment, in our onsite Life Wellness Centre to aid with the release of all stress and pressures. During this program, couples will experience, two one-hour couples Massages by Barbados’ top massage therapists, one hour of Reflexology treatment for each and another for her; one hour Acupuncture treatment for each and pre and post embryo transfer acupuncture for her.

Included in this course is a meeting with our trained psychologist, who has specialized in the psychological effects of infertility. She helps couples to alleviate all the negative emotions and stress associated with infertility by teaching new coping skills and methods to restore sense of control over anxiety and physical tension.

Our Patient Liaison Coordinator will book all wellness treatments to coordinate with clinical appointment schedule, encouraging relaxation throughout the entire process.

We are very proud of our Healthy Mind & Body Program and believe this sets us apart from many IVF units and contributes to our extraordinary success rates. Patients have the option of booking whole packages, tailoring package to fit specific needs, or arranging appointments independently. We aim to optimize outcome.

Holiday Travel Packages

Our Patient Liaison Coordinator also assists with taking away the stress of planning travel. We offer 4 Holiday Travel Packages in which Flights, Hotel, all Taxi Transportation, and a local Cell Phone will be arranged for you.

Throughout your stay on the island, you can be in reliable contact with our Patient Liaison Coordinator and medical team for any questions or queries via the provided local cell phone. With our Patient Liaison Coordinator arranging Travel details and Wellness appointments in the Life Wellness Centre, she will guide you through every step of your fertility vacation from the moment of your arrival through departure.

We are very proud of our Healthy Mind & Body Program and believe this sets us apart from many IVF units and contributes to our extraordinary success rates. Patients have the option of booking whole packages, tailoring package to fit specific needs, or arranging appointments independently. We aim to optimize outcome.

Psychological Approach

  • Relaxation based training
  • Cognitive restructuring

Additional Options:

  • Acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Massage
  • Nutrition Counselling
  • Reiki
  • Chakra Rebalance

General Aspects Of Well-being:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Support – groups, chat rooms / bulletin boards

For decades, psychologists have used a variety of techniques to induce relaxation in patients. These techniques include diaphragmatic breathing techniques, yoga and meditation. Our goal is finding a technique that works for you.

Acupuncture and Reflexology

Acupuncture and Reflexology both originate from Eastern culture, where it is felt the body has channels of communication and energy flow which can be accessed via “needle points” for acupuncture and the sole of the foot for reflexology.

While sceptics question the scientific basis of how these techniques work, studies have shown, as well as the World Health Organization recognize, potential benefits to IVF outcome measures when these “alternative” techniques are used in conjunction with standard IVF protocols.

Get in touch to find out more.