LESLEE MURPHY, LCSW

WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

713-444-4828

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.


  • 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 [email protected]

 RESOLVE

resolve.org

  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.

PREGNANCY LOSS


MEND

Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death is a Christian, non-profit organization that provides hope and healing to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.

Houston groups meet in Kingwood, The Woodlands and Katy.

mend.org


BO'S PLACE

Bo's Place offers a Pregnancy Loss Support Group, which meets weekly for 7 weeks.  Call 713-942-8339 or visit bosplace.org for more information. 


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

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.