Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)
Kaija Freborg RN, DNP
lnfertility is the inability to conceive a pregnancy. Not being able to conceive or carry a child is a devastating reality for many women. Infertility causes both physical and emotional stress that can make it difficult to cope. A literature search revealed the need for a support group for fertility patients to share their journey to decrease the incidence of depression and anxiety. A proposal to develop a support group supported by a Reproductive Endocrinology Department will be explored. The proposal will describe benefits of a support group, integrating cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation and Mindfulness techniques to promote self-soothing and stress reduction. Watson's Theory of Caring will be utilized as the framework for the creation and development of the proposal for the support group. A metaphor of a ship sailing through uncharted waters includes key concepts of hope, caring, and healing. Nurses will be integral in providing a caring presence through a therapeutic environment of support. Through the experience of exploring one's fertility journey in a support group could reduce stress and decrease the risk for depression and anxiety for women trying to achieve pregnancy.
Jazdzewski, Emily, "A Support Group Proposal for Women Seeking Fertility Treatment" (2014). Theses and Graduate Projects. 1487.