Peace of mind is possible with mindfulness

mindfulness for fertility

Why mindfulness?

Stress and fertility are closely linked. Mindfulness can help women and their partners navigate IVF treatment and may assist in promoting fertility by giving you tools for stress management.

Research has shown that mindfulness may increase the chances of successful IVF treatment. One recent study showed an increase in successful pregnancy rates from 26% to 45% at six months after mindfulness training*.

*(Li, J ,Long, L, Liu, Y,…Li, M (2015). Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on fertility, quality of life and pregnancy rates among women subjected to first in vitro fertilization treatment. Behaviour Research and Therapy)


Introducing Mindfulness

Have a private session to help you understand the basics of what mindfulness is and how it helps reduce stress. This session will help you understand the relationship between stress and fertility and explain how mindfulness can help.

One-off Sessions

Additional one-off mindfulness and yoga sessions for women and their partners/support persons are also available to help them keep up their practice after they have completed a course.

Mindfulness Courses

Six and eight-week mindfulness courses for fertility are provided in the privacy of your own home (or any other space you nominate – we can also provide space if required) with one or two people. It is recommended that partners/support persons also do the course. Each course is tailored to your individual needs.

Topics covered include:

  • Stress and relaxation
  • Self-care
  • Healthy, mindful relationships
  • The science of mindfulness
  • Infertility and identity
  • Dealing with negative emotions
  • Acceptance and patience
  • Self-compassion
  • Working with difficult thoughts
  • Mindfully dealing with setbacks



The course is facilitated by  Thrive’s founder, Susie Hopkins. She is pictured here with her son Harry in 2015. Harry was conceived via IVF and Susie is a single mum. She understands first hand the relationship between stress and fertility and how mindfulness can help. She is a trained mindfulness and yoga teacher, a registered nurse and has a Masters of Public Health. She is committed to helping others reap the rewards of practising mindfulness. Especially those doing IVF.

“I simply don’t know how I’d have done IVF, or been a single mum and started a business, if it wasn’t for my mindfulness practice.”