Beyond Medicine: The Impact of Human Connection in Fertility Care

Embarking on a fertility journey can be a complex and emotionally charged experience. Beyond the medical intricacies, the importance of feeling supported by your healthcare team cannot be overstated. In fact, researchers agree. In 2022, a recent study (Shah 2022) highlighted the profound impact a simple 5-minute scripted phone call could have on patients undergoing IVF during the crucial 2-week waiting period post-embryo transfer. This study underscores the significance of bedside manners and supportive medical teams in alleviating anxiety and fostering a positive fertility experience. At NMD Wellness of Scottsdale, we recognize the human side of fertility care, prioritizing the emotional well-being of our patients through thoughtful touch points between medical visits.

The Shah Study: A Glimpse into the Power of Supportive Care 

This recent study, involving 230 IVF cases, introduced a 5-minute scripted phone call during the 2-week waiting period following embryo transfer. The results were compelling—those who received the phone call experienced a significant reduction in anxiety levels. What's equally noteworthy is that the survey conducted among those who did not receive a call revealed an interesting parallel: the percentage of respondents who believed a call from their doctor would be helpful and reduce anxiety mirrored the percentage of those who did benefit in the control group. This correlation highlights the potential impact of emotional support on the overall fertility journey.

The Human Element in Fertility Care at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale: 

Understanding the emotional toll of fertility treatments is important. The team at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale places a strong emphasis on bedside manners and continuous support. Here's how we prioritize the human connection in fertility care:

  1. Thoughtful Touch Points: Beyond medical visits, our team recognizes the importance of staying connected. Whether it's a phone call to check in, sharing helpful resources, or providing a platform for questions and concerns, we create touch points to offer continuous support during the often stressful waiting periods.
  2. Individualized Care: We understand that each patient's journey is unique, and emotional needs vary. Our approach is tailored to individual preferences, ensuring that our patients feel heard, understood, and supported at every step of their fertility process.
  3. Collaborative Team: Our healthcare professionals work collaboratively to create a supportive environment. From doctors and naturopathic endocrinologists to nurses and support staff, we believe in a team-based approach that addresses both the medical and emotional aspects of fertility care.

The Shah's study reinforces what many fertility patients intuitively know—the impact of bedside manners and supportive healthcare teams extends far beyond the realm of medicine. At NMD Wellness of Scottsdale, we are committed to providing more than just medical care; we prioritize the human connection and emotional well-being of our patients. Recognizing the stress and anxiety that often accompany fertility treatments, our team strives to create a supportive and understanding environment, ensuring that you feel comforted and confident throughout your fertility journey. Because, at the end of the day, compassionate care is an integral part of the path to parenthood.

About the Author: Meet Dr. ZenAlissia Zenhausern- Pfeiffer, NMD, FABNE, (commonly known by her patients as Dr. Zen), is a licensed naturopathic doctor board certified in naturopathic endocrinology and the founder of NMD Wellness of Scottsdale, a premier naturopathic medical practice that focuses on helping women to take a proactive approach to their hormone and fertility health. Dr. Zen has been featured as a lead expert in Forbes, Shape Magazine, and Instyle and is deeply passionate about bridging the gap between traditional and natural medicine in the world of fertility. She works with a variety of hormone related issues including PCOS, endometriosis and unexplained infertility. Her goal is to help more women get back into the driver’s seat of their own health to make lasting transformational changes to their health to bring more cute and adorable babies into this world. Read More About Dr. Zen...