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Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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Women's Health - Stamford Hospital Fairfield County Women's Expo

  
  
  

Stamford Hospital Fairfield County Women's Expo

The Stamford Hospital Fairfield County Women's Expo is coming up April 26 - 27, 2014 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. This fifth annual event will feature free health screenings by Stamford Hospital staff as well as 250 unique vendors, prize giveaways, pet adoption and a whole lot more. Even celebrities from "Dancing With The Stars" will be present on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Women's Health Event in April

RMACT is an exhibitor at this event and, as a result, we're able to offer a $5.00 off admission coupon, which can be printed and clipped from the image below.  If you attend, please stop by our table and say hello!

Dates: April 26, 2014 and April 27, 2014


Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Admission: $10 Regular ($5 with printed coupon), children 12 and under are free


Location: Stamford Plaza Hotel, 2701 Summer Street


Free indoor parking.

 

2014 FCWE Exhibitors Coupon

 

 

 

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Free Fertility Testing at RMACT Stamford Office on Thursday, April 10

  
  
  

Free CT Fertility Testing at RMA Stamford

Ever wonder how fertile you are? Ever worry about how you may not be as fertile as you would like to be? Even if you’re not interested in having babies yet, you may want to know that you can when you want to. A simple blood test can give you a lot of information that you don’t currently have.

 

This week, at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), we are offering this test in our Stamford office for free. We want you to know what your fertility possibilities are so that you can include that information in your life planning.

 

The testing is free. What do you have to lose? Perhaps feelings of stress or worry about waiting to plan your family.

 

Please register for this event now.

 

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Fertility Seminar and Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test

A blood test is now able to tell women, more easily than ever before, about their potential to become pregnant. This blood test, known as Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), helps doctors determine your chances of becoming pregnant now and in the future.What is Your Ovarian Reserve?

 

FREE testing is now available from RMA of Connecticut! There will be a brief presentation and a blood test. (You can take the test while on the birth control pill or at any time during your menstrual cycle.)

 

Our doctors and nurses will be present to discuss how AMH testing can indicate reproductive health. Participants will receive a call from an RMACT clinical staff member with test results within 10 business days.

 

Please join us! Registration is recommended. Get the information you need to plan for your future family.

 

Date: Thursday April 10, 2014

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: 1290 Summer Street, Suite 3200, Stamford, CT 06950


Light refreshments will be included.

 

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CT Fertility Events Update - April 2014

  
  
  

CT Fertility Events Update for April 2014

ct fertility events at RMACTThere are many CT fertility events happening at our various locations as well as with community partners this month. We hope you will join us and/or pass along the information to anyone who may be interested. Many events are free and open to the public. Please see the highlights below and let us know of any questions. Happy Spring!

 

Getting Started: A lunch & learn on LGBTQ Family Planning

 

April 5, 2014 ~ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Triangle Community Center

LGBTQ family planning eventOn April 5, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Triangle Community Center (TCC) of Fairfield County, CT and GayParentsToBe will host “Getting Started: A Lunch & Learn on LGBTQ Family Planning.” During the event, a panel of experts will discuss family building in the LGBTQ community. The event will include a light lunch and is being held at TCC’s new location at 618 West Avenue in Norwalk.


The panel of experts is comprised of Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe; Lisa Tuttle, PhD, who specializes in third-party assisted reproduction at RMACT; and Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., who is a prominent lawyer specializing in third-party assisted reproduction. The panel will take questions from the attendees and will explore many facets of surrogacy, including medical (in vitro fertilization or IVF), psychological (emotional impact of choosing an egg donor, gestational carrier) and legal (importance of using an attorney).


Ladies Night In: Danbury, Norwalk and Trumbull

 

Early Spring 2014 General Peer Support Group with Lisa & Carrie 


April 8, 2014 ~ RMA CT Danbury, 67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300, Danbury, CT 06810 (6-7:30 PM)

April 17, 2014 ~ RMA CT Norwalk (Finance), 20 Glover Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850 (7-8:30 PM)

April 23, 2014 ~ RMA CT Trumbull, 115 Technology Drive Suite C200, Trumbull, CT 06611 (7-8:30 PM)

 

ladies night inCome and meet a terrific group of women that gather monthly at Ladies Night In to share their stories, feelings, questions and laughs. Experience the relief of talking with other women who understand what you are going through. Build friendships with women who will be by your side throughout your family-building journey.

 

This group is free of charge and a light dinner is provided. If you have any questions, contact your patient coordinator or email Carrie at cvansteen@rmact.com. RSVP is greatly appreciated to Carrie.

 

Fertility Testing Seminar | FREE Fertility AMH Test

 

April 10 2014 ~ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM ~ RMA Stamford Office, 1290 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06950

 

A blood test is now able to tell women, more easily than ever before, about their potential to become pregnant. This blood test, known as Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), helps doctors determine your chances of becoming pregnant now and in the future.What is Your Ovarian Reserve? FREE Fertility Testing Seminar FREE testing is now available from RMA of Connecticut! There will be a brief presentation and a blood test.

 

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Medical Monday - Infertility Guide to Finance, Events, First Visits and More

  
  
  

Medical Monday - Infertility Guide

RMACT homepage and computer   3.31.14It’s Medical Monday here on PathtoFertility. OK, sometimes Mondays are medical and sometimes they are something else depending on what is breaking in the news, feels more urgent or is on the fertility calendar.

 

Today, I thought I’d walk you through our website. Not our entire website which is massive, more like a stroll, I guess. I do mean massive in a good way, there’s a lot of pertinent and relevant infertility and fertility treatment information on the RMACT website and it’s easy to navigate. Today, I just want to show it off a little bit, maybe entice you to take a deeper look.

Fertility Finance

What I’m getting from patients a lot in the last several months is interest in fertility finance. What does insurance cover? More specifically, what does my insurance cover? What should I expect to pay out of pocket even with the best insurance coverage? Are there hidden costs and can I discover them first so as not to be hit with a bill unexpectedly?

 

Here are some links to pages that can help answer those questions.

 

The most basic page about your benefits: Affording Treatment and Understanding Your Benefits

 

We have a state mandate; it covers a lot more of us than we realize at first glance: Connecticut State Infertility Insurance Mandate

 

Our Opportunity Plans - RMACT has responded to your needs. Not all of us have fertility insurance coverage and that just stinks. What can make matters worse though is having costs flying all over the place. We’ve created plans that are inclusive so that you know what you are paying for and that you won’t be receiving unexpected bills. We call them Opportunity Plans: Fertility Treatment Costs

Fertility Events

Another vital part of our RMACT website is our online calendar for fertility events, lovingly updated and tended by our own RMACT team member, Alicia McNeill. Here is where you find out what special and ongoing programs RMACT is offering. Please do check often, we are constantly creating programs that RMACT patients and the general public can attend, often free or low cost: Fertility Events

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Another very useful page on the RMACT website is FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions. Of course we don’t mind you calling or emailing us to ask questions. That’s what we’re here for; sometime it’s more convenient for you to simply take a look at this page. Our fertility endocrinologists and other clinicians have shared the questions that they are asked and then provided comprehensive, thoughtful and reliable answers. They can be found at this link: Frequently Asked Questions

 

What to Expect On A First Visit

 

One last page that I would like to share with you; for those of you who are new to infertility and perhaps have never had an appointment with a fertility specialist, we have a special page on what to expect on your first visit. It can really help relieve stress to know what you are walking into; just one less thing to worry about. In fact, knowing what to expect at your first appointment can even be very exciting. Your first step in creating the family that has proved to be elusive so far: Getting started and What to Expect

 

Best place to check for last minute cancellations or changes is our RMACT Facebook page. You do not need to “like” the page to check there. If you prefer to check elsewhere, PathtoFertility, the page you are on right now, will also list any changes to events and programs.

 

Hope that these links bring you an answer, an additional question, or a place to dig deeper. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

 

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LGBTQ Family Building Event

  
  
  

LGBTQ Family Building Event - April 5, 2014

GPTB TCC EVENT 2014On April 5, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Triangle Community Center (TCC) of Fairfield County, CT and GayParentsToBe will host “Getting Started: A Lunch & Learn on LGBTQ Family Planning.” During the event, a panel of experts will discuss family building in the LGBTQ community. The event will include a light lunch and is being held at TCC’s new location at 618 West Avenue in Norwalk.


The panel of experts is comprised of Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe; Lisa Tuttle, PhD, who specializes in third-party assisted reproduction at RMACT; and Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., who is a prominent lawyer specializing in third-party assisted reproduction. The panel will take questions from the attendees and will explore many facets of surrogacy, including medical (in vitro fertilization or IVF), psychological (emotional impact of choosing an egg donor, gestational carrier) and legal (importance of using an attorney).

 

TCC LGBT Center Logo“With Connecticut laws conducive to gay parents and its renown quality of life, Fairfield County is an increasingly attractive destination for LGBTQ families,” says Anthony Crisci, Executive Director of TCC.  “As our community grows, TCC is proud to provide a support system for new and existing LGBTQ families. Events such as this Lunch & Learn signify TCC’s coming of age with a new office, new team and new programs.”


For 23 years, TCC has been offering resources and programs for a wide range of interests and ages within the LGBTQ community. GayParentsToBe.com and Dr. Leondires, who are long-time supporters of TCC, are excited to be a part of expanding the family building program.


“TCC is an ideal partner for GayParentsToBe.com because we both have a mission to provide education and help our community overcome obstacles to creating the families of their dreams,” says Dr. Leondires, who is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “I am proud to share my expertise and insights with the LGBTQ community as both a physician and a dad who worked with a gestational carrier for both of my sons.”


Learn more about the “Getting Started: A Lunch & Learn on LGBTQ Family Planning” and reserve your spot. Please share the info!

 

 

On April 5 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. the Triangle Community Center (TCC) of Fairfield County, CT and GayParentsToBe will host “Getting Started: A Lunch & Learn on LGBTQ Family Planning.” During the event, a panel of experts will discuss family building in the LGBTQ community. The event will include a light lunch and is being held at TCC’s new location at 618 West Avenue in Norwalk.

The panel of experts is comprised of Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe; Lisa Tuttle, PhD, who specializes in third-party assisted reproduction at RMACT; and Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., who is a prominent lawyer specializing in third-party assisted reproduction. The panel will take questions from the attendees and will explore many facets of surrogacy, including medical (in vitro fertilization or IVF), psychological (emotional impact of choosing an egg donor, gestational carrier) and legal (importance of using an attorney).

- See more at: http://gayparentstobe.com/lgbtq-family-building-event/#sthash.nRuDVEhs.dpuf

On April 5 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. the Triangle Community Center (TCC) of Fairfield County, CT and GayParentsToBe will host “Getting Started: A Lunch & Learn on LGBTQ Family Planning.” During the event, a panel of experts will discuss family building in the LGBTQ community. The event will include a light lunch and is being held at TCC’s new location at 618 West Avenue in Norwalk.

The panel of experts is comprised of Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe; Lisa Tuttle, PhD, who specializes in third-party assisted reproduction at RMACT; and Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., who is a prominent lawyer specializing in third-party assisted reproduction. The panel will take questions from the attendees and will explore many facets of surrogacy, including medical (in vitro fertilization or IVF), psychological (emotional impact of choosing an egg donor, gestational carrier) and legal (importance of using an attorney).

- See more at: http://gayparentstobe.com/lgbtq-family-building-event/#sthash.nRuDVEhs.dpuf
LGBTQ Family Building Event

LGBTQ Family Building EventLGBTQ Family Building Event

Fertility Testing Seminar and Free Fertility AMH Test

  
  
  

Fertility Testing Seminar

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) - ovarian reserveA blood test is now able to tell women, more easily than ever before, about their potential to become pregnant. This blood test, known as Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), helps doctors determine your chances of becoming pregnant now and in the future.

 

What is Your Ovarian Reserve? Come find out.

Free Fertility AMH Test

FREE testing is now available from RMA of Connecticut! There will be a brief presentation and a blood test. (You can take the test while on the birth control pill or at any time during your menstrual cycle.) Our doctors and nurses will be present to discuss how AMH testing can indicate reproductive health. Participants will receive a call from an RMACT clinical staff member with test results within 10 business days.

 

Registration is Recommended. Please join us! Get the information you need to plan for your future family.

 

Date: Thursday April 10, 2014

 

Time: 6:00 PM

 

Location: 1290 Summer Street, Suite 3200 Stamford, CT 06950

 

Light refreshments will be included.

 

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CT Fertility Events Reminder - Free and Open to the Public

  
  
  

CT Fertility Events Reminder

RMA CT Fertility EventsThere are two CT fertility events that we're offering at RMACT and both are free of charge and open to the public. Read below for details and please pass along the information to those who may be interested. We look forward to sharing these workshops. Please RSVP as indicated below!

Spring into Fertile Meal Planning Workshop

fertility foods   meal planning workshopPractical, Simple & Stress free . . .
 
Learn meal planning tips to:

  • Boost ovulation and sperm quality
  • Lower your risk for diabetes in pregnancy
  • Learn Fertility Diet tips to optimize fertility

 
Practical and simple ways to shop for fertility foods and plan meals:

  • Menu planning--based on sound science
  • Learn what you can eat, rather than what to avoid
  • Learn how to make guilt free mindful changes


When: Sat. March 22 at 2:00 pm or Sat. April 26 at 2:00 pm

Where: RMA of CT, 10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT
 
All RMA patients and their partners are welcome.


Open to the Public
Free Admission
 
RSVP necessary

Contact Carlene at cstahlnecker@rmact.com or 203-750-7491.
 

Single Women Pursuing Parenthood - Discussion Group

single women pursuing parenthood discussion groupI hope to see you on March 24th to help you and the other members of this group explore the realities of becoming a single mom.


 
Details and RSVP information:


 
When: Monday, March 24th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: RMA of CT at 10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT


 
This is a chance to meet other women to talk about the decisions, anxieties, excitement and opportunities that you will face along the way to becoming a mother. Possible topics may include:



• Choosing a sperm donor
• Talking to friends, family, and co-workers
• Creating a strong support system
• What do I tell my child?
 

This group is free of charge and open to the public. It will be facilitated by Lisa Tuttle, PhD, clinical psychologist. If you have any questions, please call Lisa at (203) 852-9099.


 
Light refreshments will be served.



RSVP to Cori at (203) 750-7492.

 

 

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Spring into Fertile Meal Planning - Fertility Nutritionist Speaks Out

  
  
  

Fertility Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell Speaks Out

food and fertility workshopFertility nutritionist Carolyn Gundell is a passionate person. Especially when it comes to nutrition and fertility. She has been in the field of food and infertility for well over a decade and has research and data on her side. If you are struggling with becoming pregnant, you want her on your side. She offers her expertise on what you need to know about fertility and food.

 

This RMACT (Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT) program is offered free to RMACT patients and the general public. Why not take this opportunity to get great advice that you can trust? Read below for the description that Carolyn has written about the new workshop.


~Lisa Rosenthal


Food and Fertility

What to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, how much to eat? Are these questions that you ask yourself, at least in reference to becoming pregnant? Do any of them matter when it comes to fertility, healthy pregnancy and a healthy child? Does the idea of yet another major lifestyle adjustment make your head spin?  The research is clear. It does matter. It matters a lot.

 

I believe that eating should be fun, adventurous, delicious and never restrictive, even if an individual is trying to lose weight.  Changes don’t have to mean restrictions, although different choices may be necessary. For some of us it can be a challenge to food shop, prepare meals, and screen food labels for misleading information. All that can be time consuming and even exhausting, BUT it does not have to be overwhelming.  Well-balanced eating supports both male and female fertility so if you are in a relationship, this is something you would do together.

 

This is not the time for fad diets and supplements that promise fat burning and rapid weight loss. This is the time for well balanced, well designed, planned food preparation and eating.

 

We are here to help in a real, practical way.

 

We are offering 2 Saturday programs for patients and their partners, together, to attend. (You are welcome to attend without a partner as well.)  In a workshop atmosphere, learn practical and nutritious fertile-friendly meal planning tips.  You will also have a chance to review the benefits of mindful eating practices. 

 

I do hope you will be able to join me and my RMACT peers at our spring workshop.

 

~Carolyn Gundell, RMACT Nutritionist  

 

"SPRING into FERTILE MEAL PLANNING WORKSHOP"

 

Practical, Simple & Stress free

 

Learn meal planning tips to

  • Boost ovulation and sperm quality
  • Lower your risk for diabetes in pregnancy
  • Learn Fertility Diet tips to optimize fertility

 

Practical and simple ways to shop for foods and plan meals.

  • Menu planning--based on sound science
  • Learn what you can eat, rather than what to avoid
  • Learn how to make guilt free mindful changes

 

Sat March 22 2:00 pm     or       Sat April 26 2:00 pm

RMA of CT

10 Glover Avenue

Norwalk, CT

 

All RMA patients and their partners are welcome.

Open to the Public

Free Admission

 

RSVP necessary


Contact Carlene at cstahlnecker@rmact.com or 203-750-7491

 

 

Spring Into Fertile Meal Planning | A Fertility Nutrition Workshop

  
  
  

Spring into Fertile Meal Planning

integrated fertility wellness at RMACT

Do you know our fertility nutritionist, Carolyn Gundell, is offering an exciting new workshop? It's called “Spring Into Fertile Meal Planning” and will be held on both March 22nd and April 26th at 2pm in Norwalk, CT. This event is free and open to all RMA patients and partners. This is a wonderful, simple, and practical workshop to help patients optimize their fertility through good nutrition. Here are the details:

A Practical, Simple and Stress-free Fertility Nutrition Workshop

Learn meal planning tips to:

  • Boost ovulation and sperm quality
  • Lower your risk for diabetes in pregnancy
  • Learn Fertility Diet© tips to optimize fertility

 

eating for fertilityPractical and simple ways to shop for foods and plan meals:

  • Menu planning based on sound science
  • Learn what you can eat, rather than what to avoid
  • Learn how to make guilt-free mindful changes

 

When:  Saturday March 22nd at 2:00 PM or

             Saturday April 26th at 2:00 PM

 

Where:  RMA of Connecticut

10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT

 

All RMACT patients and partners are welcome!

 

Free Admission

 

RMACT Presenters:

Carolyn Gundell, MS, Nutritionist

Melissa Kelleher, LCSW, Mind Body Specialist

Diana D’Amelio, RPA-C, Physician Assistant

 

RSVP Required: Email Carlene at cstahlnecker@rmact.com or call 203-750-7491

 

Please visit our website or call to confirm date, time and/or location as they are subject to change.

 

 

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RMACT Offices Open-Please Call Before You Go In for Appt-NO FERTILE YOGA in Trumbull

  
  
  

Snow Day Updates - February 5, 2014

All RMACT offices (Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT) are currently open.


Please call our offices before you go in for any appointments today.

Fertile Yoga Schedule

NO FERTILE YOGA TONIGHT IN TRUMBULL. 


Check our events calendar for Fertile Yoga classes this week in Norwalk and Brookfield/Danbury and for regularly scheduled classes in Trumbull.

 

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