Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT, and I were interviewed last week, along with one of our fabulous patients, Michelle, and the segment aired earlier this week. View the entire segment as well as the written part:
It was all about Fertile Yoga and RMACT's Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program.
Thank you to Michelle for sharing your beautiful story and presence with us, both in class and for the filming of this segment!
Fertile Yoga was created three years ago when I realized that there was no program specifically for men and women in fertility treatment.
Yoga is now the hot thing for fertility. We've been offering it to the public in Fairfield County, free of charge, for close to three years.
How wonderful to have the light, literally, shone on this program that can offer so much hope and relief to women and men who are in the midst of treatment.
Having experienced infertility and fertility treatment and having spent all of my adult life working with and for patients struggling with infertility, I am tremendously grateful to be able to share Fertile Yoga and have it seen in a bigger way.
I don't quite know how to talk about Fertile Yoga without sounding like I'm bragging. It's probably the piece of my week that allows me to speak most sincerely from my heart. While I'm proud of having created it and nurtured it (HUGE thank you to Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT for having the vision to financially support it!), I am also most humble to the patients that become my students.
Fertile Yoga was created for them and for you. It is my honor and privilage to share it with you.
Recently, I had the privilage to conduct a personal interview with Dr. Cynthia Murdock, board certified reproductive endocrinologist from Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT (RMACT). Dr. Murdock is one of four physicians with RMACT and the first to be interviewed here, for our blog. It was a pleasure to get to know her a little better through her thoughtful answers and her willingness to share her more personal side.
Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist & Infertility Specialist - Dr. Cynthia Murdock: Speaks Personally
- What drew you to the field of infertility?
I was attracted to the combination of cutting-edge science and the strong doctor-patient interactions that are formed.
- What are the things that you would like to see evolve in treatment of infertility? At this point, I think the next big step in IVF is going to be the development of better and better ways to choose the best single embryo to transfer. Hopefully the day will soon be here that we can dramatically increase pregnancy rates and dramatically reduce the risk of multiples. I believe that we are getting closer to this goal every day.
- What appeals to you most about being a doctor?
As a physician, you are exposed to people from all walks of life. I feel that this is a real privilege. You have intimate contact with people who are outside of your immediate social sphere, I think this makes for a richer life experience.
- What is the one thing that you would like your patients to know about going through treatment?
Patients often ask “will I be able to have a baby?” The answer is almost always YES. Sometimes this may involve options or treatments that you didn’t think about initially, and at times the financial aspects may be difficult, but we are willing to stick with you through your family-building journey no matter where it takes you.
- Tell us something you would like every patient to know about you.
I really enjoy working in my yard, I like the physicality and the sense of accomplishment. I love taking the dog for walks around the neighborhood with my daughter. This is the time I talk to her about her friends and school. It’s good exercise for the dog as well. Personal questions
- What kind of things do you like to do in your spare time? Mostly I like to spend time with my daughter and my husband. Anything that involves being outside…even in winter!
- If you could travel anywhere in the world in the next month or so, where would you like to go?
This summer I was fortunate enough to go to the Galapagos Islands a place I have always wanted to go. I guess if I could go anywhere I would go to Antarctica..if I could get 2 weeks off work!
- Who is your favorite author?
I love reading, but I don’t have a favorite author. I would say that the 2 books that have left the most lasting impression on me are “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy
- Favorite genre of movie?
Don’t have a favorite, not really a movie-goer at this point in my life
- If your schedule allowed for an unexpected few hours free, what would you do with them?
Spend them with my daughter
- What is your favorite ethnic food?
- If you could sit down for lunch with two people, living or not, who would they be?
I am most interested in how regular people really lived in past societies. I would want to meet with a middle class woman from Ancient Rome and ask her about her every day life. Also I think it would be fascinating to meet someone from the stone age and learn what life was really like then.