Path To Fertility Blogger Lisa Rosenthal  

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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New Year, New Approach to Infertility? Mind Body Connection Workshop


Mind Body Connection: New Approach to Infertility

integrated fertility wellness at RMACTOur official press release is below about a new approach to infertility in 2014 -- an interactive discussion addressing the mind body connection. We are very excited about offering this program, open to the public, for the first time. Pulling together many different elements that can help enhance the possibilities of getting pregnant, all in one place, at one time.  I hope that you share this, I hope that you join us that day. I'll be there, teaching Fertile Yoga. 

Many of you reading this knows how stressful, painful and isolating infertility can be. We also know that being alone on this journey isn't necessary.Won't you please share this information so that someone who may need it will find it? Many thanks, in advance ~Lisa Rosenthal

Connecticut Fertility Practice Hosts Mind-Body Workshop

RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Team Will Lead an Interactive Discussion

about Mind-Body Connection


NORWALK, CT (December 17, 2013) – On January 12, 2014, from 12 – 5 p.m., Reproductive

Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is hosting a Mind-Body Workshop to introduce

the mind-body connection to infertility patients and anyone struggling to get pregnant. Melissa

Kelleher, LCSW, will kick off the day with a seminar about mind-body techniques and how

they are relevant to infertility patients; then her colleagues from RMACT’s Integrated Fertility

and Wellness Program will lead an interactive peer support group, Fertile Yoga class and

acupuncture demonstration.


“Throughout our day, we experience stress,” says Kelleher. “Without an outlet or techniques

that help us manage our stress, this can be a detriment to our bodies. Through techniques that

connect our minds and our bodies, our physical and mental health can be improved. I want

people to walk out of our workshop empowered with new techniques that will make a difference

in their lives and their ability to get pregnant.”


Stress can lead to several physical conditions, including high blood pressure, suppression

of immune system, irritability, anxiety, depression, anger management issues, and possibly

infertility. There have been several recent clinical studies about stress and its impact on fertility

with varying results. RMACT physicians and staff encourage patients to improve their overall

health – including stress management – because they have seen firsthand how this improves a

patient’s likelihood of successfully getting pregnant.


Kelleher works with couples and individuals at RMACT, giving them the tools to handle

the emotional aspects of their fertility treatment. This Fall, she trained under Alice D.

Domar, PhD, a pioneer in the application of mind-body medicine to men's and women’s

health issues. Kelleher earned her Masters in Social Work from New York University and

she graduated cum laude from State University of New York at Albany. She has been

working as a Master Level Social Worker (MSW) since 1997, and earned her LCSW

from New York State in 2006 (when it was first offered) and from Connecticut in 2013.


RMACT’s Mind-Body Workshop costs $125 per person or $200 per couple. For complete

event details or to secure a spot, please go to www.rmact.com.


About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT):


RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies

(ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive

Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and

egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen

by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices

in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving

Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support

services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture

and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.


Integrated Wellness Fertility Program - Special RMACT Event Jan. 12


Integrated Wellness Fertility Program

RMACT. We are doing it. We are having our first event as an Integrated and Fertility Wellness Program (IFW). This event is open to the public and is limited to 8-10 people. Please register early as we expect that this event will be well attended. We are so excited, we hope you come join us and treat yourself to a gift for the new year. 


Look for blogs to come describing more fully the programs being offered. 

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Mind-Body Workshop in CT

RMA of CT would like to invite you to a special one day offering of our Mind/Body Program. Our Integrated Fertility and Wellness (IFW) team is presenting this workshop to provide you with valuable tools to assist in reducing stress and increasing fertility.


This workshop includes presentations by:


• Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Melissa Kelleher, will discuss the link between stress and fertility. She has trained with world renowned psychologist, Ali Domar, on the Mind/Body program. She will present proven techniques to help reduce stress in your daily life.

• Our Licensed Acupuncturist, Amy Matton, will provide an overview and demonstrate the benefits of acupuncture

• Our Certified Yoga Instructor, Lisa Rosenthal, will lead you through Fertile Yoga and Guided Meditation

• Our Peer Counselor, Carrie Van Steen, will lead a “Mini” session of Ladies Night In


For further information and to enroll in this exciting workshop please contact
Carrie Van Steen at cvansteen@rmact.com


When: Sunday, January 12, 2013 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: 20 Glover Ave, Norwalk, CT

Fee: $125.00

This group is limited to 12 participants.

Lunch will be served and materials will be distributed.


RSVP: please call 203-731-2520 ext. 289 or e-mail: cvansteen@rmact.com




Infertility Medical Practice, Fertile Yoga and Mind/Body Workshops


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The good news is that if you're going to have to be stranded someplace for four extra days, you should definitely do so in a place where you have good friends and the weather is beautiful. (It is gorgeous in San Francisco, sunny and warm!)


The bad news is that Fertile Yoga is cancelled for Saturday, January 29, as well as our first class of Pre-Natal Yoga.


I've been asked a few times about getting substitute teachers for Fertile Yoga. I'm never asked by Fertile Yoga students though. They understand. They want to be taught by someone who understands more closely what they are experiencing, someone who has experienced infertility. My Fertile Yoga students are very close to my heart and I would prefer to cancel class than have a substitute teacher who inadvertently causes distress. My apologies for having to cancel, I would prefer to be there with you.


Fertile Yoga is a place where safety comes first. Safety around the physical means that the poses are chosen and the sequences are designed for men and women in treatment. That is different than a fertility yoga program designed to enhance fertility. When you are in treatment, often medications are used to stimulate hormones, often our bodies are asked to do more than they might normally do. Often we feel more vulnerable and perhaps more apprehensive about physical movement when we are in treatment. Sequences are designed with this in mind as well as understanding that we are looking to enhance treatment, not have movement that may feel threatening.


Fertile Yoga also needs to be safe emotionally. Language is important. What is said and offered is affirmative and full of healing words and images. What is encouraged is allowing judgment and self criticism to flow away, replacing them with more healing, forgiving, and compassionate thoughts and feelings. I consider carefully what I say and what I don’t say. The mind body connection is powerful and needs to be gently encouraged to be as healthy as possible.


Speaking of which, we will be postponing the first in the following series, due to snow, snow and more snow! New dates are posted below. These workshops are for Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT patients only.


A 3-Session Workshop for Women, Men and CouplesMind/Body

(RMACT patients only) 

Thursday evenings February 3rd, February 10th  and March 3rd from 6:00 – 7:30 PM Facilitated by Lisa W. Tuttle, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist


It is well known that the mind and body are intricately connected, and that stress dramatically affects physical well-being, including fertility. Infertility is one of the most stressful experiences that many individuals will ever face. It can be life changing to learn about the mind-body connection and the ways of coping with the many layers of stress that is caused by infertility, as well as the stress we all find in our everyday lives.

This 3-part workshop will teach the basics of mind-body theories, providing you with first-hand experience of several stress-reducing techniques, as well as providing a compassionate, supportive environment in which to develop new ways of coping with infertility. You will gain insight to the habits and coping mechanisms that you are currently relying on that may be exacerbating your stress, find new, healthier coping strategies and develop new friendships with other men and women who are truly able to understand the unique stress of infertility. These workshops are designed to enhance and work with any medical treatments offered at RMACT.

All sessions will take place at RMA of Connecticut’s Norwalk office:

10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT, rear entrance

For further information about this workshop, please speak with Dr. Tuttle at (203) 852-9099, or your RMACT physician or nurse. There is no charge for this workshop for RMACT patients.





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