Mind Body Connection: New Approach to Infertility
Our 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
“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.
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 Couples
(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.