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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To All Our Phenomenal Women - Infertility Does Not Define Us


Infertility Does Not Define Us

Maya Angelou   Flickr Creative Commons   Rusty DarbonneMaya Angelou was a writer and poet and more.

She was a woman.

Not a goddess. She didn't need that elevated status. She knew that being a woman was encompassing of much more. 

A woman.


She was content to be just that.

A phenomenal woman.

As you all are. As we all are. 

We are phenomenal women.

And an infertility diagnosis does not define us. Nor does having babies or carrying a pregnancy. We are not weak because we cry from sadness and disappointment. We are strong. Beautiful. Brave. Healthy.

We are phenomenal women. 

Every single one of us. 

Thank you Maya Angelou~  Lisa Rosenthal

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 


Maya Angelou



Photo Credit: Maya Angelou, The Carolina Theater, Greensboro, North Carolina, September, 2008, Flickr Creative Commons, Talbot Troy


Poem Source: Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.



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Mother's Day - Fertile Wishes, Hopes And Dreams


Fertile Wishes, Hopes And Dreams for Mother's Day

fertility dreams for mothers dayMy wishes for you for Mother’s Day


I wish


That you treat yourself in a loving way


That you find peaceful and sweet moments


That you find something for yourself during the day that makes you feel special


That you celebrate what is yet to come


My hopes for you for Mother’s Day


I hope


That the day holds moments of deep pleasure


That someone does something thoughtful for you


That you find something that you feel truly grateful for


That you do something that releases a disappointment or frustration


That you do something that is creative


My dreams for you for Mother’s Day


I dream


That all obstacles are removed to becoming a mother


That this is the year that your babies come to you


That next year mother’s day is celebrated with your baby in your arms



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Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Cancelled for January 2, 2014 in Norwalk


Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Cancellation Due to Snow

snow cancellation for feritle yoga and prenatal yogaFertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga are cancelled for tonight, January 2, 2014, in anticipation of the coming snow. Stay warm and safe.


Please check here about Fertile Yoga at Yogaspace tomorrow in Brookfield, CT to see any updates or cancellations.

A Poem to Start the New Year

I'm sharing a poem here that I start each new year with; considering that maybe it's even more appropriate for each new day.


Look to this day,

For it is life,

The very life of life.

In its brief course lie all

The realities and verities of existence,

The bliss of growth,

The splendor of action, 

The glory of power-


For yesterday is but a dream

And tomorrow is only a vision.

But today, well lived,

Makes every yesterday a dream 

of happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.


Look well, therefore to this day.

Sanskirt Proverb



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Fertility Program Team Member Offers Poem; Loving Words of Support


Fertility Program Team Offers Infertility Support

dont quit - infertility supportHave you heard all that nonsense about doctors and medical practices that don't care about their patients and only think about the money they are making?

Well, there may be one or two of those around or more, I don't know.


Judging from the blog suggestions that I get on a regular basis from the RMACT team members, I know that RMACT is not one of those practices.


Maybe it's the holiday season. Maybe it's because it's the season to be grateful.


Maybe it's just simply because the RMACT team members love our patients.


All I know is that the blogs keep rolling in. 


Here's an email that I got last week from Justine, our Third Party Patient Navigator. 


"Last night I was go through some old boxes and I stumbled across this poem and thought…hmmm, maybe Lisa would like this for a blog or to post somewhere? I just thought it might be a nice reassurance for our patients to keep on going when the going gets tough…."


Thanks Justine!


“Don’t Quit”

~Author Unknown


"When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh:
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.


Life is queer with its twists and turns
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.


Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit."


We Know Fertility Treatment is Rough


We know that infertility and fertility treatment is rough. We know it better than most. And we are here to help. We're here to help with excellent and expert medical treatment. 


And we're here to help with supporting you as a whole person.


Thanks for the beautiful thoughts and for thinking of us all Justine, much appreciated. 


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Fertile Thoughts - Inspiration from Paulo Coelho


Fertile Thoughts to Share

I need better words for today than I have. I want to share things with you, fertile thoughts, that I don't have a way of saying.


Sharing what Paulo Coelho has said, so beautifully, eloquently. 


What will you take away from his words? I wonder.

Inspiring Quotes from Paulo Coelho

"Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant."


"You do not drown simply by plunging into water; you only drown if you stay beneath the water."


"In the search for your destiny, you will often find yourself obliged to change direction."


"Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take is the worst of sufferings."


"Before taking any important decision in life, it is always good to do something slowly."


"Lessons always arrive when you are ready for them, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step."


"Carry in your memory, for the rest of your life, the good things that came out of your difficulties. They will serve as a proof of your abilities and will give you confidence when you are faced by other obstacles."


I will leave you with one of my personal favorites:


"When everything has been told and retold countless times,
when the places I have visited,
the things I have experienced,
the steps I have taken because of them
are all transformed into distant memories,
nothing will remain but pure love." 


Some visual images of pure love for today:

fertile thoughts (1) 


fertile thoughts (2)


fertile thoughts (3) 


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Our Lives. Infertility Or Not. Pregnant Or Not.


Infertility Support 2Starts and stops


Beginnings and endings














Hormone levels rising and falling


As they should


Or not


We wait


We hope


We dream


We live our lives


We let go of the past as the learning experience it isInfertility Support 1


We admire the future from afar


Each breath bringing it closer


And we exist in the present


Our moment


This breath




Or not




Or not



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Fertility Appears in Many Different Opportunities


In Many Different Opportunities Will You Find Fertility


Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.



Grow something. Nurture it. Find what is needed to nourish and sustain it.



Find your own fertility. Beyond becoming pregnant. 



Grow yourself. 



                            Grow something & nuture it, fertility appears




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Fertile Mother's Day Dreams


Mother's Day DreamsMother's Day Dreams


Holding that dream close enough to feel

in your heartbeat 

and your breath

That you will become a mother


Your heart singing with the truth

That you will hold your child

first in your mind's eye

where your intuition reigns

against all odds


Allowing that dream

space to evolve

to become fertile

in ways that you can only see the edges of

right now


Believing fully and completely

that you will hold your child

in your arms

That you will see into each other's eyes


That you will become the mother

that you are destined to become

That you are dreaming of

That you already are



Infertility Poetry, Creative and Healing


Some poems about infertility  and fertility that I found on the internet that touched my heart. I thought I would share. There was no specific author acknowledged.

Because if they look real close,
They will see the tears that fall like rain.
The room is picked,
And baby's things collected.
But, inside that empty room,
Something needs corrected.
Because there's a crib and a cradle -
There are baby toys and clothes too.
But, there is not a baby -
No baby to fill this womb.
I cannot stop the crying,
And my pain won't subside.
I'm lost for ways of trying;
I've run out of places to hide.
The holidays they come and go -
All the years that I look back.
And now I find the future's grim
When I look at what I lack.
I try to hang onto hope -
I try to wait and see.
But sometimes it's hard to cope
When I think it may never be.
I'm not the only one that finds it hard -
Sometimes I wish I were.
But, it's the hurt I see in his eyes
That digs in like a spur.
So tell me where to go from here -
Please tell me where to go.
Things just seem so unclear,
And it has challenged all I know.
It has tested and confused me.
It has brought me to my knees.
And now it's too hard to see
Just what you need from me.
Is it something I am doing wrong?
Is there something I can do?
You see, I've been waiting for so long,
And I've been crying out to you.
Please don't let this be a barren place-
In this place where my child should be.
Let me see your loving grace.
Please bring my child to me.
Rock-a-bye baby...
I hold you so dear.
Even if it's only in my heart
That I'm holding you near.
I sit here and wonder
Is it ever to be?
Will I get to display
The mother in me?
Wonder in time
How the story will end,
Will they just be for others-
The showers I attend.
When's it my turn
I ask God each day,
The only answer I get
Is, "Not today".
I ask only to know
What my future might be,
To plan and prepare
God, please tell me.
I just need to know
How long to be strong,
For sometimes I question
my strength to go on.
I sit here and wonder
Is it ever to be?
Will I get to display
The mother in me?

Infertility Can Cause a Negative Feeling or Nineteen- NIAW and Rumi

  In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, (NIAW), a young friend of mine read me a beautiful poem that began with "I wonder". Hearing her lovely, excited voice repeating the poem, remembering many lines, nothing written down, I was inspired to look it up and share it with you. It really spoke to infertility,to the cyclical nature of treatment and hope, and it definitely spoke to me. However, when I looked it up on the internet, I found many poems, none of them the one she spoke to me.

I am embarrassed to admit that I don't usually understand or appreciate poetry, most specifically Rumi. As a yogi, that's just this shy of disgraceful. (Not that it would be called disgraceful, something a tad less judgmental, such as "unaware".) Many of my friends send me Rumi poems and wax philosophical about them, almost gushing about the meaning and messages and I again admit, they leave me cold. I find the Persian poet depressing, often, confusing even more often. In looking last night for a poem that starts with "I wonder..." I came across the Rumi poem below and I got it. And I especially got it as it relates to infertility, positive thinking, what to do with negative thoughts. We often talk in peer support group about what to do with those negative thoughts; shame, embarrassment and fear are often associated with them. We are often full of shame when envy, jealousy and resentment come to visit. We are embarrassed that we have those feelings; we associate them with lack of generosity, with being mean or unkind.

We fear that these feelings say something deeper and more essential about us, that we are mean, unkind, ungenerous, and something baser than we thought about ourselves.

My young friend who spoke so beautifully to my heart last night, who shared a poem that touched her helped me find the Rumi poem below, which made me think of you. You, me, all of us who worry that our unkind thoughts make us unkind. That our resentment and frustration is an essential part of who we are.

So for NIAW, I share with you the first poem by Rumi that I understood and I got. And I hope that on your fertility journey, you find this poem and many other ways to remember that you are not your infertility and your infertility is not you. That you are not your unkind thought. You are not your resentment. These are feelings that come to visit, that perhaps clear the path for the brightness and vibrancy that are waiting just beyond.

In yoga class, we traditionally close, with "Namaste". The light in me sees the light in you, the light in you, sees the light in me.


This Being Human is a Guest House

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.



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