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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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Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Cancelled 2.6.14 in Norwalk - ON for Friday in Brookfield

  
  
  

Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Update

Due to road conditions, both Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga are cancelled for this evening, February 6, 2014, in Norwalk, CT.

 

Tomorrow, February 7, 2014, Fertile Yoga in Brookfield, CT will take place as scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at YogaSpace.

About CT Fertile Yoga

Fertile YogaFertile Yoga is free. Come alone or bring your spouse, partner, friend or family member.

Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation can help men and women experiencing the challenges of infertility. Fertile Yoga helps couples relax and relaxation can help one make more satisfying decisions, communicate more clearly with their doctor, and sustain treatment with a more positive perspective.


What you need:

*comfortable, loose fitting clothing
*a yoga mat
*bottle of water
*two pillows (optional)


Please avoid eating one hour before class.


Fertile Yoga was created and is taught by Lisa Rosenthal RYT -200 (Registered Yoga Teacher). Lisa is a former fertility patient, who has been working for over 20 years as a national patient advocate for couples going through infertility. Lisa is uniquely qualified to understand the specific stresses and challenges that couples trying to conceive encounter. Fertile Yoga is designed with different diagnoses and treatment plans in mind. It is a gentle, restorative class that includes meditation.

 

Hope to see you tomorrow!

 

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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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Top CT Fertility Center Events This Week

  
  
  

CT Fertility Center Event Updates

CT Fertility Center EventsThere is a lot happening at RMACT (Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut) this week. Yes, even in a short week.


See about joining us for one or more of our events. We'd love to have you. 

 

A Pre-Conception Wellness Seminar Tools for Fertility Success

 

Have you ever wondered if you or your partner were eating, sleeping, managing stress, or exercising differently would it improve fertility success? How about the affects of alcohol consumption, smoking, pesticides, plastics, and body composition on sperm and egg quality?

 

Please join RMA of CT for an interactive discussion on the benefits of preconception with a fertile lifestyle. We will share how to create a fertile lifestyle and The Fertility DietTM tips that will improve conception success and also help to support a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Partners are Welcome.

 

This one session class is conducted by RMA Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell, MS and RMA Nurse Eloise Downs, RN.

 

Class Options: SATURDAYS

May 4th or June 1st 11:30am-1:00pm

Free Admission and Open to the Public

 

Location: RMA Norwalk at 10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk CT RSVP required. Space is limited. Please call Justine to reserve a seat at 203-750-7484. Please visit our website or call to confirm date, time and/or location as they are subject to change.

 

Pre-natal Yoga Every Thursday

 

This class was created especially for women who have been through fertility treatment. Class is designed around the special physical and emotional needs former fertility patients may have. Any woman, at any stage of pregnancy, is welcome to attend class (with doctor’s approval).



We will explore how the body changes through the different stages of pregnancy and learn how to continue to feel healthy and strong until labor and birth. Class will be a combination of relaxation, movement and meditation.



Come join us on the next step of your fertility journey.


Thursdays at 20 Glover Avenue (right next door to our main office in Norwalk)

7:15 PM- 8:15 PM

$40 for four classes (do not need to be consecutive sessions)


Please check website for any changes: www.rmact.com

Fertile Yoga Classes Ongoing

 

Classes will be on-going; come every week or once in a while, whichever suits you. Come alone or bring your spouse, partner, friend or family member. Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation can help men and women experiencing the challenges of infertility. Fertile Yoga helps couples relax and relaxation can help one make more satisfying decisions, communicate more clearly with their doctor, and sustain treatment with a more positive perspective.



What you need:
* comfortable, loose fitting clothing
* a yoga mat
* bottle of water
* two pillows (optional)
* avoid eating one hour before class.



In Norwalk, (classes from 5:45-7:00) we have a peer support group for the first 15-25 minutes where there will be a chance to share experiences, lend support and find comfort from those experiencing similar feelings. You are always welcome to join us at 6:15 if you would prefer only Fertile Yoga. In Brookfield, (Yogaspace- classes from 6-7:15), we wrap up talking by about 6:20.  



Fertile Yoga was created and is taught by Lisa Rosenthal RYT -200 (Registered Yoga Teacher). Lisa is a former fertility patient, who has been working for over 2o years as a national patient advocate for couples going through infertility. Lisa is uniquely qualified to understand the specific stresses and challenges that couples trying to conceive encounter. Fertile Yoga is designed with different diagnoses and treatment plans in mind. It is a gentle, restorative class that includes meditation.

 

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Cancelled for Tonight: No Fertile Yoga or Prenatal Yoga, Thurs. 5/16

  
  
  

Cancelled for Tonight: No Fertile Yoga or Prenatal Yoga

Thursday, May 16, 2013 Only

 

Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga are cancelled tonight, Thursday, May 16, 2013.  We apologize for the same-day notification.  Thursday classes will resume next week as scheduled.

 

Fertile Yoga in Brookfield, CT on Friday

 

Fertile Yoga in Boorkfield, DanburyYes, Fertile Yoga class in Brookfield, CT is on as scheduled tomorrow night, Friday, May 17, 2013.  Please join us from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.


YogaSpace 777 Federal Road Brookfield, CT


Fertile Yoga is free. Classes will be on-going; come every week or once in a while, whichever suits you. Come alone or bring your spouse, partner, friend or family member. Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation can help men and women experiencing the challenges of infertility. Fertile Yoga helps couples relax and relaxation can help one make more satisfying decisions, communicate more clearly with their doctor, and sustain treatment with a more positive perspective.


What you need:


• comfortable, loose fitting clothing
• a yoga mat
• bottle of water
• two pillows (optional)
• avoid eating one hour before class


Fertile Yoga was created and is taught by Lisa Rosenthal RYT -200 (Registered Yoga Teacher). Lisa is a former fertility patient, who has been working for over 2o years as a national patient advocate for couples going through infertility. Lisa is uniquely qualified to understand the specific stresses and challenges that couples trying to conceive encounter. Fertile Yoga is designed with different diagnoses and treatment plans in mind. It is a gentle, restorative class that includes meditation.

 

Questions?  Contact Us.

Fertility Doctors, Babies and Their Mommies

  
  
  

Fertility Doctors, Babies and Their MommysMommy and Me Yoga | A New Fertile Yoga Class

What a delight to have the finished product of what we do for a living be a baby. RMACT has fertile yoga and prenatal yoga. Now, just as a natural next developement, we have Mommy and Me Yoga. A true delight.

 

I got to share that delight the other night with some of our fertility doctors.

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Dr's Leondires, Richlin and Hurwitz got to hold the wriggling, cooing, smiley end products that they work so hard to achieve. Special call out to Dr. Cynthia Murdock, we missed having you there. Those mommies wanted to see you too.

 

Let me just say, those mommies were delighted to share just how significant what these doctors work so hard every day to create actually are like, in flesh and blood. And the smiles at 7:15 on a Thursday night after a very long day and a very long week were enormous. Think ear to ear. 

 

Hard to tell who were the most delighted. The enchanted doctors or the doting and proud mommies getting show off their offspring to those who helped create their families. Or the babies themselves, who at that hour in the evening would have been excused had they been crabby or tired or just not interested in being handed over to a stranger. Instead, those babies could not have been more delighted. As though they knew that these men were not strangers.

 

Babies do have their own intuition and wisdom in abundance. And these babies knew they were being held lovingly by friends. Very special friends.

 

My special thanks to these mommies who bring these delightful end products of what team RMACT spends their talent, education , time and energy to create. It is a highpoint of my week. Every week. Keep them coming!


Walking for Fertility, Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies

  
  
  

Friday text
There is a 45 minute gap between Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga on Saturdays in Norwalk. From eleven to eleven forty five, I am not teaching. So I’ve decided. I’m walking. The March of Dimes walk is only about six weeks away and while I could do the walk tomorrow, I’d like to train for it anyway.

 

Here’s why. On the day of the walk, I’ll be at the Stamford Women’s Health Expo, while our team of walkers from Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT (RMACT) is walking to support healthy babies and healthy mothers. Since I can’t be in two places at once and we want as many of our RMACT team members at the walk as possible, I’ll go make sure that women who may want to talk to us at the Expo have someone to talk to.

 

So every Saturday, after Fertile Yoga, I’m going for a walk. That time in between Fertile Yoga and Prenatal yoga will be bridged by a walk, which I’ll spend considering the irony of the timing. Those sometimes fragile positive pregnancy tests that result in healthy pregnancies and babies. Those positive pregnancy tests that necessitated prenatal yoga for our patients.

 

I love to walk. I love how it feels in almost any type of weather. I love being able to look around, feel the air on my skin, the warmth of spring, feel my feet connect to the earth and my breath expand my heart.

 

I’m fine with walking alone. Maybe I’ll even bring one of my favorite walking partners; my dog. Maybe I’ll walk with you.

 

Anyway you look at it, at eleven o’clock, leaving from twenty Glover Avenue, I will be taking off. You are most welcome to join me. We can talk. Or not. We can stroll or power walk or anything in between. For thirty or more minutes, I’m walking. Because I can. And because I want to. And because keeping healthy mothers, mothers to be and mothers who are hoping to be in my heart and breath come as second nature to me.

 

Feel free to come join me on Saturdays from eleven o’clock until eleven thirty five to walk for healthy families.

Questions to Consider on Your Fertility Treatment Path

  
  
  

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Here's a promise for today. I have no answers. Only a series of questions that probably beget even more questions. The path of infertility is challenging, some of these questions will be as well. Perhaps worth considering

Infertility and mothers. What's the connection? How many of us tell our mothers about our infertility struggles? How many of us share any of the day to day details with our mothers?

 

How many of us consider our mothers our biggest critics? How many consider our mothers our biggest fans?

 

When you think of comfort and support, do you think of your mother? How many of us wish our mothers were still alive to talk to about our challenges to conceive? How many of us could speak to our mothers about what's going on, but truly just can't seem to?

 

How many of us think of how we might be as mothers? Do you absoloutely know that there are things that you will do as a mother because your mother did? Can you count the things that you swear you will never do, never say because your mother said and did those things?

 

How many of us are clear about the reasons for becoming mothers? Is it because we want to love someone unconditionally? Is it because we want to be loved unconditionally? Is having a baby because we want something or because we want to give something?

 

When does wanting a baby become a challenge, a dare, because it seems that we can't have it? How caught up in treatment do you get without considering whether treatment is taking too much out of you? How many of us consider alternatives? Adoption? Childfree living? Mentoring?

 

Anyone out there think that this is something that you have to, should do? Do you believe that you won't truly be a family with your partner without a baby? Is it possible that your partnership won't survive without a baby? That your partner will leave? Or that you will?

 

I believe that asking these questions allows us to sharpen our focus on why we are doing what we are doing. Looking at these questions and the feelings and answers that they evoke may start important conversations. Those conversations may take place only in your mind and heart. Or they may take place with a close friend, family member or partner. I believe that considering these questions will remind you that you have choices and that you can also change your course of action if need be.

What questions has infertility and fertility treatment brought up for you?

 

A few announcements:

Fertile Yoga will be held tomorrow at both the Norwalk and Brookfield sites. Norwalk, from 9:30-10:00 peer support; from 10-11, Fertile Yoga. Brookfield at YogaSpace, from 4:15-5:30.

Our new pre-natal yoga class is open to all, from 11:45-12:45 at 20 Glover Avenue in the Norwalk finance offices. You may join this class at any point, classes are being sold in packages of 4 for forty dollars (10 dollars per class).

Comfort with Your Fertility Team

  
  
  

Thursday text
Finding the miraculous in the familiar and ordinary. I’m about to go visit San Francisco. It will be the 48th visit there. Uh huh, at some point, I started to keep track, because, well, it started to be almost funny. We lived there for a year while my father did his fellowship; that was when I was in Kindergarten. Then family and close friends moved there and there was American Express Student Vouchers. Four times a year, I could fly round trip for $99. So I went to San Francisco four times a year for four years. It was like going to a second home.

 

Strange how my brain makes connections. Sorry to drag you along behind me on some of those voyages. I started writing because I’m sitting in the airport, on the only clear day of the week (so happy, no snow today!) and here’s where my brain went. To you. Yes, really.

 

Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT as a second home? I know what you’re thinking. I really do. The second home that you never wanted to be in, that you desperately want to be done with. I hear from you, though, over and over again, how hard it is to leave. How the RMACT team becomes family, offers support, help, medical information at almost any time, superb high tech protocols and more. How hard it is to leave pregnant, and not have the reassurance every few days that everything is ok, that the pregnancy is progressing well, thriving.

 

Monica Moore, our nurse practitioner extraordinaire, is taking this on. She is writing a blog for us, published soon, about transitioning to your Obstetrician (OB/Gyn). Lisa Tuttle, PhD, is tackling this as well, in both a blog here at some point as well as speaking directly to other doctors. In addition, RMACT is creating a presentation, being offered by Dr. Tuttle along with one of our wonderful nurses, which will help to ease the transition from our practice to your OB/Gyn. That presentation will be offered once a month to our patients that have had a positive pregnancy test or are ready to transition to their OB/Gyns.

 

I think this is where the familiar and the miraculous do meet up and get cozy. To an OB/gyn, they are familiar with pregnancy. It is part of their ordinary day. To you and I? It is a miracle. A miracle that we barely dared to hope for or believe was really true. And how do the familiar and ordinary meet the miraculous?

In an OB/Gyn’s office. Of course they are familiar with pregnancy. We want them to be. We want them to know all the in’s and out’s, and have this be so familiar that it’s almost ordinary. But talk to your OB’Gyn about the miracle that it is to you and you will find that it is for them as well. Being an OB/Gyn is not an easy road. Lots of time spent on call- having to be available in the middle of the night, for the whole night. Ob/Gyn’s don’t do what they do because of the great hours. And I won’t even mention malpractice rates. They do it because ultimately as familiar as birth and pregnancy are for them, they also understand it’s a miracle.

 

One more thing. On January 29th, from 11:45-12:45, I will be offering the first ever Fertile Yoga Pre-Natal class at 20 Glover Avenue in Norwalk! RMACT is very excited to be able to offer their space for this very special class. Details will be following in the coming week.

PathtoFertility Blog- Your Favorite? What's Going on at RMACT

  
  
  

Friday text
I’m taking an informal poll. This is not going to be a statistically relevant study, just trying to find out what people are like best.

 

When it comes to infertility and fertility treatment, lots of us get sensitive, upset and scared about different pieces of the puzzle at different times. I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now and would love to know which blog touched you the most. Or upset you the most. Or best expressed how you felt the most.

 

So could you please pick your top three and send the title to me? I’d love to know why you liked the particular pieces that you chose as well. One of the reasons that I’m requesting this is that we have the opportunity to post this blog where it will find other readers. I figured I’d use the benefit of your wisdom to choose a few to start out with.

 

Top three blogs. Would love and appreciate the help. Remember that any response to this blog comes directly to me, it will not post unless you state that you would like me to post it. It can, of course, be anonymous or simply read only be me. Please let me know in your response.

 

Fertile Yoga is on in Norwalk and Brookfield this weekend. Peer support group meets from 9:30-10:00 in Norwalk and then Fertile Yoga. If you haven’t tried it, we’d love to have you. No class next Saturday, January 22.

 

Other things that are going on at RMACT:

Ladies Night In will be coming to Norwalk! By popular request, our support group that runs once a month in Danbury will also be held in Norwalk. Details posted soon.

 

Considering a pre-natal/in-between yoga class for those of you who are pregnant or about to be pregnant. Working on the details. Class likely to be offered in Norwalk. If this is something that you are interested in, please let me know via blog response.

 

HUGE NEWS

Embryo Screening- CCS- Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening- Please read Wednesday’s blog to hear about this breakthrough technique. I can safely say that it is among the top three most exciting protocols that have been developed since I’ve been involved with infertility. That’s about 22 years. I can’t say enough for what we are now able to offer, in terms of embryo screening and selection.

 

 

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