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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Infertility. You are Not a Diagnosis or a Protocol. You are a Human Being


More speed, less haste.


Don't even ask me where I heard that, cause it's embarrassing. Infertility- Top Fertility Specialists Take the Time to Treat You as a Human Being


And why does everything make me think of infertility?


What does more speed, less haste have to do with infertility?


Fertility treatment done efficiently and with thought and reassurance that your treatment is particular to you, specifically.


Protocols are protocols.


But people are not protocols and should not be treated as such.


Should not.


And are not, at least at RMACT. I'm not a walking advertisement for RMACT, not by a long shot.


But I am impressed when I speak to Fertile Yoga students who are patients at RMACT. Their protocols are all different, based on what medicine can do to help conception.


Protocols are different depending on age, diagnosis, other health issues, their partners, timing, stress levels, and desire.


So, yes, we work with speed, we don't want to lose time and opportunity. Not rushing, but with momentum.


But less haste, more thoughtfulness and awareness of each human being as just that.


A human being. Entitled to dignity and respect. Entitled to answers to questions and explanations when things are complicated. Entitled to be seen as a whole person.




More speed, less haste.


I really, really like it.

Infertility Blog- Top Fertility Specialists Diagnose Thoughtfully, Treat Each Patient as a Human Being

Fertility Lab Director Has Protocols that Let Her Sleep at Night

  Our laboratory director, at RMACT,  Dawn Kelk, PhD, sometimes tosses and turns at night. How come? Because as tight as her protocols are in the lab, she is always concerned about clerical error, patient error or any other type of error.

I have to tell you, that is my kind of lab director. Relaxed is a really good state of being in a lot of places. The person handling my embryos doesn't need to be that relaxed. She needs to be really, really diligent. And even more than that, she needs to have procedures and protocols in place to catch anyone when for a moment they are not being diligent. That's right, the yoga teacher's into procedures and protocols. Me, I should be relaxed when I teach you, guide you through gentle poses and guided meditation. Dawn, we want diligent. Tomorrow, you will get to hear first hand from her what the procedures are that are followed, every single time.  

Some of us feel like the lab is a big, black hole where our sperm and eggs disappear, someone waves a magic wand and they reappear as embryos. I think while a lot of us understand how the actual procedures work; some of it is an enigma. Lab culture, co-culture, how is an embryo graded, what does the grading mean, how are the embryo's stored. Dr. Kelk is going to start a conversation with you, tomorrow, with the basics of lag procedure. I love it because it's a great way for you to relax, to know that she is on top of how her lab is run, how things are checked, rechecked, triple checked, quadruple checked, and even then sometimes tosses and turns at night, worrying about you.

Great time to ask questions as well, as this is a conversation. We want you to feel comfortable, and yes, relaxed about how your embryos are being handled. So ask away!

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