RMACT Fertility Program Supports Women's Expo
This weekend, September 21 & 22, RMACT will be sponsoring and supporting the first annual Southern Connecticut Women’s Exposition in Bridgeport, CT. RMACT has been pleased to sponsor the Stamford Expos for the last four years and was delighted to be included in supporting this new initiative by Connecticut Expos.
Nick Curci, President of Connecticut Expos, took some time from his pre-Expo plans to speak to me about what this Expo is about and who it’s for. Read below for his answers to my questions.
As always, if you have any questions, please post them here. The questions come directly to me and me alone. I can always answer you privately.
Please note, as a sponsor, RMACT has free tickets for the Expo. Please let us know if you would like one. Or two. Or more. We like to share! ~Lisa Rosenthal
FAQs About the Southern Connecticut Women’s Exposition
1. What should I expect if I come to the Expo? A fun filled day of shopping, entertainment, beauty, health and empowerment.
2. Is this about shopping or health? Both, but a whole lot more with free health screenings including mammograms by St. Vincent’s Health Services, meet and greet two national celebrities from Days of our Lives and WWE, free lectures on 14 women’s health related topics, free makeovers and hair touch ups by Jade Salon, drawing for 4 grand prizes, food and product samples and psychic readings.
3. Should I bring my children or my mother? Absolutely, this is an even for all ages. Great family event for grandmothers, mothers and daughters.
4. Why come to an Expo when I can find all this information online? You can’t meet celebrities, get health screenings, shop with our unique vendors, get free makeovers or attend free health lectures online.
5. How long should I plan on being there? The average person stays almost 4 hours since there is so much to do.
6. Is this a good place to find reliable information? Yes – especially health care related issues.
7. Is there any process that you use to screen the people who are exhibiting at the Expo? No screening of attendees – all are welcome.
8. I’ve been to Expos before, what makes this one different? Items unique to this expo that the Stamford event does not offer are: The celebrities, health lectures and these specific vendors.
9. What do you hope people will take away from the Expo? Answers to health concerns, a positive entertainment experience and empowerment to improve their lives with better health, information, business opportunities and confidence to improve their personal life, business and family matters.
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CT Fertility Center Event Updates
Event updates at RMACT. Please read carefully, some events are only for current RMACT patients. Most events are free and open to the public. Please check our online calendar of events before attending as there are sometimes changes, even the day of the event. Also, we ask you to RSVP to any seminars and Ladies Night In so that we know how many people to expect.
We hope that you can take advantage of some or all of these events. We know that infertility and fertility treatment can be isolating. You have a choice though. You do not have to go through this alone. We are here to help.
“I am Pregnant, Now What?” Ensuring the Health of Expectant Mother & Baby
This seminar will discuss the key components of a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy including appropriate maternal weight gain, physical activity, essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, environmental toxins and risks, and food safety. Common concerns such as medications, sleep, diet, lifestyle, morning sickness, constipation, anemia, gestational diabetes and hypertension will be addressed.
Please Join Us on Wednesdays in our Danbury Office 67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300: Wednesday, September 18th; Wednesday, October 16th 4:30-6:00pm. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. PARTNERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Kindly RSVP to Angie 203-750-7413, space is limited. These medically based seminars are considered part of your treatment plan and will be billed through your insurance. Please bring your co-payment, if applicable. Patients who have high deductible plans will be billed through their insurance. See website events calendar: www.RMACT.com or call 800-865-5431 - Click here for more about our healthy pregnancy seminar.
Current RMACT patients only
Ladies Night In
General Peer Support Group with Lisa & Carrie:
Come and meet a terrific group of women that gather monthly to share their stories, feelings, questions and laughs. Experience the relief of talking with other women who understand what you are going through. Build friendships with women who will be by your side throughout your family-building journey.
RMACT Norwalk: 20 Glover Ave (Finance Offices), Thursday – 6:45-8:00 PM (After Fertile Yoga) September 19, 2013.
This group is free of charge. It is facilitated by Lisa Rosenthal & Carrie Van Steen. Carrie and Lisa are both former fertility patients and offer the support and suggestions many of our patients are looking for and really need. If you have any questions, call Carrie at 731.2520 ext 289. Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner is provided!
Join us at two locations:
Norwalk: 5:45-7:00pm pm (RMACT 20 Glover Avenue, Finance Dept)
Brookfield: 6:00-7:15 pm (At Yogaspace)
Please check the website for any changes. 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)
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 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.
Click for more about Fertile Yoga.
Prenatal Yoga is now at RMACT
RMA CT Norwalk: Thursdays 7:15-8:15 pm (Please check online calendar for specific dates) NO CLASS THIS WEEK
20 Glover Ave Finance Office -- $40 for four classes (do not need to be consecutive sessions)
This pre-natal yoga 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. Please check website for any changes: www.rmact.com Classes will be led by Lisa Rosenthal RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Lisa is a former fertility patient, who also worked for over 17 years as a national patient advocate for couples going through infertility. Lisa trained with Lotus Garden for her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, through Yoga Alliance.
Click for more about PreNatal Yoga at RMACT.
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 Offered Monthly on Saturday: September 21st 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 Eloise to reserve a seat at 203-750-7427. Please visit our website or call to confirm date, time and/or location as they are subject to change.
Click for more about our Preconception Wellness Seminar for Fertility Success.
Southern Connecticut Women’s Expo
Please join RMA CT at this unique forum for women to be empowered with education, networking, knowledge and improved health opportunities. This event attracts thousands of women that want to shop for the latest products and services in fashion, beauty, health, nutrition, fitness, financial planning, careers, home, education and much more!
SHOW DATES & HOURS: Saturday, September 21, 11 am-5 pm and Sunday, September 22, 2013, 11 am–5 pm.
LOCATION: The Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604
TICKET PRICE: Admission price is $10.00, kids 12 and under are free. $5 parking.
RMACT has free tickets. If you are interested, please pick them up in any of our four offices.
Click for more about the Southern CT Women's Expo.
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A Weekend for Healthy Families
Whew, what a weekend! Two events for healthy families kept us busy and smiling at the end of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). At the Stamford Hospital Fairfield County Women's Expo, I spent the weekend with RMACT's Norwalk and Stamford patient coordinators talking to women about fertility, infertility, babies and PCOS.
Cori, Justine, Melissa and I answered questions and gave out educational materials. More than that, we heard women talking about their fears; about not conceiving; about being too old; about having missed their chance; and about their reproductive health. We heard success stories from patients of ours who stopped by to say hello and from women who had problems years and years ago. While one in six couples have trouble conceiving, it appears that many, many more of us have been touched by infertility, whether it's a friend or family member. Almost everyone knows someone who has struggled. It's a small world.
March of Dimes Walk (Danbury)
Perfect segue into the March of Dimes Walk: small world and healthy babies, healthy mothers, health families. How wonderful to see so many of the RMACT team out there--volunteering, walking, showing their support. Thank you to Tally Jacobs, for the wonderful job that she has done for the past three years, pulling us all together! Check out our Facebook page to see the pictures of our RMACT staff who got up and out early on a Sunday morning to put their muscle behind their hearts. It's not too late to donate to this worthy cause, in case you weren't able to come out and walk.
Next week, on Sunday, May 6, 2012, we walk in Stamford! Please consider joining us or donating or both. Click here to find out how.
Opening Up in Fertile Yoga
Meanwhile, at Fertile Yoga this past week, we women put our heads and hearts together and created some magic. We welcomed new women into the group and found that by opening up, our newcomers were able to find themselves in a place of comfort and understanding that they did not expect.
How good to know that we are not alone.
Weekend Event Tips for National Infertility Awareness Week
Since 1989, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has organized National Infertility Awareness Week®--April 22-28, 2012 this year--a nationwide campaign intended to educate the public about infertility and the concerns of the infertility community. RESOLVE intends this special week to provide events and activities designed to encourage grassroots advocacy and motivate the infertility movement.
Join RMACT for the Action and Weekend Fun
RMACT is joining the call to the infertility community to participate this week, to stand together and reach out. As RESOLVE points out, millions of people need education about a disease that is often overlooked and misunderstood by healthcare professionals, the government, insurance companies, the media, and even friends and family members. We're going to have fun while we take action this weekend. Won't you join us?
Walk With Us For Healthy Pregnancy
Help Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) take another step towards healthy pregnancy! This year, we will join thousands to walk in the annual March for Babies, in support of the March of Dimes, by walking in Danbury on April 29, 2012 and in Stamford on May 6, 2012. Throughout Connecticut, during late April and early May, a total of nine events will take place across the state, aiming to raise $1.2 million.
Making Strides for Healthy Babies
The March of Dimes notes that this is the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring healthy babies as well as those who need help to survive and thrive. The March for Babies has raised a total of $2 billion since it began in 1970. The March of Dimes uses these funds to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies; to fund research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies’ lives; and to provide comfort to families who have a baby in neonatal intensive care.
Join Us to Support the March of Dimes
Join us for either walk in Danbury or in Stamford, or to make a pledge to March of Dimes. The money we raise for March of Dimes supports healthy pregnancies, which, as you know, is a priority of our fertility clinic RMACT. The babies and parents who benefit are our friends, colleagues, families and neighbors.
We're looking forward to walking with you!
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Fairfield County Women's Expo
The Fairfield County Women's Expo, sponsored by Stamford Hospital, will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, and on Sunday, April 29, 2012, both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo will be held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, which offers free indoor parking. Visit the RMACT homepage and click on the banner that matches the image above to retrieve a free $5.00 coupon for admission (regular price $10). RMACT will attend for the third year in a row and we're looking forward to it.
What you can find at the Expo this year:
The Fairfield County Women’s Expo is the largest event for women in Fairfield County, with over 200 exhibits including:
- Fashion Accessories
- Auto Dealers
- Financial Institutions
- Beauty and Fragrance
- Gift Assortments
- CTWomens Sports Teams
- Dating Services
- Fitness & Equipment
- Fashion & Lifestyle
- Hand Crafted Arts
- Health & Wellness
- Cuisine & Entertainment
- Home Retail Services
- Hospital/Medical Services
- Home Décor
- Law Firms
- Skin Care Products
- Personal Products
- Spas & Salons
- Vacation Planners
- Wireless Companies
- Technology Companies
- Civic Groups & Clubs
- Work Life
- Financial Fitness
Free Health Screenings provided by
- Mommography (A)
- Body Fat Analysis
- Facial Skin Analysis
- Hand Hygiene
- Pulmonary Function
- Cardiac / Stroke Risk Assessment
(A) This screening in the Mobile Wellness Coach requires an appointment in advance of the show. Call (203) 276-5990 to schedule.
Have a great weekend everybody! We hope to see you.
What are you doing to support yourself during infertility or fertility treatment? Carrie Van Steen, who is sitting right next to me as we wait for Ladies Night In, wants to know. She wants you to consider something new for yourself, for the spring.
CT Infertility Clinic Offerings
Consider what we are offering for the next several weeks at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, the infertility clinic in CT designated as one of the select nationwide Centers of Excellence:
- PCOS – Women to Women - Peer Support Group – with Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell, MS in Stamford (April 5, June 14): PCOS is a lifelong endocrine syndrome with many variables. Come learn more about it in this group of peers.
- Ladies Night In (Carrie Van Steen and Lisa Rosenthal) - Laugh, cry, share, and even find a new friend. Dinner's on us while we welcome you to join us for a chat.
- March of Dimes Walk - April 29 (Stamford) and May 6 (Danbury) - RMACT is taking part in the March of Dime's 5k walk for the third year. We would love you to join our team of walkers.
- Stamford Women’s Expo - April 28 and 29 - RMACT will be here for the third year in a row, along with many other health professionals. Talk about a treat: lots of beautiful things to look at and buy as a gift to yourself or to another! Have a fun weekend.
Quite a few of these events will be taking place in honor of NIAW - National Infertility Awareness Week, which runs from April 22-28, whether they actually occur during the week or not. National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) encourages infertility awareness, education, and understanding.
Support for Infertility
On a more personal note, as I write about support for infertility:
- Enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face;
- Slow down long enough to appreciate the glorious weather;
- Notice the signs of spring coming up everywhere--daffodils, crocuses, and more;
- Treat yourself to something different: a book, a movie, a night out with friends, a chatty phone call, a game of racquetball, Zumba, a cooking class, music at a coffee house, a concert.
There's no limit to what you can do to enjoy yourself this spring. If you are not feeling a lot of joy, try something new. See what opens up. And then let us know.