Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has a lot going on to support men and women challenged with infertility. Here are just a few things coming up this coming week. Remember that NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) starts this Sunday. Read more below about our March of Dimes walk to support NIAW.
First up, tonight, April 21, in our Danbury, CT office, we have....
Ladies Night In Presents: Coping with Secondary Infertility
When a first child is conceived with ease, you may feel completely off guard by the difficulty of having a second child. The emotional experience of secondary infertility often is a compilation of the distressing feelings of anger, grief, depression, isolation, guilt, jealousy, self-blame, and being out of control. You may feel guilty for experiencing normal grief and worry about how your current emotional state will affect your existing child. The powerlessness to produce a sibling for the existing child often produces feelings of sorrow, as does the inability to perpetuate the parenting role. You may feel distant from friends as those who were a great source of support when parenting the first child are now linked to sensations of pain and jealously.
Sadly, couples with secondary infertility tend to receive less social support from others than couples who have primary infertility because the infertility is unacknowledged, the pain associated with infertility is invisible as the couple has a child, and there is no concrete loss in the family. In addition, couples experiencing secondary infertility may be recipients of criticism by others who think they should be grateful for one child and that it is foolish to go to extremes to increase family size. Of course, a couple can be extraordinarily thankful for their existing child and still long for more children.
We will discuss ways to cope with the feelings mentioned above and you will meet other ladies experiencing the same things you are.
Led by: Carrie Van Steen. & Lisa Rosenthal
RSVP at the front desk, or call Carrie for more info @ 203.731.2520 ext. 289
Next this week, we have Fertile Yoga in our two locations on Saturday. From 9:30-10:00, our peer support group runs in Norwalk, CT. From 10:00-11:00, our Fertile Yoga class. In Brookfield, our class is from 4:15-5:30.
As part of RMACT's Complementary Care Program, Lisa Rosenthal, 200-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and former infertility patient offers ongoing Fertile Yoga classes on Saturdays at the treatment center in Norwalk and at YogaSpace, a yoga studio in Brookfield. Lisa has created and designed Fertile Yoga, not only to enhance the possibility of conceiving, but also to specifically address women in treatment. Often a woman in fertility treatment feels more vulnerable emotionally as well as physically and the class specifically addresses those issues through poses (asanas) as well as guided meditation. Students are taught specific breathing and meditation designed to be used out of class, in a stressful or even painful situation. Spouses, partners, friends and family members are always welcome to attend and often benefit tremendously by this gentle, compassionate, meditative practice.
March of Dimes RMACT walk: April 25
Finally, this Sunday is the March of Dimes walk. Many members of the RMACT team are walking to support healthy babies and birth. We would love to have you join us, either to walk or to donate. Our team is ready to go, we just need you!!!!
Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this. I know you care, too. That's why I'm asking you to join us. It's easy: just click the join this team button.
If you can't walk with us, please help by donating to our team. You can do so right on this page. Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
That's just this week. RMACT also has the following coming up in the next month:
May 1: Dr. Mark Leondires (Medical Director of RMACT) will be speaking at the Annual Fairfield County Women's Expo.
When: May 1, 2010
Where: The Stamford Plaza Hotel, 2701 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905. (formerly the Sheraton). Free indoor parking.
When: Saturday 12:00 to 12:45
A woman's body is ever evolving; affecting every stage of her life in ways most women do not realize or fully understand. Dr. Mark Leondires of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) will discuss the changes of a woman's body - the burgeoning of her reproductive years, her fertility, her post‐pregnancy
body and the culmination of menopause. The discussion will touch upon the functionality of each stage, as well as how it affects her overall physical health and leads into the next stage of life's cycle.
Coming up on May 13, 2010:
Sleep: Its Impact on Weight Gain, Diabetes Risk and Fertility
Led by Ian D. Weir, DO, Associate Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Director of the Insomnia Center at Norwalk Hospital and Carolyn Gundell, MS
Thursday May 13th
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
10 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CT
Seminars are $10 per person/$15 per couple
Refreshments will be served
RSVP to Cori at 203-750-7492
Space is limited!!
On May 22, a bagel breakfast at The Triangle Community Center:
This informative seminar will cover the medical, surrogate and administrative processes involved when building your family through third party reproduction.
The Triangle Community Center
16 River Street, Norwalk, CT 06852
REPRODUCTIVE POSSIBILITIES, LLC &
REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF CONNECTICUT
Speakers: Melissa B. Brisman, JD - Surrogate Agency Owner
Dr. Mark P. Leondires, Reproductive Endocrinologist
And same sex couple who are parents through egg donation and gestational surrogacy and an experienced surrogate. They will share their stories.
Wow. It's a lot and we're adding more all the time. Fertile Yoga will continue every week, professionally led support groups begin all the time, individual counseling is always available and Ladies Night In will meet once a month.
Wow. It is a lot. Just what you deserve. A lot of support and help. Make use of it.
Hope to see you on Sunday!