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Lisa Schuman, LCSW, is Director of Mental Health Services at Fairfield County’s Leading Fertility Practice

Posted by Evan Watson on Tue, Sep 09, 2014
  
  
  

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut has hired Lisa Schuman, LCSW to counsel fertility patients and expand its mental health offerings, including new drop-in support groups.

 

Lisa Schuman, LCSWReproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has hired Lisa Schuman, LCSW, to be its Director of Mental Health Services. Schuman will provide infertility patients with support, guidance and education, and as part of the Connecticut fertility practice’s Third Party Reproduction Team, she will screen and counsel egg donors and gestational carriers. She is also responsible for RMACT staff education concerning patients’ emotional needs, stressors, and ways to offer additional support.

 

“Lisa has an impressive reputation in the fertility field for her extensive work with fertility patients and patient advocacy groups,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director at RMACT. “Lisa’s past work and her open, gentle approach is a good fit with RMACT and will bring comfort and guidance to our patients.”

 

One of Schuman’s first actions is to start weekly drop-in support groups. The first group will follow morning monitoring on Mondays from 8 – 9 a.m. For fertility patients, morning monitoring can evoke strong emotions, especially if they have received disappointing news, such negative test results. The second weekly drop-in will address the unique needs ofrecipients of donor eggs and donor sperm every Tuesday from 8 – 9 a.m. These couples can find comfort with other patients going through similar situations, as well as share their questions and emotions. To find details about the days, time and locations of these support groups, go to: 
http://www.rmact.com/events/

 

“Fertility treatment can be like running a marathon, and our RMACT Team understands that sometimes patients need emotional support in order to stay in the race.” says Schuman. “When seeing infertility patients – as with all patients – my goal is their goal. Some patients come to me with a finite goal, such as making an important decision about treatment. For others, the goal is ongoing, such as managing stress or addressing conflicts in their relationships.”

 

Beyond her work with patients, Schuman has extensive academic experience. She has received several awards for research projects at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society’s annual meetings. She has also presented at ASRM symposiums and roundtables. In addition, she is chair of the Oocyte Cryopreseration Task Force for the Mental Health Group for the ASRM.

 

Schuman completed college at Northeastern University and received her MSW at Yeshiva University. Before entering the world of psychotherapy, she worked in advertising and business. After seven years in the business world she decided her calling was in helping people and went back to school to get her graduate degree. She then completed four years of post graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, studied short term therapy and became a licensed substance abuse counselor as well. Her desire was, and continues to be, to continue to grow and learn with the aim of having added skills to help her patients.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) 
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All five physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook. 

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GayParentsToBe.com Sponsors First-Ever Midwest Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo by Men Having Babies

Posted by Evan Watson on Wed, Sep 03, 2014
  
  
  

Dr. Mark Leondires and Financial Advisor Beatrice Abshire Conducting In-Person Consultations with LGBTQ Community at The Center

 

On Friday, September 12 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Chicago, IL, Dr. Mark Leondires and Financial Advisor Beatrice Abshire of GayParentsToBe.com will conduct consultations with members of the LGBTQ community to discuss their medical and financial questions about family building. The following day, GayParentsToBe.com is sponsoring the Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo hosted by the LGBTQ organization Men Having Babies.


Dr. Mark Leondires“For gay men, starting a family, and surrogacy in particular, can be overwhelming because there are so many questions and challenges to consider,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, who is a Board Certified reproductive endocrinologist and has had two children with his husband. “I am proud to share my expertise and insights with the LGBTQ community as both a physician and a dad who worked with a gestational carrier. These consultations and the Men Having Babies Expo are
opportunities for gay men to find answers and make a plan for their families.” 

 

What: Consultations about Surrogacy and Family Building

 

Who: LGBTQ Community interested in having a family

 

When: Friday, September 12 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Where: Center on Halstead; 3656 North Halstead, Chicago, IL 60613

 

RSVP required: www.gayparentstobe.com/gay-family-building-consultations-chicago/

 

In addition, on Saturday, September 13, Dr. Leondires and Abshire will give consultations at the Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo hosted by Men Having Babies. The expo includes several speakers and break out sessions to help educate attendees about family building options for the LGBTQ community. Additional information may be found at www.menhavingbabies.org/chicago 

 

Dr. Leondires, Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com, married his husband in 2011 and has two sons through surrogacy. The combination of his professional and personal experience with surrogacy gives him a unique perspective when working with patients. For two consecutive years, Dr. Leondires has been selected through a peer-review process for Best Doctors in America, which represents the top five percent of physicians across the country. He is also a Castle Connelly “Top Doctor” for his work in the field of reproductive endocrinology.

 

Beatrice Abshire, who has 20 years of experience working in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, is the Third Party Financial Coordinator with RMACT and GayParentsToBe.com. She can answer financial questions about family planning and working with a gestational carrier. Beatrice is also fluent in Spanish.

 

About GayParentsToBe.com

GayParentsToBe.com is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBT community. Through its partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), GayParentsToBe.com provides full service care by working with an established professional network, including gestational carrier (surrogate), egg donor and sperm donor agencies to help LGBT persons build families.

GayParentsToBe.com patients benefit from the experience and services of RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.

 

About Men Having Babies

With over 1500 couples and singles worldwide, Men Having Babies (MHB) is the only international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing current and future gay surrogacy parents with educational and financial support. It offers seminars, exhibits, and workshops in NY, and teams up with LGBT family associations throughout the world to develop similar programs. In 2014 the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) awarded 10 couples and singles over $600,000 in cash grants and free services, in addition to dozens who became eligible for generous discounts from over thirty service providers. MHB also offers extensive online resources, a directory with ratings and reviews of surrogacy agencies and IVF clinics, a speakers bureau, and a vibrant online community forum.

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Dr. Mark P. Leondires, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, is named a Top Doctor: New York Metro Area

Posted by Laura Oreilly on Thu, Jul 31, 2014
  
  
  

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July 29, 2014 -Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has published the 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area and has selected Mark P. Leondires, MD for this exclusive honor.

The 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area includes over 6,400 top primary care and specialty care physicians in a twenty-one county area spanning three states: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Selected physicians, including Dr. Leondires, represent the top 10% of doctors in the area in 65 medical specialties and subspecialties for the care and treatment of more than 1,800 diseases and medical conditions.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors® are selected each year by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. after being nominated by their peers in anonline nomination process. Nominations are open to all board certified MDs and DOs and each year tens of thousands of physicians cast many tens of thousands of nominations. Nominated physicians are selected by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team based on criteria including medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and much more.

About Mark P. Leondires: a short profile by and about the honoree: 
Dr. Leondires finished his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and completed his military service as the Director at the military's most successful IVF program. Since 2002 he has been the Medical Director at RMACT. Leondires says: "We offer individualized care, including IVF, IUI and third party reproduction, as well as support services such as yoga, acupuncture and counseling. This has resulted in some of the highest pregnancy rates and patient satisfaction scores in the US." He is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and promotes family building at: www.gayparentstobe.com

For more information on this Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor®, please visit Mark P. Leondires's profile onwww.castleconnolly.com.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.'s President and CEO Dr. John Connolly has this to say about Dr. Leondires's recognition: "Roughly ten percent of area physicians were selected for our 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. Being nominated by Board Certified peers and then selected by our experts is an accomplishment worthy of recognition. The New York Metro area is home to a great number of very high quality medical professionals, yet some stand out. My congratulations to Dr. Leondires."

To find out more or to contact Dr. Mark P. Leondires of Norwalk, CT, please call 203-750-7400, or visit www.rmact.com.

This press release was written by American Registry, LLC and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., with approval by and/or contributions from Mark P. Leondires and was distributed by PR Newswire, a subsidiary of UBM plc.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. identifies top doctors in America and provides consumers with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in printed guides and online directories. It is important to note that doctors do not and cannot pay to be included in any Castle Connolly guide or online directory. Learn more at http://www.castleconnolly.com.

American Registry, LLC, recognizes excellence in top businesses and professionals. For more information, search The Registry™ athttp://www.theamericanregistry.com.

Contact Info: 
Dr. Mark P. Leondires 
Phone: 203-750-7400 
Email Address: mleondires@rmact.com 
Website: www.rmact.com

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RMACT Fertility Doctor is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor in Connecticut

Posted by Laura Oreilly on Tue, Jul 15, 2014
  
  
  
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RMACT Fertility Doctor is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor in Connecticut

 

Dr. Shaun Williams Recognized by Patients for His Excellence in Fertility Care

 

NORWALK, CT– Based on patient input, Dr. Shaun C. Williams of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor. Vitals, which is an online resource for patients to rate and find doctors, analyzes online patient reviews about several components of care, including bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, and degree of follow-up, to determine the 10 all-around best physicians in their specialties. Of the 870,000 active physicians, Dr. Williams is among the top 1%.

 

“I feel honored that our patients take the time to share their experience with others and rate us online,” says Dr. Williams, a fertility specialist with RMACT. “Our team, which includes fertility nurses, nutritionist, patient navigators, medical assistants and financial advisors, is extremely proud of the care we provide patients, and that is especially true of our stand-out pregnancy rates.”

 

Dr. Williams, who is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, has also previously been named a “Best Doctor in America” and Fairfield County “Top Doc.” Dr. Williams has been treating Connecticut infertility patients since 2005; beforehand, he practiced with Pacific Gynecology Specialists in Seattle, Washington and was an associate clinical instructor in the Department of OB/GYN at University of Washington.

 

Dr. Williams earned his undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Austin and went on to study medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he was part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He conducted his internship and residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he received the Berlex Labs Resident Teaching Awards. Dr. Williams did a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

 

Dr. Williams has been published numerous times, and has presented five of his abstracts at American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual conference for professionals in the infertility field. He is a member of ASRM, Fairfield County Medical Association, Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and associate member of Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

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RMACT Provides Fertility Testing for Teachers in July

Posted by Laura Oreilly on Tue, Jul 15, 2014
  
  
  

RMACT Provides Fertility Testing for Teachers in July

 

For all that teachers give to our community and our schools, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is proud to offer free fertility testing for female teachers. Connecticut and New York teachers can visit any of RMACT's four locations for an anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) blood test. AMH is an excellent measure of a woman's ovarian reserve, the remaining strength of a woman's eggs, which naturally declines with age. Whether they are interested in starting a family now or planning for the future, an AMH test provides women with information about their reproductive and fertility health through a simple blood test.

 

RMACT's medical staff will conduct blood draws and AMH tests from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the fertility practice's locations in Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford and Trumbull on a walk-in basis during these time periods. To learn more, click here

 

"Teachers understand the power of knowledge, and we want to give them this important information about their fertility and their reproductive health," says Dr. Joshua Hurwitz, a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and partner with RMACT. "This knowledge is essential for a woman to make important decisions about her fertility options whether she is interested in starting a family today or in several years."

 

Teachers who come to RMACT will have their blood drawn and will receive a phone call from an RMACT nurse with results within 10 business days. The AMH blood test can be drawn at any time of a woman's menstrual cycle, even if she is on Birth Control Pills so there is no special scheduling required.

 

AMH levels are widely recognized as a reliable indicator of a woman's reproductive potential; however, it does not give the full picture. For a more thorough understanding of their fertility, patients should schedule an individual consultation at RMACT that includes a complete diagnostic work-up. For women, this diagnostic testing includes AMH, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and hysterosalpingogram (HSG). For men, who contribute to up to 40 percent of infertility issues, diagnostic testing includes semen analysis. Both partners will also discuss their family and medical histories during their initial consultations.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) 
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County's largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT's Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT's IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

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Endangered Baby Orangutan Born through First-Ever Successful Assisted Reproduction

Posted by Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Care Team on Fri, Jun 13, 2014
  
  
  

LEO Zoological Conservation Center, Veterinarians, and Dr. Mark Leondires Accomplish a Milestone Victory for Wildlife Conservation

orangutan assisted reproductionGREENWICH, CT – After decades of trial and error by major universities and zoological institutions, a small nonprofit conservation center, LEO Zoological Conservation Center, has successfully developed a program using assisted reproduction to aid in the plight to save wild orangutans. On May 20, 2014, Maggie, a 22-year-old orangutan at LEO Zoological Conservation Center, had a baby male orangutan; both mother and baby are healthy and doing well.

This breakthrough completes the first step of LEO Zoological Conservation Center’s Wild Cycling Program, which began two years ago. Wild cycling, first coined by LEO Zoological Conservation Center’s Founder and Director Marcella Leone, aims for the eventual recycling of genes in and out of zoological institutions and wild populations in order to expand genetic diversity.

LEO Zoological Conservation Center invited Dr. Mark Leondires of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), a leader in the fertility field and treatment of infertility in humans, to aid in this Wild Cycling Program. Dr. Leondires, LEO Zoological Conservation Center veterinarians and staff monitored female orangutans to track ovulation and menstruation cycles to determine the least invasive treatment plan with the best chance of success while staff developed a training and conditioning standard, based on their natural habits. Together, they performed natural cycle intrauterine insemination (IUI) with sperm collected from a male orangutan. This single round of treatment successfully resulted in pregnancy.

 

This scientific advancement comes at a critical time as Earth’s wild forests are being removed 10 times faster than any possible rate of re-growth and a species of plant or animals goes extinct every 20 minutes. During the past 60 years, the orangutan population has decreased by 50 percent as tropical forests are harvested for palm oil, which is used in many foods and soap products. Many experts estimate that orangutans will be extinct in their natural habitat in the next 25 years.

 

“We are proud to contribute to the continued existence of this gentle, intelligent species through the success of our ongoing Wild Cycling Program,” says Leone.  “The science here could redefine the ways conservationists and scientists approach wildlife preservation in the future.”

 

Both Maggie and baby are doing very well after a short labor in her favorite yellow wheelbarrow that she continues to make sleeping nests in every night. Maggie’s baby has been a precious addition who is not only doted on by his mother but by the other five orangutans at the center. As the Wild Cycling Program continues to progress, a second pregnant, soon-to-be first time orangutan mother will be spending her days alongside Maggie and her new baby in order to learn the necessary parenting skills. 

 

LEO ZOOLOGICAL CONSERVATION CENTER needs help naming the new baby. Visit www.LEOzoo.org/namethebaby to submit your suggestion. We are accepting recommendations until 12:00pm EST on June 30, 2014.

 

About LEO Zoological Conservation Center

LEO Zoological Conservation Center is a nonprofit, low impact, accredited off-site breeding facility, in Greenwich, Connecticut, for rare and endangered animals with a focus on breeding species at risk. Education and conservation based research are the cornerstones of the center’s efforts. Low impact means that we provide large spaces and limit stress and exposure to human crowds, creating the best environment for breeding, in order to provide animals to public zoos and for future reintroduction programs into the wild. Although five years young, LEO Zoological Conservation Center is no stranger to unique births; the facility has welcomed endangered Rothschild giraffes, Asian Fishing Cats, White Handed Gibbons, Brazilin Tapirs and Eastern Mountain Bongos among many others.

For more information visit http://www.LEOzoo.org or find us on Facebook.

 

LEO Zoological Conservation Center’s Wild Cycling Program creates a brand new and sustainable concept recycling genes expanding genetic diversity.  This program is a four pronged approach: natural breeding, fresh semen IUI, extended semen IUI, and frozen semen ICSY.

 

Specifically in the case of the endangered orangutan, the Wild Cycling Program could:

  • Avoid costly transfers of animals between zoological institutions, which disrupts social groups and creates stress and trauma related health issues. This will contribute to the work that zoos are doing by banking genetic material and truly allowing them to become genetic arks of the future. 
  • Aid the wild population that has decreased by over 50% in the last 60 years primarily due to the palm oil trade, as well as other major threats.  As a result, the now isolated communities of orangutans will inevitably suffer from a decline of genetic diversity and negative effects of inbreeding. Many experts estimate that orangutans will be extinct in their natural habitat in the next 25 years

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

Dr. Mark Leondires is a partner with RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

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Fertility Doctor Leads “IVF Basics for All” Workshop at The Center’s LGBTQ Family Building Expo in New York City

Posted by Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Care Team on Thu, May 08, 2014
  
  
  

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On May 10, 2014 in New York City, Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com, will lead a workshop called “IVF Basics for All” from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. at The Center’s second annual Family Building Expo. GayParentsToBe.com, which is primarily an informational resource for the LGBTQ community, is sponsoring the Expo.

 

During “IVF Basics for All,” Dr. Leondires will explain how gay, lesbian and transgender individuals can plan for a family through the following topics: assisted reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF), gestational carriers (also known as a surrogates), donor egg and donor sperm and fertility preservation. He will also explain now individuals with Hepatitis and HIV can have a genetically related child.

 

“I want attendees to leave the workshop knowing they can be parents, no matter what obstacles they think stand in the way,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “I’m proud to share my personal experience as a gay dad who worked with gestational carriers, as well as my medical knowledge about assisted reproductive technologies.”

 

In addition to the workshop, GayParentsToBe.com will have a booth at the Expo where attendees can get written materials about family building options for LGBTQ community. Dr. Leondires will also be on hand to answer questions.

 

The Center presents its second annual LGBTQ Family Building Expo on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 208 W 13th St, New York, NY. Admission, which includes a welcome lunch and workshops throughout the day, is free. For a complete schedule and other details, please go to:https://gaycenter.org/lgbtfamilyexpo.

 

 

About GayParentsToBe.com

GayParentsToBe.com is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBTQ community. Through its partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), GayParentsToBe.com provides full service care by working with an established professional network, including gestational carrier (surrogate), egg donor and sperm donor agencies to help LGBTQ persons build families. The GayParentsToBe.com Team is led by Medical Director Dr. Mark P. Leondires, a gay father who married his partner in 2011.

 

GayParentsToBe.com patients benefit from the experience and services of RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. 

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RMACT Joins RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association®for Advocacy Day in Washington, DC

Posted by Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Care Team on Thu, May 08, 2014
  
  
  

Norwalk, CT, May 07, 2014

Dr. Spencer Richlin of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) will meet with Connecticut representatives Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, and Congressman Jim Himes to discuss infertility and The Family Act (H.R. 3522). Dr. Richlin is taking part of Advocacy Day with hundreds of Americans and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association on Capitol Hill to voice their struggles with infertility, including its emotional, physical, and financial impact on patients’ lives.

 

During his meetings with Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, and Congressman Jim Himes, Dr. Richlin will discuss The Family Act, a proposed legislation that would allow more people to afford in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, allow wounded vets to seek IVF treatment to build their family, and advocate for the Adoption Tax Credit to remain permanent.

 

“My patients are courageous and resilient in the face of infertility, but they need support,” says Dr. Richlin, a Board Certified reproductive endocrinologist. “Everyday my team and I help our patients by providing them with the medical and emotional tools that will help them successfully build their families. And now we are asking Congress to support them through The Family Act.”

 

In addition to its presence in Washington D.C., RMACT has been encouraging patients to take part in a letter writing campaign. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7.3 million Americans, or 1 in 8 couples of childbearing, age are infertile. Advocacy Day is an opportunity for patients around the country to unite by telling their stories and making an appeal for support through this important legislation.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) 
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

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Friday Fertile Yoga Has Moved

Posted by Lisa Rosenthal on Fri, May 02, 2014
  
  
  
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Friday Fertile Yoga in Danbury Has Moved to Bethel!

 

WHERE: YogaSpace 78 Stony Hill Road Bethel, CT 06801

 

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 13, 20, 27

 

TIME: 6:00-7:15 PM

 

Please check www.PathtoFertility before coming to class in case of any cancellation.

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.

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RMACT Sponsors March of Dimes 2014 “March for Babies” in Danbury, CT

Posted by RMA ofCT on Fri, May 02, 2014
  
  
  

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is sponsoring March of Dimes' annual fundraiser to show its dedication to healthy pregnancy. The RMACT Team, which includes fertility doctors, reproductive nurses, infertility patients and colleagues, will walk in Danbury, CT on May 4, 2014.

 

Danbury, CT April 10, 2014

 

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is affirming its goal of healthy pregnancies by sponsoring the March of Dimes and its annual fundraiser, “March for Babies” for the fifth consecutive year. Along with its sponsorship and overall fundraising efforts, the RMACT Team will show solidarity for healthy babies by walking in Danbury, CT on May 4.

 

“The March of Dimes does important work to promote healthy pregnancies through education and research,” says Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz, a fertility specialist and partner at RMACT. “We support this not only through our annual sponsorship of the March for Babies, but also through our daily clinical work with each of our fertility patients. We encourage our patients to improve their overall health, including stress reduction, moderate exercise and eating balanced, nutritious foods to improve the likelihood of achieving a healthy pregnancy.”

 

Beyond medical care, RMACT supports patients with many tools to improve their health, including nutrition counseling, mind-body coaching, Fertile Yoga classes, acupuncture and support groups all within the RMACT offices in Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury and Trumbull. Many of these services and educational workshops, which are part of RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program, are free or covered by insurance.

 

“We are proud to once again include RMACT among our March for Babies sponsors and partners. We both share the same mission vision – to provide all moms a healthy and full-term pregnancy and a strong, healthy baby. We thank them for their commitment to our cause,” said Deb Fafard, State Director, March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter.

 

To make a pledge to March of Dimes through the RMACT Team, please go to: 
http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/t2100557.

 

About March of Dimes 
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) 
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information, visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

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