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Infertility Secrets and Privacy | New on Fertility Authority

Posted by Cara Murray on Fri, Jun 07, 2013
  
  
  

What is the difference between infertility secrecy and privacy?  The Fertility Authority has published Lisa Rosenthal's new blog exploring this question and its impacts.  To read the piece, click here: "Infertility Secrets and Privacy".  In our Facebook age, where we live with the contradictions of TMI sharing and virtual isolation, her considerations are especially timely.  Lisa will be contributing to Fertility Authority on a regular basis.  We'll keep you posted!

 

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

Posted by Cara Murray on Thu, May 16, 2013
  
  
  

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.  See you next week!

 

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.

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Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz Interviewed on WICC Radio About Fertility

Posted by Katie Gaines on Fri, May 03, 2013
  
  
  

 

Last Friday, April 26 2013, Dr. Hurwitz was interviewed by DJ Tony on WICC radio about infertility, secondary infertility and the impact of age. He discussed the work we do with patients everyday here at RMACT, encompassing everything from simple solutions to more advanced medical treatments. Dr. Hurwitz encouraged listeners to be proactive about their fertility. 

 

Please listen below to hear Dr. Hurwitz on WICC.

 

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RMACT Launches Website for Spanish-Speaking Infertility Patients

Posted by Katie Gaines on Wed, May 01, 2013
  
  
  

Fertility Practice Creates Website for Hispanic Audience 

NORWALK, CT (April 30, 2013) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), Fairfield County’s leading fertility practice and egg donation center, is launching a new website for Spanish-speaking infertility patients. Fairfield County’s Hispanic population, which is about 161,106 people or 17.4% of the County’s total population (925,899)[1], would benefit from a Spanish language fertility center website.

 

The new website, which can be found by clicking on the Spanish flag at www.rmact.com, contains over 100 pages of information about infertility, treatments and even a glossary of infertility terms. Like RMACT’s main website, this website has a section that outlines what new patients can expect during their first visits, including a consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist and diagnostic testing. It also describes a range of treatment options, ranging from non-invasive paths such as nutrition counseling to sophisticated procedures such as vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), or as they known in Spanish, Fecundación in vitro and Cribado pancromosómico. 

 

“For many of our patients, online research is their first step to learning about infertility and to making a plan for starting a family,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director of RMACT. “We hope that this website can help Spanish-speaking patients understand their options and help them feel less isolated. It is important for patients to have a firm understanding of their diagnosis and to feel confident in their treatment plan.”

 

RMACT believes all patients benefit from learning about infertility, treatment options and how their overall health affects their chances of successfully getting pregnant. In addition to written and online materials, RMACT offers seminars, peer support groups, Fertile Yoga classes and teach classes for patients whose treatment includes injections.  In 2012, RMACT hosted 32 seminars for patients and the general public with topics that included nutrition, reproductive health, stress management, preconception health and infertility factors for men and women.

 

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 (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. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT 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. 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.



[1] http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/09/09001.html

 

 

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Shout Out to Dr. Hurwitz on Fertility Authority

Posted by Katie Gaines on Wed, May 01, 2013
  
  
  
Fertility Authority published an excellent article titled "What You Need to Know about Fertility Clinic Success Rates." It discusses how to read pregnancy rates and what to look for, such as the number of embryos transferred and live birth rates. Dr Hurwitz is quoted and does a great job explaining how to interpret SART data. This is a great read and is not to be missed!

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Fertility Doctor Discusses Surrogacy at LGBT Family Building Expo Presented by the Center

Posted by Greg Zola on Tue, Apr 23, 2013
  
  
  

Mark Leondires, MD Shares Personal and Professional Perspective on April 27 in NYC

describe the imageNORWALK, CT (April 25, 2013) – On April 27 in New York City, Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com, will participate in a panel about surrogacy for LGBT families at the LGBT Family Building Expo. The Expo, which is presented by the Center, is designed to educate the gay and lesbian community about their options for building a family, including adoption, alternative insemination, foster care and surrogacy, as well as discuss the emotional and legal issues. GayParentsToBe.com, which is primarily an informational resource for the LGBT community, is sponsoring the Expo.

 

“I am proud to share my opinions and expertise as both a dad and a physician at a larger fertility center. I hope to offer to insights, support, and professional expertise to the LGBT community,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “As a father and husband, I want to share the joy of being a parent with others in the LGBT community. While it was a hurdle to get started, the rewards are boundless. I hope to use my experience as a fertility doctor to help others understand their medical options when it comes to LGBT family building.”

 

During the “Family Building Information Session: Surrogacy,” Dr. Leondires will be part of a panel that will share their personal and professional perspectives as experts in psychology, law, insurance and fertility. Dr. Leondires’ goal is to demystify and simplify the process of becoming a parent through surrogacy, including the role of assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

 

“For more than two decades, Center Families has helped community members create, nurture and grow their families. It has served as a resource at every stage of family life and as a place to visit to mark significant moments,” said Glennda Testone, Executive Director of the Center. “We are proud to serve those who are beginning to build families by hosting the first LGBT Family Building Expo, just as we are proud to support LGBT families at every milestone.”

 

The Center presents LGBT Family Building Expo on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 208 W 13th St, New York, NY. Admission, which includes a welcome lunch and cocktail reception, is free for members, $35 for non-members. Other notable sessions at The Expo include:

 

-“Reading and Q&A Session” with Dan Bucatinsky, who is a gay father, actor and author of Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?

 

-“Out with Kids,” a session moderated by Angeline Acain, editor and owner of Gay Parent Magazine about being in the workforce as an LGBT parent

 

-“Navigating Family Building Options: What do you need to know?”
Led by Patricia Mendel, LCSW, attendees will be challenged to think about their own decision making, with the goal of helping them to make informed and appropriate choices. 



 

About the Center

Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is at the heart of the LGBT community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. We strive to serve the LGBT community with a full-service, multi-faceted approach to programming, from hosting arts and entertainment events, advocacy groups and family gatherings to offering youth, recovery and overall wellness programs. Each year, the Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to our building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who engage in our life-changing and life-saving activities. We are proud to be your community Center. To learn more about our work, please visit www.gaycenter.org.

 

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. The GayParentsToBe.com Team includes Andrea Braverman, Ph.D. and 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 Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. 

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RMACT Joins RESOLVE

Posted by Katie Gaines on Fri, Apr 19, 2013
  
  
  

RMACT Joins RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

To Observe National Infertility Awareness Week®

National Public Education Initiative Takes Place April 21-April 27, 2013

 

NORWALK, CT (April 22, 2013) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association will recognize National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW), April 21 through April 27, joining millions of women and men fighting the disease of infertility, healthcare professionals, psychologists and other thought leaders to promote greater awareness about infertility.

 

RESOLVE works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options.

 

“Fertility education is an important part of our practice throughout the year, and especially during NIAW,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, medical director of RMACT, which hosted 32 educational seminars for patients and the general public last year. “Our goal is to help women and men find answers and get the support they need to make important medical decisions and address the medical, emotional, social and economic challenges infertility can present.”

 

Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s President/CEO, says: “The theme of National Infertility Awareness Week® is ‘Join the Movement,’ and RESOLVE is delighted to work with practices and organizations across the country to call attention to the disease of infertility. This is a wonderful week when our community comes together to rally around the cause of infertility.”

 

RESOLVE’s NIAW 2013 is supported by its NIAW Partners: EMD Serono, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, First Response, Freedom Fertility Pharmacy, Merck, OptumHealth, OvaScience, Rite Aid, Shady Grove Fertility, and Univfy.

 

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 (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. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT 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. 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 www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

 

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org.

 

About National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW)

Founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, NIAW is a movement that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and encourages the public to take charge of their reproductive health. Each year the infertility community comes together for one week to focus on ensuring that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive; enhancing public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention; and educating legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state. In 2010 NIAW became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.resolve.org/niaw.

 

 

 

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RMACT Trumbull office will be closed Monday April 15th.

Posted by Jon Ward on Fri, Apr 12, 2013
  
  
  

Our Trumbull office will be closed this coming Monday April 15th. Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford will be open for business as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Thank you,

 

~RMACT Team. 

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

Posted by Greg Zola on Fri, Apr 12, 2013
  
  
  
March of Dimes | Fertility Clinic CTFertility Practice Takes A Step Toward Healthy Pregnancies

NORWALK, CT (April 16, 2013) – For the fourth consecutive year, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is sponsoring the March of Dimes and its annual fundraiser, “March for Babies.” Like March of Dimes, RMACT believes in the power of education and necessity of research for widespread healthy pregnancies. Along with its sponsorship and overall fundraising efforts, the RMACT Team will walk in Danbury, CT on May 4 and in Fairfield, CT on May 5.

 

“The March of Dimes does important work, and we are proud to support their efforts,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director of RMACT. “Each year I am struck by how powerful and emotional it is to see hundreds of people gathered in hope of giving babies a healthy start.  By walking together, we remember the babies that have been lost and recommit ourselves to overcoming prematurity and birth defects in the future."

 

Aubrey Keely, community director for the March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter, says: “The March of Dimes thanks RMACT for its commitment to ensure that all babies are born healthy and strong.  The support of our partners and sponsors is crucial to our success and helps maintain vital research, education and advocacy efforts across our state and throughout the nation.”

 

Beyond its partnership with March of Dimes, RMACT puts education and research at the forefront of the fertility practice throughout the year. In 2012, RMACT hosted 32 educational seminars for patients and the general public with topics that included nutrition, reproductive health, stress management, preconception health and infertility factors for men and women. In addition, they hosted regular support groups and offered complimentary Fertile Yoga classes. RMACT patients benefit from a better understanding of their fertility treatment plans, as well as how their lifestyle habits can boost or hinder their chances of successfully getting pregnant.

 

RMACT patients also benefit from cutting edge assisted reproductive technology and clinical studies. For example, RMACT is the only fertility practice in New England to offer Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), an advanced method of pre-implantation genetics diagnosis (PGD) that contributes to better pregnancy rates through selecting the most viable embryos for transfer during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. In 2012, RMACT participated in several clinical studies, five of which were presented at the annual conference for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the reproductive field’s premier professional group.

 

To make a pledge to March of Dimes through the RMACT Team in Danbury or Fairfield, please go to either of these websites:

http://tinyurl.com/RMACTFairfield

http://tinyurl.com/RMACTDanbury

 

RMACT’s next Preconception Wellness Seminar is taking place on Saturday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. at RMACT’s Norwalk office at 10 Glover Avenue. For more information and a complete list of events, go to:

http://www.rmact.com/events

 

About March of Dimes

In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life.  Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive.  Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects.  About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 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 (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. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT 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. 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 Seminar for Couples: Norwalk

Posted by Greg Zola on Mon, Apr 08, 2013
  
  
  
Couples Fertility Seminar FBThe journey to pregnancy proves to be less stressful, and more successful, when the medical care is a comprehensive and coordinated approach that involves both partners.

 

 

Join us for a FREE seminar on: Thursday April 11, 2013 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM

10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850

 

 Concurrent Sessions: 5:45 – 7:00 PM

 

For our Male Patients:                                          For our Female Patients: 
Optimizing Male Fertility                                         Fertile Yoga

 

Have you ever wondered…

• If there is a relationship between diet, exercise, alcohol, stress, tobacco, or other lifestyle behaviors that may affect our chances of conception?
• How does my body weight, high cholesterol, diabetes, or medications affect my fertility?
• Are vitamins, supplements and protein powders helpful or harmful to my fertility?

 

If so, join Dr. Mark Leondires, RMACT’s Medical Director, and Carolyn Gundell, RMACT’s Nutritionist for an educational seminar addressing these and many more issues.

 

For Everyone: 7:00 – 8:00 PM Support and Encouragement for You and Your Partner

 

Lisa Tuttle, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, will lead a discussion that is geared toward helping partners support each other through the fertility journey.

 

Topics to be discussed include: understanding the typical male and female reactions to infertility and how different they are, what to say and what not to say and coping with the stress of infertility and managing that stress in your relationship.

 

A light dinner will be served.

 

Free Admission for RMACT Patients, but please RSVP to Jenn at 203-750-7484 or jsantana@rmact.com

www.RMACT.com
www.PathToFertility.com
www.GayParentsToBe.com

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