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

by Evan Watson

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. 

Topics: RMACT Team, Support

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

by Evan Watson

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.

Topics: RMACT, LGBT Family Building, Beatrice Abshire, RMACT Doctors