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

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

by Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Care Team

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.

Topics: RMACT, Infertility Awareness, Support

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Joins RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association® To Observe National Infertility Awareness Week

by Tally Jacobs

 
National Public Education Initiative Takes Place April 20-April 26, 2014
 

 

NORWALK, CT (April 10, 2014) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association (NIAW) will recognize the twenty-fifth Anniversary of National Infertility Awareness Week®, April 20 through April 26, 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.

 

“Education and awareness are our most powerful tools against infertility,” says Dr. Spencer Richlin, an RMA CT reproductive endocrinologist who will be participating in RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day on May 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.  “Through NIAW and Advocacy Day we are creating awareness about infertility among Congress and anyone who plans to have a family. After all, even patients who are otherwise healthy can struggle with infertility.”

 

Throughout the year, RMACT helps educate patients about healthy pregnancies and their fertility through individual medical care, seminars, workshops and written materials.  During NIAW, RMACT is hosting several free events in Connecticut:

 

April 23:

  • Fertility Yoga, 5:45 – 7:00 p.m., Trumbull Office (115 Technology Drive, suite C200)
  • Ladies Night In, 6:45 – 8:00 p.m., Trumbull Office (115 Technology Drive, suite C200)

 April 24:

  • Fertile Yoga, 5:45 – 7:00 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)
  • Prenatal Yoga, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)

April 25:

  • Fertile Yoga, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., YogaSpace in Brookfield (777 Federal Road)

April 26:

  • Fertile Meal Planning, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)

 

 

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

 

 

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. 

Topics: SART, infertility community, Fertility clinic, reproductive endocrinologist, ASRM, Support

Fertile Yoga and Ladies Night In Cancelled 12/18/13

by Jon Ward

Notice: All Fertile Yoga and Ladies Night In classes are canceled on Wednesday 12/18/13.

We apologize: Due to the inclement weather and concerns for icy roads this evening we are canceling Ladies Night In and Fertile Yoga.  


Everyone’s health and safety is our main priority. We hope to see you back at yoga on January 8th in Trumbull or join us in Norwalk on Thursday or Brookfield on Friday for Yoga.


The next Ladies night in for Trumbull is January 22. 


Thank you,

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RMACT Team

Topics: Support, Yoga

Fertility Practice Hosts Support Group for Single Women Considering Parenthood

by Katie Gaines

Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Empowers Women to Share Their Concerns, Questions and Hopes for Parenthood as Single Women

 

NORWALK, CT (July 11, 2013) – On Tuesday, July 23 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) will host a group discussion and social gathering for single women interested in parenthood. Facilitated by RMACT’s psychologist Lisa Tuttle, PhD, the support group may include topics such as choosing a sperm donor; talking to friends, family, and co-workers; creating a strong support system; how to talk with your child(ren) about donor conception.

 

“Over the past several years, especially now that egg freezing technology has greatly improved, we have seen increased interest from single women who want to start a family,” says Dr. Lisa Tuttle, a clinical psychologist with over 17 years of experience helping fertility patients. “Our RMACT Team wants to support and empower these women by educating them about the medical and psychosocial aspects of using a sperm donor.”

 

The discussion will give women a chance to meet other like-minded women, and to talk about the decisions related to being a single mother. It is also a chance to voice their anxieties and excitement, and to find support from others in a similar situation.

 

When: Tuesday, July 23

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: RMACT Norwalk Office; 10 Glover Avenue

 

Please go to www.rmact.com/events for a complete list of RMACT seminars and classes on topics such as preconception wellness and Fertile Yoga.

 

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.

 

Topics: Support, Single Female

Infertility Secrets and Privacy | New on Fertility Authority

by Cara Murray

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!

 

Topics: Privacy, Friendship, Support

Shout Out to Dr. Hurwitz on Fertility Authority

by Katie Gaines

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!

Topics: Fertility, SART, Support

RMACT Joins RESOLVE

by Katie Gaines

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.

 

 

 

Topics: Infertility Awareness, Support

Fertility Authority Interviewed Dr. Joshua Hurwitz and Lisa Rosenthal

by Katie Gaines

 

Dr. Joshua Hurwitz and Lisa Rosenthal were interviewed by Fertility Authority on the benefits of Yoga and Low Impact Exercise during fertility treatment. Check out the article titled "Finding Balance During Fertility Treatment" on FertilityAuthority.com.

 

Fertile Yoga Class 

 

 

Topics: Support, Fertility Treatment, Yoga, RMACT Doctors

LADIES NIGHT IN NORWALK TONIGHT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

by Greg Zola

LADIES NIGHT IN NORWALK TONIGHT (Wednesday February 13th, 2013) HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Unfortunatly snow is supposed to start around the mid evening hours and with the unpredictability of mother nature latley RMACT doesn't want to take the chance of anyone running to trouble on the roads. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe. 

Topics: Support