Fertility Practice's Grateful Thoughts: RMACT Team Shares
We are grateful to you, our patients. You put your trust in us to help you create your families. For that we are grateful.
We are grateful to each other, here at team RMACT. We work as a team, to bring about your dreams. We like each other, we respect each other, for that we are grateful.
Here are some Thanksgiving wishes and words of gratitude from our RMACT team. ~ Lisa Rosenthal
I am thankful that we are able to make dreams come true!! And for much much more!!!
I am so grateful for my family and all of the wonderful people who share my world. I'm also fortunate to love what I do and to work at a facility that helps people every day and shares my value system. What else could a girl ask for?
I am thankful for so much. I am truly thankful to come to a place to work that truly changes peoples' lives. I am thankful to be part of the RMACT team and for supportive co-workers and senior staff.
I am thankful for my mother and brother who are truly sources of unfaltering love and support. I am thankful for my friends who accept me for who I am and are always there for me. I am thankful for my extended family here at RMACT who throughout the years has been there for me. I am thankful for laughter because it gets me through the toughest of situations many times. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Oh gratitude, speak, scream, cry.
Thank the Gods and the Goddesses for the miracle of life,
For the producers of seeds, the stars,
For the ever pregnancy of our mother earth,
For science and its doctors,
Their philosophy and curiosity that inquire them
To help nature in the process of evolution,
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be part of RMA-CT where I can offer my hand
To many humans beings in need of the gift of a complete family.
Oh gratitude, do not be silent,
Let us all gather during this Thanksgiving Day,
Call all our children, the diamonds of our lives
To celebrate the magnificence of our extended family
And while the world is lit on fire,
Let us light it with the flame of love.
The solid foundation of a supportive and encouraging family who have allowed me the room to dream big, aim high and catch me when I stumble is what I am most thankful for this year. I feel incredibly thankful for my RMACT family as well – I know how lucky I am to be surrounded by these dedicated, generous, smart, and funny people and am incredibly proud to be a part of this practice.
I am thankful for my health and the health of my family which allows me to “pay it forward” in this amazing field of reproductive medicine. Whether it’s helping to physically build RMACT’s future, running a Ladies Night In session with Lisa or even answering a patient’s cry for help at 10pm on a Saturday night it’s what I live for and what I am thankful for every day. Thank you for taking care of me as a patient 11 years ago, for my two beautiful girls that will be 10 this May and of course supporting me through this most recent RMACT project.
For some lighter iPark related humor, I am most thankful for a brilliant team of architects, designers and contractors, the amazing wall covering that’s about to go up, the carpet in the den, the gorgeous, huge utility rooms, the paint color “smoked oyster,” perfect weather that kept us on schedule, and I will stop now.
I am thankful for so many things – my health, my children, family and loved ones. I am truly grateful for making new friends and keeping the old ones. I am thankful for the smooth transition I’m making here at RMACT – I have found that my coworkers have really embraced me as if I have been a part of the team for years . . . That is not something you find at every job. Not only has the staff made an effort to welcome me with open arms and warm smiles but so have the patients, even while going through their own ups and downs here.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of love, laughs and food.
I cherish every day and I am grateful that every day is an opportunity to start something new. I am thankful for every person in my life that offers me support along my journey, those who bring me joy, the ones that make me laugh, the ones that listen to me and the ones that trust me to listen to them. I am thankful to RMACT, personally and professionally, and could not be happier for being part of the team.
I am thankful for my loving family!! Those here today and those that are no longer with us. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. My heart would certainly not be this full!! They keep me on my toes and always smiling.
I am thankful for laughing, for I feel it is the greatest medicine.
Last, I am thankful for my warm bed, the food to feed my family, and the loving hugs that I am so blessed to receive! Happy Thanksgiving all!!!!
I have so much to be thankful for, a wonderful husband and my two beautiful children that give my life a purpose in a way that I never imagined. I am grateful to work in a profession and at RMACT where coming to work is something more than “just a job”.
I feel fortunate and thankful to spend time with family and friends on the holidays and to not take for granted that I have a roof over my head and a beautiful meal on the table.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Here is a thanksgiving quote that I like by John Fitzgerald Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” I am thankful for my friends, old and new. My family including my 80 year old parents…how lucky we are to still have them and their wisdom. My daughter who brings daily joy to my life. My pets who love me no matter what. My colleagues and co-workers who work hard and truly care about our patients as well as each other on a daily basis. Google who has taught me the difference between colleague and co-worker. My health – how lucky to be breathing, walking and even dancing. Last but not least, God, who watches over and cares for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for my dad who has not been in the best health, but still insists on bringing me coffee every morning :) I'm thankful for my boyfriend who has helped me through all of my dad's health scares, and my family who always helps each other.
I am thankful for a family that has taught me unconditional love, a husband who makes me lighter than I am, and a job that continues to teach me the power of hope and resilience.
I am most thankful for my family. I am beyond grateful for my dad and his health and his awesome recovery after having his heel completely re-constructed & being in and out of hospitals for over a year. He is the strongest person, mentally and physically that I know and still manages to do everything for our family. I am thankful for my mom for holding it together and always smiling, my sister for being her crazy self, and little brother who keeps me young. And my boyfriend who I recently moved in with and still loves me!
I am so thankful to be part of the process by which our patients can build their family, regardless of the outcome. I never take for granted how special I feel to be an integral part of someone’s journey and never tire of calling someone to tell them that they are pregnant.
I also realize that the staff at RMA CT is incredibly special and am grateful to be a part of it.
I am most thankful for my health, to be able to wake up every day and enjoy my time with my loved ones. I am also thankful for being blessed with a new wonderful marriage and 5 step children, whom I truly adore…. Being able to work for RMACT itself is rewarding. I love what I do and am VERY thankful to be a part of this family…May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I am thankful first and foremost for my family. My healthy, thriving children that are happy and full of love & hope for the future, my wonderfully loving & supportive husband that is a rock. Time and time again he proves there is nothing we can’t accomplish without each other, my parents, for their love not only for me, but my children; there isn’t a time they haven’t dropped everything to be there for us, my brothers & sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. I am grateful for the memories we are creating for our children. They are all filled with such love for each other. My friends. I have the best friends in the world. I love our chats, I love that we are at a point in our lives that we can laugh and cry in the same conversations. And lastly, I am forever grateful for the work we all do at RMACT. I look forward to going to work everyday and for that I am grateful!
I am thankful that each day I wake up in a place where nature’s beauty is easily accessible. I am grateful for good health, my close-knit family, for all the people who have faith in me. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with people who are interesting, passionate and dedicated.
This year is a tough year for my family. This is the first thanksgiving without my dad. So first off, I am so grateful for all the amazing time I got to share with him. I am so grateful that he was able to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. He was my biggest supporter who always told me I am capable of anything I put my mind to. I am also grateful for my mom who has been such a rock for our entire family. My sisters and brother who know exactly what to do to make me mad and laugh 'til I’m crying but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. And to my wonderful husband who has been the one to keep me going every day. And to everyone at RMACT for your kind words through the toughest time of my life, thank you for being there when I just needed someone to cry to or a simple hug.
I am thankful for coffee in a pretty mug, time to go for a run with my husband, happy children in my bed at 5am, and the two pregnant mommas in my neighborhood that will both deliver RMA CT babies next Spring!!!
I’d like to share a nice image from yesterday with everyone:
After a successful initial pregnancy scan in Trumbull yesterday, I watched through the big windows the couple walk out to their cars together and give each other a very tender, long and meaningful hug before they got into their respective cars. I am thankful that we can give our patients these special moments together in their life’s journey.
Happy and meaningful thanksgiving to all!
I am most grateful to my family; for my sister who has always kept my secrets, my father who has always made me laugh, my mother who always knows just what to say, and my husband who accepts me just as I am.
I am most grateful for my husband who has been by my side from when I thought I could handle things on my own and who has never given up on me. For my parents and my sister – without them I would not be as successful as I am without their support from switching careers and have pushed me to never give up and go for the highest of stars. (Even if tears are/were involved). Lastly, I am grateful for my twin daughters whose personalities brighten up any kind of day. They are my pride and joy!
I am thankful for another year with my wonderful family and friends. I am blessed with the greatest sister, the most supportive husband, a mother with a heart of gold and three adventurous sons. This year I have been given the opportunity to not just work but learn from the incredible team at RMACT. I have always believed it is the little things in life that are important and that every day is a blessing.
This year, I am thankful for the opportunity to join the RMACT team. I now look forward to coming to work every day, and being a part of an incredible team, so committed to our mission of providing compassionate and supportive care for our patients. I am also eternally thankful for my family and friends who provide me with ongoing support and encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for all the people who work with RMACT. They are so special and work tirelessly to help our patients meet their goals. Every person at RMACT is part of the puzzle that makes it all happen. And, I thank our patients for allowing us to be part of their life. Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving.
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Fertile Yoga Update
No Fertile Yoga in Trumbull, CT tonight
November 26, 2014
due to snow storm
Stay safe and sound today~ Lisa Rosenthal
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Conversations About Egg Freezing
Fear and ignorance. Mainly fear. That’s all I’m going to say here about the verdict that came down last night that is rocking our country today. If you want more of my thoughts, please feel free to take a look on my FertileYoga Facebook page.
There’s a lot going on in the infertility world. Egg freezing is still on the top of the list from what I can see. I wanted to share a conversation about egg freezing that occurred in a group of women who have no experiences with infertility. Most of them are moms. None of them had any problem becoming pregnant. There was even a grandmother. Only two were still of reproductive age. Only one was a still hopeful mom to be, not pregnant yet.
Egg freezing came up. I groaned inwardly, ready to hear a lot of misinformation and judgment about a subject that they probably didn’t know a lot about.
These were an educated group of women who have heard enough, who have listened carefully and who get the issues.
They put it in an interesting way, which I’m sure has been bubbling about; I just haven’t really heard it.
They called egg freezing an insurance policy.
They cut through the chase about whether G----e or F------k should be “paying” for egg freezing. Or if that’s what either or those giant companies is really doing in allowing women to reallocate health funds. We dismissed pretty quickly (maybe too quickly), whether there was something nefarious about giant companies paying for egg freezing, thereby encouraging women to delay childbearing so that they can work longer for said companies. We went with the rather more superficial, “this determination gives women more choices, not less”.
Egg Freezing as Insurance
Probably you all got that a while ago and I’m just a bit slow. It didn’t occur to me before yesterday that women were hoping NOT to have to use these eggs. I assumed that they would. I assumed that they would need to, either because there was no partner yet, there was never a partner, that they ended up with an infertility problem or because they wanted to wait long enough that their eggs weren’t viable.
It didn’t occur to me that the egg freezing could be a “just in case”.
Is that what it is?
Egg freezing as a “just in case”?
What a powerful message.
Our twenty/thirty-year-olds are getting it. They are hearing and learning what their fertility is and what it is not. That our fertility cannot be put on hold and then relied on when we feel ready. It doesn’t always work well that way. We are young, vibrant and dynamic in our 30’s. And our 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond.
But our eggs aren’t.
Sometimes our eggs aren’t even very young in our 20’s.
Even in a “fertile” (no diagnosed infertility problems) woman, egg potential and viability decline as you age. There is a precipitous drop in fertility at age 25. Yes, 25. Not only at 35 but at 25.
For twenty-five years, I have been preaching, teaching, begging women to understand that our fertility declines. That having it all means planning and strategizing when and how. That delaying childbearing can be a tactic that will backfire.
And we’re getting it.
Yes, eggs as an insurance policy. Yes, eggs as a “just in case”.
And yes, this raises a lot more questions.
The Cost of Egg Freezing and Insurance Coverage
We will go on to talk about cost. And insurance coverage.
But for right now?
I’m content that our message has gotten through. Plan your families at least as carefully as you are planning your careers. Don’t assume that becoming pregnant in your 30’s or 40’s is a slam dunk.
If you can afford the insurance policy? I believe that freezing eggs is something to seriously consider.
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Fertility and Men - Getting the Full Picture
There’s only one way to get a full picture of your fertility, if you are in a heterosexual relationship. That is to have both partners in the relationship tested.
Much is said on this blog about fertility testing and treatment for women.
Men, it’s up to you too. We know you don’t want to do this. We don’t want to do this either. Believe me. And while we make light of what you actually have to do to be tested, we know it’s not all that much fun to masturbate into a cup and hand it over for testing. There can be performance anxiety, which can be really uncomfortable, as well as emotional anxiety, which can be VERY uncomfortable.
We feel for you. We do. It’s just that without this testing, there’s almost no point. We see couples come in after years of trying because the Obstetrician/Gynecologist or General Practioner has told the woman that everything’s fine, no cause to be concerned about fertility, only to find out there’s a significant problem with the male side of things that would not have been resolved by regular sexual relations (intercourse).
This is not meant to scare you. 40% of problems are male factor infertility issues. This is also not meant to scare you. It’s simply a statistic.
Would you really want to keep on trying and failing to become pregnant and not know why? And not know that there are simple and easy ways to become pregnant, even if male factor problems are found?
Would you want to put your partner or wife through that? Would you want to put yourself through that?
I didn’t think so.
Go for the semen analysis test. Find out if there’s a problem. Because then you can fix the problem and have the baby that you want to have. ~Lisa Rosenthal
The Semen Analysis Test
For men, fertility pretty much hinges on having healthy sperm, so semen analysis is the most important test for the male half of a couple that is experiencing fertility issues. It is an inexpensive test that should be done early in any infertility evaluation.
Usually two or more semen samples, taken at separate intervals, are analyzed because it’s normal for sperm counts to fluctuate. The analysis requires abstinence for two to three days. The specimen is collected directly into a clean container.
The semen sample is examined in a laboratory for quantity, color and the presence of infections or blood. Then a detailed sperm analysis is done to determine the number of sperm present and any abnormalities in their size, shape and structure (morphology) and movement (motility).
Low sperm count is also called oligospermia. Theoretically, it only takes one sperm to fertilize an egg, but the odds of one sperm reaching the egg are very low. Consequently, a low sperm count reduces a man’s chances of fathering a child. An urologist can suggest medical or surgical treatments to increase those odds, and men are advised to avoid smoking, excessive drinking and illegal drugs, maintain a healthy weight, and stay out of sources of excessive heat (like tubs and saunas) that can temporarily reduce sperm count.
Factors in Male Infertility
Both morphology and motility are factors in male infertility because they impair the sperm’s ability to reach and fertilize an egg. Some causes of abnormal morphology are infections, high fever, congenital testicular abnormalities, varicocele (enlarged veins in the scrotum) and illicit drug use. Again, an urologist can recommend treatments that can improve morphology, including treating an infection, varicocele repair and hormone replacement. Pregnancy may still be possible through intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization.
If sperm abnormalities are detected, the semen analysis can be repeated in four to six weeks to determine if they are permanent or temporary. If the sperm analysis is normal, your doctor will probably recommend a thorough testing of your female partner before considering additional male infertility tests.
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Egg Freezing Trend for Women - Dr. Hurwitz Speaks to News
Dr. Hurwitz was recently interviewed about egg freezing by WFSB, the local CBS affiliate. The segment also includes an interview from Alyssa Sperber, an RMACT patient who froze her eggs three years ago. She is getting married next month. An early congratulations, Alyssa!
The segment ran last night on the Channel 3 Evening News. Read the full article, "Egg freezing a growing trend among women in their 30s" by Hena Daniels and Rob Polansky. Hear Dr. Hurwitz speak in the video clip below:
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Fertility and Holiday Meditation Ideas from Tesa Baum
I promised you guest bloggers. And here's our first, Tesa Baum. A great way to start, by offering some help with the holidays and the craziness that we sometimes get into. Especially challenging for those of us in fertility treatment or sad that we are still without our babies.
Read beneath her blog post for her official bio and her beautiful picture.
Meanwhile, here are her thoughtful and very helpful suggestions for the holiday season.
The Holiday Smackdown: Mindfulness vs. The Monkey Mind
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose and non-judgmentally--in the present moment as if your life depended on it. Because it does, actually.
The Monkey Mind is a way to describe the agitated, easily distracted and incessantly moving behavior of ordinary human consciousness.
I have a confession. Even as a practitioner of holistic wellness and healing, I succumb to the monkey mind. I find that my mind is often wandering and thinking about my To Do List, going over my daily activities and plans for tomorrow, or replaying moments from the past. Yes, just like you, I find it is difficult for me to sustain focus, appreciate, and absorb the present moment, whether that moment feels pleasant or challenging.
Ironically, the Holiday Season, the time of year that gives us the most frequent and meaningful reasons to remain in the moment, is also the most favorable arena for The Monkey Mind to dominate our thinking. As our holiday season responsibilities escalate, we can become overwhelmed, sad, frustrated, lonely, scared and depressed, especially if we are feeling the loss of fertility, and so we struggle to attain balance. All bets are placed on The Monkey Mind.
This holiday season, together, let's shift the odds in favor of Mindfulness. Neither you nor I can simply stop thinking. But, by practicing a quick mindful meditation technique, we can become less attached to our thoughts and less swayed by every passing emotion.
What does this mean for grief, loss, sadness, and feelings of isolation during this holiday time? We don't want to feel trapped and consumed by these feelings. Unfortunately we begin to fear these feelings so much and then all we want to do is "move on". Mindfulness reminds us that pain and sorrow, like all else, is not permanent.
Does this mean that disturbing feelings will go away completely? And stay away? Of course not. But it does mean that they will change shape and form, they will ebb and flow, some days won't be great and some days you will start to smile. It means that our grief, like everything else, is only temporary. Once we accept this, even if only on a rational level, some of the need to avoid our grief starts to diminish. We can stop believing it is permanent, even when we feel it will last forever. Instead of battling your feelings, let them stay with you and treat them compassionately. Once you learn to stop looking at your negative feelings as a taboo, they can start to dissolve. Accept uncertainty and try to allow it to coexist with who you are. You will be pleasantly surprised how fleeting and impermanent these feelings can be. It takes a lot practice. Here's how you can start!
Tesa's Seven Minute Monkey Mind Smackdown Meditation
I am pretty sure that I am the first holistic healing practitioner to leverage WrestleMania terminology in a meditation technique! But, we all truly wrestle with this beast day in and day out. And, even though this technique doesn't require a lot of muscle, I want you to feel powerful in its defeat. Here are four simple steps to follow:
1. Find a quiet place and set a timer for 7 minutes.
2. Close your eyes, and establish a point of focus-your natural breath moving in and out.
3. When your mind wanders, don't be critical of yourself. Allow the thoughts to come and go and gently bring yourself back to your point of focus.
4. When we start to get really heavy and all we want to do is run away, that’s when to simply say to the thoughts, “hello, I see you, welcome”.
After completing this exercise, I feel extremely focused and I am able to really enjoy the moment. I am going to commit to this meditation practice each and every day during this holiday season. I hope that you commit too, both to practicing and to feeling more present.
In the New Year I will circle back on this topic and let you know the impact of my meditation. And, in the meantime, feel free to reach out to me and let me know your experience with this holiday survival tip.
Tesa Baum, R.M., CHT
Tesa is a Reiki Master Healer and Certified Hypnotherapy Practitioner.
Tesa is passionate about natural healing and helping people live their lives to the fullest.
Her goal is to help people experience inner peace, purpose, and inspiration. She is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professional (IARP) and has studied energy work, healing and meditation. She practices in Westport & Ridgefield, CT and Mt. Kisco, NY. Tesa works with individuals of all ages, groups, and facilitates workshops.
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CT Fertility Program Moving to State of the Art Facility
Below is the official press release for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)'s big news. I’m the unofficial announcement, which is cool because I get to do the happy dance.
We’re moving! So very excited to finally tell you all, officially.
We have had a wonderful home for over twelve years and are ready to move to someplace bigger, brighter, and able to handle a lab that is so unbelievably state of the art.
Happy, happy, happy.
It’s so much easier to leave behind the old place, knowing that the new place is being created so thoughtfully and with such purpose.
To serve our patients better.
To ensure that the fertility treatment they get at RMACT is our very best effort, which will only continue to get better and better.
So yes, I’m doing the happy dance. A brand new facility for the brand new year.
Looking forward to moving into our new home and really making it our own ~Lisa Rosenthal
RMACT Moves to a New, Medically-Advanced Facility
Fairfield County’s Leading Fertility Practice Moves Its Norwalk Location to iPark Corporate Offices at 761 Main Street, NORWALK, CT
In January 2015, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut’s (RMACT’s) main location in Norwalk, CT is moving into a new, state-of-the-art facility to better meet patients’ needs for comprehensive fertility and reproductive health care. The new office offers more conveniences and a bright welcoming environment, but the most important improvement is the new embryology lab, which has the latest technological advances and twice the space of the current lab.
RMACT’s new location, which is on the second floor of the iPark office complex (761 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT, 06851), is 1.3 miles from the current office. It is centrally located in Norwalk with easy access from Route 7 and the Merritt Parkway. The Norwalk office will continue to be RMACT’s primary location, which hosts appointments with five board-certified reproductive endocrinologists, fertility nurses, therapists, a nutritionist, acupuncturists, financial advisors and the third party reproduction team. This is also where the medical team conducts all of the fertility practice’s advanced surgeries and procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and comprehensive chromosome selection (SelectCCS), as well as provides weekend monitoring.“RMACT’s priority is our patients,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director at RMACT. “We decided to move in order to upgrade the patient experience at every level and to take advantage of the latest technology for our new embryology lab, which will help us continue to provide the best infertility care and pregnancy rates in the state. This is good news for the 1,300 new patients we see each year.”
RMACT’s excellent live birth rates are proof of its superior care and support for its patients. Frozen embryo transfer cycles are the future of reproductive medicine based on many advances in the past 10 years. At RMACT our frozen embryo transfer delivery rates are 47.5% higher across all age groups compared to the national.
Since opening its doors in 2002, RMACT has helped shepherd into the world more than 5,000 babies from 46 states and eight countries. RMACT’s passion is to help everyone who wants to be a parent, succeed.
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, 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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Free CT Fertility Test in Trumbull, December 2014
One of the advantages of having a multi-physician practice is how much more you get to see the actual doctors. With four offices and five doctors, you will be seeing a doctor every time for morning monitoring. Not to mention our wonderful PA, Diana D’Amelio. Having our five fertility doctors, Mark Leondires, Spencer Richlin, Joshua Hurwitz, Cynthia Murdock and Shaun Williams, also means that we can plan more events, free and open to the public.
We have an event coming up on December 4, 2014 that we would like you to share with your friends. Friends that may not have children yet. Maybe they are not even in committed relationships yet. Maybe they don’t even want to have children at all.
Having information allows all of us to make the most educated decisions that we can. Having a test that shows fertility potential offers a peek into the future. It let’s us know a little more about what to expect, when and if we do decide that we want children.
Waiting to build your family, to have children, until the time is right and the partner is in place is a thoughtful stance on an immensely important topic. We just want to make sure that you have all the information in place to make that decision in a comprehensive way.
We have the test. We’re offering it free and open to the public, no strings attached. Doctors and nurses who will share what the test is; what it can tell you and what it doesn’t tell you. It’s not dependent on when your period is, you can come regardless of whether you just had your period or are expecting it at any moment.
Information is powerful. Come and find out your fertility potential. Register here.
Free AMH Fertility Testing
Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
115 Technology Dr, Trumbull, CT 06611, USA
Fertility Testing - A blood test is now able to tell women, more easily than ever before, about their potential to become pregnant. This blood test, known as Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), helps doctors determine your chances of becoming pregnant now and in the future. What is Your Ovarian Reserve?
FREE Fertility Testing Seminar
FREE testing is now available from RMA of Connecticut! There will be a brief presentation and a blood test. (You can take the test while on the birth control pill or at any time during your menstrual cycle.)
Our doctors and nurses will be present to discuss how AMH testing can indicate reproductive health. Participants will receive a call from an RMACT clinical staff member with test results within 10 business days.
Registration is recommended. Please join us! Get the information you need to plan for your future family. Light refreshments will be included.
Please RSVP - firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "AMH 12/4"
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Medical Monday - Infertility Treatment Insurance
The language of infertility can be daunting. IUI, HSG, ICSI, IVF, and more.
Then there's the infertility treatment insurance. A whole other language to learn. Our finance department has been doing this for twelve years and want to share the things that they've learned are important for you to know.
We're here to help, of course. Educating yourself though is empowering and ultimately, hands back some of the control to you.
Let us know if you have any questions. I'll pass them on to our extremely capable finance department. ~Lisa Rosenthal
10 Tips About Infertility Insurance Coverage
When obtaining information on infertility insurance coverage, don’t rely on just a phone call to the insurer. If you simply call and ask about coverage for a certain procedure, you risk getting incorrect information.
Instead, we strongly suggest that you request a written pre-determination letter or document from your insurance company detailing your exact benefits and any requirements that must be met in order to ensure coverage. This written document is your most effective tool if you need to challenge a decision or file an appeal for payment with your insurance company at a later date.
Establishing a point of contact with a representative at the insurance company is a good idea and may make follow-up easier. Keep a log of all phone conversations with your insurance company, including the date and time of the conversation and the name of the person with whom you speak.
During that conversation, get answers to these important questions:
- What specific procedures do I need to follow to ensure that my infertility treatment is covered? For example, do I need separate referrals or authorizations for each office visit, blood work, ultrasound or procedure?
- What are the qualifying criteria for receiving my infertility benefit? (i.e. previous attempts, a certain number of IUIs before being able to move onto IVF)
- Is there a maximum dollar amount associated with infertility treatment? If so, what is it and how much have I used to date?
- Is there a limit to the number of attempts allowed for intrauterine inseminations (IUI)?
- Is there a limit to the number of attempts allowed for in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
- Do I have prescription coverage?
- Do I have a separate prescription plan?
- Must I get my prescriptions from a particular pharmacy?
- Is there a separate phone number I need to call to find out about my drug benefits?
- Does fertility medication require prior authorization?
Visit RMACT's page about affording treatment for additional information.
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November is National Adoption Month
Politics aside, whether you like President Obama or not. Whether you identify yourself as a Republican, Democrat, Independent or some other variation on a theme. Whether you are so disgusted with politics that you plan on never voting again or are planning on moving out of the country.
All those things aside, there are days that are claimed as this or that. Whole weeks devoted to celebrating, supporting or mourning for different causes and groups.
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National Adoption Month could be seen as just another one of those causes and groups.
I would like to thank President Obama for making National Adoption Month 2014 a stand out. For proclaiming that creating permanent families is a vital and essential part of the american culture. For supporting that adoption is bipartisan and not political.
Adoption is about creating families. It's about extending families and our concepts of families. It's about supporting a child's right to have a family.
Thank you, President Obama, for recognizing that National Adoption Month is for all of us to celebrate.
Presidential Proclamation -- National Adoption Month, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Every year, adoptive parents welcome tens of thousands of children and teenagers into supportive and loving families.
These mothers and fathers provide their sons and daughters with the security and stability of a safe environment and the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve their full potential. During National Adoption Month, we honor those who have opened their hearts and their homes, and we recommit to supporting all children still in need of a place to call their own.
Over the past decade, more than 500,000 children have been adopted. However, there are still too many children waiting to be part of an adoptive family. This month -- on the Saturday before Thanksgiving -- we will observe the 15th annual National Adoption Day, a nationwide celebration that brings together policymakers, practitioners, and advocates to finalize thousands of adoptions and to raise awareness of those still in need of permanent homes.
To help ensure there is a permanent home for every child, my Administration is investing in programs to reduce the amount of time children in foster care wait for adoption and to educate adoptive families about the diverse needs of their children, helping ensure stability and permanency. We are equipping State and local adoption organizations with tools to provide quality mental health services to children who need them, and -- because we know the importance of sibling relationships -- we are encouraging efforts to keep brothers and sisters together. Additionally, last year I was proud to permanently extend the Adoption Tax Credit to provide relief to adoptive families. By supporting policies that remove barriers to adoption, we give hope to children across America. For all those who yearn for the comfort of family, we must continue our work to increase the opportunities for adoption and make sure all capable and loving caregivers have the ability to bring a child into their life, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status.
Throughout November, we recognize the thousands of parents and kids who have expanded their families to welcome a new child or sibling, as well as the professionals who offer guidance, resources, and counseling every day. Let us reaffirm our commitment to provide all children with every chance to reach their dreams and realize their highest aspirations.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2014 as National Adoption Month. I encourage all Americans to observe this month by answering the call to find a permanent and caring family for every child in need, and by supporting the families who care for them.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
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