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Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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Belated Happy Birthday to First IVF Baby, Louise Joy Brown

  
  
  

Happy Birthday Louise Joy Brown, First IVF Baby

louise joy brown birthday candles for first ivf babyLouise Brown celebrated her 36th birthday on Friday, July 25, 2014. Her full name is Louise Joy Brown, although now she is married to Wesley Mullinder.

 

I’ve written before about Louise. She is, after all, the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby in the world. First test tube baby. You can read about it on Pathtofertility, on other blog dates to learn more about the first IVF baby in the news. Her parents led the way, as did her doctors, to a course of fertility treatment that has enabled over five million babies to come into the world.

 

Louise Brown went on to have her own children, with no need for medical assistance and certainly not needing IVF. Infertility, in her case, was not genetic. I wonder about the big sigh of relief from her parents when they discovered that Louise would not need the help that they did. Perhaps they would have just continued to be grateful that IVF was there for Louise had she needed it. How grateful the rest of the world is that IVF exists.

IVF Pregnancy Success

There’s always a first and for IVF pregnancy success stories, Louise Joy Brown is it.

 

We celebrate her birthday and her parents and her doctors. While everything might not have been perfect every step of the way, they took the brave steps none the less. In fact, it might be very well true that if we looked at the procedures and information available now, we would be aghast at the protocols followed and not followed with Louise’s conception.

 

I’m pretty sure that’s called Monday morning quarterbacking. It’s important to remember that there was no example to follow. No how to manual. That’s what they were creating together. Looking back is a great way to learn though. Informed consent was not delivered to Louise’s parents the way that it would be in a responsible and ethical IVF fertility program today. First time, there was no role model to follow. That’s what the combination of doctors and patients created. The first, perhaps not perfect, model of how to perform IVF on a woman who had no other way of becoming pregnant.

 

Flawed consent, flawed protocols or not, the medical team was impeccable as proved by their ivf pregnancy success, the birth of a healthy child. We applaud them for their willingness to create a practice that has been refined, discussed and labored over ever since, in the quest of making fertility treatment the most effective and ethical it can be.

 

Happy birthday to Louise Brown. First IVF baby in the world. We’re glad that you’re here. 

 

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Fertility Wishes - A Fertile Birthday Wish to You

  
  
  

Fertility Wishes from Meditation Reflections

fertility wishes pic of seedlings growingI did a meditation today online. Amazing how high tech everything now is.

 

A free online meditation course by Osho, who describes himself as a contemporary sage or guru and has written many, many books. The course started on July 21 and I started it today with today’s meditation.

 

Free though it is, I did not find the time for it in the last three days. Although I believe that it will offer something substantial in my life, I did not take the few minutes to use the program.

 

How many of us do just that? Know that something will help and don’t avail ourselves of that help? How many times do I have an idea that something could help and yet I don’t reach for it?

 

Do we get frozen? Does an infertility diagnosis or cancer or heart disease or mental illness make our very beings slow down to a stop? Does inertia then take over?

Infertility Feelings and Honesty

Infertility made me feel numb. I don’t think I would describe it as frozen. I still got up and went to work. Most days. I still participated in family functions. Some of the time. I still saw and spoke with my friends. But not with as much honesty about how I was feeling.

 

It’s odd to talk about being frozen on a warm, muggy summer day. For me, it was more about being numb. Because if I was numb, I couldn’t feel as deeply. And I was willing to give up the happy part of my life to avoid feeling how bad it really felt when my fertility treatment cycle failed. Again. And again.

 

Numb meant that nothing penetrated as fully as it might have. It felt like there was a grey filter between me and the rest of the world. I actually avoided doing fun things because if I cracked the door open to my feelings, I was afraid of what might pour out.

 

I was deeply afraid of the depth of my sadness and grief around infertility and loss of fertility.

 

Maybe you feel that way too?

 

Maybe it’s scary to think about feeling happy or even ok. Maybe it’s reassuring to stay numb and not let anything penetrate too deeply. I know I felt it was necessary. That it was a survival skill that I needed to employ.

 

Fertile Birthday Wishes for Fertility Treatment

 

Today’s my birthday. What an awful day while I was in fertility treatment. Another year with no baby. It was awful. I hid from my birthday while I was in the throes of medication, ultrasounds, procedures and treatment cycles.

 

Thank goodness for the sunlight that crept in anyway. That sunlight was hand delivered by my sisters, my parents, my husband and my best friends. The light that they brought in reminded me that I was a person. A person in pain, yes. Still, a person, worthy of a birthday candle. A birthday present. And a birthday wish. We all know what I was wishing for, no secret there. You know too, don’t you?

 

Today, I offer my birthday wish to you. For you. To have the baby that you are wishing and dreaming and hoping for. To find and allow that bit of sunlight in, at least occasionally, in safe places and safe ways.

 

May I offer a suggestion?

 

It's Fertile Yoga. Three times a week, free. A safe place to feel just a little bit. To feel just a little less numb.

 

I will hold you there, I promise.

 

May my birthday wishes for you come true. 

 

 

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CT Ladies Night In - Tonight in Trumbull - Other Dates and Places Listed

  
  
  

CT Ladies Night In - I Couldn't Do It Without My Friends

infertility support groupsMe, I couldn't do it without my friends. No way, no how. One of my biggest saddnesses during infertility and fertility treatment was how I pulled away from my friends. Fertility treatment was a place that felt so tender and vulnerable to me that I just couldn't bring myself to share the experiences that I was having with my friends who had never struggled with infertility. I just couldn't. 

 

Thank goodness for peer support then. And now.

 

Try it out!

 

And please remember that RMACT is now running weekly drop in support groups on Monday mornings from 8-9 with Lisa Schuman. RMACT patients only. Free of charge.

Ladies Night In - Summer 2014

General Peer Support Group with Lisa Rosenthal & Carrie Van Steen

 

open to the public and free of charge 


ladies night in tulips Come and meet a terrific group of women that gather monthly at Ladies Night In to share their stories, feelings, questions and laughs. Experience the relief of talking with other women who understand what you are going through. Build friendships with women who will be by your side throughout your family-building journey.


Norwalk (7:00-8:30) 20 Glover Ave RMACT Norwalk Finance

Thursday August 14th

 

Trumbull (7:00-8:30) 115 Technology Drive

Wednesday July 24th

Thursday August 20th

 

Danbury (6:00-7:30) 67 Sand Pit Rd

Tuesday August 5th

 

This group is free of charge and a light dinner is provided.

 

To RSVP or for inquires please email Carrie at cvansteen@rmact.com

 

 

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Fertility Counseling - Help to Make an Informed Decision - Lisa Schuman and Melissa Kelleher

  
  
  

Infertility and Being Informed

infertility help Infertility was the first health problem that I experienced that made me realize that I needed to be an informed patient. An informed consumer. After all, I was, in fact, needing and purchasing a service.

 

This blog isn’t about picking a board certified reproductive endocrinologist. I’ve written on that subject and I’m sure I will again. This blog also isn’t about picking a fertility program based on SART or CDC outcome numbers.

 

This blog is about being an informed consumer about the actual process that you may need. If you are reading this blog then you may be considering any number of things, such as:

 

  1. Whether you are in need of help conceiving a baby
  2. Whether you need help carrying a pregnancy so that you have a baby in your arms
  3. What type of medical treatment you need if you have decided that you need help
  4. Are you ready to take the next step and get the treatment that is being suggested
  5. Is it time for a second opinion
  6. Have you appropriately processed what you need to so that you can move onto the next stage of trying to conceive
  7. How to appropriately process so that you can move onto the next stage
  8. Have you spent the amount of time that you are comfortable with in the treatment protocol that you have been using
  9. What is the next step? (Fertility medication, timed intercourse, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg or sperm.)
  10. Is there someone experienced that you are working with to help you make these decisions?

 

Notice a few things. One, the only question mark is on number ten. Because that’s the question for the other nine as well.

 

Are you working with an experienced professional who understands from years of experience how to process all these questions?

 

I’m asking because it’s not necessary to recreate the wheel. It’s not necessary to manage the convoluted maze of questions that come up as you go through fertility treatment or as you consider entering treatment alone.

How Fertility Counseling Helps

RMACT Fertility CounselorsFertility counseling or therapy is not just talking about your feelings. I had the honor of spending time with Lisa Schuman yesterday. Lisa is our new counselor/therapist at RMACT. She joins Melissa Kelleher, LCSW as an important and viable resource to find your way through the questions to answers that fit best for you.

 

Both Lisa and Melissa are not here to give you cookie cutter answers because of their experience in helping and supporting other fertility patients. It’s a matter of their using their experience and understanding of what works with your individual personality and your specific concerns and questions.

 

My take away message from spending time with Lisa Schuman, LCSW yesterday reminded me that I get to learn new things every day. Of course therapy and counseling is helpful if you are experiencing feelings that are a struggle to manage and live with.

 

Therapy and counseling are equally as important to be able to move ahead, secure in the knowledge that you have looked thoroughly at the different aspects of the choices that you had and that you have made a decision that you are comfortable with.

 

We all want that for you.

 

Fertility Treatment Decisions Don't Have to Be Made Alone

 

If you have a major decision in regards to fertility treatment, don’t think that you have to figure it out on your own. Lisa and Melissa are here to help you. And they are the right people for the job. Compassionate, bright and very knowledgeable.

 

Lisa is running a drop-in support group every Monday from 8:00-9:00 am, in the Learning Center at the RMACT Norwalk offices. She will be adding a donor recipient group once a month, starting in August. I’ll make sure you know when, promise.

 

 

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You Can Afford Fertility Treatment - RMACT Accepts Most Insurance

  
  
  

Affordable Fertility Treatment

affordable fertility treatmentI’ve been asked a lot lately, "is there affordable fertility treatment?" and, more specifically, “what insurance providers cover infertility?” Here’s a short answer! The very best way to find out about your particular insurance coverage and infertility/fertility treatment is to call us and ask. Our finance team will work with you to discover all the possibilities that your insurance offers. Our finance specialists can unravel the intricacies and discover definitive answers so that you can rest assured that, “yes, you can afford fertility treatment.”

 

As always, please call us with any questions. ~Lisa Rosenthal

 

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) currently participates with the following insurance providers for fertility treatment:

 

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield – All PPO Plans
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA HMO
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • Empire BCBS- All Plans
  • First Health PPO
  • GHI PPO
  • Great West/One Health PPO
  • Health Care Value Management PPO
  • HealthChoice
  • Health Connecticut PPO
  • HealthNet
  • Humana PPO/Choice Care Network
  • HMC PPO/Multiplan/PHCS
  • MVP
  • Northeast Direct Health PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Pioneer Health Group/ Connecticut Health Plan
  • Pomco
  • United Healthcare

Connecticut & New York Fertility Insurance Providers

Those who participate as fertility insurance providers for infertility treatments vary throughout each insurance network. Please verify RMA participation with your network prior to
your scheduled appointment.

 

For more information about participating fertility insurance providers contact us.

 

 

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RMACT Fertility Specialist Is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor in Connecticut

  
  
  

Fertility Specialist Dr. Shaun Williams Recognized for Excellence in Care

fertility specialist Dr. Shaun Williams

We are very pleased to share the news about one of our fertility specialists, Dr. Shaun Williams. We are grateful for having him on our team. Please join me in congratulating him on this recognition and our thanks go to his patients who offered their ratings and reviews, making this recogniztion possible. Below is the official press release.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Primary Infertility - When the Wait is More than Nine Months

  
  
  

Defining and Dealing with Primary Infertility

primary infertilityPrimary infertility is loosely defined as the inability to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to full term. We suggest treatment for women under 35 after a year; for women over 35, treatment is suggested after 6 months of timed intercourse. Primary infertility also means that there has not already been a child conceived.

 

For many of us, being unable to conceive comes as a rude awakening. Often we have spent years actively avoiding a pregnancy.

Photo: h.koppdelaney, Flickr Creative Commons

 

Even hoping and praying to avoid a pregnancy, as well as using birth control or practicing abstinence.

 

What then are we to do when getting pregnant doesn't happen? Most of us assume that the moment we stop using contraceptives, we will become pregnant. A lot of us will worry the very first month if we don't get pregnant. It doesn't get better the second month. Or the third. And so on.

 

Usually we are so confident that conceiving will happen easily that we announce to friends and family that we are "trying". I remember doing that. Words that I regretted deeply when I began to get questions from well meaning friends and relatives that I hated to try to answer.

 

Primary infertility hits you from every angle.

Trying to Conceive, While All My Friends Did

I remember when all my friends got pregnant and I was still trying to conceive. I married very young and so that didn't happen a tremendous amount until it had been a few years. Soon, though, it got to the point where I was afraid to return phone calls from friends who were married for a while or see people who I knew might be trying to conceive; I didn't want to hear their good news.

 

Their good news made me feel as though I were the last person in the world who couldn't conceive. Worse, it made me feel that I would never conceive because they had. Of course it didn't make sense, who said it had to? My chances of getting pregnant didn't go down because someone else succeeded. Or did they? If treatment is successful a certain percentage of the time, then didn't their success diminish my own possibilities? Yes, I absolutely did make myself this crazy. And even crazier at times.

 

How much easier would treatment and the delay in getting pregnant be if we knew that we would have that baby in our arms eventually? If we knew that after six months, one year, eighteen months, two years, or even just sometime in the future, we would have our babies, wouldn't we be content enough? But even with the greatly improved chances of succeeding that treatment offers, there are no guarantees.

 

Waiting for A Baby Together

 

So we wait. And we wonder. Are we ever going to have our children? Or are we going to be the statistical data that success leaves behind?

 

And still the answer is that we don't know the answer.

 

What we do know is that there are a myriad of unique and brilliant paths to bringing our children home. While waiting for a baby, help cultivate that place within yourself that is open to the child in your future. It may not be the way that you are currently envisioning; which was not what you envisioned before infertility created a place in your life either.

 

Then again, it may be that this next cycle works.

 

It's really that wait that makes us all so crazy. The not knowing.

 

Either way, I'll be here. Let me know how you're doing.

 

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CT Fertility Events - Summer Resources

  
  
  

CT Fertility Events this Summer: An Overview of Resources

RMACT logo for fertility eventsThere are many CT fertility events this summer, thanks to the amazing team at RMACT. Many of these events are open to the public and free of charge. Please feel free to contact us with questions and to pass the information along to anyone who may be interested. We are here to help.

Fertility Testing for Teachers: Find Out Your Family Building Potential

If you are a teacher and would like to know more about your fertility and your family building potential, come on in and have a simple blood test done. The free test is offered at the four convenient locations: Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury and Trumbull. This blood test, known as Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), is used to measure ovarian reserve, the quality and quantity of your eggs. This result helps doctors determine your chances of becoming pregnant now and in the future.

 

You can take the test while on the birth control pill or at any time during your menstrual cycle.
Just fill out this form and come to any one of our Connecticut locations Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM to have your blood drawn.


You will be asked to complete a lab requisition form and consent once you arrive in our office.  One of RMACT’s nurses will call you with your results in 10-14 business days. Get the information you need to plan for your future family. Must present valid teacher ID to receive free fertility test. This offer ends on July, 31, 2014. Please share this information with your friends and professional colleagues. All teachers are welcome.

Drop-In Weekly Support Group

New for RMACT patients: Please stop by and join this free, drop-in support group in Norwalk, CT, held Mondays 8:00 a.m.  to 9:00 a.m. Lisa Schuman, LCSW, will be available and will be leading this group in the Learning Center at RMACT’s Norwalk office during morning monitoring.

 

Our newest team member Lisa Schuman, LCSW, is a psychotherapist who has been counseling individuals, couples and groups on a variety of issues and has specialized in reproductive medicine for over a decade. Ms. Schuman helps individuals through family building processes such as IUI and IVF, ovum and sperm donation, perinatal loss, single parent issues, gay and lesbian issues, oocyte cryopreservation, surrogacy and adoption.

Ladies Night In: Trumbull, CT and Norwalk, CT

Ladies Night In is a general peer support group facilitated by Lisa & Carrie. Come and meet a terrific group of women that gather monthly at Ladies Night In to share their stories, feelings, questions and laughs. Experience the relief of talking with other women who understand what you are going through. Build friendships with women who will be by your side throughout your family-building journey. 

 

This group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and upcoming meetings will be held in Trumbull, CT (115 Technology Drive) on July 23rd and August 20th and in Norwalk, CT (20 Glover Avenue, RMACT Finance Dept.) on July 17th and August 14th. This group is free of charge and a light dinner is provided. To RSVP or for inquiries, please email Carrie at cvansteen@rmact.com.

Fertile Yoga in Bethel, Norwalk and Trumbull

Fertile Yoga is free. Classes will be on-going; come every week or once in a while, whichever suits you. Come alone or bring your spouse, partner, friend or family member.
Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation can help men and women experiencing the challenges of infertility. Fertile Yoga helps couples relax and relaxation can help one make more satisfying decisions, communicate more clearly with their doctor, and sustain treatment with a more positive perspective.

What you need:

  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothing
  • a yoga mat
  • bottle of water
  • two pillows (optional).

Please avoid eating one hour before class.

- See more at: http://www.rmact.com/event/fertile-yoga-norwalk-53/#sthash.dioDs673.dpuf

 Trumbull (7:00-8:30)

115 Technology Drive RMACT Office

Wednesday May 21st
Wednesday June 18th
Wednesday July 23rd
Wednesday August 20th

This group is free of charge and a light dinner is provided.

To RSVP or for inquires please email Carrie at cvansteen@rmact.com

- See more at: http://www.rmact.com/event/ladies-night-in-trumbull-8/#sthash.Z5qaxcIa.dpuf

 Trumbull (7:00-8:30)

115 Technology Drive RMACT Office

Wednesday May 21st
Wednesday June 18th
Wednesday July 23rd
Wednesday August 20th

This group is free of charge and a light dinner is provided.

To RSVP or for inquires please email Carrie at cvansteen@rmact.com

- See more at: http://www.rmact.com/event/ladies-night-in-trumbull-8/#sthash.Z5qaxcIa.dpuf

 Trumbull (7:00-8:30)

115 Technology Drive RMACT Office

Wednesday May 21st
Wednesday June 18th
Wednesday July 23rd
Wednesday August 20th

- See more at: http://www.rmact.com/event/ladies-night-in-trumbull-8/#sthash.Z5qaxcIa.dpuf

This group is free of charge and a light dinner is provided.

To RSVP or for inquires please email Carrie at cvansteen@rmact.com

- See more at: http://www.rmact.com/event/ladies-night-in-trumbull-8/#sthash.Z5qaxcIa.dpuf

Fertile Yoga classes will be on-going; come every week or once in a while, whichever suits you. Come alone or bring your spouse, partner, friend or family member.
 Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation can help men and women experiencing the challenges of infertility. Fertile Yoga helps couples relax and relaxation can help one make more satisfying decisions, communicate more clearly with their doctor, and sustain treatment with a more positive perspective.


What you need:
    •    Comfortable, loose fitting clothing
    •    a yoga mat
    •    bottle of water
    •    two pillows (optional)


Please avoid eating one hour before class. This summer Lisa Rosenthal will teach classes in Bethel, Norwalk and Trumbull locations. Please visit our calendar of events for specific dates and more details.

Prenatal Yoga

This pre-natal yoga class was created especially for women who have been through fertility treatment. Class is designed around the special physical and emotional needs former fertility patients may have. Any woman, at any stage of pregnancy, is welcome to attend class (with doctor’s approval). We will explore how the body changes through the different stages of pregnancy and learn how to continue to feel healthy and strong until labor and birth. Class will be a combination of relaxation, movement and meditation. Come join us on the next step of your fertility journey.

Thursday July 31st- 7:15 PM- 8:15 PM

20 Glover Avenue (right next door to our main office in Norwalk)
7:15 PM- 8:15 PM

- See more at: http://www.rmact.com/event/prenatal-yoga-norwalk-25/#sthash.wiVc2m8i.dpuf

This pre-natal yoga class was created especially for women who have been through fertility treatment. Class is designed around the special physical and emotional needs former fertility patients may have. Any woman, at any stage of pregnancy, is welcome to attend Prenatal Yoga class (with doctor’s approval). We will explore how the body changes through the different stages of pregnancy and learn how to continue to feel healthy and strong until labor and birth. Class will be a combination of relaxation, movement and meditation.

 

Come join us on the next step of your fertility journey. The next class will be held on Thursday, July 24th from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at 20 Glover Avenue (right next door to our main office in Norwalk)
. The cost is $40 for four classes (do not need to be consecutive sessions) or $10 per class. Email fertileyoga@gmail.com with questions or to RSVP.

$40 for four classes (do not need to be consecutive sessions) or $10 per class - See more at: http://www.rmact.com/event/prenatal-yoga-norwalk-25/#sthash.wiVc2m8i.dp

 

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10 Things NOT to Say to an Infertilte Person | 5 Helpful Things You SHOULD Say

  
  
  

What to Say to an Infertile Person?

approved stamp for infertility supportUnless you having been reading our Path to Fertility blog for over a year, the below lists will be unfamiliar to you. If you have read it, maybe now is the time you're able to comment on it. All feedback is welcome! These are things that our friends, family and colleagues say that are unhelpful - and things that ARE helpful to those pursuing fertility treatment.

 

My best friend and I formulated this 20 years ago, 17 years ago, 10 years ago, 2 years ago. We'd like to hear from you if there are things we've missed. Above all, I hope this is enlightening.

Infertility Support: 5 Most Helpful Things to Say

... from a family member or friend | 5 cosas más útil que decir-de un familiar o amigo

  1. I am here to listen, I won't judge or suggest or offer help.  (Estoy aquí para escuchar, no voy a juzgar o sugerir u ofrecer ayuda. I'll just listen. Voy a escuchar.)
  2. Whatever you choose to share with me will be kept in the strictest confidence.  (Lo que usted decide compartir conmigo se mantendrá en la más estricta confidencialidad.)
  3. I'm here for you no matter what.  (Estoy aquí para ustedes, no importa qué.)
  4. I will not pry or ask too many questions.  (No voy a curiosear o hacer demasiadas preguntas.)
  5. If you would like some company at the doctor, I will be there for you.  (Si desea alguna compañía en el Dr. estaré allí para usted.)

Infertile Support: 10 Things Never to Say

 10 cosas que nunca decir

  1. Things happen for a reason. (Las cosas suceden por una razón.)
  2. Maybe God doesn't mean for you to have children. (Tal vez Dios no significa para usted tener hijos.)
  3. Relax and take a vacation, you'll get pregnant! (Relajarse y tomar unas vacaciones, usted quedar embarazada!)
  4. Adopt a baby, and then you'll have your own baby! (Adoptar un bebé, y entonces tendrá su propio bebé!)
  5. You're lucky, you won't have to get huge or be up in the middle of the night. (Tienes suerte, usted no tendrá que conseguir enormes, o estar en medio de la noche.)
  6. Not everyone is meant to have children. (No todo el mundo tiene la intención de tener hijos.)
  7. Be grateful for what you do have. (Sea agradecido por lo que tienen.)
  8. I'll give you one of mine! (Te daré uno de los míos!)
  9. Have puppies, they're easier. (Los cachorros tienen, son más fáciles.)
  10. Have you tried this-treatment-this-doctor-this-herb, I heard it worked for so and so. (¿Has probado este tratamiento-esta-médico-esta hierba, he oído que trabajó para esto y lo otro.)

10 Things I Wish I Could Say

10 Cosas que me gustaría poder decir que

1. I wish I could be fat and pregnant.  (Ojalá pudiera ser gorda y embarazada)

2. I wish I could be exhausted from nursing and being up all night.  (Me gustaría poder estar agotada a partir de la enfermería y está toda la noche)

3. I wish I could celebrate Mothers day as a Mother.  (Me gustaría poder celebrar el Día de las Madres como una Madre)

4. I wish that I could have a child the old fashioned way.  (Ojalá que yo pudiera tener un hijo a la manera antigua)

5. I wish that I could attend my best friends' baby showers and their children's birthday parties without crying.  (Ojalá que yo pudiera asistir duchas de mis mejores amigos 'bebé y los partidos de cumpleaños de sus hijos sin llorar)

6. I wish everyone could understand how incredibly sad I feel.  (Ojalá todo el mundo podía entender cómo me siento increíblemente triste)

7. I wish I could do the things that I know make me feel better.  (Me gustaría poder hacer las cosas que sé que me sienta mejor)

8. I wish I didn't have to miss work/social engagements/family functions because I need to be at the doctors.  (Me gustaría no tener que faltar al trabajo / compromisos sociales / funciones de la familia, porque tengo que estar en el de los médicos.)

9. I wish I didn't have to have to experience another birthday or New Year without a child.  (Me gustaría no tener a la experiencia de otro cumpleaños o Año Nuevo sin un niño.)

10. I wish my nurse would call and tell me that I'm finally pregnant.   (Me gustaría que mi enfermera llamada y me dicen que por fin estoy embarazada.)

 

Thank you to Carrie Van Steen for revising this list and getting it translated. Carrie is also THE person responsible for putting together our Ladies-Night-In evenings in Danbury, Trumbull and Norwalk. I love our dedicated staff!

 

What would you like to add? What did we leave out? Come on, you must have a suggestion!

 

 

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Free Fertility Testing for All Teachers: Find Out Your Family Building Potential

  
  
  

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) appreciates the teachers in our community. Instead of just words, we're putting our money, time and effort into helping support them. If you are a teacher and would like to know more about your fertility and your family building potential, come on in and have this simple blood test done. Please share this information with your friends and professional colleagues. All teachers are welcome.

For free. Our treat. And pleasure.~Lisa Rosenthal

Free Fertility Testing for Teachers in July and AugustFree Fertility Testing for Teachers

 

Giving Back to Those Who Teach Our Families.

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is pleased to offer free AMH testing for teachers during the month of July.

The free test is offered at the four convenient locations– NorwalkStamfordDanbury, and Trumbull.


What is an AMH Test?

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), is used to measure ovarian reserve, the quality and quantity of your eggs. This result helps doctors determine your chances of becoming pregnant now and in the future.

When Can I Get Tested?

You can take the test while on the birth control pill or at any time during your menstrual cycle.

Just fill out this form and come to any one of our Connecticut locations Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM to have your blood drawn.

You will be asked to complete a lab requisition form and consent once you arrive in our office.  One of RMACT’s nurses will call you with your results in 10-14 business days.

Get the information you need to plan for your future family. Must present valid teacher ID to receive free fertility test. This offer ends on July, 31, 2014.

 

Learn more about this offer here.

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