Infertility Support in 2013: Free Choices for All

It's 2013 and infertility continues to be a problem for many men and women in this country. One out of six people, give or take, depending on who your source is. 


The point is infertility is much more common than most of us realize. If you have discovered that it will be difficult for you to become pregnant or it has already been difficult, than you know because it's affecting you personally.


There is a lot of help available. 


We are offering a lot at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT).


It's the new year and we're continuing on the path of offering patients and non-patients programs, seminars and support groups that are either free or very inexpensive.


Read again.


You do not have to be a patient at RMACT to participate in most of the programs that we are offering.


Most of the programs are free.


If you have spent 6 months over the age of 35, or one year under the age of 35 trying to become pregnant and been unsuccessful, come to one of our programs.


RMACT Ladies Night in Winter/Spring 2013

General Peer Support Group with Lisa & CarrieLadies Night In - Infertility Support

Come and meet a terrific group of women that gather monthly 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 that will be by your side throughout your family-building journey.


Danbury – Wednesday 1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1


Norwalk - Wednesday 1/16, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8


This group is free of charge. It is facilitated by Lisa Rosenthal & Carrie Van Steen. Carrie and Lisa are both former fertility patients and offer the support and suggestions many of our patients are looking for and really need. If you have any questions, call Carrie at 731.2520 ext 289. Or email her at cvansteen@rmact.com Dinner is provided!

 

My Daughter Has PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)PCOS Support

A discussion to help parents or support persons of young women understand PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome); how and why it is important to manage it; and how best to support their daughter.

 

Our RMA of CT Adolescent/Young Adult PCOS Program is planning to hold a PCOS Forum for the parents/guardians of adolescents and young adults with PCOS.

 

Here are a few topics topics our panel will discuss:

  • What is PCOS and what are the specific concerns of PCOS in the teenage and 20 something population?
  • Why is management of PCOS important for long term physical and mental health?
  • What is the latest research available related to diagnosing and managing PCOS?
  • How can you best support your daughter—emotionally, medically, and socially?

 

Join us for an informative panel presentation and Q&A time. Our panel will include our Staff Reproductive Endocrinologist, Psychologist, Physician Assistant, PCOS Nurse, and Nutritionist. Dinner will be provided. RSVP is necessary for attendance. Please fill out the form below to RSVP.


A Pre-Conception Wellness Seminar Tools for Fertility Success Preconception Health and Wellness width=

Have you ever wondered if you or your partner were eating, sleeping, managing stress, or exercising differently would it improve fertility success? How about the affects of alcohol consumption, smoking, pesticides, plastics, and body composition on sperm and egg quality?

 

Please join RMA of CT for an interactive discussion on the benefits of preconception with a fertile lifestyle. We will share how to create a fertile lifestyle and The Fertility DietTM tips that will improve conception success and also help to support a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

 

This one session class is conducted by RMA Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell, MS

 

Class Options: Saturdays - Jan. 12th


11:30am-1:00pm


Free Admission Open to the Public


Location: RMA Norwalk at 10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk CT


RSVP required. Space is limited. Please call Justine to reserve a seat at 203-750-7484. Please visit our website or call to confirm date, time and/or location as they are subject to change.


Fertile Yoga at 3 LocationsFertile Yoga

Yogaspace

Mondays: 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Classes are $10 per class

28 Main Street, Redding (Georgetown,) CT

www.blackbirdyoga.com | 203-587-1221


RMACT Norwalk Office 

Thursdays: 5:45-7:00 p.m.

Free

10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk CT

 

Blackbird Yoga & Healing Arts Studio

Fridays: 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Free

Yogaspace- 777 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT

www.yogaspace-ct.com | 203-775-6220


Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation can help men and women experiencing the challenges of infertility. Fertile Yoga helps couples relax and relaxation can help one make more satisfying decisions, communicate more clearly with their doctor, and sustain treatment with a more positive perspective.

 

What you need: Comfortable, loose fitting clothing, a yoga mat, bottle of water,  two pillows (optional), avoid eating one hour before class.

 

Fertile Yoga was created and is taught by Lisa Rosenthal RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher). Lisa is a former fertility patient, who has been working for over 2o years as a national patient advocate for couples going through infertility. Lisa is uniquely qualified to understand the specific stresses and challenges that couples trying to conceive encounter. Fertile Yoga is designed with different diagnoses and treatment plans in mind. It is a gentle, restorative class that includes meditation.

 

We know that infertility is hard to face alone. So don't. Come join us for help.


Any questions about what is a good way to start if you cannot attend any of these programs? Write a question here, I will answer it confidentially.

 


Topics: Support

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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