Integrated Fertility and Wellness (IFW) Program Offers Additional Fertility Care Options

With our new space, comes the formal announcement of a program that has been developing for over a decade at RMACT. You can read more about it below in our formal press release.

What’s new about this program is that it’s not new.

All of our Integrated Fertility and Wellness (IFW) providers have been working in the field of infertility/fertility for years, some for decades. Quite a few of our providers have been with RMACT for nearly that long, while others have practiced elsewhere and brought that experience with them.

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In-House Team Offers Infertility Support 

Through all the individual paths that we’ve taken to get here, IFW is here. And because of the years that IFW has been in the making, it’s safe to say that it’s fully formed and complete. Of course there’s always room for improvement, additional services, more choices and evolving techniques. The choice is always to be open and responsive to patients needs at RMACT. That’s one of the numerous ways in which RMACT is unique.

We are here for you, for our patients, and for the general infertility population. Our new location is the perfect home for this program that has been growing steadily for years.

Whether you are a patient or not, please come visit us and try one of the many opportunities that are free and open to the public.

 ~Lisa Rosenthal


 

 

Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program Expands at RMACT’s New Norwalk Location

 

Fairfield County’s Only In-House Comprehensive Integrated Infertility Program Supports Patients During Fertility Treatment

NORWALK, CT (January 13, 2015) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), which opened a new Norwalk location this month, has more space dedicated to its Integrated Fertility and Wellness (IFW) Program. RMACT’s IFW Program, which includes acupuncture, counseling, support groups, Fertile Yoga classes and a complete nutrition program, will host a more extensive roster of classes and workshops and will have more IFW appointment rooms than the current location. The IFW Program and its improved location help support patients going through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments.

IFW services help patients optimize their health, improve their coping skills, and decrease stress. This, along with knowledge about nutrition, lifestyle, and stress management, can lead to improved pregnancy rates and healthier patients and pregnancies. Additionally, patients who are able to manage their stress are more likely to stay in treatment until they have success. With this in mind, RMACT’s new Norwalk office was designed to have a positive patient experience. From the moment patients walk into the Norwalk location, they are surrounded by the airiness of expansive windows and privacy features such as soundproof rooms. They can also take comfort in security measures such as the biometrics system for access to the IVF laboratory and cryopreservation storage.

“It’s a well-documented fact that infertility treatment can be stressful,” says Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Director of Mental Health at RMACT, who has worked with fertility patients for almost 20 years. “Providing support and helping patients to learn how to manage their stress can increase a patient’s chances of staying in treatment and ultimately getting pregnant.”

Currently, RMACT hosts more than 200 workshops, support groups and classes each year, many of which are complimentary and open to the public, through its IFW Program. The new Norwalk location allows the IFW Program to host more classes and meetings. Many of these classes discuss nutrition and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS); since 2010, RMACT’s Nutrition Program has been conducting diagnostic testing, nutrition counseling and monitoring, all conveniently located in one facility. RMACT also holds weekly Fertile Yoga classes at three RMACT locations in Fairfield County. Also, RMACT offers several different types of support groups; patients can choose a group facilitated by an LCSW or a peer, and they can choose a group with other patients in similar situations, such as using donor egg or donor sperm, working with a gestational carrier or struggling with difficult decisions.

“We can see the impact of our services through clinical data and on the visible difference on our patients’ faces before and after treatment,” says Amy Matton, Director of RMACT’s IFW Program and one of RMACT’s three acupuncturists. “Based on the patients’ needs, our fertility doctors and nurses may suggest trying acupuncture, yoga, nutrition counseling or a support group. It is important for patients to have this additional support to help them improve their physical and mental health wellbeing.”

In an effort to help minimize stress for its patients during fertility treatment, RMACT has built its fertility practice on several patient conveniences over the past 12 years. RMACT will continue to be open 361 days out of the year in order to provide nearly continuous support and medical attention to its infertility patients. The practice also has four Fairfield County locations (Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford, Trumbull) to give patients flexibility when scheduling appointments. Each RMACT patient has his or her own fertility team that includes a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, fertility nurse, financial advisor and patient navigator.

RMACT’s new location, which is on the second floor of the iPark office complex (761 Main Avenue, suite 200, 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.

 

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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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