National Infertility Awareness Week Continues at RMACT | May Events
May Events Extend National Infertility Awareness Week
News, news and more news.
Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT (RMACT) has extended NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) into May by offering seminars, classes, peer groups and more. Why?
Because we can.
Because we should.
Most of our programs are either low cost or free and open to the public. A few are just for current RMACT patients.
We're doing this to educate, advocate and support men and women experiencing infertility struggles.
It almost seems as if there is a group of people in our offices, whose sole purpose is plotting on how to offer more education, more services, and more compassionate support.
It seems that way, because in fact we are.
And here is the round up for this week.
Come join us. Especially for our walks this weekend.
“I am Pregnant, Now What?”
This seminar will discuss the key components of a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy including appropriate maternal weight gain, physical activity, essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, environmental toxins and risks, and food safety. Common concerns such as medications, sleep, diet, lifestyle, morning sickness, constipation, anemia, gestational diabetes and hypertension will be addressed.
Please Join Us on Tuesdays in our Danbury Office:
67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300
Wed. May 1 or June 5
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early ~ PARTNERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
Kindly RSVP to Justine 203-750-7484, space is limited These medically based seminars are considered part of your treatment plan and will be billed through your insurance. Please bring your co-payment, if applicable. Patients who have high deductible plans will be billed through their insurance.
See events calendar or call 800-865-5431.
Ladies Night In: General Peer Support Group with Lisa & Carrie
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.
Wednesday’s 6:00-7:30 p.m.
March 6, April 3, and May 1st
Wednesday’s 6:00-7:30 p.m.
March 13, April 10, and May 8
This peer support 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner is provided!
Fertile Yoga: Thursdays in Norwalk, CT
From 5:45-7:00 p.m. at RMACT 20 Glover Avenue, Finance Dept. Norwalk, CT
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)
- avoid eating one hour before class.
In Norwalk, we have a peer support group for the first 30 minutes where there will be a chance to share experiences, lend support and find comfort from those experiencing similar feelings. You are always welcome to join us at 6:15 if you would prefer only Fertile Yoga. 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.
A Pre-Conception Wellness Seminar Tools for Fertility Success
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 healthy 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. Partners are Welcome.
This one session class is conducted by RMA Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell, MS and RMA Nurse Eloise Downs, RN
Class Options: SATURDAYS
May 4th or June 1st 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Free Admission and 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.
March for Babies with the RMACT Team - Walk With Us
For the fourth consecutive year, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is sponsoring the March of Dimes and its annual fundraiser, “March for Babies.” LikeMarch of Dimes, RMACT believes in the power of education and necessity of research for widespread healthy pregnancies. Along with its sponsorship and overall fundraising efforts, the RMACT Team will walk in Danbury, CT on May 4 and in Fairfield, CT on May 5.
“The March of Dimes does important work, and we are proud to support their efforts,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director of RMACT. “Each year I am struck by how powerful and emotional it is to see hundreds of people gathered in hope of giving babies a healthy start. By walking together, we remember the babies that have been lost and recommit ourselves to overcoming prematurity and birth defects in the future.”
Aubrey Keely, community director for the March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter, says: “The March of Dimes thanks RMACT for its commitment to ensure that all babies are born healthy and strong. The support of our partners and sponsors is crucial to our success and helps maintain vital research, education and advocacy efforts across our state and throughout the nation.”
To make a pledge to March of Dimes through the RMACT Team in Danbury or Fairfield, please go to either of these websites:
Lisa Rosenthal's Google+
About 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.