Magic at Ladies Night In; a Team Effort - Infertility Support
Ladies Night In at RMACT: Magic
How to create an amazing night. Here’s a checklist.
First, have an organization that treats people like people. Employees, temps, contractors and patients.
Second, be passionate, compassionate and knowledgeable.
Third, share it all.
I feel showered by blessings today, working for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). I didn’t get home until 10 p.m. last night. That was after an hour of Fertile Yoga. After two hours and fifteen minutes of peer support in Ladies Night In.
And I don’t feel exhausted this morning. Nor did I feel exhausted last night; I felt exhilarated and uplifted. My final look at my workplace, at 9:00 p.m., was seeing a group of four women still talking outside.
Gratitude for Infertility Support
RMACT is behind these integrated infertility support efforts (Fertile Yoga, Ladies Night In) as it is all efforts, with its whole heart and all its team members. Thank you to Drs. Leondires, Richlin, Hurwitz, Murdock and Williams for supporting our patients in this way. Thank you to Robin Mangieri for believing in these efforts without wavering. Thank you to Alicia McNeil for tirelessly working behind the scenes to ensure that the evenings go smoothly and seamlessly and deliciously.
Thank you to Carrie Van Steen for above and beyond passion for those experiencing infertility. If ever there was a secret weapon to have on your side, she would be it. She is my hero. Her unfailing commitment to supporting people with infertility rings true in her words, her tone, and her actions.
Sharing it. Number three on the list.
My last thank you is to the patients who show up. Today, my thank you is to the patients who showed up last night. Largest group ever. A group of women that have very little in common except infertility and the desire to have their families. And that was the tie that bound us all together.
What an extraordinary thing.
Help. Support. Ideas. Questions. Laughter. Tears. Suggestions. New thoughts. Fears expressed. Fears validated. Some fears even vanquished or transformed. Courage.
Carrie and I didn’t fix anything or anyone last night. We didn’t correct anything or amend anything. Nothing changed about anyone’s medical condition.
Through the magic of these magnificent women’s voices, everything changed.
Because No One is Alone in This Anymore
There is power, beyond words, of sitting in a group with people who simply understand your version of pain.
And these women were magnificent in their honesty with one another. Telling their stories, opening themselves up, listening and supporting.
Carrie and I are lucky to be the ones who get to be there. We get so much more than we give on these evenings. We get to see women’s faces change; we get to see relief wash over them. It is an honor and a privilege to go to the inner places that these women are willing to go.
Yes, they are magnificent. Each and every one of them. Being willing to open their hearts to virtual strangers and then want to talk on for hours, sharing themselves and their stories.
I feel like I don’t have the words to describe what these evenings are like. It would take a poet to describe the magic.
I can say how I am touched and changed by being there.
That I feel blessed by the team at RMACT that makes this happen and not only for our patients but for anyone who wants to attend, even patients at other REI practices.
That’s sharing. That’s giving it away.
That’s love, passion, compassion, and knowledge.
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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.