New Year, New Approach to Infertility? Mind Body Connection Workshop
Mind Body Connection: New Approach to Infertility
Our official press release is below about a new approach to infertility in 2014 -- an interactive discussion addressing the mind body connection. We are very excited about offering this program, open to the public, for the first time. Pulling together many different elements that can help enhance the possibilities of getting pregnant, all in one place, at one time. I hope that you share this, I hope that you join us that day. I'll be there, teaching Fertile Yoga.
Many of you reading this knows how stressful, painful and isolating infertility can be. We also know that being alone on this journey isn't necessary.Won't you please share this information so that someone who may need it will find it? Many thanks, in advance ~Lisa Rosenthal
Connecticut Fertility Practice Hosts Mind-Body Workshop
RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Team Will Lead an Interactive Discussion
about Mind-Body Connection
NORWALK, CT (December 17, 2013) – On January 12, 2014, from 12 – 5 p.m., Reproductive
Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is hosting a Mind-Body Workshop to introduce
the mind-body connection to infertility patients and anyone struggling to get pregnant. Melissa
Kelleher, LCSW, will kick off the day with a seminar about mind-body techniques and how
they are relevant to infertility patients; then her colleagues from RMACT’s Integrated Fertility
and Wellness Program will lead an interactive peer support group, Fertile Yoga class and
“Throughout our day, we experience stress,” says Kelleher. “Without an outlet or techniques
that help us manage our stress, this can be a detriment to our bodies. Through techniques that
connect our minds and our bodies, our physical and mental health can be improved. I want
people to walk out of our workshop empowered with new techniques that will make a difference
in their lives and their ability to get pregnant.”
Stress can lead to several physical conditions, including high blood pressure, suppression
of immune system, irritability, anxiety, depression, anger management issues, and possibly
infertility. There have been several recent clinical studies about stress and its impact on fertility
with varying results. RMACT physicians and staff encourage patients to improve their overall
health – including stress management – because they have seen firsthand how this improves a
patient’s likelihood of successfully getting pregnant.
Kelleher works with couples and individuals at RMACT, giving them the tools to handle
the emotional aspects of their fertility treatment. This Fall, she trained under Alice D.
Domar, PhD, a pioneer in the application of mind-body medicine to men's and women’s
health issues. Kelleher earned her Masters in Social Work from New York University and
she graduated cum laude from State University of New York at Albany. She has been
working as a Master Level Social Worker (MSW) since 1997, and earned her LCSW
from New York State in 2006 (when it was first offered) and from Connecticut in 2013.
RMACT’s Mind-Body Workshop costs $125 per person or $200 per couple. For complete
event details or to secure a spot, please go to www.rmact.com.
About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT):
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies
(ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive
Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and
egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen
by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices
in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving
Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support
services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture
and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.
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.