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Infertility Advocacy Day in Washington, DC - Fertility Specialist Dr. Richlin Attending Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on May 5th, 2014

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Infertility Advocacy Day in Washington, DC - Fertility Specialist Dr. Richlin Attending

Infertility Awareness | RESOLVE | Advocacy Day

Fertility Specialist Dr. Richlin Attends Infertility Advocacy Day

infertility advocacy day

It’s another week that is starting with RESOLVE. Two weeks ago it was about National Infertility Awareness Week. This week it’s all about advocacy. Two sides of the same coin, really, right? Very exciting news for this year, though. For the first time, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has one of our fertility specialists, Surgical Director, Spencer Richlin, MD, going down to Washington to take part in Infertility Advocacy Day on May 7, 2014. More about that as the week progresses and Dr. Richlin takes time away from his practice to go stand up for the patients that he works so closely with, day in and day out.


The question of how awareness and advocacy interrelate remains, and here’s how it walks hand in hand, at least in my mind.


Awareness is followed by advocacy, rightly so, I think. We bring awareness for a number of reasons. So that we can get support; emotional, medical, financial and more. Insurance coverage is spotty when it comes to the disease of infertility. The American Medical Association (AMA) has classified infertility as a disease. While that may feel very uncomfortable to those of us struggling to conceive, while it may not sound or feel positive, the definition actually gives us a lot of leverage when it comes to insurance coverage.


Infertility, perhaps more rightly termed, sub fertility, is a disease of the reproductive system. We as patients don’t like hearing this. In fact, in Fertile Yoga, I often do guided meditation and visualizations about healthy tissue, organs, body and mind. Still, when we are not getting pregnant, that inability is an indication that some part of the reproductive process is not operating properly.


This does not negate the guided meditation, visualization and the helpfulness of staying positive. Not at all. Those practices, including Fertile Yoga, support your efforts to become pregnant and offer you an opportunity to live your life in a more loving way while you are still trying to conceive.


The example that I like to use is this; if you have two blocked tubes or the male partner has no sperm, all of the guided meditation in the world will not achieve a pregnancy. It simply won’t. It will still provide ease of mind, relaxation, softer thoughts and feelings. As a mind/body practitioner and student for many years, I would still highly recommend it for the previously mentioned reasons. If you’re trying to become pregnant with either of those problems though, you need medical treatment. If you are not ovulating properly, you need medical treatment. If you are not getting your period regularly, you need medical treatment. And the list goes on.  Here’s a truth, an absolute and definite truth; infertility is a medical disease and it oftentimes requires medical treatment.


Let me say that again.


Infertility is a medical disease that often requires medical treatment.


And yet, over and over again, we are not covered by our medical insurance. Our practice, RMACT, has an Opportunity Plan, specifically designed for those men and women who have no coverage to help contain costs. Why is this even necessary? Given that infertility is a medical condition, why isn’t it covered by all medical insurance plans?


We are going to explore these questions and more this week. Meanwhile, I look forward to hearing from Dr. Richlin about his experience in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Infertility Advocacy Day. 


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RESOLVE Advocacy Day Details

What is Advocacy Day?

Advocacy Day is a RESOLVE event where women and men living with infertility and the professionals that serve them come together in Washington, D.C. to talk to Members of Congress about the issues important to our community. RESOLVE will make your appointments for you and provide you with the training and information you need for this day of empowerment. Advocacy Day is a great opportunity to meet RESOLVE Board, volunteers, and staff as well as leaders in the infertility community who are making a difference.

What are “our issues”?

We will be on Capitol Hill talking about the scope of infertility in this country and the physical, emotional, and financial impact of this disease.  We will be advocating for legislation that will allow more people to afford IVF treatments, legislation that will allow wounded vets to seek IVF treatment to build their family, and advocating for the Adoption Tax Credit to remain permanent.    


Can this day really make a difference?

Yes!  Every year we make personal connections with Members of Congress and their staff who are in a position to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with infertility.  If we are not in front of Congress every year and providing updates and information year-round, then our issues will not get the attention they deserve. We need to continue to make our voices heard!


When will our bills get passed?

While we do not have an exact date, we do know that we won’t stop until these bills are passed!  Did you know it took 9 years to get the Family and Medical Leave Act passed?  A strong and consistent voice on Capitol Hill will make a difference on whether or not our government addresses the needs of the infertility community.


How do I get to meet with my Members of Congress?

RESOLVE will book and confirm all of your appointments with your Members of Congress. We will hold a training session prior to Advocacy Day and provide additional training the morning of May 7th.  We will provide you with everything you need to feel prepared for your meetings. 


How to be part of RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day

1.    Join us in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 7th.  Register on our website.
2.    Share the importance of Advocacy Day with your patients or customers.


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“Advocacy Day is a RESOLVE event where women and men living with infertility come together in Washington, D.C. to talk to Members of Congress about our important issues. RESOLVE holds this annual event so you have chance to make your voice heard. They will make your appointments for you and provide you with the training and information you need for this day of empowerment. Advocacy Day is a great opportunity to meet RESOLVE leaders and others from the infertility community who want to make a difference. Visit www.resolve.org/advocacyday for details. Advocacy Day is Wednesday, May 7, 2014.”


“Meet us at RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day on Wednesday, May 7th! RMACT's Dr. Spencer Richlin will be travelling to Washington, D.C. to participate in RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day. He is looking forward to meeting RESOLVE advocates from all over the country and working together to ask Congress to provide our community with financial relief for family building options.  Visit www.resolve.org/advocacyday for details.”

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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.