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Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on December 10th, 2014

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Exciting News About The American Fertility Association's Name Change

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The American Fertility Association's Name Change

Path 2 Parenthood logoFirst there was Resolve of New York City. Then there was The American Infertility Association. After that, for many years, there was The American Fertility Association. And now, there is the Path2Parenthood℠.


It’s exciting to see the name of an organization change to reflect more clearly the work that the organization does. I have to admit to a twinge of sadness however as I see an organization that I was deeply involved in shed their old name, even to adopt a better, more clear title. I look forward to seeing the work that they will be doing as they go forward. Path2Parenthood describes their reasons for their name change below.

Congratulations on the name change, Path2Parenthood! ~Lisa Rosenthal

The AFA is Now Path2Parenthood

Why the change in name?

The American Fertility Association was founded primarily to help women and men struggling with infertility understand their options for having children. Our mission has expanded greatly over time, and we needed a name to encompass all we now do. Path2Parenthood embraces the totality of our work, and is illustrative of our mission.


How do you define yourself now?

As we always have: The inclusive Family Building Organization.


What is your current mission?

Our current mission remains unchanged: we are an inclusive organization committed to helping people create their families of choice by providing leading-edge outreach programs and timely educational information. The scope of our work encompasses reproductive and sexual health, infertility prevention and treatment, and family-building options including adoption and third party solutions. We are a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in New York City.


Whom do you serve?

We educate, support, and advocate for all hopeful parents regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, or economic status. We serve those who have served us as members of our military. We work with those living with HIV who want to safely have genetically linked children, educating their health care providers as well. Our unique outreach and education programs are specifically designed for these different populations to help people acquire useful knowledge and inspire powerful action.


What areas of family building does your education include?

We deliver leading edge, patient-focused education on infertility prevention, fertility preservation, assisted reproduction, IVF, donor egg, donor sperm, surrogacy, adoption, and adopting out of foster care.


What changes and what stays the same?

The name changes, and it signals an era of expanding our work by building on the knowledge gained over more than two decades of time. A new online experience is being created from a clean slate by one of the most brilliant digital agencies in the country. When completed this spring, it will literally guide visitors on a customized journey to having a child.


What stays the same?

Our mission. Our board. Our staff. Our councils. And most importantly, our work.



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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.