PathtoFertility - Guest Blog Wednesday's to Begin with Dawn Gannon
PathtoFertility Introduces Guest Blog Wednesday's
PathtoFertility will be opening up the conversation about children and families. We want to hear what you have to say about not conceiving yet, fertility treatment, adoption, fostering a child, childfree living and all the pieces that come in between those large and broad headings.
What is Subfertility?
Most of us are not truly infertile. That’s a term that we have been moving away from for over two decades. Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), often refers to infertility instead as “sub-fertility”. If we were truly “infertile” than no treatment would work. We would have a dead end.
Sub-fertility indicates that something is not working properly and can either be fixed or circumvented. That’s certainly the implicit point of fertility treatment. Fix what isn’t working or go around it. Sometimes that’s a nice, easy straight line. Do this and that and all done.
It’s true, that’s how it goes sometimes. And sometimes it doesn’t go quite that way. Sometimes more problems are uncovered or no problems at all are discovered. Then the straight line starts to look a little more like the roller coaster ride that infertility is often compared to.
Up and down, and all around and around and around.
There are other options when it comes to family building.
Additional Options for Family Building
It may mean looking at third party reproduction. Using a donor for sperm. Or a donor for eggs. Or a surrogate to carry your baby to term. It may mean all of those things that you probably didn’t expect when you started to think about having a child. It’s a lot to think about. It’s a lot to change directions to consider.
I have two suggestions if you are facing decisions that are feeling overwhelming and distressing.
Lisa Schuman, LCSW and Melissa Kelleher, LCSW. Both Lisa and Melissa are excellent choices to help you through the process of making difficult choices in a way that leaves you feeling like you’re still you.
And there’s more.
There’s adoption. There’s fostering a child or baby. There’s childfree living.
We will be exploring all of it. On Wednesdays, we will be having guest bloggers. If you have a story, whether professional or personal that you would like to share, please contact me. There are many ways to share your story and of course it can be done without revealing your name or identifying information. You can also share your story by working with me and I will write and publish the piece, with your approval. If you are interested, please email me at FertileYoga@gmail.com.
Guest Blog Wednesday's Begin with Dawn Gannon Next Week
We will start off our Guest Blogger Wednesdays next week with a personal and professional friend of mine, Dawn Gannon. Dawn has been in the field of fertility and infertility both professionally and personally for many years. Her blog, regarding her own journey with infertility speaks to the heart; what are we giving up and what are we gaining? She writes poignantly and with passion. Look for her blog next week, Wednesday, January 14th.
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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.