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Fertility Empathy 101 – Courtesy of Dr. Brené Brown & YouTube Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on March 20th, 2015

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Fertility Empathy 101 – Courtesy of Dr. Brené Brown & YouTube


Empathy rather than sympathy. Or another way to put it, how do you want your friends, family, work colleagues, strangers on the street to speak to you about infertility?

coping-with-fertilityThis video is not specifically on fertility, infertility, miscarriage, IVF cycles that haven't worked or any of the other losses that we feel when we are trying to conceive and it's not happening. The video is about empathy, plain and simple. 

Fertility Empathy or Just Plain Empathy

How to offer someone something when they are in pain. What to offer someone when they are in pain.

Whether it is pain that you have experienced. Or not.

I believe that we can be empathetic whether we have personally experienced a similar painful experience or whether we have not. 

Thank you Brené Brown, for a lovely, loving and compassionate way of describing empathy. With no shame. If you have offered something that turned out to not be helpful in the past, here's a new way to do things.




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.