Free Fertility Events at RMACT – Kate Doyle Will Tell You More Tomorrow
Every month, there are many fertility events at RMACT. Most of our events are free and open to the public. All of our events are designed to help support people in the process of trying to build their families.
Maybe this is the month you step out of your comfort zone and try a class? Or make a phone call? Or have your fertility potential checked?
Below are some brief explanations for what these events have to offer. Please ask a question if you are intrigued. Remember, these programs are here to support you.
In fact, that’s why we are here. To support you and help you build your family when you are ready.
Fertility Support Events at RMACT
Fertile Yoga This Week
Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation can help men and women experiencing the challenges of infertility.Fertile Yoga helps couples relax and relaxation can help one make more satisfying decisions, communicate more clearly with their doctor, and sustain treatment with a more positive perspective.
What you need: Comfortable clothing, a yoga mat, and bottle of water.
Wednesday night in Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) Trumbull office- 115 Technology Drive, Suite C200. Class meets from 5:45-6:45. Free and open to the public Learn More
Thursday night in RMACT’s Norwalk office- 761 Main Avenue, Norwalk, suite 200. Class meets from 5:45-6:45. Free and open to the public. Pre-natal yoga meets from 7:00-8:00, $10.00 fee. Learn More
Friday night at Yogaspace at 78 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT. Class meets from 7:00-8:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Learn More
Third Party Reproduction Support Group – First Tuesday of the month, 8:30 am- This group welcomes patients in all stages of their family building process – from thinking about moving forward using an egg and/or sperm donor to choosing a donor to beginning your cycle and finally, to parenting. This group is facilitated by Lisa Schuman, LCSW. For more information, or if you have a question, please call 203-750-7407. - Group meets in RMACT’s Norwalk office- 342 Main Avenue, Norwalk, suite 200. Free and open to the public.
Please note a time change: This group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 AM– 9:30 AM in Norwalk. Learn More
Ladies Night In – November
Ladies Night In is a peer-led support group facilitated by two former fertility patients, Carrie Van Steen and Lisa Rosenthal. Share experiences, hope and very often, a good laugh with other women who understand what you're going through, because they're going through it too. This peer support group is free of charge and open to the public.
Danbury: Tuesday, November 3- RMACT office- 103 Newtown Road, Suite 1A. Group meets from 6:00-7:30.
Trumbull: Wednesday, November 11- RMACT office- 115 Technology Drive, Suite C200. (Following Fertile Yoga) 6:45-8:00
Norwalk: Thursday- November 19- RMACT office- 761 Main Avenue, Norwalk, suite 200. (Following Fertile Yoga) 6:45-8:00
Single Women Pursuing Parenthood Exploring Options, Available Resources and Community Support
Please join us for this free event on Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 10:00 am-12:00 noon
Spencer Richlin, MD, Partner, Lead Physician of Single Moms To Be at RMACT
Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Director of Psychological Services, RMACT
Jane Mattes, LCSW, Founder of Single Mothers by Choice
Breakfast will be served
Hotel Zero Degrees
353 Main Avenue Norwalk, CT
This event is free but registration is required. To register, please visit singlemomstobe.com/events or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and enter “11/8 event” in the subject line.
Gay Parents To Be – LGBTQ Family Building Options
Our Gay Parents to Be Team is partnering with The National LGBTQ Task Force in NYC for a special event on Family Building Options for LGBTQ people on Thursday, November 12th at 5:30 PM. Please join us at Etcetera Etcetera (352 West 44th Street) for this free educational event to learn more about the many options and the affordability of building a family for LGBTQ community members. The discussion will be led by Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director & Partner at RMACT and Gay Parents to Be. Open bar and hors d’oeuvres provided. Register here.
Free Fertility Testing on December 3, 2015 in Stamford.
The Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test helps doctors determine a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, now and in the future. If you know that you would like to have a family, even if you are not ready at the moment, this testing can give you information to help you make educated decisions about when to start building a family.
Please do share the event information with friends and family members who could benefit from this type of testing. December 3, 2015 in Stamford location, 1290 Summer Street, Suite 3200 on Thursday, December 3, 5 p.m. with Spencer Richlin, MD
Dr. Spencer Richlin, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and partner at RMACT, says: “Most people know that age is an important factor for infertility. They may not realize a simple blood test can tell us whether they will have trouble conceiving on their own in the next five, 10, or 15 years. Because of this, AMH tests are extraordinarily empowering for women.”
Women who come to the RMACT event will have their blood drawn and will receive a phone call from an RMACT nurse with results within 10 business days. Since AMH is not affected by estrogen and other hormones, it can be tested at any point in the menstrual cycle and even when patients are on birth control pills.
Testing AMH levels is widely recognized as a reliable indicator of a woman’s reproductive potential; however, it does not give the full picture. For a more thorough understanding of their fertility, patients should schedule an individual consultation at RMACT that includes a complete diagnostic work up. For women, diagnostic testing includes AMH, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and hysterosalpingogram (HSG). For men, who contribute to infertility issues equally as often as women, diagnostic testing includes a semen analysis. Both partners will also discuss their family and medical histories.
"Some of the hardest conversations we have with patients is when they realize their fertility has declined with age," says Dr. Shaun Williams, a fertility specialist at RMACT. "AMH tests enable a woman to be prepared to make informed decisions based on their family goals. Some may choose to start a family sooner, explore egg freezing options, or take comfort in delaying family building."
This event is free and open to the public; however, registering is encouraged.
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.