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Helping Others Create Families – How Can You Help? Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on April 20th, 2016

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Helping Others Create Families – How Can You Help?

Support | National Infertility Awareness Week | Advocacy Day

Infertility AdvocacyA call to action. We need your help.

There are things that are worth standing up for. Anyone of us who have a family know that it starts there – we stand up for our families. Our children, especially.

What about those of us who are hoping for children, wanting children and unable to have children without help?

Are we willing to stand up for them too?

Infertility Facts

A few simple facts about infertility:

  1. Infertility affects one in eight couples.
  2. Infertility is a disease as defined by the American Medical Association.
  3. Infertility is often not covered by insurance or inadequately covered.
  4. Infertility affects both men and women– almost equally.
  5. Infertility treatment is extremely effective.

Because infertility often gets dismissed as a “lifestyle choice” and not a disease, people affected by infertility frequently avoid the usual social relationships that they count on for support. They feel isolated at a time when they most need their friends and family.

Infertility Advocacy

We are asking for your help and here's what you can do to get involved in infertility advocacy.

Friends & Family is an evening that Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is hosting to support Resolve - The National Infertility Association and their infertility advocacy efforts. On May 11th, Lisa Rosenthal (RMACT’s Patient Advocate) and Carrie Van Steen (Founder of Ladies Night In – RMACT’s peer support group) will head down to Washington and present letters to our appropriate congresspeople and senators to show how deeply our communities feel about supporting all of us having the families that we are trying to build.

This is your opportunity to come out and support family building. This evening is free and open to all adults. Be part of your community by signing a letter. And if you can’t come, here’s the link to the letter that we are collecting.

Our goal? 1,000 letters. Our loftier goal? 10,000 letters. What’s your goal? Can you get five signed? Or fifteen? Or fifty?

We need your help. And we know that you can do it.

Thank you in advance for the letters that you will collect for us.

We know what our families mean.

Absolutely everything.

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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.