Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Speaks Out About Costs of Infertility In Redbook
Congratulations to Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Director of Mental Health at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). Due to her extensive research, expertise in the field, and overall reputation, she is among those quoted in the recent Redbook article on infertility.
"The overall article, "The Secret Reason Women Are Not Getting Pregnant," is about the cost of infertility. It's an honest depiction of the costs and why there are differences from state to state.” This is a great quote from one of our RMACT team members who was influential in connecting Ms. Schuman with the authors at Redbook.
RMACT Expert Discusses Infertility Cost in Redbook
I’m saving my rant for tomorrow. Today’s blog is going to be well measured, with carefully chosen words. Although, when it comes to Ms. Schuman, I admit to being a total and complete fan.
Her quote in Redbook:
“WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR PARTNER"
"How much are we willing to spend on fertility treatments?"
It's okay if the number you set now shifts, just as it might if you were house-hunting and stumbled upon your dream home, says Lisa Schuman, director of mental-health services at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. But agree on some ground rules: Would you feel comfortable asking your parents for help? Would you consider getting a second job or taking out a small loan? "You may not get everything you want, but you'll be working toward what's in the best interest of you as a couple," says Schuman.”
Navigating Infertility Treatment With Your Partner
That’s why I’m a fan of Ms. Schuman’s. This is just a small piece of her philosophy and how she helps keep the focus on what’s the most important. You. You and your partner, if you have one. How to keep infertility and fertility treatment as a part of your life, huge as it may be, while still considering life as a whole.
She’s not all about feelings, as important as they are, she is also about strategy. And education. And advocacy. And relationships.
It seems strange to discuss strategy when talking about infertility and treatment. Especially if we consider that infertility is a disease of the reproductive system. Still, given insurance coverage or lack there of, income that can be saved and disposable income, strategy is important when it comes to paying for fertility treatment.
The article is excellent. Broad reaching. The author, Hallie Levine, treats the topic with respect and doesn’t dive into any sensationalism, which is a relief. It’s well-measured and thoughtful with a sensitivity towards how often this affects people trying to build their families. Many patient voices in the article make it ring true as well.
What more can you ask of an article?
For the rant, please read tomorrow. Or not.
Remember the RMACT campaign for January is #OneSmallChange
Perhaps it’s best said today by Ms. Schuman, “You may not get everything you want, but you'll be working toward what's in the best interest of you as a couple".
#OneSmallChange January 5, 2016
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.