RMACT Honors National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day
Below is our official press release about National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. As a fertility practice, Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMACT) has always recognized these losses.
Our RMACT team members – from our board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists, to our fertility nurses, to our specially trained medical assistants to our front desk representatives, and our financial representatives, to our lab team – we have all long been acknowledging these significant losses. We reach out to our patients (and our team members) when there is a loss. We offer an ear to listen. And a shoulder to cry on. We make ourselves available and we mourn with you too.
We are lucky enough to be able to go further. We help bring babies into the world, even after significant and repeated losses.
Tomorrow, we will formally recognize what we actually acknowledge every single day of the year.
Our losses. ~Lisa Rosenthal
Fertility Practice Recognizes National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15, 2015
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Supports Patients by Acknowledging Their Previous Losses, Helping Them to Achieve Healthy Pregnancies
NORWALK, CT (October 15, 2015) – The staff of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) will be honoring National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15, 2015 by wearing pink and blue ribbons as a quiet nod of solidarity to patients who have experienced bereavement from losing a pregnancy or child.
“Many of our patients come to us after multiple miscarriages,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director at RMACT. “Their grief is tremendous because it is also a moment of losing hope for what they thought their future would be. It is our mission to change this course, to help them heal and have children.”
As a leader in the fertility field, RMACT provides several fertility treatments that help patients avoid miscarriages. The most significant advancement in fertility treatment in the last decade is Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CSS), which enables us to identify healthy embryos prior to IVF transfer, thus reducing the risk of a miscarriage. Then, the healthy embryos are frozen and transferred during a frozen embryo transfer cycle (FET). According to a report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) released this Spring, RMACT has a live birth rate of 66% (84/127) for women under 35 years old with thawed, non-donor cycles, as compared to 44% nationally.
Many RMACT patients have also had successful cycles and healthy pregnancies as a result of improving their overall health through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness (IFW) Program. Patients who are pre-diabetic, diabetic or have other metabolic conditions are at higher risk for infertility and miscarriage. Excess weight can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure, which during pregnancy can in turn lead to complications such as gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, congenital abnormalities, and even miscarriage or stillbirth.
At RMACT, patients have the opportunity to overcome these added health challenges by availing themselves to IFW Program resources such as acupuncture, Fertile Yoga, psychotherapy, peer- and professionally-led support groups, and working with an in-house nutritionist. Through hard work and refining lifestyle habits such as eating, sleeping and exercise routines, RMACT patients are able to improve their health and subsequently have full term, healthy deliveries.
About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.
The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All five physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.
 A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches and entrance criteria for ART may vary from clinic to clinic.
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.