Find Your Inner Donkey – Infertility Strength & Perseverance

Kate Doyle

by Kate Doyle

Find Your Inner Donkey - Infertility StrengthFor this week's Kate's Corner, a fable reminds us of the strength we have to persevere during infertility.

A farmer awoke to loud cries coming from the old, dried up well on his property. He went to the well and saw that his donkey had fallen to the bottom, injured and looking for rescue. The farmer assessed the situation and decided to bury the donkey. He had been meaning to fill in the well with dirt and the donkey wasn’t much use to him, anyway.

Hurt and betrayed, the donkey soon had heaps of dirt hurled upon him. He was faced with the decision that so many of us face when life seems unfair: give up and be buried or fight. The donkey decided to utilize his inner strength and every time the dirt came down on him, he brushed it off and stepped up. Another load came down on him and he again brushed it off and stepped up. Eventually, his perseverance paid off and he was able to walk out of the well, a free donkey.

So often times in life we are faced with obstacles. If we stay strong and endure, there is no telling what is possible.

Infertility Strength

Topics: Infertility

Dr. Leondires Authored "Lyme Disease and Infertility" in Natural Nutmeg

by Katie Gaines

Dr. Mark Leondires wrote an article titled "Lyme Disease and Infertility" published in the August issue of Natural Nutmeg magazine. You can read the full article below. 


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Topics: Infertility, RMACT Doctors

Fertile Yoga Will Be Meeting Tonight- Thursday, December 8

Lisa Rosenthal

by Lisa Rosenthal

There will be Fertile Yoga tonight in Norwalk (20 Glover Avenue) - December 8- 5:45-7. There is NO pre-natal yoga this evening. Fertile Yoga is free of charge and open to the public.Top Infertility Practice Offers Fertile Yoga, Free of Charge

Topics: Infertility, Yoga

Ladies Night In Presents: Coping With The Holidays

by Brian Poe

Coping With Infertility During The HolidaysCOPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS


Wednesday-December 8, 2010  6:00pm


Anyone who has ever suffered with infertility knows that the holiday season is usually one of the most stressful times of the year. Holiday cards splashed with baby pictures, the media and just spending time with family and friends may leave you feeling like there is no end in sight. That is why we have organized this special Ladies Night In.  We will discuss and share with you the different ways to cope and even handle some challenges you may face in the next few weeks.


You are not required to join in on the discussions, and sometimes just listening helps more then you could ever know. This group is free of charge and will be facilitated by Jane Elisofon, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Lisa Rosenthal & Carrie Van Steen.  If you have any questions, call Carrie at 731.2520 ext 289 or email her at

Infertility & Coping With The Holidays

 Free of Charge/Dinner is provided!

67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300

Danbury, CT 06810


Topics: Infertility, Holidays, RMACT Team, Support

10/26 SEMINAR: Holistic & Traditional Approaches to Infertility

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Infertility Association
On Fertile Ground: Holistic and Traditional Approaches to Infertility


A breakfast panel discussion which looks deeper at some possible causes - lifestyle factors, nutritional imbalances, even emotional elements and offers ways in which couples may be able to overcome their fertility challenges by taking responsibility for themselves, rather than handing it all over to the doctors.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
7:30am – 10:00am
Continental Manor,
112 Main St, Norwalk, CT

Our panel represents Western, Eastern and Integrated approaches
to fertility - offering a strong potential for success in promoting fertility.  Moderated By: Kelley Connors, MPH Real Women on Health!

Download PDF: Infertility Challenges: Holistic and Traditional Approaches


Dr. Spencer Richlin, Surgical Director, Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist @ RMACTDr. Spencer Richlin: Surgical Director and Infertility Specialist in reproductive endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut

Vicki Kobliner, MS RD: Registered Dietitian with extensive experience in achieving optimal wellness

Joel Evans, MD: Nationally recognized wellness expert, educator, author, physician and founder of Center for Women’s Health

Elaine M. Malin, MTCM, L.Ac.: Licensed acupuncturist and a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine

Fertility: Traditional and Holistic Approaches
Tickets are $35 before Oct. 16/$45 after Oct. 16

To purchase tickets and learn more, visit or call (203) 853-4TLC

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RESOLVE The National Infertility Association

Topics: Infertility, Fertility, Acupuncture, RMACT Team, Wellness, Support, Events, RMACT Doctors

Take Shape For Life Program. Learn More at FREE SEMINAR January 12th, 2009

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Take Shape For Life Program

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.  2/3 of adult Americans are overweight and excess weight is a direct contributor to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, liver disease, certain types of cancer and even infertility.

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut has partnered with Take Shape for Life to offer a weight loss program to our patients.  Take Shape for Life is a comprehensive program designed by Dr. Wayne S. Andersen, a Board-Certified critical care physician and a leader in nutritional intervention. 

To learn more about this special program, we are offering a free information session to all RMACT patients:

Date:          January 12, 2010

Time:          6:30 PM

Location:   10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk

Please RSVP to Cori Cooper at 203-750-7492 or

Topics: Infertility, Wellness

Fertility Blog Extends Conversation Beyond Doctors’ Office

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

 Path to Fertility Gives RMACT Staff Members Opportunity to Share Perspective, Knowledge


Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has launched a blog as an extension of the fertility practice’s website (  The RMACT Blog, called the Path to Fertility, fulfills the intellectual and emotional needs of patients by educating readers about their fertility and fertility treatments and addressing the emotional rollercoaster of infertility.


Unlike many other fertility resources, the Path to Fertility will be written by a rotation of staff members, each with their own professional perspective and personal experiences.  The blog, which will have fresh content five days a week, will have input from the practice’s team, which includes reproductive endocrinologists, nurses, acupuncturists, embryologists and yoga instructors.  The lead writer will be Lisa Rosenthal, practice support liaison of RMACT, who has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her work with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association.


“Working with RMACT gives me an opportunity to educate patients and other readersFertility Blogger & Patient Advocate: Lisa Rosenthal about infertility and the impact of responsible fertility treatment,” says Rosenthal.  “Our hope is that through providing relevant information and frank opinions, we can act as a community – that type of support is crucial for men and women facing fertility challenges.”


Path to Fertility’s first blog is an honest look at Thanksgiving – its cherished pleasures and why some people find it difficult to feel thankful during the holiday season.  Subsequent entries will focus on fertility education by clarifying fertility misconceptions, and the RMACT staff will give their opinions on current fertility topics seen in the media.  Additionally, readers will be invited to post their opinions and experiences.


“Patients, especially new patients, are often consumed by a need to learn about infertility and try to get a handle on their unique medical situation and treatment plan,” said Dr. Mark Leondires, medical director of RMACT.  “We strive to help provide education in our offices, and through the blog we are extending this fertility education to give our patients all of the support they need.  Like our approach to treatment, the blog provides comprehensive information from our multidisciplinary staff.”


Fertility challenges commonly remain hidden until a couple struggles to get pregnant.  This revelation takes many couples by surprise, leaving them feeling isolated, frustrated and misinformed or under-informed about their fertility.  Complicating this situation is the common reluctance to speak with friends and family about their situation; this leaves patients longing for support.  Path to Fertility gives these patients a place to hear from others in similar situations, as well as to find much-needed information.


“We want people to know that they are not alone, that they do not need to go through the journey alone, and that we are here. Our blog is a way to offer them company, support and understanding,” Rosenthal adds.

Topics: Infertility, RMACT Team, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors

Coping with the Holidays: RMACT Seminar Series

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

NOVEMBER SEMINAR: Tuesday November 24th

Join Lisa Tuttle, PhD, for an interactive workshop to talk about the common sources of strain, and get helpful advice about how to survive your fertility journey and keep your relationship strong and healthy.   Dr. Tuttle has conducted this workshop with hundreds of infertile couples who find it to be a very reassuring and worthwhile evening.
Location:       10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Time:             6:30 – 8:00 PM

Seminars are free for RMA CT patients
Refreshments will be served
Call Cori at 203-750-7492 to RSVP
Space is limited!!

PRINT SEMINAR SCHEDULE: Coping with Holiday Stress on the Fertility Journey


DECEMBER SEMINAR: Saturday December 12th

Join Carolyn Gundell, MS, for an interactive seminar to discuss healthy eating strategies over the holidays and beyond.  Carolyn has her M.S. in Nutrition from Columbia University and has over twenty years of experience working with patients with insulin resistance, Diabetes Type1/Type 2, and metabolic disorders including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Location:        10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Time:            10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Seminars are free for RMA CT patients
Refreshments will be served
Call Cori at 203-750-7492 to RSVP
Space is limited!!

 PRINT SEMINAR SCHEDULE: Coping with Holiday Stress on the Fertility Journey

Topics: Infertility, Holidays, Wellness, Support