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Sep

September Support Events

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circle of hope (1)This September we are sharing fantastic information on support opportunities for your emotional journey to parenthood.  This month, our regular Circle of Hope Support Group sessions in Syracuse and Albany will occur, and both groups are welcoming many new members after we have had multiple positive pregnancies recently move on from our center! As we shift into a new season, it is the perfect time for you to join, as many other new clients will be testing the support group waters over the next few months.
 
Syracuse Circle of Hope Support Group will meet Wednesday, September 9th from 7:30p-8:30p.  Join Lisa Stack for a relaxed evening of sharing, support, and encouragement. All are welcome to join us! Please use the CNY Healing Arts entrance, and the hostess will direct you to the waiting room. *RSVP to Lisa at lstack@cnyfertility.com.
*Try Yoga for Fertility class for FREE, immediately before this support group meeting (6:00-7:15pm). No yoga experience required.
 
 
Albany Circle of Hope will meet Tuesday, September 8th from 5:3op-6:45p.  Join us in sharing and creating a supportive community with others on their path toward fertility. We welcome you to join us in the CNY Fertility Reception Area for an uplifting evening of sharing thoughts and ideas. Please RSVP to COHRSVP@cnyfertility.com
Albany PCOS Support Group will meet Tuesday, September 29th 6:00p-7:00p.  Support group dedicated to our clients with PCOS and moderated by Melissa Mace. We meet in the CNY Fertility Reception Area. Email Stacey with any questions at sdicerbo@cnyfertility.com.
 
Our Rochester Yoga for Fertility classes now offer extra time for support.  We have openings in all three classes, and welcome you to call to RSVP:  585-244-1280 ext. 2
 
 
Relaxation Webinar: Deep Breathing for Patience Thursday, September 17th, 7:30pm-8:00pm Join Lisa for this quiet and peaceful meditation, and take a break from your busy day. From the comfort of your home, Lisa will guide you through a deep breathing exercise, designed to help you cultivate patience. Please email Lisa with any questions: Lstack@cnyfertility.com Please visit the following link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7480421075550226433
For our full list of events this month, please visit our CNY Fertility Event Calendar.
Did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please email Lisa Stack at Lstack@cnyfertility.com
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordinator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.

8
Jul

July 2015 Support Events: IVF Cycle Giveaway!

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Registration is now full!
 
We love giving back to our fantastic clients.  This month, Dr. Kiltz is inviting all clients (current and future) to join a live Q&A webinar where he will cover current practices, the most up to date research, and offer insights on healthy diet and lifestyle choices to support your fertility.  When you register for the webinar, you will be automatically entered to win either one free IVF cycle, one free IUI cycle, or one free CNY Healing Arts package!
We have many more support events occurring throughout the month, and we hope that you take advantage of the supportive fertility community surrounding you.
Q&A Webinar with Dr. Kiltz:  Creating Your Own Success Story & IVF Giveaway This session will be held in Syracuse, and local clients are welcome to attend.  Out of town clients can attend via webinar.  Wednesday, July 15th 7:30p-9:00p.
Albany Circle of Hope will meet Tuesday, July 14th from 5:3op-6:45p.
Albany PCOS Support Group will meet Tuesday, July 28th 6:00p-7:00p.
Our Rochester Yoga for Fertility classes now offer extra time for support.  We have openings in all three classes, and welcome you to call to RSVP:  585-244-1280 ext. 2
For our full list of events this month, please visit our CNY Fertility Event Calendar.
Did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please email Lisa Stack at Lstack@cnyfertility.com
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordinator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.

9
Jun

Virtual Support: Creating and Maintaining a Healthy Diet

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BEST (2)We love being able to provide care for our busy and traveling clients, but sometimes distance and packed schedules can make attending a support group session challenging, or even impossible.  In order to keep you sharing and connected, we have created three support opportunities for you this month designed for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, wherever that may be.
Thursday, June 18th, Lisa will offer a webinar on the Paleo Diet for your Fertility.  This is an interactive experience where you will be able to ask questions and also suggest topics to cover.   Lisa will cover resources for starting and maintaining a healthy diet for your fertility. To register please visit the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4644240725373777154
Thursday, June 25th Lisa will offer a Relaxation Webinar focusing on Meditation for a Healthy Diet.  This webinar will guide you through a mindfulness exercise to help you come to a more healthy relationship with foods that support your fertility.  To register please visit the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6052122483787433218
We are also hosting our regular Circle of Hope Support Group session in Syracuse tomorrow, Thursday, June 10th from 7:30p-8:30p.
 
For all of our fertility support offerings, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordinator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
 

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Jun

June 2015 Support Events

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circle of hope (1)This June we are sharing fantastic information on support opportunities for your emotional journey, as well as starting and maintaining a healthy diet for your fertility.  This month, our regular Circle of Hope Support Group sessions in Syracuse and Albany will occur, and both groups are welcoming many new members after we have had multiple positive pregnancies recently move on from our center. This is the perfect time for you to join, as many other new clients will be testing the support group waters over the next few months.
Syracuse Circle of Hope Support Group will meet Wednesday, June 10th from 7:30p-8:30p
Albany Circle of Hope will meet Tuesday, June 9th from 5:3op-6:45p.
Albany PCOS Support Group will meet Tuesday, June 30th 6:00p-7:00p.
Our Rochester Yoga for Fertility classes now offer extra time for support.  We have openings in all three classes, and welcome you to call to RSVP:  585-244-1280 ext. 2
For our full list of events this month, please visit our CNY Fertility Event Calendar.
Did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please email Lisa Stack at Lstack@cnyfertility.com
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordinator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.

6
May

Coping with Mother's Day While Facing Infertility

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Mother's DaySometimes, the holidays can be challenging, especially when you are trying to conceive.  Families often gather together to catch up, and children are typically the focus of attention (either the ones physically present, or in the form of the typical ‘So when are you going to start trying?’ question).  It does not matter if you welcome the holiday as a celebration, or you experience more solemn emotions.  They are your emotions; they are perfect, and normal.  (Grief is a common emotion and process around the holidays.  For more information regarding grief see this article.)
Mother’s Day is often one of the more challenging holidays to encounter while trying to conceive.  However, there are some great opportunities to focus this day not on what you are lacking, but what you have.  As always, the best way to cope with this potentially challenging day is to anticipate and plan.  Make sure you have considered potential challenging situations, and assessed what would make you feel most relaxed and at peace.
 
Here are some brief suggestions to help prepare and cope with Mother’s Day:
 

  1. Be your best friend:  You are not required to be anywhere or do anything you are not comfortable with.  You have to listen to yourself, and protect yourself.  If you feel that going out to eat, or a family member’s house will be too anxiety provoking, then graciously thank them for the offer but let them know you have other plans.  You (and your partner, if you have one) must have a discussion before, outlining the most enjoyable and least stressful holiday scenario:  will you celebrate?  Where will you celebrate?  How long will you stay?
  2. Prepare your script:  This does not mean you will have each conversation planned out, but come to a consensus beforehand.  How will you respond to the inevitable question, ‘so when will you have children of your own?’  If you have a couple of planned responses that you feel comfortable with, it will make the conversation a lot smoother, and quicker.  When we become anxious about answering a question, it can often lead to us revealing more than we would like.  However, if we are able to calmly deliver our planned responses, we can guide the direction of the conversation to another topic rather smoothly.  If you have told your family you are trying and seeking treatment, this tool also works.  They may ask ‘how are your cycles going?  What is new at the doctor’s office?’ and instead of giving them a play-by-play of your last blood draws, you could have similar, planned responses.
  3. Celebrate not what you are lacking, but what you have: If your mother is an active presence in your life or you have a maternal figure, take the day to celebrate them.  Transfer the focus off of yourself, onto the person of your choice.  This enforces the passion/empathy tool we have discussed before, and planning a nice meal for someone else allows a nice break for the mind and heart.
  4. Spend the day fostering your own motherhood:  Make it a ‘healthy day’, to promote your fertility.  Spend the day outdoors, exercising, or eating really delicious and nutritious foods.  Take some time and try an artistic project, utilizing your imagination and nurturing any emotions you may be experiencing.
  5. Recognize and honor the emotions, but celebrate with family: This may be an opportunity to use as motivation for your cycles.  Try to take it all in.  Take a mental image of the smiles and laughter, and when you are experiencing a challenging moment later on, remember those smiles and what it is that you are working towards.  You are doing all of this so that you can have those moments, those smiles, for yourself.
  6. Honor your losses: If you have experienced pregnancy loss, this may be a nice day to honor those losses.  You could write a letter to the child, plant a tree in their honor, or take some time just to talk about your pregnancy and what it feels like to no longer have the child with you.  This may feel very difficult at first, but the memory of a lost pregnancy always remains, and it may feel good to revisit and acknowledge the loss.

 
Please remember that it is incredibly important to protect your emotions, and if that means removing yourself from a situation that could be too challenging, then do it! We just need to get a bit creative, and open ourselves to new traditions and opportunities.

20
Apr

Support During National Infertility Awareness Week

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National FertilityThis week we are celebrating National Infertility Awareness Week by sharing many coping tools, ideas for stress reduction, and virtual support events. We are honored to be on this journey with you, and we look forward to continuing to support you every step of the way.
Tonight, Lisa is hosting a teleworkshop focusing on Coping with Multiple Failed Cycles.  During this session, Lisa will address multiple ways to revitalize your motivation to move forward, while appropriately grieving your failed cycles along the way.   You will have the opportunity to ask questions and propose topics.
On Thursday, Lisa is offering a relaxation webinar on Deep Breathing to Release Tension.  She will guide you through a few different exercises designed to help you unwind from any challenging or stressful situations.
For all of our fertility support offerings, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordinator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
 
 

13
Apr

Honoring Loss in the Spring

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This article originally appeared October 2011.  We hope that with warmer weather arriving, revisiting this article will help stir a few ideas for honoring any miscarriages that occurred over the winter.
Tiny statues greet visitors to many Buddhist temples around Japan.  It is common to see small hats adorning the little ones, or even toys scattered at their feet.  You may even witness a woman holding a solemn vigil.  These statues are public memorials for children who pass away before their parents, especially those lost during pregnancy.  Once a miscarriage or pregnancy loss has occurred the grieving family will place a hat, scarf, or memorial item on the Jizo statue in honor of the lost life.  This is a beautiful public display of pregnancy loss. The gift to Jizo honors both the life that lasted for only a brief time, and the grief that remains.  This is a moment where it is OK to publicly grieve a life that was invisible to the outside world.
Unfortunately, we really don’t have a practice here in our culture that openly welcomes the grief of a family after pregnancy loss.  Although there may not be a public venue for your sadness, it is important to create your own memorial.  There are many ways to honor the life that you nurtured for only a brief time, and I hope that you are able to find a way that fits your family best.  Here are a few suggestions, that have brought many grieving families great comfort:
1.  Ask a member of your religious community to hold a funeral mass or memorial service.
2.  Designate a place in your home for a memorial piece.  Some like to find a piece of artwork that calls to them, or create one of your own.
3.  Name the child, so that you can refer to him/her easily in your conversation.  This also acknowledges the personhood that you had attached to that brief and precious life.
4.  Have a memorial piece of jewelery made that you can wear.
5.  Plant a tree or beautiful flowers in honor of the life that you lost.
 
We would like to invite you to connect with our great community of support.  Our Circle of Hope Support Group sessions, closed Facebook Support Groups, and virtual support sessions are all opportunities for you to share your story and hear from others who have had similar experiences.   Together, we can process the losses we have faced, and take that first step to healing.
For all of our fertility support offerings, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordinator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
 

8
Apr

Cancelled: Syracuse Circle of Hope

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Tonight’s Syracuse Circle of Hope Support Group session has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email Lisa with any questions or if there is anything she can help you with: Lstack@cnyfertility.com

6
Apr

Virtual Support: Positive Reading, Coping with Failed Cycles, and Releasing Tension

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art_lotus_12009915a-300x239.jpgWe love being able to provide care for our busy and traveling clients, but sometimes distance and packed schedules can make attending a support group session challenging, or even impossible.  In order to keep you sharing and connected, we have created three support opportunities for you this month designed for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, wherever that may be.
Thursday, April 16th, Lisa will offer a webinar on Positive Reading to Support your Fertility.  This is an interactive experience where you will be able to ask questions and suggest topics to cover.  To register please visit the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6743820849235170050
Our Fertility Support Teleworkshop is a phone conference call offered Monday, April 20th at 7:00p.  This month, Lisa is focusing on strategies for coping with multiple failed cycles. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, or you may submit questions before via email.  Please email for call-in information:  Lstack@cnyfertility.com
Finally, on Thursday, April 23rd Lisa will offer a Relaxation Webinar focusing on Deep Breathing to Release Tension.  This webinar will guide you through a breathing exercise that you can then take and use as a coping tool for challenging situations.  To register please visit the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/132135274511320066
We are also hosting our regular Circle of Hope Support Group sessions in Albany and Syracuse this month.
Syracuse will meet on Wednesday, April 8th from 7:30p-8:30p
Albany will meet on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:30p-6:45p
For all of our fertility support offerings, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordinator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
 

16
Mar

Asking for and Accepting Help from Loved Ones

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support2The challenge of infertility is not momentary.  Unfortunately, for many women, infertility is a daily struggle that they must endure for years.  The steady and constant burden that many women feel with infertility can make asking for and accepting help from loved ones seem fruitless.  Will one cup of tea with your sister really help?  Will one movie night with your best friends after a miscarriage actually make you feel better?
Grief doesn’t have to mean isolation.  Grief, from infertility, should be viewed just as any other struggle.  Grief also cannot be placed on a sliding scale.  It isn’t fair to say “Well, she isn’t sick, but she did have a miscarriage.”  This minimizes the emotional burden that someone may be carrying.   Infertility is just as valid a struggle as any other medical condition, and we do not need to isolate ourselves, or carry our burdens silently.  Yes, you are strong and resilient.  However, if you have been steadily enduring infertility for 1,095 days (3 years), or any length of time, it is OK to hand one of those days over to those who love you.
If you choose to let your closest loved ones in on your journey with you, you may find that allowing your sister (husband, mom, friend, etc.) to share the burden with you for even just one day will help make the rest of the 1,095 feel more manageable and less lonely.  That one movie or one cup of tea suddenly moves from feeling fruitless to becoming a trail marker.  That one moment helped you to break up the journey into segments, and now you have enough support and love reserved to help carry you to the next trail maker.
This Thursday at 7p Lisa will discuss this topic in greater depth during the Asking For and Accepting Help from Your Loved Ones webinar.  We hope that you join her, and begin to shed the mindset of isolation on your journey.
For our full list of events this month, please visit our CNY Fertility Event Calendar.
Did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please email Lisa Stack at Lstack@cnyfertility.com
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.