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5
Jan

Syracuse Circle of Hope Special Event: January 2015

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MorningMeditationThis month we are welcoming Sherie Ramsgard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, to lead our Syracuse Circle of Hope Support Group session.  This session will meet on Wednesday, January 14th from 7:30p-8:30p.
This session will explore the benefits and process of everyday mindfulness because mindfulness is normal; it is not something special, limited to Buddhists, mystics, academics, or psychologists.  This is a simple process that any human being can undertake.  Mindfulness is not always an easy thing to do, particularly if you have never experienced anything like this before or if you are going through intense pain or strong emotions.  But the techniques required to cultivate greater mindfulness are incredibly simple and are available to any human being free of charge.  As time progresses, mindfulness becomes easier and easier to develop and being in the present moment becomes as much of a habit as our normal state of distractedness.  For more information on Sherie’s practice, please visit www.wholementalwellness.com
We welcome you to try Yoga for Fertility for free immediately before this support group meeting (6:00p-7:15p).  No yoga experience is necessary.
This support group session will take place in the CNY Fertility kitchen.  Please use the rear entrance of the building, and our CNY Healing Arts receptionist will direct you to the kitchen.  Please RSVP to Lisa:  Lstack@cnyfertility
Finally, 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
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.
 

29
Dec

The New Year: Evolving Into a New You

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wintercardinalGood morning!  I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.  This week marks the beginning of a new year, and a new you.  This is the time of year when hasty resolutions are made in hopes of changing something we aren’t happy with.  Instead of feeling like something is wrong and must be changed, I’d like you to use the word evolution this year.  Tonight, promise yourself that you will evolve.  You will grow, adapt, and move fluidly.  You will work with your body and your environment, instead of against them.  You will not fight against who you are, but instead, work to adapt and evolve.
This process of personal evolution will not happen overnight.  This is a slow and steady journey, to life long adaptations.  Instead of simply saying ‘I am not going to be stressed in the new year’ and naturally breaking that promise, you will incorporate deep breathing into your day naturally decreasing your stress level and creating life long coping tools.
We have many opportunities to support you on your evolution, and most of them are free!  Circle of Hope support group sessions, Free Yoga for Fertility, Fertile Friends Gathering, and acupuncture with your IUI and ET are all ways to naturally evolve and adapt.  They’re slow, healthy, and designed just for you.
To help you with your Mindful Meditation practice, we have a library of meditations available for you, here.  We also have meditation webinars, workshops, and yoga sessions available.  You can find the next session close to you, on our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.
Finally, 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
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

22
Dec

Holiday Support: Mindful Meditation

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candleAs we are right in the middle of our winter holidays, this is a perfect week to focus on mindful meditation.  This week, let us focus on leaving all of the judgement, negativity, sadness, and anxiety behind us.
The mind is an integral component of your fertility.  Keeping a mindful and open outlook will invite creative thinking, and the clarity to process challenging emotions.  If you are open and present, you may find yourself interested in trying new ways to improve your fertility.  For example, you may have the energy and confience to try Yoga for Fertility, or you may have the willingness to share in a support group or counseling setting.
If your mind is preoccupied with negative repetitive thoughts, which can be expected while coping with infertility, it may be challenging to open yourself to new treatments and fertility supporting practices.  Dr. Kiltz strongly believes in the importance of Mindful Meditation, and its many benefits to all who pratice.  One of the greatest benefits of meditation is the skill of coping with challenging emotoins.  With practice, you will find that you are able to acknowledge the emotion, give it the space to be present for a few moments, and then successfully redirect that emotion into someting more productive for your fertility.
For a very simple meditation practice, close your eyes and place your hands on your abdomen.  Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, and notice your hands rise as your belly expands.  Exhaling through your mouth, slowly whisper the word “out” to yourself.  With each exhale, push all of the negativity, challenges, and concerns out of your being.  Repeat this breathing cycle for as long as you would like, starting slowly with just a few breaths.
To help you with your Mindful Meditation practice, we have a library of meditations available for you, here.  We also have meditation webinars, workshops, and yoga sessions available.  You can find the next session close to you, on our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.
Finally, 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
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

15
Dec

Support For the Holidays: This Week!

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winter-sunrise-in-alaskaThis week we have three support opportunities for you, to help you unwind and relax during the holiday season.  Taking a time out for yourself away from your busy day-to-day schedule can offer a wonderful opportunity for mindfulness and awareness.  When you are in the middle of the storm and hardly allowing yourself any  quiet time alone, it can be very challenging to really check-in and listen to how you are doing.  This week, we will offer three sessions for you to unplug from your commitments and schedules, and simply unwind.
Tonight, Monday, December 15th at 6:00p is our Fertility Support Teleworkshop:  Honoring Miscarriage during the Holidays.  This teleworkshop will focus on support for clients who are coping with the grief of miscarriage or pregnancy loss during the holidays.  For call information, please email Lisa:  Lstack@cnyfertility.com
Wednesday, December 17th from 7:30p-8:30p is our rescheduled Circle of Hope: Coping through the Holidays & Fertility Sock Swap.  This is a relaxed and festive evening of sharing, support, and encouragement.  This month we will be taking a more relaxed approach to our time together and share some coping strategies for the holidays.  For the Fertility Sock Swap, we ask that you bring a wrapped pair of socks to swap and share.  This is a nice opportunity to join our group for the first time, as it is a good introduction to both our center and community.  Please email Lisa to RSVP and with questions:  Lstack@cnyfertility.com
Finally, on Thursday, December 18th at 7:00p Lisa will host our Time Out:  Deep Breathing Meditation for the Holidays.  This quiet and peaceful meditation will help you take a deep breath and unwind during the busy holiday season.  To register for the session, please visit the following link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/157987616
Finally, 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
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

8
Dec

Choosing Healthy and Nourishing Foods During the Holidays

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apples google(1)This month, as many gather to celebrate the holidays, it is a great time to remember the importance of nourishing foods to feed both your body and spirit.  As you are celebrating over the next few weeks, keep in mind the importance of balance.  While there isn’t one perfect diet for fertility, there is a balance between allowing yourself to enjoy the special holiday meals, and providing your body with the most healthy and nourishing foods possible.  With the awareness of a few simple tips, you can enjoy your holiday meals while nurturing your fertility.
Nutrition for your fertility can be broken down into a few easy to remember guidelines, derived from Dr. Kiltz’s Fertile Secret:

  • Clean:  Try to reach for the most pure items with the fewest ingredients.  Minimize processed foods, to maximize the nutrients available to your body.  This also includes minimizing sugars and starches.
  • Fresh:  Include something fresh in every meal.  While enjoying your holiday meals, add an extra side of fruits or vegetables.
  • Clear:  Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water!

We want you to enjoy the holidays, while also feeling in control of your journey to your most fetile self.  If you are going to indulge this holiday, remembering to balance with one of the guidelines above will help you to stay on course.
This week our Circle of Hope support group sessions will meet with special Holiday Gatherings.  We also have three virtual support events remaining for the month.  For our support available this month, please be sure to check this article and our CNY Fertility calendars.
Finally, 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
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

24
Nov

Giving Thanks and Enjoying Your Loved Ones

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fall leavesThis Thursday, we are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the US.  This is a great tradition of expressing gratitude, appreciation, and love.  Even in the face of your fertility journey, spending time with those you love can provide you with happiness and motivation to keep pushing forward on this long journey to parenthood.  Dr. Kiltz suggests spending time with what you want.  He teaches us that this is a way of sending your dreams and desires out to the world around you, while opening yourself up to receive whatever beauty may come your way.  This holiday, try to open yourself up to the love and happiness within your circle of family and friends, and see what happens.
It may feel challenging to celebrate with family, as there are often children running around enjoying the day, but try to remember Dr. Kiltz’s words, and surround yourself with what you desire.  Learn from your family members with children of their own, and imprint the laughter of your younger family members as motivation to have that within your own home next year.  This is a great source of encouragement and motivation for you to access during those moments when you may feel like giving up, or that the journey is too long.
Be kind to yourself this holiday, and take plenty of time to rest.  If you would like more suggestions for having a peaceful and relaxed holiday, please be sure to read the Holiday Support Guide.
For all of our fertility support offerings this month, 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?  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 message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.
 

17
Nov

Holiday Support Guide

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holiday gatheringHolidays can sometimes be emotionally 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?’). 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 also a common emotion and process around the holidays, especially after pregnancy loss. If you would like to read more on grief, please visit Understanding the Grief Process.
The winter holidays focus on gifts of family, heritage, and faith. While this is a time of reflection and celebration, some of the traditions may cause sadness and anxiety. Exchanging gifts with children and watching them celebrate such a festive season can trigger many unexpected and unwelcome emotions. While we cannot eliminate the sadness and anxiety surrounding your fertility at this time, we can prepare and create new traditions that are more welcoming to where you are at this moment. I have gathered a few suggestions and coping tools for you to explore as you prepare for the holidays. I do suggest that you begin thinking about your holiday plans and how they might impact your emotions beforehand. It is better to plan and anticipate the holidays, than find yourself overwhelmed with challenging emotions.
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.  You (and your partner, if you have one) must have a discussion before, outlining the most enjoyable and least stressful holiday scenario: Where will you celebrate? How long will you stay?  What do you want the focus for this holiday to be?  How can you expand that area (time with family, a great meal, a religious service, giving to those who are less fortunate, etc.) and minimize the stress and distraction of what you feel like you “should” do?
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 much more fluid and brief. When we become anxious about answering a question, it can often lead to us revealing more than we would like. 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. Throw yourself into the holiday: What better way to focus on the positive, than to enjoy a beautiful holiday? Try cooking a special meal or decorating the house. Find a way to volunteer or give back to the community. If you are spending a quiet night with your partner, make a special meal and reconnect.
4. Create a new tradition: If being surrounded by children opening gifts is too much at this time, create a new tradition with your partner and friends. Do something more adult-oriented that is festive. This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the ones you love, while also receiving a bit of extra support.
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.
Please remember 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.
For all of our fertility support offerings this month, 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?  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 message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.
 

10
Nov

Virtual Support Opportunities: November 2014

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candleWe 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 monthly support opportunities designed for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, wherever that may be.
Our Fertility Support Teleworkshop is a phone conference call offered Monday, November 17th at 6:00p.  This month, Lisa is focusing on trying to conceive while coping with the holidays. 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, November 13th Lisa will offer the Smoking Cessation Meditation and Relaxation Webinar.  This is a guided meditation and breathing exercise that is perfect for beginners, designed to help you relax while trying to quit smoking.  To register please visit the following link:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/401099416
The Smoking Cessation Support Webinar on Thursday, November 20th is an opportunity for you to participate in a virtual support group setting.  This will be an interactive experience, where Lisa will cover tips and support resources for smoking cessation while trying to conceive. You will also be able to ask questions.  To register please visit the following link:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/35710221
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?  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 message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

29
Oct

PGD: Screening for Single Gene Diseases

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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is an incredible tool that we are proud to have available to our clients.  We use PGD in a variety of cases, ranging from clients who are screening for one particular disease, to clients who are hoping to increase their odds of pregnancy by ruling out unknown genetic abnormalities, to those selecting a specific gender.  This video below, recently released by 60 Minutes, highlights some of the many benefits of PGD.
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If you would like to discuss your options with PGD, and how it might be beneficial for you, please feel free to schedule an initial consultation if you are a new client, or a follow up talk with one of our providers if you are a current client.  Please fill out this form to begin scheduling your initial consultation, or call our office at any time:  1-800-539-9870

27
Oct

Does organic eating impact sperm quality? When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it does!

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Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's marketAccording to interesting data presented at the 2014 ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) Meeting, choosing organic options for high pesticide fruits and vegetables improved sperm motility and morphology.  In the study, men who ate the greatest amount of high pesticide fruits and vegetables showed a 70% lower motile sperm count and 64% lower number of normally shaped sperm.  For those men who generally ate low pesticide fruits and vegetables, there were no detected changes in motility and morphology.
So, we know that it is important to eat a well balanced diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, but which ones should be organic?  The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to providing the public with easily accessible information on the health and safety of products commonly used.  Every year, they publish a list of the highest to lowest pesticide level fruits and vegetables.   To go even further, they have a separate website devoted to the health and safety of home and beauty products.  You are able to search their database for any of the products you use, and receive a score of the perceived safety of the product.
Moving back to choosing organic fruits and vegetables for high pesticide residue produce, here is the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with highest levels of pesticides detected.  The list begins with the highest level and works down:
1.  Apples
2.  Strawberries
3.  Grapes
4.  Celery
5.  Peaches
6.  Spinach
7.  Sweet Bell Peppers
8.  Nectarines – Imported
9.  Cucumbers
10.  Cherry Tomatoes
11.  Snap Peas – Imported
12.  Potatoes
The next time that you’re out shopping, we hope that you take this list along with you and consider swapping out a few of these items for their lower pesticide counterparts.  If you have any questions about diet, nutrition, or improving sperm count and quality, please don’t hesitate to contact our nursing staff.
For all of our fertility support offerings this month, 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?  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 message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
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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.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.