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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.
 

1
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.
 
 

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.

9
Feb

Circle of Hope Special Event: The Emotional Aspects of Infertility

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heart cloudThis 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, February 11th from 7:30p-8:30p.
This session will explore the emotional aspects of infertility.  One of the most challenging aspects of the infertility experience is dealing with the emotional ups and downs relating to treatment, the uncertainty of outcomes, and the challenge of having to make important decisions such as when ‘enough is enough’.  It is important to learn how to take care of yourself, make sure that you get the support you need, and to manage your emotions so that your self-esteem and outlook on life remains as positive as possible.  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 email Lisa Stack: 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.

26
Jan

Returning to Your Normal Routine After the Holidays

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winter-sunrise-in-alaskaAs we reach the end of January, we are focusing on getting back on track and returning to our normal routines.  The holidays, while a wonderful time to celebrate and enjoy friends and family, often throw us out of our regular day-to-day schedules.  We spend more time shopping, preparing for holiday gatherings, and catching up with those we love.  In turn, there is less time for a steady diet, exercise, and meditation practice.  Whether you were cycling through the holidays, or you took the past month off, now is the time to take a step back and return to the basics of wellness.
Transitioning back into your normal routine can be challenging, but if you are able to slowly reintroduce the components of wellness that felt most beneficial to you, you will likely find peace and serenity in returning to the familiar.  As you return to your regular diet choices, set aside time for yoga or other peaceful movement, and make the effort to quiet your mind, you will find comfort in your well known pace.  With this comfort and peace, will come renewed hope for your journey to fertility.  Gathering yourself together for a fresh start after a holiday break will take time, but the transition will open your heart to new possibilities for your fertility.
To help you ease back into increased health and wellness, it is helpful to look back and recognize the foods and practices that helped you feel your best.  First, try to think back to a time when you felt rested, light, energized and calm.  What were you doing to support your wellness?  Were you getting extra rest, attending yoga regularly, or limiting carbohydrates and sugars?  If so, those are perfect places to start and reintroduce those practices to your daily routine.
You will find many helpful support, exercise, and meditation sessions on our CNY Fertility and CNY Heling Arts calendars.
As you ease back into the support we have available to you, know that we are happy to have you back.  We are available for anything that you need, on your journey to your most fertile self.
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 email Lisa Stack:  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.
 

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.
 

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.