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23
Apr

National Infertility Awareness Week: Successful Clients Walk for Hope!

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UntitledMy husband and I started trying to conceive January of 2010.  Like most couples we just assumed this was going to happen right away.  A year later we started to become very concerned.  We both were checked out to make sure everything was okay.  It turned out that I had some fibroid tumors and he had very low numbers.  We were both advised that surgery was our best options and would fix our issues.  Months later we still hadn’t conceived.  We had his numbers rechecked and were told that they hadn’t improved and our only chance of conceiving would be with IUI or IVF.  November of 2011 we started going to CNY Fertility in Syracuse.  Over the next 16 months we did 4 IUI’s, 4 IVF’s, 2 FET’s and unfortunately even suffered losses.  Our last IVF was March 2013.  This resulted in our beautiful baby boy who was born October 17, 2013!!  The happiest day of our lives!!  Doctor Kiltz always told us to not give up!! We are so happy we listened to him!  We’ll always be grateful to CNY for giving us our little Miracle!!!
I’ve been in a support group for the past few years that has been a huge part of my life. We are a group of women who met online and who all had been dealing with Infertility in some way.  We call ourselves the BFP Cheerleaders!  (BFP stands for Big Fat Positive!)  A BFP pregnancy test is what we all have been dreaming of.  Our group has seen each other through many treatments, surgeries, wonderful pregnancies, very hard pregnancies, losses, and even adoptions.  Last year one of our Cheerleaders walked in the Resolve Walk of Hope in DC on behalf of our BFP Cheerleaders.  Resolve is the National Infertility Association.  The name Walk of Hopeembodies the emotion that most people living with Infertility feel. We were able to raise over $1,000 for our Team!  This year I’ll be traveling to DC to represent our team and help raise awareness.   I’m so excited to walk on behalf of my Cheerleaders, but also for all women and men who have dealt with Infertility.
Thank You So Much!!!
Rick, Julie and Ricky Jr. Swift
 
22
Apr

Video: Dr. Rob Kiltz Thanks RESOLVE and Recognizes NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week)

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Dr. Rob Kiltz, Owner and Director of CNY Fertility Centers, with locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY, takes a moment in the video below to share some words of thanks for everything that RESOLVE does for the infertility community. Lisa Stack, Support Coordinator at CNY Fertility Centers, shares information about our IVF Giveaway and upcoming NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) Support Webinar. Dr. Kiltz and Lisa will will host this free interactive experience that you can join from the comfort of your own home on Thursday, April 24th, 6PM. Details to register for the IVF Giveaway and also the Webinar are here: http://cnyfertility.com/niaw

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26
Mar

Child Parent Security Act: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin Hosts Open Forum in Albany on April 1, 2014

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Embryo & Egg Donor Cycles - CNY Fertility Center
EVENT UPDATE – This open forum has been rescheduled from a previous date to April 1, 2014. It will take place at 10:30am in Hearing Room C of the Legistlative Office Bldg in Albany, NY.
PURPOSE: To hear from stakeholders regarding New York State’s Child-Parent Security Act, and to discuss the impacts the legislation would have on the lives of parents, children, gestational carriers, and gamete donors. Questions about this public forum may be directed to Burton Phillips, Counsel to State Senator Brad Hoylman at (518) 455-2452 or phillips@nysenate.gov.
RESOLVE, ASRM, AAARTA members, and other organizations including Empire State Pride Agenda continue to work together on advancing the Child-Parent Security Act.  On Monday, March 3, 2014, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator Brad Hoylman will be hosting a Legislative Forum on this bill in Albany. Several experts will speak along with families impacted by the current ban on compensated gestational carrier agreements in NY as well as other parentage issues corrected in this bill.  Speaking for RESOLVE will be Board Director Risa Levine. If you are in the Albany area, this event is open to the public and you are encouraged to attend.
Recent media coverage on the bill:

January 2014 update on the bill (from RESOLVE’s website):

  • Short Description of Bill: The Child Parent Security Act provides clarity regarding the status of sperm, egg and embryo donors and the parentage of children born from these assisted reproductive technologies. It will update New York law relating to gestational carrier surrogacy and provide a legal mechanism to establish parentage immediately upon the child’s birth. The bill will establish standards for formation of a legal parent-child relationship after the birth of a child in circumstances where an individual functioned as a parent with the mutual consent and intent of that adult and the child’s legal parent. Introduced by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator Brad Hoylman.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee in the Assembly and the Children and Families Committee in the Senate.
  • Link to Senate BillS4617
  • Link to Assembly Bill: A6701
  • Local Volunteer NeedsPlease send your letter to the NY State Senators and Assemblypersons in support of this bill. If you live in NY and want to get involved, please contact RESOLVE atinfo@resolve.org. If you know of organizations that should support this bill, RESOLVE will be coordinating advocacy efforts with a number of groups and organizations. Please forward information on possible groups and organizations to RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.
  • Press Release from Assemblywoman Paulin

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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.

21
Mar

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) 2014 and Our IVF Giveaway

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April 20 – April 26, 2014 is National Infertility Awareness Week®, a movement sponsored by RESOLVE to raise awareness about the disease of infertility which affects 1 out of 8 couples. In 2010 National Infertility Awareness Week became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services. CNY Fertility Center, with locations in Syracuse, Albany, and Rochester, NY, has been raising awareness with an IVF Giveaway for almost 10 years. Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system that 30% of the time can be attributed to male factors and another estimated 30% could be attributed to female factors.
CNY Fertility Center recognizes National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) by giving away 3 FREE IVF Cycles on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 during our Interactive Webinar from 6:00-7:00pm.
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Dr. Robert Kiltz - CNY Fertility Center recognizes National Infertility Awareness Week 2014Dr. Rob Kiltz, Founder and Director of CNY Fertility Center, focuses on patient empowerment and affordable integrative fertility care. In the spirit of NIAW, he is sponsoring an Interactive Fertility Webinar with Lisa Stack, CNY Fertility’s Support Coordinator, to share information and support to individuals and couples going through infertility. The 3 IVF Giveaway Winners will be notified, via email, during this webinar.
Visit this link to register for the giveaway: http://cnyfertility.com/ivf-giveaway/
Visit this link to join us for the webinar:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/929782601
GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
CNY Fertility will take registrations online (at the link above) to win these free IVF cycles up until Tuesday, April 22nd, 10:00pm at which time the registration will be closed. We will gather and process the registrant data and then notify the winners on Thursday, April 24th, during the webinar.
NOTE: There is no cash value for the winners of the free IVF cycle. You must schedule an initial consultation with one of our CNY Fertility Center locations within 6 months of the completion of this Giveaway. You will not be charged for this consultation, if your insurance doesn’t provide you coverage. If you are a past CNY Fertility client we will need you to come in for a followup appointment. You must use your free IVF cycle within 1 year of the completion of this Giveaway. These free IVF cycles do not include medications or monitoring. Donor Egg or Embryo cycles are not part of this giveaway.
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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.

27
Nov

November is National Adoption Month: Sharing News from RESOLVE

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CNY Fertility Center, with locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester NY, has been supporting RESOLVE and their efforts to inform and support the infertility community for a long time. November is National Adoption Month and we’d like to share some information and helpful resources from a recent RESOLVE newsletter, with their permission.
RESOLVE is proud to recognize National Adoption Month. For years RESOLVE has served as a vital resource on adoption for people experiencing infertility. We proudly stand with the adoption community – prospective parents, birth parents, adoption advocates, professionals, and legislators who work tirelessly every day to promote this wonderful family building option. There are many options for domestic and international adoption. During National Adoption Month, there is a special emphasis on the more than 104,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system who are awaiting permanent families. National Adoption Month is a time to gather as much information as you can about adoption. Here are some resources from RESOLVE and others to get you started:

For more adoption resources, including articles, video, and podcasts, please visit the Adoption section of the RESOLVE website.

Save the Adoption Tax Credit

The Adoption Tax Credit was established in 1997 and has evolved and strengthened over the years. The current Adoption Tax Credit is set to expire on December 31, 2012. RESOLVE supports the Adoption Tax Credit and encourages the infertility community to support its continuation. Take action and help us save the adoption tax credit. Contact your congressmen today and tell them to support HR 4373 and S 3616. Click here to download the Adoption Advocacy Kit. Join the “Save the Adoption Tax Credit” Facebook page for updates and information.

 

Support the Family Act: Here’s What You Can Do

The “Family Act” is a bill that would remove barriers to care for people diagnosed with infertility. The bill would provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with infertility medical treatment. The tax credit would apply to expenses related to in vitro fertilization and treatments to preserve fertility for cancer patients. It is critical that we tell our elected officials how important this bill is to the infertility community. Here are some ways to make that important connection for your legislators.
Congressional Call Week 2012:
November 27-29th, Two Tax Credits. One Purpose. Families.

Join thousands in the infertility community and make a difference. Get involved, learn more here.

16
Apr

Video: CNY Fertility Center Celebrates National Infertility Awareness Week 2012

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Dr. Rob:  Hi!  How are you today?  {{vspace8}}
Lisa:  I’m great, Dr. Kiltz, how are you?{{vspace8}}
Dr. Rob:  Awesome and amazing.  A beautiful day in the universe.  A great spring and sunshine!  We have ducks!  We have a pair of mom and dad, husband and wife ducks at CNY Fertility.  You were going to talk about Infertility Awareness Week.{{vspace8}}
Lisa:  Yes.  National Infertility Awareness Week really hosted by RESOLVE, that organization we’re really involved with it.  It’s a wonderful week:  tons of great articles come out, there’s a lot of information out there and support—April 22-April 28th.  You will be having a great teleworkshop on April 23rd with Kristen Magnacca to celebrate.{{vspace8}}
Dr. Rob:  We’re celebrating fertility awareness.  We were just talking about this a moment before about how our thoughts make our reality.  The practice with faith is that you are fertile.  You should begin to think that.  It works into every cell of your body and creates the vibration and attracts that fertility.  It’s practice.  We think it’s hard and I’m going to say it’s a challenge but really it’s just a daily practice of “I am fertile”.  Learning by connecting with people.  When you share a story and connect with them, when you write it down in a journal; it’s amazing how it begins to change the energy within you and it actually creates higher levels of the good hormones, and the good molecular energy in the body that creates that fertility that you desire.{{vspace8}}
Lisa:  It’s so important to use those words, and to be kind with ourselves especially during challenging times.  Maybe when you’re in the middle of a cycle and you’re not sure how it’s going to turn out or maybe if you just got news that you weren’t so happy about, so be careful with your words.  They impact you every time you say “I’m infertile, I’m infertile” it creates negativity within the body.{{vspace8}}
Dr. Rob:  It does.  It took me a while to learn this.  I now understand how powerful it is for all of us.  We’re eighty percent the mind and twenty percent the motion so the trick is to practice more in the mind.  It’s psychology.  With love, kindness, and generosity every day amazing things come.{{vspace8}}
Lisa:  We hope that you celebrate National Fertility Awareness week with us (we changed it over to “Fertility” Awareness)…{{vspace8}}
Dr. Rob:  “Fertility” Awareness, yes…{{vspace8}}
Lisa:  Let us know if there’s any additional support that we can offer you.  We have some great events and some wonderful workshops, and exciting opportunities coming up this spring.  We’re really going to be celebrating all aspects of fertility.{{vspace8}}
Dr. Rob:  Like Lisa said, if you have questions, comments, concerns, thoughts, share them with us on www.cnyfertililty.com website.  We have blogs, we have Fertile Friends, and we have support groups.  We integrate eastern and western medicine.  How powerful yoga, acupuncture, massage, meditation, and journaling as it adds so many great things to our lives!{{vspace8}}
Lisa:  It really does!  We hope to hear from you during the next month as we celebrate.  Please contact us with any thoughts or questions.{{vspace8}}
Dr. Rob:  God Bless, enjoy!{{vspace8}}
Lisa Stack, Support Coordinator
Lstack@cnyfertility.com
315-744-8073
2
Dec

Family Act of 2011 has been introduced to the House of Representatives

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We at CNY Fertility Center see everyday the challenges that our clients go through to financially take care of infertility treatments. We would like to share the information below from RESOLVE and encourage you to share this with as many people as possible. Together we CAN make a difference!
Representative John Lewis (GA) for introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with infertility medical treatment. Co-sponsored by Rosa L. DeLauro (CT), William Keating (MA), and Richard E. Neal (MA), the appropriately named the “Family Act of 2011,” HR 3522 would apply to expenses related to in vitro fertilization and treatments to preserve fertility for cancer patients.
ACT NOW: Let Your Voice Be Heard
The “Family Act of 2011”, HR 3522, is a companion bill to S 965 which was introduced in the U.S. Senate in May 2011. Advocates can now push for action on the two bills including bipartisan co-sponsorship, Committee Hearings, and movement on the Bills in both chambers.
1. Contact your Representative right now.  It takes 3 minutes through RESOLVE’s Action Alert System. PLEASE review the online letter and personalize it with your story.  Personal content is far more impactful than a form letter.
2. Ask your friends and family to send letters too!  Forward this link so they can take action today. http://www.resolve.org/taxcredit
3. Share the information about the tax credit on your Blog or Facebook page!
4. Do you live in a district of one of the co-sponsors listed above?  Send them a “thank you”.  They need to know they are supporting you by supporting this bill!  You can find their contact information here.
Important links:

19
May

Family Act of 2011, S 965: Let your voice be heard!

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Family Act of 2011, S 965 introduced in the U.S. Senate
Legislation will remove financial barriers for infertility treatments
CNY Fertility Center and RESOLVE:  The National Infertility Association applaud Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) for introducing a bill in the U.S. Senate that would provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses incurred with infertility medical treatment.
Appropriately named the “Family Act of 2011,” the bill, S 965, would apply to expenses related to in vitro fertilization and treatments to preserve fertility for cancer patients.
The Bill was introduced just days after RESOLVE’s successful Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.  Advocates from across the country met with their Members of Congress to advocate for the tax credit.   Enthusiasm was very strong for the tax credit among the Advocates, who see the need for immediate financial relief for infertility patients.

What YOU can do

Now that it is introduced, S 965 needs co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate.  We need EVERYONE who is facing infertility (and their friends and family) to contact their two U.S. Senators.
1. Contact your two Senators right now.  It takes 3 minutes through RESOLVE’s Action Alert System. PLEASE review the online letter and personalize it with your story.  Personal content is far more impactful than a form letter.
2. Ask your friends and family to send letters  too!  Forward this link so they can take action today. http://www.resolve.org/taxcredit
3. Share the information about the tax credit on your Blog or Facebook page!
To read the letter sent by Senator Gillibrand to other members of the U.S. Senate, click here.
Key provisions of the bill:

  • The Family Act covers the out-of-pocket costs associated with in vitro fertilization (IVF) including diagnostic tests, laboratory charges, professional charges, and medications for IVF.
  • The Family Act covers the out-of-pocket costs of fertility preservation procedures if the man or woman is diagnosed with cancer and the cancer treatment or disease itself may result in infertility.
  • The Family Act has a cost sharing provision allowing 50% of all applicable medical expenses to be  covered up to a lifetime maximum of $13,360. You would need to have out-of-pocket costs totaling $26,720 to claim the entire credit in your lifetime.
  • If you do not owe taxes in a particular year, do not owe enough taxes to use the whole credit, or do not reach the max amount in one tax year, it carries over to the next year for a max of five years after the first year you use the credit.
  • The Family Act is available to couples filing jointly with adjusted gross incomes of less than $222,520, but the credit is smaller for those earning between $182,500 and $222,520.

Follow Family Act of 2011, S 965 on Facebook to keep up to date.

5
Aug

Greta Joost, from CNY Fertility Center, Nominated for RESOLVE Nurse Award

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We are pleased to inform you that Ms. Greta Joost, one of our Nurses at our Latham location, has been nominated by a RESOLVE constituent for the first ever Hope Award for Nursing.  The Hope Award for Nursing is given to an individual who has exemplified the field of nursing, specifically in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, providing compassionate and skilled care to all patients.  RESOLVE accepted online nominations from patients throughout the U.S.  Over 60 different nurses were nominated by their patients.  The RESOLVE selection committee must now determine the final Award Recipient.  The selection committee is comprised of patients, nurses, and RESOLVE staff with the RESOLVE Board making the final decision. A final decision will be made by the end of August.   The Hope Award for Nursing will be awarded at the Night of Hope, September 28 in New York City.

8
Apr

April's Journey to Fertility: Online Resources

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April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two and a half years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 43: Online Resources
Last week, I provided the titles of texts that you may find helpful as you search for answers to specific fertility questions. However, in today’s technologically savvy world, online resources are often more readily available. In fact, I often use online sources myself. Below are some specific websites that I have found helpful. If there are any websites you have found to be helpful, please scroll all the way down to the end of the page and leave a comment that includes the specific website.
Online Fertility Sources:
parenthoodforme.org – Two adoptive parents, Erica Walther Sclhaefer and A.J. Schlaefer, founded this nonprofit organization which provides emotional support to couples dealing with infertility. This organization also fundraises in order to provide grants to those adopting or to those who need financial assistance in paying for their fertility treatments.

parenthoodforme.blogspot.com
– Erica Walther Schaefer, founder of Parenthood for Me Inc., shares her personal perspective on dealing with infertility and blogs about her journey as an adoptive mother. This website also contains links to other helpful websites as well.
fertilityauthority.com – This website contains detailed information on everything from the specifics of IVF to various personal blogs. After our canceled IVF cycle, this website was one of the few that answered some of my most detailed questions. This website also offers some comic relief including a blog under the Community Clair section titled 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility.

resolve.org
– Resolve is an online community for women and men dealing with infertility. This website offers support in the form of tele-seminars, advocacy work, various educational programs and personal blogs
Of course, we cannot forget CNY Fertility’s website which offers information on everything from embryo adoption and IVF to nutrition and acupuncture.
Hopefully, you will take some time to explore these websites. As I stated in previous posts, feeling empowered is essential during fertility treatments. Connecting with others on the same journey and being able to find answers to questions when the specialists are not available often provides that sense of empowerment we frequently crave during such an emotional time.
Resourcefully yours,
April all Year
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Below are links to April’s past articles in case you missed any of them: Read more