RESOLVE Peer Support Meetings at The Center Every Third Thursday

The Center is a proud supporter of RESOLVE New England, a regional non-profit, charitable organization that offers support, education and advocacy for all in New England that are facing fertility challenges. Peer Support Groups provide an opportunity for open discussion forums where you can come together and meet others who are facing similar challenges, and learn about resources available.

A RESOLVE New England meeting is held at The Center on the 3rd Thursday of every month, from 7:00-8:30pm. Couples and individuals are welcome!

The 2017 schedule is as follows:
January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 20

RESOLVE also offers a HelpLine to talk to trained volunteers who have experience with infertility. HelpLine is at 866. NOT.ALONE (866.668.2566).

New RESOLVE Support Group

New! Pregnancy & Parenting After Infertility Peer Support Group sponsored by RESOLVE. Beginning January 12th, 2017, this group will meet on the second Thursday of each month, 7-9 PM, at the United Synagogues of Hartford-West Hartford at 205 Mohawk Drive. Pre-registration is requested at www.resolvenewengland.org/support.

Congratulations to Dr. Nulsen and Dr. Benadiva!

Congratulations to both Dr. John Nulsen and Dr. Claudio Benadiva from the Center on their selection as one of America’s “Best Doctors” for 2016-2017. The Best Doctors in America List includes the nation’s most respected specialists and are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their field.

The complete list can be found in the January, 2017 edition of Hartford magazine.

Hysteroscopy and Endosee

Interested in learning about in-office hysteroscopy and Endosee? Dr. Claudio Benadiva, board certified reproductive endocrinologist from the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services describes what to expect when you come to the Center for a hysteroscopy.

Woman has baby using ovary frozen in childhood

In recent news, a woman was able to give birth after doctors restored her fertility by using frozen ovarian tissue that had been removed when she was a child. She is thought to be the first in the world to have a baby using an ovary that had been frozen before the onset of puberty.

Ovarian tissue freezing is an experimental but promising option that is good for patients with little or no time for ovarian stimulation before cancer treatment. One of a woman’s ovaries is removed in a 1 hour outpatient procedure. The ovary is divided into strips, frozen and stored until cancer treatments are completed. Thawed tissue is then re-implanted and, when successful, the tissue resumes producing hormones and maturing eggs. This service is provided under the auspices of an institutionally approved study at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

To read the full story, go to: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38312995

Holiday Hours

The holidays are almost upon us; here are our holiday hours–any questions, just give us a call.

Saturday, Dec 24. Normal weekend hours in Farmington, 730 am-noon. Hartford and New London offices closed.
Sunday, Dec 25. All offices closed. No clinical services. If you have an emergency please call The Center’s main number and you will be connected to MD on call.
Monday, Dec 26. In observance of the legal holiday, this day will run as normal weekend hours in Farmington, 730 am- noon. Hartford and New London offices closed.
Saturday, Dec 31. Normal weekend hours in Farmington, 730 am-noon. Hartford and New London offices closed.
Sunday, Jan 1. All offices closed. No clinical services. If you have an emergency please call The Center’s main number and you will be connected to MD on call.
Monday, Jan 2. In observance of the legal holiday, this day will run as normal weekend hours in Farmington, 730 am-noon. Hartford and New London offices closed.

Getting through holidays when coping with infertility

by Mary Casey Jacob, Ph.D., ABPP

Most big holidays are celebrated with a focus on family. If you are struggling to have a family, or have more children, holidays may be especially painful times. Thinking about how to be gentle with your self can help. Here are some specific suggestions: If you are buying gifts, do so online or at small shops and avoid malls that are thronged with families.

Limit how many holiday gatherings you attend. Practice saying, “Thank you for the invitation but I will not be able to attend.” You do not have to explain or defend.

Instead of generating anticipatory anxiety by asking yourself “what if” questions, spend some time thinking about how you will answer. Rehearse!

If you know a baby will be at the event, decide in advance if you will hold it or not (if offered). Would it comfort you or torture you?

If you are trying to conceive with a partner, agree on a “get me out of here” signal in case the even becomes too overwhelming. This might mean leaving early or even just taking a walk for some fresh air. Helping in the kitchen can also be a great “time out.”

Give yourself permission to go away for the holiday or to start your own family traditions that may include staying home this year.

If attending religious services are important for your holidays, consider doing so on a college campus where the focus won’t be on the children in the congregation.

Consider taking a break from fertility treatments over the holidays.

Remember, it is normal to feel grief when one has not been able to have the children one desires. Others may not always understand, but it IS normal.

HealthCircle on NBC 30

HealthCircle brings together a holistic approach to fertility care. With HealthCircle, our goal is to help you enhance your fertility treatment plan with integrated programs that are meaningful, relevant and personal. It’s a full circle approach combining several unique programs to complement your fertility experience. In this video, Ami Chokshi from the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services in CT talks to NBC 30 about HealthCircle.

 

 

Dr. Kaye wins prestigious award

We are proud to announce that Dr. Leah Kaye, the Center’s second-year fellow, is a recipient of the 2016 REI Ferring Research Grant Award. This prestigious award is given each year by the New England Fertility Society, an inclusive, voluntary, non-profit organization providing continuing education for all members and other infertility professionals with a special interest in the field of infertility. Dr. Kaye’s research project is on the Evolution and Development of the Human Primitive Syncytium and its Impact on Human Reproductive Biology.