We are with you.
Many of you may be receiving devastating news from your fertility clinics. No spouses in the procedure rooms. Suspended cycles. Postponed family building.
In fact, you may have heard that the CDC, the federal and local governments, the American College of Gynecology, and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) have all been suggesting or mandating new policies, like suspending elective surgeries or even halting new cycles. There are many brilliant minds focusing on the greatest good for all when decisions are made.
But that doesn't mean it makes it any easier for any one of us.
Many have been in that difficult place for a long time and others have just started their fertility journey, perhaps reluctantly, but with the aim of doing what it takes to build your family. And now you must stop.
While we can’t change this fact, and we can’t change COVID-19, we can be here for you.
The only thing that is worse than sadness is sadness and isolation. It makes everything worse and can lead to a deepening of your already sad feelings. So, cry, have a tantrum, lay in bed for a while, punch your pillow…and then connect with us.
We will hold your hand in any way possible.
Here are some options for connection:
- Our social workers (myself and Melissa Kelleher) are available for online or phone sessions.
- We are offering free health coaching sessions to our current patients with Nurse Practitioner, Monica Moore. (Email Monica directly to set up your call.)
- “Ladies Night In,” our popular in-person support group, has gone virtual but no less supportive. Lisa Rosenthal leads a warm and caring support network online through a private Facebook group. (Email Lisa directly to join the group and virtual support sessions. Open to the public.)
- Fertile Yoga is now being offered virtually. It’s free, open to public, and held online while we are all otherwise isolated.
If we are missing anything or you have a suggestion for another way to receive support, please reach out to us.
Sending a virtual hand hold,
Take advantage of all our online support groups.
Lisa Schuman, LCSW, is Illume Fertility’s Director of Mental Health Services. With almost twenty years of experience in the field of reproductive medicine, Lisa provides patients with support, guidance and education. Lisa has extensive academic experience, having received several awards for research projects at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society’s annual meetings. Lisa completed college at Northeastern University and received her MSW at Yeshiva University. Her desire was, and continues to be, to continue to grow and learn with the aim of having added skills to help her patients. Lisa meets with patients at Illume Fertility’s Norwalk and Stamford offices.