Integrative Care

rmany_139625189At RMA of New York, we understand that infertility can be a stressful and challenging journey. We are committed to providing you with a comfortable and supportive environment and offer an array of programs to complement your fertility treatment with us.

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York offers counseling for individuals and couples, as well as nutritional and dietary assistance for patients’ optimal well-being.  Private sessions are offered for an additional fee. To find out more, visit our counseling page or our nutrition for fertility page.

Emotional Support

Rena Stein, a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) brings both personal and professional experience to the role of social worker at RMA.  As a former infertility patient she understands that the process can be stressful and overwhelming and believes that having a support system and access to resources can make this difficult time a bit more manageable.  Her goal is to help those facing many of the same challenges she underwent when going through fertility treatments.

Rena is currently a State Advocate for RESOLVE, the national infertility organization, where she lobbies for healthcare reform and improved insurance coverage for those needing infertility treatment. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and has a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University.

All active RMA of New York patients have access to Rena’s emotional support services as part of the cost of their fertility treatment.

Rena Stein, LMSW, will offer counseling, support, and crisis intervention services for RMA patients, in person or by phone. Her office hours are:

Monday           10 am -5 pm at the Madison Avenue Location

* 6 to 7 pm – Open Support Group (Drop ins welcome) –  Madison Avenue location, 9th Floor

Wednesday    9 am – 1 pm at the Madison Avenue Location

Thursday        9 am – 1 pm at the Downtown Location

*She will be also be available from home for phone and/or Facetime consults the days she is not in the office and for extended hours.

Areas for focus for RMA patients include:

  • Counseling for patients and their partners
  • Weekly “drop in” support group, Monday’s from 6-7 pm at 635 Madison Avenue location
  • Providing resources for patients as they go through their fertility journey
  • Collaborate with the medical team and other RMA employees to close the circle on continuity of care

Appointments can be scheduled with a Patient Services Coordinator or by emailing Rena directly at rstein@rmaofny.com.

 

Nutritional Support

All active RMA of New York patients will have access to our nutritional services and Registered Dietitian, Dara Godfrey.

Dara will provide comprehensive assessments as well as ongoing support in person, via Facetime or Skype during her office hours:

Tuesdays – 10 am to 2 pm – Downtown Location

Wednesdays – 2 pm to 5 pm – Madison Avenue Location

* 5 to 6 pm – Madison Avenue location open group sessions for general information and Q & A

Areas for focus for RMA patients include:

  • Basic Wellness
  • Pre-conception health including key nutrients for fertility
  • Nutrition for PCOS
  • Nutrition for Thyroid Disorder (Hyper- and hypo-thyroidism/Hashimotos/Graves)
  • Patients with BMI’s outside the normal range
  • Obesity and BMI > 40
  • Diabetes/Past History of Gestational Diabetes
  • Vegetarians and vegans
  • Continuing support during pregnancy
  • Post-natal nutrition
  • Patients who have anxiety and want to take ownership of their dietary health during the fertility process
  • Patients who have questions related to mercury consumption, types of cheeses to eat or whether they should be avoiding products with BPA

Appointments can be Scheduled with a Patient Services Coordinator or by emailing Dara directly at dgodfrey@rmaofny.com. For additional assistance, you can also contact Pamela Searcy at psearcy@rmaofny.com.

 

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