Emotional Support and Counseling
Building a family through fertility treatments or pursuing fertility preservation can be both physically and emotionally challenging, as well as a life-altering experience. Feelings of isolation or aloneness are common, but it is important you understand that you do not have to go through this process alone. At RMA of New York, we offer extensive emotional support and counseling services to help individuals and families cope with the ups and downs that may be faced while trying to conceive.
We offer the following services to all of our patients:
Individual & Couples Therapy Programs
Support for patients engaged in fertility treatments, such as IUI, IVF, ICSI, and PGT. Guidance may include assistance making informed decisions, management of emotional experiences and how to work through relationship stress more productively.
Support for patients undergoing fertility preservation treatments, such as oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing), and sperm banking. Guidance may include education about the process, assistance in anticipation of future needs, and focus on stress reduction techniques. Family and group sessions focusing on fertility preservation are also available.
Egg Donation Recipients
Support for patients participating in the donor egg program. The guidance includes an opportunity for recipients to carefully and thoughtfully explore feelings and ideas, receive education, and openly discuss concerns so they can approach the path to parenthood with comfort and confidence.
Counseling, Support & Crisis Intervention
Rena Stein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Director of Social Work Services, is available to meet with you (and your partner) before, during and after treatment. Her personal experience with Infertility enables her to speak with patients on an intimate level.
Rena's services include:
- Counseling for patients and their partners
- Online Support Group
- Valuable Resources
- Collaboration with the medical team and other RMA employees to close the circle on continuity of care
RMA of New York Wellness Team
Good nutrition is a vital component of overall health. This is especially true during conception and pregnancy. It is important to nourish yourself by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and staying physically active. RMA of New York has a nutritionist on staff to assist you in achieving your pre-treatment weight loss and nutritional goals at every stage of fertility treatment and pregnancy.
Counseling Offered For:
- Basic Wellness
- Pre-conception health including key nutrients for fertility
- Nutrition for Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Nutrition for Thyroid Disorder (Hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease)
- Patients with BMIs 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
Nutrition Programs for Individuals & Couples:
Nutrition Basic Consultation
This 30-minute session provides a general overview of nutrition related to infertility treatments. Discussions may cover general weight loss or gain prior to treatment, and/or nutritional recommendations related to medical conditions, such as thyroid conditions or PCOS.
Nutrition Couples Consultation
This 1-hour session will provide a nutritional overview for the couple, as well as a customized meal plan for each individual, with the option to attend their own follow-up appointments individually.
All nutrition consultations can be done in-person, over the phone, or by video conference.