By Angela Barbosa
A recent survey from the nonprofit organization HealthyWomen found that about half of those surveyed had friends or family members who had experienced fertility problems. That’s not surprising, since between 10 to 14 percent of couples will experience fertility problems at some point. When Tally Jacobs came to Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), she already had twins, but she wanted to have a “singleton,” and expand the family.
Like Jacobs, many couples that need assistance building the family they desire struggle with infertility, and, unfortunately, too many of them are uncomfortable around this issue and say or do the wrong thing.
Specialized in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (SelectCCS), RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program.
Dr. Shaun C. Williams, who is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a staff physician and fertility specialist at RMACT.
Dr. Williams grew up in Texas and learned to communicate with his patients in Spanish. When he joined RMACT, he created fertiFamilia, a program for individuals and couples who are more comfortable discussing their care in Spanish or Portuguese.
“More than just the medical care that we provide, as patients are trying to build their families, many times there are insurance issues, and financial aspects. As part of our office, we have financial counselors who speak Spanish and Portuguese to help patients understand any coverage issues because insurance coverage can be sometimes complex. Some couples don’t have insurance coverage and then the conversation is more about the cost…,” explained Dr. Williams.
A “patient navigator,” someone who specifically helps the patient schedule appointments, who knows what the patients have to do next, someone they can contact to ask questions or to help them get in contact with the doctor, is assigned to each Hispanic or Latino patient.
RMACT first opened an office in Danbury in 2005, but now, they have moved it to a new facility right off I-84 on 103 Newtown Road. The new office offers additional patient examination and consultation rooms for individual conferences, expanded space for RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program (IFW), including support groups, classes, and acupuncture, a separate wing for andrology, giving men extra privacy and more accessibility to FertiFamilia, all in a soothing atmosphere, including spacious rooms throughout, and lots of natural light. And they have a Board Certified reproductive endocrinologist onsite everyday in Danbury.
They also have offices in Norwalk, Stamford, Trumbull and an affiliate New York fertility clinic serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.
“At RMACT, we have one goal: help you succeed in building the family you desire. Every day, our physicians, nurses and team work towards accomplishing this goal with you and every patient that entrusts their family building dreams to us,” said Dr. Williams.
When it comes to building a family and overcoming infertility, everyone’s story is different.
“Going through fertility treatment can be a roller coaster, with moments of sadness and hope. Throughout my treatment, RMACT was a rock. It’s important to find a fertility practice that supports patients emotionally and by educating them about their diagnosis and treatment, concluded RMACT patient Jacobs.
For more information about RMACT services and locations, please visit http://www.rmact.com.