2012 Annual Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

RESOLVE New England

Schedule at a Glance

Workshop Tracks

The Conference features 4 Sessions and 1 Mini-Session, consisting of 9 Workshops each (8 for Mini-Sessions). Each Workshop corresponds to the following tracks, as indicated by the key below:

7:45-8:30 AM: Registration & Exhibits Open

Complimentary continental breakfast included. The fertility resources and exhibit hall is open all day so you can pick up information and ask your questions from over 20 organizations.

8:30-9:15 AM: Keynote Address by Dr. Camille Hammond, “OVERCOMING Infertility!”

Dr. Camille HammondCamille T. C. Hammond, MD, MPH, is the CEO of The Cade Foundation. The Cade Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was started to provide information support and financial assistance to help needy infertile families OVERCOME infertility. The foundation was named after founders’ (Drs. Jason and Camille Hammond) mother, Dr. Tinina Cade. Dr. Cade carried and delivered the couples triplets following 5 years of infertility for the Hammonds. She delivered her grand-triplets at 55 years old, making her the oldest woman to deliver triplets at that point. The Hammonds started the Cade Foundation to provide a vehicle through which families who had already “overcome” infertility could support families who were still on the infertility journey and to provide financial support that would assist needy infertile families with costs of domestic adoption and fertility treatment.

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Morning Workshop Sessions

9:15-10:00 AM: Session A

A-1: Infertility 101
Learn about the infertility workup and how to interpret results, fertility medications, when to move on to IVF, success rates, new treatments on the horizon, and how to assess whether to pursue these options. Presented by: Sandra Carson, MD, Medical Director, Center for Reproduction and Infertility, Women and Infants Hospital

A-2: Approaches to Improve Embryo Quality
In some cases lack of pregnancy during IVF treatment may be due to poor or suboptimal embryo quality. Several approaches to improve embryo quality can be used, including adjusting environmental exposures and behaviors, changing ovulation induction medications, and changing the way embryos are cultured in the incubators of the IVF laboratory. Presented by: Elizabeth Ginsburg, MD, Medical Director, IVF Program and Catherine Racowsky, PhD, Laboratory Director, IVF Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

A-3: Adoption Options – Overview of Domestic, International and Foster Care Adoption
This session provides an overview of all types of adoption: domestic, international and foster care adoption. It includes strategies for starting the adoption process, as well as an overview of resources. Presented by: Joan Lefler Clark, MEd, Adoptions Explained LLC

A-4: Infertility to Adoption: Honoring Endings and New Beginnings
This workshop explores the multitude of factors which assist as well as complicate the decision to end medical treatment and begin the process of moving towards adoption. Topic areas include emotional obstacles faced amidst making family building decisions as well as how one explores new options while coping with the experiences and losses associated with infertility. Presented by: Anne Coleman, Ph.D., LMHC, Adoption & Beyond Counseling Services

A-5: Working With Birthparents
Learn how to work with birthparents, from the initial contact through the wait time, to ongoing contact after the adoption is finalized. Myths and realities related to openness are discussed. Presented by: Raquel Woodard, LICSW, BCD, Coordinator, Birthparent and Children’s Services, Adoption Choices and a panel of birthparents

A-6: Preparing the Way for Egg Donation and/or Surrogacy: A Medical Overview
A medical overview of the egg donor and surrogacy process, as well as information about donor screening, coordinating the donor with the recipient, and known and anonymous donors. Presented by: Rachel Ashby, MD and Holly Hughes, RN, Third Party Reproductive Nursing Coordinator, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

A-7: Donor Sperm: The Real Story
Donor sperm insemination can be a viable option for couples where IVF/ICSI may not be possible, as well as for single women and same sex couples. This workshop details the donor selection and screening process, and legal considerations with use of both anonymous and known sperm donors. Presented by: Grace Centola, Ph.D., Laboratory and Tissue Bank Director, New England Cryogenic Center

A-8: Tips and Techniques to Maintain Your Emotional Health
Most individuals coping with infertility report symptoms of anxiety, sadness, isolation, anger, and frustration. The purpose of this session is to teach participants how to take back control of their minds and bodies, in other words how to begin to feel the way you were before infertility. Skills acquired include physical (relaxation training, nutrition and exercise recommendations) as well as emotional (how to deal with the pregnancies of others, how to feel less isolated). Presented by: Alice Domar, Ph.D., Executive Director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Boston IVF

A-9: Financing Treatment, Adoption and Donor Conception
Learn the important financial issues that need to be planned for a family. We explore the different options for financing IVF, donor egg or adoption. Topics covered will include ongoing monthly expenses to raise a child, education and retirement planning, life and disability insurance and estate planning. A clinic representative will answer questions about insurance claims. Presented by: Jennifer Adams, CFP, Aspire Wealth Management and Donna Martin, Coordinator for the Donor Egg/Gestational Carrier Program, Reproductive Science Centers of New England

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11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Session B

B-1: Navigating a Cycle: What to Expect and How to Manage
This workshop walks you through an IVF cycle learning how to plan your life around a cycle, including both the typical process and how to manage the unexpected. Presented by: Vito Cardone, MD, Medical Director, Cardone Reproductive Medicine & Infertility and Lawrence Engmann, MD, Center for Advance Reproductive Services, University of Connecticut Health Center

B-2: Diminished Ovarian Reserve: What it Means and What Are Treatment Options?
Diminished ovarian reserve is a frequent finding in women who are undergoing treatment for infertility. This workshop explains the meaning of diminished ovarian reserve, how it is determined, and what treatment options are appropriate for women who have diminished ovarian reserve. Presented by: Samuel Pang, MD, Medical Director, Reproductive Science Center of New England

B-3: Overview of Domestic Infant Adoption
The workshop offers a step-by-step guide through the domestic infant adoption process. The discussion will focus not only on the necessary concrete tasks involved, but on many of the accompanying legal, social, and emotional issues in the process as well. Presented by: Dale Eldridge, LICSW, BCD, Coordinator, Adoptive Parent Services, Adoption Choices

B-4: Adoptive Parents Panel
Adoptive parents share their stories, including how they made decisions along the way and advice they feel is important to share with others. Moderated by: Laura Weingast, LICSW, Director, Angel Adoptions

B-5: Choosing Egg Donation or Adoption: How Will My Child Understand the Story?
In making decisions about egg donation or adoption, intended parents often look ahead and wonder how they will explain their family building story to their future child. This workshop focuses on how you can build a story, from the start, that you will feel confident and proud to tell. We also focus on issues of privacy and secrecy: what do you say to others and how, when and why do you say it? Presented by: Ellen Glazer, LICSW, Private Practice, Co-author of Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation and author of The Long Awaited Stork.

B-6: Egg Donation – Practice and Legal Issues
This workshop provides an overview on the legal issues associated with using an egg donor.
Presented by: Mike Grant, Esq., Private Practice

B-7: Finding a Donor Through an Egg Donation Agency
Learn how to find a donor with an agency, how the process works and the costs involved.
Presented by: Donna Daley, Cycle Coordinator, Prospective Families/The Donor Source

B-8: Can Our Marriage Survive Infertility?
Infertility is the most difficult crisis your marriage may ever experience. It challenges sexual spontaneity and the intimacy you once shared. Learn new ways to revitalize your relationship; new ways to talk about your feelings; and ways to constructively discuss your future options. Presented by: Beth Cooper, Ph.D., Director, Infertility Counseling Center of Connecticut

B-9: Dealing with Insurance Issues While Dealing with Infertility
This workshop covers issues around insurance, the infertility appeals process, as well as how to advocate for yourself. Presented by: Marymichele Delaney Associate Director of Benefits at Wellesley College and Partner with Delaney Consulting, and Rosa Nichols, Financial Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center

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12:15 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

  • Lunch is included with registration for all attendees. Please note: Attendees who register after Nov. 1, 2012 (including walk-ins on the day of the Conference) may not be guaranteed lunch.
  • Join one of our optional Lunchtime Topic Tables: Looking to connect with other people struggling with infertility? Our Lunchtime Topic Tables are for you! During lunch, tables will be set aside for informal discussion groups on various topics. Make connections and find support knowing that everyone at these tables can relate to you and your journey. Lunch topic tables are entirely optional and there will be plenty of non-topic tables available for those do not wish to participate. Topics: General Infertility; Thinking About Adoption; Thinking About Donor Conception/Surrogacy; Secondary Infertility; Pregnancy Loss
  • Visit and speak with over 20 fertility and adoption exhibitors.
  • Stop by the Love and Infertility book signing with author Kristen Magnacca.

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

1:30-2:45 PM: Session C

C-1: Why Infertility Shouldn’t Be Unexplained
Learn the importance of an early and thorough evaluation to enable diagnosis and treatment, and review the shortcomings of proceeding with treatments that are unlikely to be successful when the cause of infertility is unknown. Presented by: Mary Elizabeth Sabatini, MD, Reproductive Medicine & IVF, Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center

C-2: When Treatment Isn’t Working
It is important that fertility treatment plans are being constantly evaluated by managing physicians and that adjustments are made when treatment isn’t working. This workshop will explore treatment alternatives and protocol adjustments to consider when treatment isn’t working and will also address what to expect from a second opinion. Presented by: Kristen Wright, MD, Reproductive Science Center of New England

C-3: Overview of Foster Care and International Adoption
This workshop looks at the options of adopting through the foster care system and well as what goes into considering international adoption. Presented by: Bridget Chiaruttini, LICSW, Director of Child and Family Services, Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange and Ava Sarafan, LICSW, Wide Horizons for Children

C-4: Defining ‘Open Adoption’
This presentation defines “Open Adoption” and discusses the spectrum of adoption openness. The presenter shares the myths and realities of open adoption and discusses the benefits of open adoption for all involved parties. She gives a brief overview of the step by step process of becoming an adoptive parent. The presentation will then open up for a Q&A for participants. Presented by: Penny Rearick, District Supervisor, Adoptions From the Heart

C-5: The Path to Parenthood Through Egg Donation or Surrogacy: Working With the Medical Team
This workshop brings all of the key members of a multi-functional donor egg/surrogacy team to one setting. Panel participants will be prepared to discuss and answer questions related to 1) the IVF process, 2) the embryologist’s perspective, 3) social views and 4) the importance and role of the donor/surrogate agency. In addition, a donor and surrogate will be available to answer questions. Presented by: R. Ian Hardy, MD, PhD; Medical Director and Wayne Caswell, T.S. ABB, Laboratory Manager, Fertility Centers of New England, Gina Souza, Program Director, Choices Donation, and a panel of surrogates and donors.

C-6: Donor Egg and Surrogacy: Psychological Aspects and Disclosure
This workshop discusses the emotional and ethical issues for men and women, secrecy vs. privacy and also deciding how and when to talk with your child and others about donor egg and surrogacy.Presented by: Lynn Nichols, LICSW, Boston IVF and Nancy Docktor, RNCS, Private Practice

C-7: Dealing With the Outside World: Family, Friends and Work
Gain ideas, support and resources for coping with the insensitive or awkward interactions with friends, family and co-workers during the struggle and isolation of infertility. Presented by: Harriet (Holly) Simons, Ph.D., LICSW, Private Practice

C-8: Childfree Living: Possibility for a Loving Marriage and a Satisfying Life
What if you’ve come to the end of fertility treatment and alternative paths to parenthood don’t appeal? Whether you (and your partner) are both considering childfree as an attractive possibility, or one of you is asking the other to consider this option even though he/she still wants to parent, we’ll examine the advantages of living childfree and how people without children meet their needs for family connections, nurturing others, and planning for elder years. We’ll talk about the positive side of extra time and money for other dreams and the marital satisfaction typical of childfree couples. Participants will receive guidelines for negotiating and launching this decision. Presented by: Merle Bombardieri, LICSW, Private Practice

C-9: Complementary and Alternative Fertility Treatments: What Does the Scientific Evidence Show?
The workshop examines current scientific evidence of efficacy of complementary and alternative fertility treatments including acupuncture, meditation, DHEAS, Growth Hormone,” Embryo Glue”, and others to help patients make informed decisions regarding their treatment options. Presented by: Elena Yanushpolsky, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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3:00-4:15 PM: Session D

D-1: Journey Through the IVF Lab
Embryologists explain how they make critical decisions during the care and development of your embryos, explaining techniques critical to the success of a cycle, including development and selection of embryos, assisted hatching, ICSI, day 2, 3 and 5 transfer and more. Presented by: Darlene Davies, Senior Embryologist, TS (ABB) Fertility Centers of New England and TBD, Women and Infant’s Hospital

D-2: Environmental Factors and Infertility
Learn about new research that shows how chemical/environmental exposures and lifestyle choices can affect fertility, and find out what changes you can make that may affect treatment outcome. Presented by: Jorge E. Chavarro, MD, ScD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School and Ania Kowalik, MD, Fertility Solutions

D-3: Adoptive Parents Panel
Adoptive parents share their stories, including how they made decisions along the way and advice they feel is important to share with others. Moderated by: Nancy Rosenhaus, LICSW, Associate Director, Adoptions With Love

D-4: Overview of Domestic Infant Adoption
Learn about the options for domestic adoption and the process involved with each. The discussion specifically addresses issues of cost, risk and openness. Presented by: Marla Ruth Allisan, JD, LICSW, Director, A Full Circle Adoptions and Betsy Hochberg, LICSW, Director, Adoption Resources

D-5: Surrogacy: Practice and Legal Issues
This workshop provides an overview on how to locate a suitable gestational carrier, the differences between traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy, the financial issues, including insurance coverage and the legal issues. Presented by: Robert Nichols, Esq., President, Center for Surrogacy & Egg Donation

D-6: Donor Egg Parents Speak
A panel of parents through egg donation will talk about their experiences and answer questions. Moderated by: Diane Meehan, M.Ed., Egg Donor Coordinator, Tiny Treasures, LLC

D-7: Pregnancy Loss: Emotional Issues and Coping Strategies
This workshop is for individuals who have experienced a pregnancy loss, as well as for health care providers and family members who want to learn how to best support someone who has had a miscarriage. Discussion focuses on emotional factors to consider, as well as short-term and long-term coping strategies such as cognitive restructuring, mind-body techniques and communication strategies. Additional topics that are addressed include: how miscarriage affects men, cycling after a miscarriage, recurrent pregnancy loss, and pregnancy after miscarriage. Presented by: Jennifer Burbridge, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital and Private Practice

D-8: When is Enough Enough? Deciding When to Stop Treatment
This workshop covers a consideration of the medical and emotional factors that help in deciding when to end infertility treatment and move on to other options. Presented by: Merle Bombardieri LICSW, Private Practice and Selwyn Oskowitz, MD, Boston IVF

D-9: Chinese Medicine and Other Integrative Treatments for Fertility
Join this workshop to learn about the best that integrative medicine has to offer and how Chinese medicine can complement IVF/IUI or help those looking for alternative solutions. We cover the most common reasons for trying acupuncture and herbal medicine; how Chinese medicine offers alternative insights into infertility; the benefits; and what to expect during treatment. We also learn natural methods to support your body throughout various stages of fertility treatment and discover treatment strategies that are the best for you. Presented by: Jose Ruiz, Licensed Acupuncturist, Family Acupuncture & Herbs of Reading and Jessica Molleur, Licensed Acupuncturist, OMBE

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4:20-5:00 PM: Mini-Sessions

Mini-sessions are informal opportunities to gather additional information on a topic of interest or to experience a way to unwind after a long day.

MS-1: Ask the Reproductive Endocrinologist
Come have a chance to talk directly to an reproductive endocrinologist and get your questions answered! Presented by: Mary Elizabeth Sabatini, MD, Reproductive Medicine & IVF, Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center and Elena Yanushpolsky, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

MS-2: Talking About Male Infertility
Men – come get any of your questions about your fertility issues answered. Presented by: Robert Oates, MD, Professor of Urology, Boston University School of Medicine

MS-3: Ask the Adoption Experts
Come with your questions about adoption and have professionals in the field answer them! Presented by: Betsy Hochberg, LICSW, Director, Adoption Resources, Laura Weingast, LICSW, Angel Adoptions and Dale Eldridge, LICSW, BCD, Coordinator, Adoptive Parent Services, Adoption Choices

MS-4: Ask the Legal Expert: Legal Issues in Adoption and Egg Donation
Get your legal questions answered from attorneys who specialize in adoption and egg donation. Presented by: Marla Ruth Allisan, JD, LICSW, Director, A Full Circle Adoptions, Amy Altman Esq., Altman & Cook

MS-5: Ask the Donor Conception Experts
Come with your questions about donor conception and have professionals in the field answer them! Presented by: Donna Daley, Cycle Coordinator, Prospective Families/The Donor Source, Amy Cook, Esq., Altman & Cook, and Diane Meehan, M.Ed., Egg Donor Coordinator, Tiny Treasures, LLC

MS-6: Ask the Nutrition Expert
Come with all of your questions about nutrition and how to enhance your fertility. Presented by: Darlene Davies, Senior Embryologist, TS (ABB) Fertility Centers of New England and Jennifer Ackerman MS, RD, LDN, CDE, The Nutrition Solution Group

MS-7: Talking About LGBTQ Issues
Members of the LGBTQ community can come and get their questions answered. Presented by: Samuel Pang, MD, Medical Director, Reproductive Science Centers of New England

MS-8: Relax and Unwind with Yoga
End your day with a relaxing yoga session led by an expert in fertility yoga.
Presented by: Lisa Rosenthal, Fertile Yoga Founder and Teacher, RMACT

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