A couple of weeks ago we had a long conversation with a wonderful fertility counselor, Andrea Braverman.
Andrea has been helping men and women cope with their emotions of fear, anger and frustration having had their fertility treatment canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.So many are struggling with the pause on their journey to parenthood.
She used a phrase that really resonated with us – she said she was offering her patients techniques that would ensure they didn’t run out of cope – cope being something that we are all in need of right now.
We just had to grab hold of this wonderful phrase and use it as a title for the open chat series that we are starting next week. We would love you to join us and the incredible international and multi-disciplinary team of experts.
Let us tell you more about it
The ‘Don’t run out of cope’ talks is an open discussion and Q&A that we are holding on zoom. The first of these is taking place on Wednesday, 22 April at 4.00 (GMT) and 11.00 am (EST)
The aim of the live chat is to answer all of your questions and concerns about trying to conceive during this horrible epidemic. With clinics temporarily closed and treatments canceled indefinitely, there’s a need to know next steps and what you can do to help yourself.
We have already had so many emails and messages from you, wanting to know about things such as . . .
- How you can look after your fertility whilst in lockdown
- Is there any idea how soon it will be before clinics will start treatment again?
- How will treatment be conducted if there is still social distancing
- Are you putting your baby in danger by having treatment before a vaccine is developed?
There are so many more concerns that leading experts will be with us to answer, and we would love you to join us so that we can put your mind at ease. We want to offer you answers, strength, and comfort, so that you feel in control and ‘able to cope’.
So who will be answering your questions?
Our speakers are well-recognised experts in their fields and include a mental health specialist; two leading reproductive consultants (one from the US and one from the UK), a nurse practitioner and Clinical Professor for counseling and, of course, us at IVF Babble. Along with many years of experience in infertility, we are all passionate about not only facilitating and optimizing your journey when trying to conceive but giving you some strategies that you can be doing now, while you wait.
We hope to provide a lively and interactive experience for you and will be asking you to submit questions for our speakers in advance or during the Cope Talk.
Dr Serena H Chen MD
Dr Chen is Director for the Division of Reproductive Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science (IRMS) at Saint Barnabas, as well as Clinical Associate Professor at both Rutgers Medical Schools. She’s been voted a Top Doctor for many years in reproductive medicine by publications including US News and World Report, Inside Jersey Magazine, NJ Monthly and NY Magazine.
Dr. Braverman is a Clinical Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Braverman is the Associate Director for the Educational Core for OB/Gyn. She is a health psychologist with a specialty in medical health management, infertility counseling, and third party reproduction issues. She received her M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Braverman has lectured internationally on treatment issues and reproductive medicine before medical and patient audiences. Dr. Braverman received the Timothy Jeffries Memorial award in 2011 for outstanding contributions as a health psychologist from the American Psychological Association
Dr James Nicopoullos MD
A Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery practicing at the Lister Fertility Clinic.
He completed his O&G and subspecialty training in London and completed an MD research thesis on the effect of Sperm aneuploidy and DNA fragmentation on ICSI outcome. He is also widely published in other areas of assisted reproduction such as management of viral positive couples, ovarian hyper-stimulation, and management of poor responders.
Monica Moore, MSN, NP
Monica Moore is a women’s Health NP and health coach and is the founder of Fertile Health, LLC, a consulting company created to train nurses in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and to assist patients to achieve optimal mental and physical health prior to pregnancy. Her first job was at the Cornell Center for Reproductive Medicine over 20 years ago and since then, she has worked as a donor nurse coordinator, nurse manager, nurse education and writer. In addition to nurse education and orientation, her passion lies in nutritional interventions for couples attempting pregnancy (particularly those diagnosed with PCOS) and diminishing weight bias in clinical settings. She has published print and online journal articles, written book chapters on infertility, and writes a regular blog on her website www.fertilehealthexpert.com. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
And finally, us – Sara and Tracey, co-founders of IVF babble
As most of you already know, we have both been through years of fertility treatment ourselves. After years of misdiagnosis, miscarriages, IVF failures and quite a lot of heartbreak, we are now both parents to IVF twins. We launched IVF babble, our online fertility magazine, back in 2016 with the sole mission of creating something we really wished we’d had when we were trying to conceive. With the help of our amazing global fertility experts and our wonderful TTC community, we are here to make your fertility journey that little bit easier.
We do hope you can join us next week. It really is quite straightforward to register. All you need to do is click on the registration link below
The Cope Talks
Time: Apr 22, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) | 4:00 PM GMT (UK)
To register for next week’s Cope Talks click here
You can either send us your questions in advance by emailing us on email@example.com, then watch live as we read out your question either anonymously or as you, whichever you would prefer. You can also ask questions during the live talk.
You don’t need to be in vision if that’s what you would prefer . . . you can instead watch and listen to our experts answer questions by not turning on your camera.
We really do hope you can join us. We really want you to stay in control and to most definitely not run out of cope.
Sending you so much love as always