Managing the emotions
of infertility

Stephanie Risinger, LCMFT

Cost $5
Saturday, November 13  10:00 – 11:30

The Zoom waiting room will open at 9:50. 

The emotional challenges of infertility are often overlooked as couples and health professionals focus primarily on the goal of getting and staying pregnant. So what do you do with the emotional rollercoaster you face with each month or each cycle? How do talk to your friends and family about how you’re feeling when they haven’t faced the same struggles? How do you maintain hope when you’re feeling so exhausted and discouraged?

In this webinar, Stephanie Risinger, Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, will answer these tough questions and help you understand the emotional challenges that are unique to the infertility experience. She will also provide you with some simple and practical tools to help you navigate these difficult times and feel more like yourself again.

Stephanie Risinger, LCMFT, is a mental health therapist and founder of Hopeful & Whole Counseling. Stephanie has worked with women in various reproductive stages for over a decade and completed a certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International in 2020.  Stephanie and her husband faced their own challenges with infertility and loss and Stephanie attended KCInfertility’s support group during this time. She is grateful to have the opportunity to support other women with similar experiences.

Plus, You’ll be entered to Win a $1,000 Grant!

That’s right! Just for attending our webinar we’ll give you an entry into our drawing for a $1,000 grant. You’ll recieve one entry for every webinar you attend. The grant can be used to offset the cost of infertility treatments or adoption fees. This grant will be awarded after the last webinar of the series in December.

Get Ready for a Great Webinar!

We are using Zoom to create an amazing virtual experience. A link to the Zoom invite will be sent by email. During the webinar we’ll be utilizing the chat feature so you can ask questions and engage with other attendees. 

Free Printable Journal & Webinar Packet

Your webinar packet download includes a journal with encouraging notes and self care ideas, a cycle tracker, infertility acronym definitions, mindful coloring, and info from our sponsors.

Past Webinars to Watch

Budgeting Your Family Planning

Emily West, CFP ®

Download Cost $5

The cost of infertility treatments, or adoption fees can be staggering. To make things more challenging, many insurance plans do not cover treatment. Navigating your way through financial planning on your journey can seem like an uphill battle. 

In this webinar, Emily West will shed light on what you can expect when you’re planning to be expecting. She will explain different options for funding your path to parenthood and discuss the psychological side of money management that parents-in-waiting face. 

Emily has a BBA from Baylor University, an MBA from UMKC and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professional.  She has 15 years of experience in banking, wealth management and financial planning. Emily attended KCinfertility’s support group throughout her years of treatment, and now has 5 year old twins and a one-year-old singleton, all via IVF.  She is also proud to be a past President of KCinfertility.

New Developments in IVF: Genetic Testing of Embryos and Uterine Receptivity

Ryan M. Riggs, MD

Download Cost $5 

In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a highly successful treatment that introduces the female egg and male sperm together in a specialized culture medium to dramatically enhanced the chances of successful pregnancy; importantly IVF allows for genetic testing (PGS and PGD) of the embryo(s) and even more significantly higher pregnancy rates. 

In this webinar Dr. Ryan Riggs, owner of Blue Sky Fertility,  will focus on in-vitro fertilization with emphasis on the genetic testing of embryos and uterine receptivity.  He will also discuss the potential benefit of uterine testing on patients with recurrent pregnancy loss. 

Ryan M. Riggs MD trained at the distinguished Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA) where the first IVF baby in the United States was conceived. His experience and training with these IVF pioneers, including Dr. Howard Jones, makes him uniquely prepared to successfully treat a wide spectrum of infertility needs. Dr. Riggs attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. He subsequently completed his four-year obstetrics and gynecology residency training at the University of South Florida and for one year served as a faculty physician in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Riggs, a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is board certified in the sub- specialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology.

PCOS: A Modern, Holistic Approach

Janet Lee, DACM, L.Ac.

Download Cost $5

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) accounts for approximately one-third of all cases of infertility. Most ovulatory disorders are due to this condition. But it’s not a fertility problem; it’s a metabolic problem that goes beyond your ovaries. PCOS increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes and there’s a genetic link as well. (And here’s a secret: It’s not all about the number on the scale.) In this webinar, Dr. Janet Lee will explain how acupuncture and herbal medicine can help regulate cycles in women with PCOS, improve ovulation and hormonal balance, reduce inflammation and control the risks of hyperstimulation during IVF. She’ll also address new research and different lifestyle shifts that can reduce the impact PCOS has on the body and fertility.  

Janet Lee, DACM, L.Ac., is a doctor of Chinese medicine who specializes in women’s health and fertility. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, the only practitioner in Kansas City to have this credential, which involves specialized training, passing a board exam and continuing education in the field. Dr. Lee is co-author of The Supplement Handbook (Rodale Books)—an extensively researched resource guide for physicians and consumers—with Mark Moyad, MD, and has written hundreds of articles on health and nutrition for national magazines. Dr. Lee, who also teaches yoga, owns Vitality Holistic Medicine in the Waldo area of Kansas City and is president of the Acupuncture Association of Missouri.  

At Vitality Holistic Medicine, Dr. Lee works with patients at every stage of the reproductive cycle, helping them find balance and a better understanding of their body while setting the stage for fertility in a supportive environment. She uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, meditation, nutrition and other modalities to help treat a variety of conditions, including PCOS, dysmenorrhea, irregular cycles, excess bleeding, stress and anxiety, pain, “unexplained” infertility, recurrent miscarriage, male factor issues and more. She frequently works with patients who are in the middle of IUI/IVF to help improve blood flow and the response to fertility medications while also reducing stress and anxiety. Once patients conceive, Dr. Lee provides gentle support throughout pregnancy and helps prepare patients for labor and delivery. 

Additional Webinar Dates

Saturday, December 11 

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