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NWW Photo Caption Contest No. 7

By Tracey Minella

February 15th, 2012 at 12:41 pm


Glad to see last week’s photo didn’t scare anyone away! But this week’s may!

Time for Nearly Wordless Wednesday! It’s our weekly photo caption contest where anyone anywhere can enter to win by submitting a clever caption for the photo of the week. Try it and you’ll soon be addicted to the fun. And what infertile couple, or generally stressed out person, can’t use a fun distraction? Come on and play!

Each week, the winner gets a gift card. It’s our little thank you for playing our game.

This week’s contest winner will get a Dunkin Donuts gift card. What breakfast or lunch combo is calling your name? (Make mine a jelly donut and coffee, please!) Win this contest and the gift card is yours!

But first let’s announce last week’s winner: Curtis! Congrats! Boy was there stiff competition last week. Lots of great entries. So please keep trying!

Who could forget that stud in the bathroom with the hearts shaved into his ample chest hair and that smoky look [shudder]. Well, Curtis cracked us up with his poetic caption: “Roses are red, Violets are blue, In case you are wondering… I shaved down there too!” (My caption would have been “Roses are red, Violets are blue, I’m not just your Valentine, I’m a sperm donor, too!”) Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Curtis, please email your address and the words “NWW Contest #6-McDonalds” to Lindsay at lmontello@liivf.com to claim your gift card.

Now, on to this week’s challenge.

Give this photo a caption either below on this blog or on our Facebook page. NOTE: Please enter on Facebook this week if you have problems entering on the blog as we are changing blog platforms tomorrow.

Best entry winner gets Dunkin Donuts on us! It’s a fast, fun and free contest open to anyone, whether infertile or not, and whether a patient of our practice or not.

Bookmark our blog or like us on Facebook and check back next week to see if you won and we’ll mail you your gift card.

Plus, if you “LIKE” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/longislandivf , we may be able to send you the prize as an e-gift right through Facebook, depending on what this week’s prize is, so you could be enjoying your winnings as early as on the day we choose the winner! (And as much as we’d love you to “LIKE” us on Facebook, it is absolutely not required to either enter or win our contests!… But did I mention we’d love it if you did ;-)

Enter today! Or at least before next Tuesday!

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Why not bookmark us so you remember to check back often…at least every Wednesday…so you don’t miss our NWW contests. And we also run bigger contests, too. And feel free to suggest other fun places we could get gift cards from that you’d like to win as prizes for these fun contests or topics you’d like to see discussed on the blog. Now go enter the contest!

Photo credit: http://www.killmydaynow.com/2011/03/funny-pictures-of-bad-parenting-part-3-58-pics.html/

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Long Island IVF’s Mind Body Program

By Tracey Minella and Bina Benisch, M.s., R.n

January 27th, 2012 at 7:52 pm


One of the many unique and wonderful programs at Long Island IVF is the Mind Body Program. You won’t find anything exactly like its variety of support services anywhere else on Long Island.

The support group coordinator, patient advocate and stress management psychotherapist… Bina Benisch, M.S.,R.N. …is a Registered Professional Nurse and a psychotherapist with an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. She did her Mind Body Medicine training at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Bina is working with both female and male patients at LI-IVF. Her groups are wildly popular, and she always has room for more.

In addition, Bina is a private practice Psychotherapist in Huntington.

Bina explains the Long Island IVF Mind Body Program and its benefits for those couples trying to conceive:

Life changes.  You’ve had your intentions, your hopes, and your dreams of where life would take you.  What you may not have envisioned is suddenly being a member of the population that struggles with infertility.  Being diagnosed with infertility – for any reason – “unexplained,” male factor, or female factor, can feel like a lonely, isolating experience for many reasons.  The fact is that most women never expected to be in this position, and this is often one of the most stressful times in a woman’s life.  Feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation, and anger can be overwhelming during infertility.  Often, anger masks the feelings of loss experienced month after month of trying to conceive without success. Infertility impacts on one’s marriage, self-esteem, sexual relationship, family, friends, job, and financial security. 

Our Mind Body Program provides a space where you can relax, a place where you are free to express whatever it is you are feeling … a sacred circle of connection and support.  I have been told by women who have participated in the Mind Body Support Group that they experience a huge relief by connecting with other women who really “get it,” who understand these unique feelings. During the sessions, I take part of the time to teach Mind Body methods to elicit the relaxation response (emotional and physiological relaxation).  In this way, you can learn to practice these methods on your own on a daily basis

In our Mind Body support group, patients experience the opportunity to share information, feelings, or their own personal stories. You may be surprised to see how your support can help others or you may be relieved to hear others experiencing the same type of thoughts and feelings as you experience. Often, the supportive nature of this group, and the connection that develops between members, fosters a healing process.
Feelings of isolation, anger, and stress are slowly relieved. Our Mind Body program focuses on symptom reduction and developing a sense of control over one’s life by utilizing Mind Body strategies and interventions which elicit the relaxation response. The relaxation response is actually a physical state that counteracts the stress response. You can think of it as the physiological opposite of the body’s stress response. We cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time.

Therefore when a person elicits the relaxation response, the body’s stress response is halted, stress hormones diminish.  It is important to understand fertility holistically. Your mind and body work together, not separately. Therefore your thoughts have a direct effect on your physiology. When you are experiencing stress, your brain releases stress hormones. These stress hormones function in many ways. One of the stress hormones, cortisol, has been documented to interfere with the release of the reproductive hormones, GnRH (gonadatropin releasing hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), estrogen, and progesterone. In fact, severe enough stress can completely inhibit the reproductive system. Cortisol levels have also been linked to very early pregnancy loss. For this reason, it has been found extremely helpful when treating infertility, to include mind body strategies which help to alleviate the stress responses which may inhibit fertility.

 All mind body methods ultimately cause the breathing to become deeper and slower. This causes stress responses such as heart rate, metabolic rate, and blood pressure to decrease. The way in which you are taught to elicit the relaxation response is through methods such as: breath focus, guided visual imagery, muscle relaxation and learned mindfulness, and meditation. Awareness of the mind body connection allows us to use our minds to make changes in our physiology. This holistic treatment – combining bio-medical science with mind body medicine deals with the treatment of the whole individual rather than looking only at the physical aspect.  The fact is, body and mind work together.

Let’s not forget the men. Men often feel uncertain about the ‘right’ way to support their partners, and don’t realize how they themselves are affected. We now offer our “Just For Guys Group.” In sharing how infertility affects the men, their relationships, and each man’s deepest sense of self, these men gain insight, and experience support during what can be an isolating and difficult time.

We invite and encourage you to take advantage of this unique area of support provided by The Mind Body Program at Long Island IVF.

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Have you joined a group yet?

If you have worked with Bina, please share your thoughts about the support services she offers so others can learn more.

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NWW Photo Caption Contest No. 4

By Tracey Minella

January 25th, 2012 at 12:00 am


It’s Nearly Wordless Wednesday! It’s our weekly photo caption contest where anyone anywhere can enter to win by submitting a clever caption for the photo of the week. Try it and you’ll soon be addicted to the fun. And what infertile couple, or generally stressed out person, can’t use a fun distraction?

Each week, the winner gets a gift card. It’s our little thank you for playing our game.

This week’s contest winner will get a Starbuck’s gift card. Maybe there’s a tall, vente, grande something you’re dreaming about right now? Win this contest and it’s on us!

But hang on. First, let’s crown last week’s winner: Tiffany W ! Congrats!

Remember that woman holding a sleeping baby while totally engaged in a video game? Well, we liked Tiffany’s caption: “Every mom thinks her baby looks like an angel when she sleeps. This mom actually sees the HALO video game over her baby’s head.” And she’ll like her Starbucks! Easy, right?

Tiffany, please email your address and the words “NWW Contest #3” to Lindsay at lmontello@eastcoastfertility.com to claim your gift card. We are changing over to another email system this week, so if you have any difficulties, please also try lmontello@liivf.com. Thanks!

Now on to this week’s challenge.

Give this photo a caption either below on this blog or on our Facebook page.

Best entry winner gets Starbucks on us! It’s a fast, fun and free contest open to anyone, whether infertile or not, and whether a patient of our practice or not.

Bookmark our blog or like us on Facebook and check back next week to see if you won and we’ll mail you your gift card.

Plus, if you “LIKE” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/longislandivf , we may be able to send you the prize as an e-gift right through Facebook, depending on what this week’s prize is, so you could be enjoying your winnings as early as on the day we choose the winner! (And as much as we’d love you to “LIKE” us on Facebook, it is absolutely not required to either enter or win our contests!… But did I mention we’d love it if you did ;-)

Enter today! Or at least before next Tuesday!

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Why not bookmark us so you remember to check back often…at least every Wednesday…so you don’t miss our NWW contests. And we also run bigger contests, too. And feel free to suggest other fun places we could get gift cards from that you’d like to win as prizes for these fun contests or topics you’d like to see discussed on the blog. Now go enter the contest!

Photo credit: http://www.killmydaynow.com/2011/03/funny-pictures-of-bad-parenting-part-3-58-pics.html/

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