· 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy?
· Age, genetics, other medical conditions, and previous treatments can affect fertility?
· Rates of infertility are even higher in the Jewish community, according to the Jewish Fertility Foundation, with infertility affecting as many as one in six Jewish couples?
The Young Professionals & Families Division of the Northeast Florida Jewish Federation & Foundation in partnership with Hadassah Jacksonville will be presenting a program, Reconceiving Infertility. This important, yet seldom discussed, topic will include a panel of experts discussing the religious, psycho-social, and medical perspectives of infertility.
The panel will feature Rabbi Mona Decker, Dr. Ellen Goldstein, board-certified OB-GYN and specialty-trained Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility physician, and Coleen Rodriguez, LCSW and Executive Director of Jewish Family & Community Services.
We will take a look at the history of infertility from Biblical times, and why the topic has been heretofore taboo. There will also be discussion of several of the root causes of infertility, who may need fertility treatments, and what some of those treatments entail. The program will examine the many emotional feelings that arise from, and psychological consequences that are caused by the diagnosis and the treatments of infertility, as well as the high cost of family building.
This program is free and open to the community.