Reflections from the SingleMoms Team

Single Moms To Be Partners With Single Mothers By Choice for a Free Event

It was great the first year, so we did a second one. We got such good response with the second one that we’re doing a third one. Third year in a row, supporting you and reminding you that, even as a single mom, you don’t have to do it alone. Our free event, will showcase the people who have been devoted to this parenthood choice for decades. They truly are experts, in all aspects of the word. Explore the medical, social and emotional pieces that are always part of becoming a parent and some that may be more significant to single mom to be. Regardless of where you are on this journey, knowledge is power. Explore this with other women who are considering this family building option also.

Single Women Pursuing Parenthood Event

Some examples of how you might be feeling:

  • Excitement- Wow. I could really do this. And I could do this without waiting for a partner.
  • Apprehension- Is this doable? Manageable? How?
  • Resolute- Now’s the time. What’s next? Bring it on!
  • Curious- What would I do? What support is out there? Is this for me?
  • Reassured- I’m not the only one out here considering this. This isn’t me against the world!
  • Relieved- I’ve made the decision. I may or may not do this right now. Let me hear about how it works.

Maybe how you are feeling isn’t represented on that list. Maybe you are feeling all of that and more! Come and let us know where you are on this journey to motherhood. Our event is designed for you- and we are here to offer you education and support.  

Single Women Interested in Motherhood Invited to Discussion Group and Community Event

Single Mothers by Choice and Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut invite single women interested in parenthood to “Single Women Pursuing Parenthood” at Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk, CT on Sunday, November 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Two of the country’s leading resources on single motherhood are co-hosting an event for single women who are considering becoming mothers. Single Mothers by Choice® (SMC), which provides online information and community for single mothers, and Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut’s (RMACT) dedicated Single Moms To Be team will facilitate the discussion group. The event, called “Single Women Pursuing Parenthood,” will provide single women considering parenthood access to informational resources, community support, and some of the top experts in the field.

“Single Women Pursuing Parenthood” is a social gathering for single women who want to discuss and learn about the decisions, concerns and rewards of becoming a single mother by choice. The experts leading the event are Jane Mattes, LCSW and founder of SMC; Dr. Spencer Richlin, lead physician for Single Moms To Be at RMACT; Lisa Schuman, LCSW and Mental Health Program Director at RMACT. A light brunch will be served while these experts facilitate a discussion about single parenthood; topics include choosing a sperm donor, optimizing your reproductive health, creating a support system and navigating questions from family and friends, as well as considering how to share their stories with children, family and friends.

“For most of the women in the room, this is the first step on their journey as a mom,” says Dr. Spencer Richlin, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and partner at Single Moms To Be at RMACT. “By giving women the tools to be single mothers, we are empowering women to take control of their family building.”

Event Details

What: Single Women Pursuing Parenthood

Where: Hotel Zero Degrees 353 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cost: Free, but RSVP required


“There is a tremendous sense of community among women who choose to raise children on their own,” says Jane Mattes, LCSW and founder of SMC. “We rely on each other for emotional support and guidance, and we thrive from knowing that we are not alone.”


Single Moms To Be at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is a program created to provide support for single women through online resources and RMACT’s dedicated medical team, including lead physician Dr. Spencer Richlin, patient navigators, nurses, financial consultants and counselors. provides information to single women who want to know more about the emotional and medical process of using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to become a mom.

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate office in Poughkeepsie, NY. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All five physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly “Top Doctors.” RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit or find us on Facebook.

About Single Mothers by Choice®

Single Mothers by Choice® (SMC) was founded in 1981 by Jane Mattes, L.C.S.W., a psychotherapist and single mother by choice. Thousands of single women, predominantly in their thirties and forties, have joined SMC since that time and remain with the organization as they strive to be the best parents they can be. SMC provides information, resources, and the opportunity to create a unique virtual and local support network of peers.

SMC’s primary purpose is to provide support and information to single women who are considering, or have chosen, single motherhood.  Members meet with one another all over the United States, and in Canada, Europe, and beyond. They network with each other and share information and resources about donor insemination, adoption, and parenting at local levels and/or through a lively online discussion forum and newsletters.