Rena

Rena Gower, LCSW

Chief Fertility Support Advisor

"Far too often, parents experience an unnecessary amount of stress and anxiety surrounding the delicate balance of work and their personal lives—especially when trying to conceive or return to work post-baby. By supplying tools to help integrate those seemingly separate worlds, Villyge teaches employers and employees how to communicate effectively and work together during life's major transitions. I'm thrilled to contribute to the life-changing solutions Villyge offers working families and their employers."

As the Chief Fertility Emotional support advisor for Villyge, Rena brings her years of experience counseling individuals and couples in the (in)fertility and postpartum space. Rena Gower is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and certified Health Coach and has a private practice where she sees clients all over the world. Rena's cases commonly involve infertility for individuals and couples, fertility preservation, alternative family building such as adoption, surrogacy, or third party donor, and postpartum. She also specializes in trauma, grief, and loss counseling as it pertains to this work.

In addition to her work in private practice, Rena is the Director of Social Work Services at Reproductive Medicine Associates of NY (RMA of NY), a leader in research breakthroughs, laboratory processes, and patient care protocols. Widely acknowledged as a national and international leader in state-of-the-art reproductive medicine, RMA of NY is recognized as one of the top IVF centers in New York, and throughout the world. 

Rena is the founder and co-host of Fertility Forward, a podcast dedicated to bringing listeners cutting edge and accurate information on different aspects of the fertility space. She is an Advisory Board member for Oova, the first fertility translator, with lab-quality readings that accurately decode your hormones and give you personalized steps to get pregnant. Rena is also a state advocate for RESOLVE, the national infertility organization, and was involved in the recent passage of the Fair Access for Family Treatment Act (FAFTA) and the Child Parent Security Act.

Rena received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University. She received her Certified Health Coach Degree from Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).