At Fertility Centers of Illinois, our Center for Collaborative Reproduction is one of the first of its kind in the nation. Instead of matching you with a single doctor or specialist, you will have access to one team, comprised of doctors, fertility experts, psychologists, and other specialists — who will be dedicated to helping you realize your dream of starting a family.
Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for men, women, and couples to have a baby, whether it’s through the use of egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, or using a gestational carrier (surrogacy). We provide and coordinate all the services you will need, including medical, emotional, legal, and financial guidance. Your dedicated team of experts will work with you every step along the way, ensuring that you receive the best possible care and support. We’ll help streamline your journey from start to finish to ensure that every detail is managed effectively, and with ease.
There are many options on your journey to parenthood including:
- Egg Donation – Our Center offers donor egg services through our own proprietary Donor Program and through Donor Egg Bank USA.
- Sperm Donation
- Embryo Donation
- Gestational Carrier (Surrogacy)
If you’re an international family or LGBT family, find out what services we can provide for your specific needs. You can also meet our dedicated, experienced Center for Collaborative Reproduction Team who will be helping you along the way.
Always By Your Side
At Fertility Centers of Illinois, overall wellness, safety, and treatment success of our prospective parents, donors, and gestational carriers is our number one priority. Our Center for Collaborative Reproduction is staffed by an experienced, dedicated team of experts that will guide you through your entire journey to building your family. We’re proud to provide compassionate medical and emotional guidance and will work closely with our physicians, clinical psychologists and our team to maximize your chances for success and ensure that you feel supported, informed, and excited along this important journey.
Meet Our Experts
Julie Wiese R.N., B.S.N
Julie Wiese attended Elmhurst College School of Nursing in Illinois and graduated in 1999 from the R.N. B.S.N. program. She has experience in Labor and Delivery high risk nursing, postpartum and ante-partum nursing. She has years of infertility nursing experience including experience in IVF procedural nursing, male infertility procedure case coordinator, clinical nurse coordinator, and currently in the position of Third-Party Reproduction nurse coordinator at Fertility Centers of Illinois, Chicago/River North IVF Center. She is resourceful with the FDA tissue guidelines and has contributed to Fertility Centers of Illinois programs and outside advisory groups regarding topics of third-party reproduction. For Julie, the virtually limitless possibilities to assist patients to achieve parenthood with all the joy it brings to them, leads to heartfelt devotion in this specialty area of nursing.
Monica J. Nitschmann, M.A.
Monica is currently our Donor Program & Development Manager. Since joining Fertility Centers of Illinois in 2013, Monica has helped hundreds of patients become parents through egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy. With a patient-first approach, Monica has focused her efforts on creating an easier and more intuitive process for intended parents looking to grow their families through egg donation.
Monica received her M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Before working for Fertility Centers of Illinois, Monica spent nearly a decade in the nonprofit and communication sectors, fine-tuning her passion for helping people through communication and multichannel marketing campaigns.
Working with Our team
We are invested to make every effort to accommodate third-party candidates and prospective parents throughout their journey. Typically, egg donors continue care at one of our centers, even after their egg retrieval, to ensure their health is optimal and to allow future recipients an opportunity to have the most updated and screened donor candidate. We understand that each donor match is unique. Therefore, case by case, our specialists will make every effort to accommodate the intended parent’s requests.