At Fertility Centers of Illinois, we are dedicated to providing you with all of the support you need; from renowned fertility experts and knowledgeable financial specialists to on-staff clinical psychologists and alternative health care professionals. You have an entire team committed to your physical and emotional well-being along your path to parenthood. Our Patient Education Program seminars, workshops, and webinars are open to the community. You do not need to be our patient to attend and they are all entirely free unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions, or you would like to hear other topics related to your journey, please contact us at (877) 324-4483.  We’d love to hear from you!


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Egg Donation: Your Journey to Parenthood Starts Here-Webinar

Tuesday, September 26 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | Register >
Thursday, October 19 | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Register >
Thursday, November 30 | 7:00AM-8:00AM | Register >
Thursday, December 14 | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Register >

Julie Wiese, RN, BSN – Director, Center for Collaborative Reproduction
Olivia Furnas, APN, RN – Center for Collaborative Reproduction

Searching for an egg donor candidate can be one of the greatest challenges for our patients. Fertility Centers of Illinois Center for Collaborative Reproduction (CCR) has developed a patient webinar to help streamline the egg donor process. This webinar will be an overview of egg donor program options, steps to prepare for your treatment and understand realistic treatment expectations. We will have time for all of your questions.


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Yoga for Fertility

Highland Park | September 27 – November 8* | 5:30PM-7:00PM | Register >
Chicago | September 26 – November 7* | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Register >

Beth Heller and Cassie Harrison, Pulling Down the Moon

Pulling Down the Moon, Highland Park
1770 1st, Suite 400
Highland Park, IL 60035

Pulling Down the Moon, Chicago
770 N. LaSalle, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60654

Designed by yoga teachers and former fertility patients Tami Quinn and Beth Heller to meet the needs of women who are trying to conceive. This six-week class is a journey into the healing powers of Yoga and how this ancient practice can help calm and heal the body, clear the mind and lighten the heart. You will learn a series of yoga postures designed to improve fertility by increasing blood flow into the pelvis, releasing stress and anxiety and balancing life energy flow in the body. In addition to this physical practice we explore teachings from yoga philosophy that help us frame the fertility journey in a way that reveals our personal strengths, reinforces the joy of everyday life and empowers us to create the family we are meant to have. Through this class you will also join the wonderful, positive healing community of Pulling Down the Moon and enjoy the energy of all the amazing women who have shared their journey with us. Classes meet on Wednesdays for 90 minutes. *No class Oct 18 in Highland park or Chicago on Oct 31.

Cost: $210 for 6 sessions. Pre-Registration Required. Participants must register prior to the first class session. Class may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

DISCOUNTED CLASS FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS IN YOGA FOR FERTILITY RESEARCH STUDY
Find out if you are eligible to participate in this study designed to learn whether yoga has an impact on anxiety levels and pregnancy outcomes in women going through medicated fertility cycles by contacting us at 312-321-0004, or email research@pullingdownthemoon.com.

Class fee will be adjusted after research study acceptance.


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Yoga for Fertility-Online Class

September 19 – October 24 | 5:30PM-6:15PM | Register >
October 26 – November 7* | 5:30PM-6:15PM | Register >

Beth Heller, Pulling Down the Moon

Until now, Yoga for Fertility has only been available at certain Pulling Down the Moon locations – we are thrilled to now be offering this empowering class to anyone, anywhere! We will meet weekly via GoToWebinar for this six-week class. You will interact with other women on their fertility journey and we will explore how yoga enhances our fertility and whole body wellness. Enrollment fee includes the Yoga for Fertility DVD so you can practice yoga at home and The Infertility Cleanse book to supplement the discussions (a $35 value). Classes meet via webinar on Tuesdays for 45 minutes.

Cost: $110 for 6 sessions. Pre-Registration Required. Participants must register prior to the first class session. Class may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. No class on Oct 31.

DISCOUNTED CLASS FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS IN YOGA FOR FERTILITY RESEARCH STUDY
Find out if you are eligible to participate in this study designed to learn whether yoga has an impact on anxiety levels and pregnancy outcomes in women going through medicated fertility cycles by contacting us at 312-321-0004, or email research@pullingdownthemoon.com.

Class fee will be adjusted after research study acceptance.


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Monthly Infertility Support Group

Saturday, September 16 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >
Saturday, October 21 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >
Saturday, November 18 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >
Saturday, December 16 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >

Susan M. Rizzato, LCSW

Fertility Centers of Illinois, River North
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6
Chicago, IL 60610

If you are going through infertility treatment, you may be finding it particularly difficult to deal with the emotional and physical stresses that come along with treatment.

As you navigate through your fertility journey, do you ever feel lonely and isolated, like you have very few people to talk with about infertility, everyone you know is pregnant or has children, infertility is affecting your career, or coping with family and friends is becoming more difficult?

There are a number of resources that you can make use of to help you deal with your battle with infertility, which can include your friends and family. It can sometimes be difficult to feel fully understood by the people closest to us. For this reason, many people dealing with infertility look to infertility support groups for help. Infertility support groups can offer an understanding and informative place for you to discuss your experiences with others going through the same or similar issues.

Please join us at Fertility Centers of Illinois’ Infertility Support Group. Our group meets every third Saturday of the month. This group will be led by Susan Rizzato, LCSW at our River North clinic. Ms. Rizzato has considerable experience leading support groups and her warm, but professional approach makes this a great opportunity to connect with others in a safe environment. This free support group is available for both individuals and couples. Limited space, so please register early.


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Massage and Fertility-Webinar

Monday, September 18 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Meredith Nathan, LMT – Massage Director – Pulling Down the Moon

Relaxation is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits fertility massage can provide. Learn about increasing reproductive blood flow, stimulating detoxification, encouraging hormone balance, as well as timing concerns and massage safety during fertility cycles. Also, learn self-care techniques you can practice daily, providing an at-home fertility boost!


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Surrogacy: So…I need a Gestational Carrier. What’s next?-Webinar

Tuesday, September 19 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | Register >
Thursday, October 19 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | Register >
Thursday, November 16 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | Register >
Thursday, December 14 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | Register >

Kelly Del Valle, RN, BSN – CCR Nurse Coordinator
Caroline Cianfrocco, RN, BSN – CCR Nurse Coordinator

Our Center for Collaborative Reproduction has an expert nursing team to guide you when using a gestational carrier. This webinar presented by nurse coordinator Kelly Del Valle, RN will provide an overview of the selection guidelines, treatment outline, and the steps to prepare for treatment. After this presentation you will have a better understanding and a realistic timeline for this process. Q & A to follow.


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Run for Life 5K Fundraiser Benefiting the Kevin J. Lederer Foundation

Sunday, September 24 | Register >

Blue Star Memorial Woods
E Lake Ave
Glenview, IL 60025

Run or walk your way to a good cause at the 3rd annual Run for Life to benefit the Kevin J. Lederer Foundation. This 5K run/1 mile walk and family fun activity day supports The Life Foundation; a collaborative effort among Chicagoland’s reproductive endocrinology practices, attorneys and third party reproductive agencies to assist those struggling with infertility and provide services to promote family building. The mission of the Life Foundation is to promote health and alleviate the mental and physical distress of individuals and couples diagnosed with infertility through patient education and financial assistance. Life foundation was started within FCI to honor the legacy of Dr. Lederer, a beloved FCI physician that practiced on the Southside of Chicago.


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Nutritional Supplements and Egg Quality-Seminar

Chicago | Saturday, October 7 | 11:30AM-12:00PM | Register >
Highland Park | Saturday, October 21 | 9:30AM-10:00AM | Register >

Schawna Schwalb, MS, LDN – Pulling Down the Moon

Pulling Down the Moon, Chicago
770 N. LaSalle, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60654

Pulling Down the Moon, Highland Park
1770 1st, Suite 400
Highland Park, IL 60035

Several new investigations have shown that certain nutritional supplements can make a difference in egg quality. The goal of this talk is to summarize the latest clinical news, discuss the substances that are now showing potential benefits for women with poor egg quality, and help you make choices about which supplements may be right for you. As with any supplement protocol, you should always consult your physician before starting.


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No Partner Needed: A Support Group for Single Women

Monday, October 9 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >
Monday, November 13 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >
Monday, December 11 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Susan Rizzato, LCSW

Fertility Centers of Illinois, River North
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6
Chicago, IL 60610

Join Susan Rizzato, LCSW, our behavioral health specialist, as she leads a new support group just for single women.
As a woman trying to conceive on your own, you probably have many specific issues that “couples” would not face when trying to start their family. It can be especially hard to handle questions and opinions from well-meaning friends, family, or strangers when you choose the path to parenthood without a partner.

This session will discuss the following topics, and more:
– What are my options to become pregnant without a partner?
– How do I choose a sperm donor?
– What challenges will I face as a single parent?
– What information will I share with my intended child?

Share your experience, learn ways to manage stress, and navigate your way to a desired outcome.


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Acupuncture and Egg Quality-Webinar

Monday, October 16 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Christine Davis, MSOM, L.Ac – Pulling Down the Moon

Can acupuncture really help to improve egg quality? Learn about how acupuncture can improve outcomes as shown through current research and techniques. Hear about what you can do to boost egg quality using acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.


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INVOcell Procedure: Learn More About “Mini-IVF”-Webinar

Thursday, November 9 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Sue Jasulaitis, Director of Medical Affairs

The “Mini IVF” INVOcell Procedure is a variation of traditional in vitro fertilization (IVF), allowing for a more natural conception inside the body. INVOcell is not for everyone, but you may be a candidate!

Sue Jasulaitis, Fertility Centers of Illinois’ Director of Medical Affairs, will discuss this new technology and the benefits of the “Mini-IVF” INVOcell procedure. She will give you a clear understanding of how this new FDA approved, cost-effective procedure works.

Are you the patient who will benefit from this treatment option and go on to achieve your dream of parenthood? Please join us and bring your questions.

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Coping with the Holidays-Seminar

Tuesday, November 14 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Ariadna Cymet-Lanski, Psy.D

Fertility Centers of Illinois, River North
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6
Chicago, IL 60610

The holidays can be tough, especially if you are having difficulty starting a family of your own. The heightened focus on family and children can cause additional anxiety and stress.

Our Coping with the Holidays seminar, presented by Behavioral Health Specialist, Ariadna Cymet-Lanski, Psy.D., highlights effective strategies to bring the enjoyment, sparkle, and peace back to the holiday season.


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Fertility Friendly Nutrition for the Holidays-Webinar

Tuesday, November 14 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Margaret Eich, MS, RD – Pulling Down The Moon

Join our registered dietitian nutritionist, Margaret Eich, for an engaging webinar that explores strategies to help you keep your diet fertility friendly over the holidays, while still enjoying some special treats of the season. Margaret will cover how nutritional choices impact fertility and pregnancy, and she’ll include guidelines and strategies to help you reduce sugar intake and incorporate nutrient dense fall and winter seasonal produce to support a healthy future pregnancy.


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Holiday Yoga with Pulling Down the Moon

Chicago | Saturday, December 2 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Register >
Highland Park | Thursday, December 14 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Alison Ruettiger, RYT and Cassie Harrison, RYT- Pulling Down the Moon

Pulling Down the Moon, Chicago
770 N. LaSalle, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60654

Pulling Down the Moon, Highland Park
1770 1st, Suite 400
Highland Park, IL 60035

Don’t let the stress of the holidays bog you down! Put a little cheer into your holiday season with this fertility friendly yoga class. Class participants are welcome to dress festive!


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10 Things You Need to Do in 2018 to Improve Your Fertility – Webinar

Monday, December 11 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Register >

Beth Heller, MS – Pulling Down the Moon

Get prepared for the New Year with this fun and festive webinar! Pulling Down the Moon Co-Founder Beth Heller will share 10 ways to create a shift in your life and your fertility in 2018. From nutrition hacks to yoga poses, breathing work to spicing up your love life, this webinar will distill Beth’s 20 years of experience as a yoga teacher with her 15 years of experience in the field of infertility. You will walk away feeling energized and excited for the year to come! And, as a Pulling Down the Moon tradition demands, there will be special prizes and holiday give-aways!


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Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation Events

The Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation (“Life Foundation”) was founded in 2014 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Kevin Lederer, a well-respected and loved physician who specialized in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the mission of the Life Foundation is to promote health and alleviate the mental and physical distress of individuals and couples diagnosed with infertility through education and financial assistance.