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 Fertility Empowerment Series 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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Monthly Infertility Support Group

Saturday, January 20 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Register >
Saturday, February 17 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Register >
Saturday, March 17 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | 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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So…I Need a Gestational Carrier. What’s Next? – Webinar

Wednesday, January 24 | 7:00AM-8:00AM | Register >
Wednesday, February 21 | 7:00AM-8:00AM | Register >

Caroline Cianfrocco

Our Center for Collaborative Reproduction has an expert nursing team to guide you when using a gestational carrier. This webinar presented by Caroline Cianfrocco 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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Staying Fit During Fertility Treatment – Webinar

Wednesday, January 24 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron and Beth Heller

Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron and Pulling Down the Moon Co-Founder Beth Heller, MS present the exploration of what research suggests to be the optimal fitness program for women who are trying to conceive. They will discuss the best forms of exercise for different body types as well as how to stay active safely during fertility treatment.


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Egg Donation: Your Path to Parenthood Starts Here – Webinar

Tuesday, January 30 | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Register >
Monday, February 26 | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Register >
Thursday, March 8 | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Register >

Monica Nitschmann

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


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No Partner Needed: A Support Group for Single Women

Monday, February 12 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >
Monday, March 12 | 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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Proactive Holistic Strategies for Male Factor Infertility – Webinar

Monday, February 12 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Christine Davis L.Ac. MSAOM, Pulling Down the Moon

Join Pulling Down the Moon’s Director of Acupuncture, Christine Davis L.Ac. MSAOM for a discussion of how holistic strategies may be able to help improve sperm parameters. From simple dietary changes, to treatments such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, like acupuncture, nutritional supplements, and herbal medicine.


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Five Strategies to Support Fertility Through Diet – Webinar

Tuesday, February 27 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Mia Zarlengo, MS RD, Pulling Down the Moon

Join Pulling Down the Moon’s Nutritionist Mia Zarlengo, MS RD for a crash-course in fertility nutrition. Mia will help you make sure you’re taking the most impactful steps to improve your diet in order to support fertility, pregnancy, and lifelong health! From supplements to meal planning, Mia’s no-nonsense approach to optimizing diet for egg quality and hormone balance will keep you on track!


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Trying Again After a Loss – Webinar

Wednesday, March 14 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Anna Pyne, L.Ac. FABORM and Beth Heller, M.S., Pulling Down the Moon

In this webinar, a multi-disciplinary team from Pulling Down the Moon will introduce concepts from yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and nutrition that can help to heal and nourish you as you gather your resources to try again after a loss. Whether you experienced a miscarriage, or a failed ART cycle, Anna Pyne, L.Ac. FABORM and Beth Heller, M.S. will share relevant strategies for healing as well as tips for staying strong and hopeful as you move forward on your journey.


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Acupuncture: Effect of Stress – Webinar

Date & Time | TBD

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Stress plays a large role in all types of conditions and reducing stress is critical for maintaining health. Specifically, with infertility, it can have a direct effect on the optimal functioning of the reproductive organs in both females and males. Acupuncture has a direct effect on the body’s natural stress response and has the ability to allow your body to be less reactive to stress.


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Optimizing Fertility with TCM – Webinar

Date & Time | TBD

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has over 3,000 years of documented evidence supporting its use for reproductive health in women and men. Recent studies have shown the benefit of adding TCM to Assisted Reproductive Therapies to increase the outcomes of the treatment.


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Acupuncture: Alleviating Pain in Pregnancy – Webinar

Date & Time | TBD

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One of the most common complaints we encounter with our pregnant patients is pain. During pregnancy the body is changing so rapidly that discomfort is as common as the desire to avoid medication. Acupuncture can help by releasing tight musculature causing pain and promoting blood flow to overused areas. Acupuncture also releases natural pain killers to reduce the sensation of pain and help treat it naturally.


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Stress, Your Adrenals, and Fertility – Webinar

Date & Time | TBD

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There is a roll that DHEA and cortisol play in fertility. It is common that stress is a huge road block not only in getting pregnant but in handling pregnancy well. Abnormal adrenal function can affect both the man and the woman. It isn’t just a matter of saying “don’t be stressed out”. It is also a matter of addressing the effects that the stress has on the body that can be corrected through proper testing, supplementation and lifestyle and diet recommendations.


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Nutrients & Supplements for a Healthy Family – Webinar

Date & Time | TBD

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Knowing what to eat and getting some easy tricks to be successful can make sure parents and babies have the right amount of nutrients. This can help conceive, provide the right amount of energy and proper supplementation for nursing. Working on energy, stamina, brain function and other areas can be easy when properly supplementing and supporting with a great diet. Checking nutrient status can also play a key role.


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Eating Better for Conception, Weight Control, & Nursing – Webinar

Date & Time | TBD

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Eating better isn’t always just eliminating junk food. It might be looking at adequate protein or increasing healthy fats. It might be timing or eliminating food sensitivities. Learn how your food choices can affect conception, keep your weight where you want it and set you up for adequate supply for nursing your baby.


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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.