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

Wednesday, April 19 | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Register >
Wednesday, May 24 | 7:00AM-8:00AM | Register >
Tuesday, June 27 | 7:00AM-8:00AM | Register >

Kelly Del Valle, 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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Egg Donation Webinar: Your Journey to Parenthood Starts Here

Tuesday, April 25 | 7:30PM-8:30PM | Register >
Tuesday, May 23 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >
Tuesday, June 20 | 7:30PM-8:30PM | Register >

Julie Wiese, RN, BSN – Director, 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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Mindfulness Skills to Cope with Fertility Treatment

Tuesday, April 25 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Ariadna Cymet-Lanski, Psy.D. – Behavioral Health Specialist

Fertility treatment can affect many aspects of your life. Women undergoing fertility treatment often struggle with negative thoughts that contribute to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety. Mindfulness training for fertility combines well-tested techniques from psychology and meditation. The goal is to achieve relaxation, self-insight, and to help manage negative thoughts and feelings. Learn how to be more aware of your thinking patterns and the steps you can take to be more in the present. By being more “present” you can gain more control of your emotions and approach fertility challenges more effectively.

This is an event to celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week! Visit our NIAW page to learn more!

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Webinar: What Supplements to Take to Increase Fertility

Tuesday, April 25 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Margaret Eich, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – Pulling Down the Moon

Join Margaret Eich for an engaging webinar that takes a closer look at how supplements may impact your fertility. There is an abundance of information out there about supplements and fertility; it can be difficult to figure out which supplements makes the most sense for your unique situation. We will review current research regarding how different supplements impact fertility. Join us whether you are trying to conceive or dealing with other issues.

This is an event to celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week! Visit our NIAW page to learn more!

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Making Embryos in the Lab: A Day-by-Day Journey

Wednesday, April 26 | 6:00PM-7:30PM | Register >

Jill Mathews, TS(ABB) – Embryology Manager

Embryologists play the central role in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Join embryologist, Jill Mathews, and learn what actually happens to your eggs, sperm, and embryos in the lab. You will learn how eggs are fertilized, embryos grow, and eggs, sperm, and embryos are frozen. This fascinating presentation is recommended for anyone planning to go through IVF, already been through IVF, or are simply curious. Take a peek inside the lab with us! Bring your questions!

This is an event to celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week! Visit our NIAW page to learn more!

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Relaxation Response Workout

Thursday,  April 27 | 7:00PM-8:00PM | Register >

Beth Heller, M.S., Co-Founder of Pulling Down the Moon

We’ve all heard of the Stress Response, our body’s hormonal “fight or flight” reaction to our hectic lives. Yet few of us have heard of the Relaxation Response, a series of hormonal and physiological changes that make our mental and physical environment conducive to “resting, digesting, and (important for fertility) nesting! Join us for an evening designed to teach you how to elicit the Relaxation Response. In this workshop you’ll get a “recipe” for rest and relaxation that is fun and easy. Stressed out partners are welcome, too!

This is an event to celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week! Visit our NIAW page to learn more!

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Ladies Night Out at City Winery

Thursday,  April 27 | 6:00PM-9:00PM | RSVP >

Freeze your biological clock until the time is right for you!

Join us for an evening of appetizers, cocktails, and a conversation about fertility preservation and egg freezing. All attendees will receive a certificate for a free egg freezing consultation with a Fertility Centers of Illinois physician.

This is an event to celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week! Visit our NIAW page to learn more!

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Egg Donation: Is It Right For You?

Monday, May 8 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Ariadna Cymet-Lanski, Psy.D. – Behavioral Health Specialist

If your physician is recommending egg donation, you probably have a lot of questions. Most of them medical, but there might also be many emotional unknowns. Join Dr. Ariadna Cymet-Lanski and discuss the social and emotional issues particular to egg donation. Some issues that will be addressed are:

  • What makes a child “yours”?
  • How important are genetics?
  • What motivates a woman to be a donor?
  • What is her understanding of being a donor?
  • How do you talk to a child about donor conception?
  • What will it mean to them at different ages?

This is your opportunity to have your questions answered and prepare yourself to make an informed decision.

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Webinar: Positive Steps for Trying in 2017

Tuesday, May 16 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Stacy Dunn – Director, Acupuncture – Pulling Down the Moon
Meredith Nathan – Director, Massage – Pulling Down the Moon

Where can you start to take back some control in the stressful world of trying to conceive? What can you really believe? Come hear about positive steps you can take, why not all treatments are created equally, and why studies in this area may not always paint an accurate picture. We will share with you case studies from Pulling Down the Moon and answer questions to help you feel more empowered in your fertility journey.

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FEM SEM: Fertility Enhancing Massage

Monday, May 22 | 6:00PM-8:00PM | Register >

Meredith Nathan, Director of Massage – Pulling Down the Moon

What is the Fertility Enhancing Massage Protocol? How is it different from regular massage? Is it safe to receive during a medicated cycle? Learn about Pulling Down the Moon’s exclusive and cutting edge Fertility Massage services from their creator, Meredith Nathan. Learn the best times to receive certain sessions, what types of benefits each massage offers, and what kind of results can you expect. You will learn self-care techniques you can perform at home to complement your massages and help maximize your fertility.

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Community Acupuncture Event

Sunday, June 11 | 9:00AM-10:00AM | Register >
Sunday, June 11 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Register >

Interested in trying acupuncture? You probably have questions. Please join us for this free community event acupuncture session and get an opportunity to try what acupuncture feels like!

**Note: There are two locations for this event! The 9:00AM class is located at Pulling Down the Moon Chicago and will be hosted by Meg Gibson, LAc, MSOM. The 10:00AM session will be at Pulling Down the Moon Highland Park with Christine Davis, LAc, Dipl OM.**

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Webinar: Acupuncture for Fertility – Helpful or Just Hype?

Thursday, June 22 | 7:00PM-8:00PM | Register >

Christine Davis, LAc, Dipl OM – Pulling Down the Moon

You’ve heard acupuncture can help with fertility, but does it really work? In this webinar, you will learn about how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help with all kinds of explained fertility issues (male and female) and even those that are “unexplained.” Find out about the techniques that are used and the theories behind them. Learn what you can do to help balance your body with these ancient methods.

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Monthly Infertility Support Group

Saturday, April 15 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >
Saturday, May 20 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >
Saturday, June 17 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >

Susan M. Rizzato, LCSW

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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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.



Shine Fertility Events

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Shine Bright 2017: Come to Learn, Stay to Get Pampered

Wednesday, April 26 | 6:00PM-9:00PM
Greenhouse Loft
2545 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Shine Bright is Shine’s annual advocacy celebration, which brings together leaders in the women’s health profession, for a night to celebrate, learn, and have an honest conversation about women’s health + wellness.

{everything you want to know but don’t know who to ask about women’s health + wellness!}

Building on last year’s success, they are expanding Shine Bright to include an inspirational keynote speaker, Mel Charbonneau – co-founder of Fellow Flowers, to kick off the evening.

New this year we will feature a breakout session of a panel of women sharing their fertility journeys. This will be a chance for attendees to have an intimate and inspiring conversation and an opportunity to share their own fertility journey. Tickets include premium beverages (One Hope Wines, Lagunitas Beer, and Social Enjoyments cocktails) and delicious food by Arbor. Guests will also enjoy complimentary pampering services including massage, skincare, manicures, hair styling and make-up, as well as local designers displaying clothing and jewelry!

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Pulling Down the Moon Social Events

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Infertility Sucks, Come “Wine” With Us!

Monday, April 24 | 5:30PM-6:30PM
Pulling Down the Moon Chicago
770 North LaSalle Drive, Chicago, IL 60654

Infertility sucks; join Pulling Down the Moon for a cocktail! April 24th kicks off NIAW… the perfect time for a social gathering where holistic practitioners will be available to answer your questions. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

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F.A.I.T.H. Fertility Events

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Fertilizing Your Faith: Overcomer Conference

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23
Oakbrook, IL

Fertilizing Your Faith is a ministry that provides spiritual support to couples trying to conceive as we believe this is the missing component and resource for the Christian Believer on this journey. The ministry was founded in April 2011 by Evangelist Natalie C. Flemons. She understands very well the emotions and struggles that are encountered with infertility because this ministry was birthed out of her personal journey. Married to the very supportive Michael Deon Flemons since May 26, 2001, they have had to endure the diagnosis of fibroids, multiple surgeries, miscarriages and infertility treatments.

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