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?

Tuesday, July 11 | 7:30AM-8:30AM |    Register >
Tuesday, August 15 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | Register >
Tuesday, September 19 | 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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Monthly Infertility Support Group

Saturday, July 15 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >
Saturday, August 12 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Register >
Saturday, September 16 | 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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Egg Donation: Is It Right For You?

Monday, July 17 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Ariadna Cymet-Lanksi, 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.

Hosted at our Chicago/River North Clinic 

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Fighting for Our Families 

Saturday, July 22 | 10:00AM-2:00PM

Shanon Schroeder RN, BSN

Join us for the second annual Fighting for Our Families infertility outreach event! Enjoy local food, music, and a bounce house – all for a great cause!

Shanon will be discussing fertility myths and recommended tests for infertility evaluation.

For more information email

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Webinar: Fertility 101

Monday, July 24 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Anna Pyne, Lac, MSOM, FABORM – Pulling Down the Moon

There’s so much information out there about how to increase your chances of conception, how do you know what’s good advice? From the comfort of your home learn from Anna Pyne, one of the experts at Pulling Down the Moon, how they can help you improve your chances for success and go on to have a healthy pregnancy.

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Egg Donation Webinar: Your Journey to Parenthood Starts Here

Tuesday, July 25 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | Register >
Tuesday, August 22 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | Register >
Tuesday, September 26 | 7:30AM-8:30AM | 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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Ladies Night Out! A Conversation about Fertility Preservation

Thursday, July 27 | 6:00PM-9:00PM | Register >

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.

Space is limited – make sure to RSVP quickly!

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Mindfulness Skills to Cope with Fertility Treatment

Monday, August 14 | 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. Join Fertility Centers of Illinois’ Dr. Ariadna Cymet-Lanski and 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.

Hosted at our Chicago/River North Clinic 

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Webinar: Summer Nutrition for Health & Optimal Hormone Balance

Tuesday, August 15 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Margaret Eich, MS, RD – Nutritionist – Pulling Down the Moon

Join our registered dietitian nutritionist, Margaret Eich, for an engaging webinar that takes a closer look at the way what you eat can impact your ability to conceive. She’ll discuss ways to incorporate the abundance of summer produce to improve your fertility. She will also cover how your nutritional choices can impact your overall fertility as well as specific conditions, such as, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, poor egg quality, and recurrent miscarriage.

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Webinar: Massage and Fertility

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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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.