In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week on April 21-27, Fertility Centers of Illinois is hosting local and online events to build awareness and support the infertility community.
Infertility affects 7.3 million women in the United States, and one in seven couples. Through proactive community outreach, couples and individuals who want to grow their families can be empowered to make educated decisions with family planning.
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"Infertility can be a trying experience, but knowledge and support can help couples navigate the process," says Dr. Meike Uhler with Fertility Centers of Illinois. "No one goes through this journey alone, and it is important to reach out to the resources and communities available for support."
With Resolve, a national infertility awareness organization, Fertility Centers of Illinois encourages you to "Join the Movement" to improve the lives of people with infertility.
Fertility Centers of Illinois, the largest and most reputable fertility center in the Midwest, is hosting events, seminars and sharing information in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week:
Register for all events at: http://ow.ly/k7pzq
• Sunday, April 21st
Take a Fertility Quiz and test your basic fertility knowledge. Quiz Here: http://ow.ly/k7pKb
• Monday, April, 22nd (7:00 -- 8:30 p.m.)
Making Embryos At River North Lab: An Embryo's Day-By-Day Journey
FCI Physician: Edward Marut, MD
FCI Embryologist: Jill Matthews, TS (ABB)
Dr. Ed Marut and our embryologist explain what actually happens to eggs, sperm, and embryos. Learn how eggs are fertilized, how embryos grow, and how eggs, sperm, and embryos are frozen. Don't miss this fascinating presentation.
Cost: $10, online registration is required.
Location: FCI -- Chicago River North, 900 N. Kingsbury, RW 6, Chicago, IL 60610
• Tuesday, April 23rd (7:00 -- 8:30 p.m.)
FCI Cracks the Door on Adoption
FCI Psychologist: Marie Davidson, Ph.D., FCI
Special Guest: Jane Turner, Associate Director | Family Resource Center
Many fertility patients would like to know more about adoption options. Our adoption expert will provide an overview of the adoption process and answer any questions. Learn about different paths to adoption, costs, time frames, and how to start investigating this family-building alternative. Cost is free. Online registration is required.
Cost: Free, online registration is required.
Location: 3703 W. Lake Ave. - Lower Level Classroom - Glenview, IL 60026
• Wednesday, April 24th
Nutrition and Supplements to Support Egg Quality
FCI Physician -- Angeline Beltsos, MD
Pulling Down the Moon - Margaret Wertheim, MS, RD
Join this engaging workshop on dietary strategies and nutritional supplements to improve egg quality. This workshop will be helpful for women going through ART or those trying to conceive naturally. During this workshop, attendees develop a nutritional plan to help maximize egg quality.
Location: Pulling Down the Moon -- 900 N. Kingsbury, RW 6A, Chicago, IL 60610
• Thursday, April 25th
Join the Movement Webinar: Find Out How to Make a Difference
Hosted by FCI -- Jen Pishotta
EMD Serono - David Nichols | RESOLVE - Barbara Collura
Learn how to be proactive about supporting the rights of all fertility patients, educate, and encourage your congressional representatives to vote for the Family Act in 2013. Your voice can make a difference. Learn more by joining this informative webinar. For more information about RESOLVE, go to www.resolve.org
Learn About RESOLVE - ADVOCACY DAY - Washington D.C. There is still time to join RESOLVE in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 8th.
• Friday, April 26th (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Schedule a Fertility Awareness Check Up today and receive a 50% discount on screening. (Value $45.00) Offer expires at 4:00 p.m.
Go to www.fcionline.com click on "Schedule a Consultation." Fill out the form and put in the code "NIAW-FA" in the comment field. An FCI patient services liaison will contact you to set up the screening. If phone registration is preferred, call 877.324.4483 and mention the NIAW-FA code during the call.
• Saturday, April 27th
Check Out Your Community To Find Support!
Fertility Centers of Illinois | Patient Education Program offers community education seminars, mind body workshops, women and couple support groups. Visit www.fcionline.com and click on Patient Support then Patient Education Events to see new class schedules available each quarter.
Find Community Support /Organizations:
• Monday, April 29th (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
April Wellness Event: West Meets East
FCI Physician - Eve Feinberg, MD
Holistic Women's Health Specialists -- Jeanie Bussell and Caroline Jung
This event is an up-close and personal opportunity to have your questions about infertility answered. Learn about treatments and mind body approaches. Complimentary consultations provided by Dr. Eve Feinberg. Dinner provided by FCI. To Register contact: call 312.260.9000 or register online.
Location: Tiffani Kim Institute, 310 W. Superior St., 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60654