Local Fertility & Adoption Conference Provides One-Stop Shop For Couples

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Couples given one-on-one access to physicians, local and national industry experts, family planning tools and cost-saving promotions such as an IVF raffle at A Family of My Own Fertility & Adoption Conference with Fertility Centers of Illinois

Dr. Angeline Beltsos of Fertility Centers of Illinois

There are so many options available to couples, and understanding them can be daunting. There is no other event where you are given all of your answers at once, with experts on hand to answer your questions.

A Family of My Own (AFOMO) Fertility & Adoption Conference comes to the Chicago area on Saturday, September 29th, providing a one-day conference with locally- and nationally-recognized industry speakers, companies and resources to help those looking to grow a family.

The event features educational seminars dealing with topics such as overcoming infertility diagnoses, fertility treatment options, third-party reproduction and surrogacy services, starting the adoption process, and boosting fertility through holistic treatments. Personal consultations and Q & A sessions will also be available.

“Our goal is to provide a comfortable environment where attendees can learn about all of their family planning options,” says Preya Shivdat, director and founder of A Family of My Own. “Attendees can meet physicians, agencies and experts with helpful knowledge about adoption and medically-assisted programs.”

Physicians will also be presenting sessions on a variety of topics to help attendees understand how they can overcome infertility and receive proper support in the process.

“There are so many options available to couples, and understanding them can be daunting,” says medical director Dr. Angeline Beltsos of Fertility Centers of Illinois, who will be speaking on polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and trying to conceive. “There is no other event where you are given all of your answers at once, with experts on hand to answer your questions. Spending four hours at a conference can save couples countless hours of research.”

For a full listing of scheduled events, please visit: http://afamilyofmyown.com/conferences/chicago/attachment/2012-chicago-schedule/

IVF Giveaway
A Family of My Own Conference will be giving away a FREE IVF Cycle valued at $10,000 to one lucky attendee. The giveaway will include the cost of one in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, generously donated by Fertility Centers of Illinois and aParent IVF.

From Raffle Winner to Mommy
Edie Carey of Chicago was the lucky winner of last year’s drawing, and is currently pregnant with her first child. Because of health issues, she and her husband knew that IVF would be their only option.

“We knew that our health insurance would not cover the cost of IVF, so we were preparing to put the baby on the Visa card,” said Carey. “When I heard that an upcoming infertility conference was coming to Chicago and there would be a raffle for a free IVF cycle, I sent my husband Matt on a mission. After our cycle, we learned we were pregnant!”

After working with Fertility Centers of Illinois to become pregnant, Edie and Matt Carey are expecting their baby in October.

Two Katies, Four Babies
Two Chicago-area women, both named Katie, attended the A Family of My Own conference in 2011. Both had very different infertility challenges, but were brought together by similar circumstances. Katie Davis of Bolingbrook is an ovarian cancer survivor (note: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month) who later became pregnant through IVF and an anonymous egg donor, and now has twins Avery and Hannah. Katie O'Brien of Wadsworth grew her family with the help of IVF and a gestational surrogate, and now has twins Erin and Jack. Both women were patients of Fertility Centers of Illinois and supporters of A Family of My Own. The Katies popular blogs have garnered a strong following and public rally for their success (Katie Davis' blog: http://katieandpatsivfjourney.blogspot.com/, Katie O'Brien's Blog: http://prayingforbabyobrien.blogspot.com/).

Event Info
A Family of My Own - Fertility & Adoption Conference
Date: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Wyndham Glenview Suites 1400 Milwaukee Avenue Glenview, IL 60025
Cost: $20 per person, purchase online at http://www.AFamilyofMyOwn.com or call (407) 694-3674.

Attendees are invited to participate in a day of educational sessions and workshops. Sponsors of the conference include: aParent IVF (Highland Park), Fertility Centers of Illinois, The Center for Egg Options (Northbrook), Walgreens, InVia Fertility (locations throughout the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago).

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Fertility Centers of Illinois, S.C., is one of the nation's leading fertility treatment practices, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. With a team of 10 nationally and internationally recognized reproductive physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. FCI is dedicated to medical and clinical excellence and continues to invest in the latest technologies and research. FCI offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well as extensive resources to address financial and emotional needs. Fostering a culture for continuous innovation has made FCI home to the annual Midwest Reproductive Symposium which attracts experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology from around the world. FCI has 10 offices conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland area (Buffalo Grove, Chicago/River North, Crystal Lake, Glenview, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lindenhurst, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, and Orland Park). FCI is a member of the Attain Fertility Network which provides discounted fertility treatment programs. For more information visit http://www.fcionline.com

A Family of My Own is a nationally touring Fertility and Adoption Conference and educational event featuring the most comprehensive fertility and adoption options in one-place for one-day. The tour will make four stops nationwide showcasing local and nationally recognized speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors to an audience of potential parents, and will feature three tracks and 18 educational seminars dealing with topics such as third party and surrogate services, starting the adoption process, and preparing your body to carry a baby through holistic treatments. The conferences also include Q & A sessions, as well as interactive workshops. AFOMO’s mission is to empower those looking to start their families by giving them the information and tools needed to make the right decisions to fulfill their dreams of having a family. Through their own personal experiences, AFOMO directors Preya Shivdat and Elizabeth Carellas are committed to helping those wanting to celebrate a lifetime of firsts with their own child. AFOMO is a private partnership and is based in Orlando, FL with an office in New York. For additional company information visit, http://www.AFamilyofMyOwn.com .

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