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Collaborative Reproduction for Family Planning

Endless options for becoming a parent

At Fertility Centers of Illinois, our Center for Collaborative Reproduction is one of the first of its kind in the nation. Instead of matching you with a single doctor or specialist, you will have access to one team, comprised of doctors, fertility experts, psychologists, and other specialists — who will be dedicated to helping you realize your dream of starting a family.

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for men, women, and couples to have a baby, whether it’s through the use of egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, or using a gestational carrier (surrogacy). We provide and coordinate all the services you will need, including medical, emotional, legal, and financial guidance.

Your dedicated team of experts will work with you every step along the way, ensuring that you receive the best possible care and support. We’ll help streamline your journey from start to finish to ensure that every detail is managed effectively, and with ease.

Endless Options

There are many options on your journey to parenthood including:

If you’re an international family or LGBTQ family, find out what services we can provide for your specific needs.  You can also meet our dedicated, experienced Center for Collaborative Reproduction Team who will be helping you along the way.

Always By Your Side

At Fertility Centers of Illinois, overall wellness, safety, and treatment success of our prospective parents, donors, and gestational carriers is our number one priority. Our Center for Collaborative Reproduction is staffed by an experienced, dedicated team of experts that will guide you through your entire journey to building your family.

We’re proud to provide compassionate medical and emotional guidance and will work closely with our physiciansclinical psychologists, and our team to maximize your chances for success and ensure that you feel supported, informed, and excited along this important journey.

Meet Our Experts

Caryl Markus, R.N., A.D.N.
Caryl is our Manager of The Center for Collaborative Reproduction. She has been with Fertility Centers of Illinois since 2005.

Prior to her current role, Caryl was a third party case coordinator at Fertility Centers of Illinois for 9 years. During her time as a case coordinator, Caryl traveled around the world to educate patients on U.S. laws that offer parenting opportunities through gestational surrogacy. This included information regarding IVF Treatment and FDA Regulations. She was able to offer hope to patients who didn’t have options to start a family due to the laws in their country.

Caryl was the Clinical Supervisor for an OB/GYN practice in the Chicago suburbs for 5 years before joining Fertility Centers of Illinois. She began her nursing career in 1997, after realizing that helping others through medical care, guidance, and women’s health was her passion.

Caryl enjoys volunteering her time as a nurse at Angels Clinic. Angels Clinic reaches over 16,000 teens and young adults by offering gynecological services and sexual education for young women without judgment or criticism.

Monica J. Nitschmann, M.A.
Monica is currently our Donor Program & Development Manager. Since joining Fertility Centers of Illinois in 2013, Monica has helped hundreds of patients become parents through egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy. With a patient-first approach, Monica has focused her efforts on creating an easier and more intuitive process for intended parents looking to grow their families through egg donation.

Monica received her M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Before working for Fertility Centers of Illinois, Monica spent nearly a decade in the nonprofit and communication sectors, fine-tuning her passion for helping people through communication and multichannel marketing campaigns.

Working with Our Team

We are invested to make every effort to accommodate third-party candidates and prospective parents throughout their journey. Typically, egg donors continue care at one of our centers, even after their egg retrieval, to ensure their health is optimal and to allow future recipients an opportunity to have the most updated and screened donor candidate. We understand that each donor match is unique. Therefore, case by case, our specialists will make every effort to accommodate the intended parent’s requests.


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