Alabama Fertility Specialists

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Birmingham
2700 Highway 280
Birmingham, AL 35223
205-874-0000
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Alabama Fertility Specialists to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 83%Neutral: 17%9.6
24 assessments
  • 83% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 17% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
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9.7
Operations

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Scheduling
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Scheduling

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Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
9
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Nursing Team
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9.4
Nursing Team

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Attention to Detail
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9.1
Attention to Detail

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Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
102
Annual Cycles National Avg.
635
24 assessments
10
10
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
8 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
10
She [Dr. Bouknight] is on the conservative side when it comes to treatments options, so if you want to be more aggressive, I would seek a different path. She genuinely cares for her patients, spending time with them and being completely honest with them...discussed with us the fact that she does not perform selective reduction. She informed us we would not be transferring more than 2 embryos at a time. This hasn't been an issue for us since each IVF cycle has produced 2 or less embryos.
Kendall [nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists] has always answered any questions we might have, never hesitating to contact a physician if she was unsure of what to tell us. During our miscarriage, which was over a weekend, she responded to an email within less than 5 minutes by calling us directly...IUI=$324...each Monitoring visits=$30 each...have been providing us with care for over 10 years now (my partner carried our first child, who is now 9).
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
8 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Bouknight is obviously one of the smartest individuals I have ever communicated with, yet she can explain things to us in an understandable manner. Over the course of this journey, she has become more like family than our doctor. She still exemplifies the pinnacle of fertility care, but also exhibits compassion, which is so important when facing infertility. She is the first one to hug us at every visit, and ask about our entire family. She is conservative and methodical when it comes to selecting a treatment plan; she will never subject your body to more than it can handle. I have no doubt she wants us to leave this experience with a baby as much as we do.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Prepare to be cared for by one of the best in the business. She is on the conservative side when it comes to treatments options, so if you want to be more aggressive, I would seek a different path. She genuinely cares for her patients, spending time with them and being completely honest with them. You will probably have to wait a few months for an appointment, as the practice has grown tremendously over the past few years.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Bouknight has always spoken to us as though she genuinely cared for us. I have no doubt she is doing everything she can to get us a healthy baby. She jokes with us, laughs with us, and even identifies herself as "Janet" when she calls us.
Describe the protocols Janet Bouknight used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
Clomid was prescribed to me several months in advance before trying to get pregnant. I took this for several months before even attempting an IUI. Treatment #1: IUI with Clomid=negative (Steinkampf) Treatment #2: IUI with Clomid=negative (Steinkampf) Treatment #3: IUI with Clomid=negative (Steinkampf) Treatment #4: IUI with Gonal-F/Pregnyl=negative (Steinkampf) Treatment #5: IUI with Gonal-F/Pregnyl (increased dose)=negative (Bouknight) Treatment #6: IUI with Gonal-F/Pregnyl (increased dose)=negative (Bouknight) Treatment #7: IUI with Gonal-F/Pregnyl (increased dose)=negative (Bouknight) Treatment #8: IVF/Antagonist Protocol: Estrace, Gonal-F, Cetrotide, Menopur, Pregnyl, PIO (after transfer)=2 embryos created, frozen, transferred-positive pregnancy test/Chemical pregnancy Treatment #9: IVF/Flare Protocol: Lupron, Gonal-F, Menopur, Pregnyl -this cycle was changed to an IUI after ultrasounds showed fewer follicles than anticipated-PIO shots continued after procedure until a negative pregnancy test. Treatment #10: IVF/Antagonist Protocol: Estrace, Gonal-F, Menopur, Cetrotide, Novarel: 1 embryo created and frozen-planning to transfer in June
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Kendall Bolling)
Kendall has always answered any questions we might have, never hesitating to contact a physician if she was unsure of what to tell us. During our miscarriage, which was over a weekend, she responded to an email within less than 5 minutes by calling us directly. This is a great example of the compassion she exhibits during procedures and consultations.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Alabama Fertility Specialists have been providing us with care for over 10 years now (my partner carried our first child, who is now 9). Over the years they have become like a family to us. They genuinely care about our family and sending us home with a baby after all of this is over. The only weakness I can think of is the fact they have grown so much over the past few years they are outgrowing their office space. When you have so many success stories and are paving the way for fertility treatments, patients flock to you!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
IUI=$324 each Monitoring visits=$30 each Egg retrieval procedure=$9,000 Frozen embryo transfer=$2,000 Sperm sample refreeze=$400 Various surgical procedures (copay)=$250-$400 Medications=around $4,000-$5,000 for IVF rounds
Describe Janet Bouknight's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Dr. Bouknight discussed with us the fact that she does not perform selective reduction. She informed us we would not be transferring more than 2 embryos at a time. This hasn't been an issue for us since each IVF cycle has produced 2 or less embryos.
10
Doctor
Janet Bouknight
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
32 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Other
10
10
Dr. Mclean was wonderful. She is so caring. Even though my last surgery did not go like either of us had planned I know she is really on my side wanting the best for us. She has tried so hard....She really gets to know her patients and creates an individual plan for each....Did an invocell cycle using menopur( tons of it) and the injections that keep you from ovulating I forgot what they were called then trigger shot.
This clinic [Alabama Fertility Specialists] is very efficient. There office staff is amazing. They try to get you in and out as quick as possible. You have so many appointments for this and they know most of us need to get back to work to pay for all of this. They are always kind....An iui is only $324 each plus your monitoring. Clomid is cheap. I spent a ton on follistim. Every iui that had follistim and hcg injection cost me about $2,000. The invocell cycle cost was $4,000. But I had to spend $6,000 in fertility drugs to go with it.
Age
32 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Other
10
10
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
With her there are no weaknesses. She is an amazing doctor. This whole infertility journey I’ve been on has been filled with tons of heartache. She has supported me every step of the way.I trust her with any decision she makes. She has my best interest at heart. She really gets to know her patients and creates an individual plan for each. She wants everyone to leave with a baby they have been praying for.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
To just relax. I know I hated hearing when someone told me that. But they were right. I was so worked up and consumed by this whole process. Worrying won’t change a thing. She is gonna take care of you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Mclean was wonderful. She is so caring. Even though my last surgery did not go like either of us had planned I know she is really on my side wanting the best for us. She has tried so hard.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
In the beginning, I initially came to her because we had tried for over a year with no results. My periods were very irregular. So we decided to try oral femara, I believe 2.5 mg for cd 5-9. First month negative. Second month I was pregnant. 5wks 3days. Ended in chemical loss. Did four more cycles with no progress. Moved onto iui with clomid and hcg injections. Did two cycles of that with no progress. Did two more iui’s using follistim and hcg injection. No progress. Had my first surgery to remove endometriosis and remove some scar tissue on my cervix and found a weird Fallopian tube. It flushed so we kept it in.Two more iui’s with follistim and hcg injection. No progress. Did an invocell cycle using menopur( tons of it) and the injections that keep you from ovulating I forgot what they were called then trigger shot. 4 eggs retrieved. All placed in device. Husband always has great numbers. Waited the three days. Once opened one egg ended up not being mature. Only three were mature and two made beautiful perfect embryos. Since I had spent so much money out of pocket we had decided to implant both and not spend all that money to just freeze one. No pregnancy. Had surgery again to remove bad Fallopian tube we suspected to now be a hydrosalpinx. During surgery to or surprise both Fallopian tubes were totally blocked. She had to remove both so my chances at another egg retrieval would be the best they could possibly be. Wasn’t what we had planned but here we are. I’ve spent all our saving. Nothing left to do ivf with now. If I had a chance to do a total full ivf cycle I truly believe I will be successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Kendall is the IVF coordinator )
They were all wonderful. It was easy to communicate with them. I traveled so far for my treatment I had a lot of phone interaction. They were all great
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
This clinic is very efficient. There office staff is amazing. They try to get you in and out as quick as possible. You have so many appointments for this and they know most of us need to get back to work to pay for all of this. They are always kind.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
These treatments were spaced out over two years for me. My heath Insurance literally covers nothing. The fertility drugs are so expensive. An iui is only $324 each plus your monitoring. Clomid is cheap. I spent a ton on follistim. Every iui that had follistim and hcg injection cost me about $2,000. The invocell cycle cost was $4,000. But I had to spend $6,000 in fertility drugs to go with it. Had two surgery’s in one year. There again my health insurance is a joke. The first one I spent $3,000 in deductibles. The second one was about $900.
Describe Mamie McLean's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
She prefers single embryo transfer. However my case I only had two day 3 embryos. If I had gotten 4 or 5 embryos I could have froze the rest and just impalnted one. We didn’t see spending more to just freeze a single embryo and then pay a ton of money to do a frozen transfer later.
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Doctor
Mamie McLean
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
33 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
10
She [Dr. Bouknight] treats the patient, not just the symptoms. She is candid without being caustic. She is personable, approachable, and warm...Due to my age at the time of implantation (mid 30's), the high quality of the embryo, and the fact that we had them genetically tested, she preferred to do one the first round. I was happy with that decision....She is willing to try anything, even if the odds are low. She will tell you the odds are low, and she will manage your expectations appropriately. She is positive and optimistic, yet pragmatic and real at the same time....
Dr. Bouknight attracts a talented, high-quality team [AL Fert Specialists]. All of them are operating at the top of their game. Kendall is organized, responsive, and helpful. The nurses are friendly and compassionate..The office is in a non-descript office building in Birmingham, Alabama near Mountain Brook. The office itself is clean, organized, albeit painted an interesting shade of blue. On your initial visit there is a lot of information thrown at you, so make sure you have your list of questions ready.
Age
33 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Bouknight is not just a fertility doctor. She is a fertility wizard. Anyone I know who is having fertility issues, I send to her. She is willing to try anything, even if the odds are low. She will tell you the odds are low, and she will manage your expectations appropriately. She is positive and optimistic, yet pragmatic and real at the same time. As I mentioned before, she actually cares if her patients conceive and carry to term. She also attracts great talent and has a great team. You can see she truly loves what she does, and her work speaks for itself.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Be honest and candid with her. Trust the process and the science.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
The difference between Dr. Bouknight and other fertility doctors is she cares. She cares that you get the result you want. She cares if you get pregnant. She treats the patient, not just the symptoms. She is candid without being caustic. She is personable, approachable, and warm.
Describe the protocols Janet Bouknight used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
As a preface, my husband had a fertility tanking brain tumor. He had an extremely low count and low mobility. We were told by previous doctors that our only option was IVF with ICSI. We wanted to try IUI because it was the cheaper option, just to see. We changed over to Dr. Bouknight, who also wanted to try IUI first. She told us the odds were low, but there was about a 10-20% chance it would work. We tried it, and it did not work. We then went to the egg harvest and ICSI process producing four embryos. We genetically tested them because it increased the chances of getting and staying pregnant from 50% to 75%. All four of them came back healthy. We implanted in October 2016, and I tested positive for pregnancy 2 weeks later. We had our first child, a healthy, adorable boy (our preference), in June 2017.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Kendall)
Dr. Bouknight attracts a talented, high-quality team. All of them are operating at the top of their game. Kendall is organized, responsive, and helpful. The nurses are friendly and compassionate.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
The office is in a non-descript office building in Birmingham, Alabama near Mountain Brook. The office itself is clean, organized, albeit painted an interesting shade of blue. On your initial visit there is a lot of information thrown at you, so make sure you have your list of questions ready.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
I don't remember the costs associated.
Describe Janet Bouknight's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Due to my age at the time of implantation (mid 30's), the high quality of the embryo, and the fact that we had them genetically tested, she preferred to do one the first round. I was happy with that decision.
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Doctor
Janet Bouknight
Communication
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
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10
10
Age
31 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
8 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
Dr. McLean treats you like you are her most important priority. She takes so much time with you and shows so much compassion. ... She frequently communicates with you and genuinely cares. When things don't go as planned, she comes up with a new plan. ... I have sent so many friends to her, and everyone loves her. ... My RE strongly only wanted to transfer one embryo if it was genetically tested. She wants to transfer two untested embryos in the future. ...
Alabama Fertility Specialists treats you like an individual and not just a number. You really get to know everyone there who is part of the team. They all work together well. The overall environment is friendly, and they take the time to make you feel welcome. ... My RE strongly only wanted to transfer one embryo if it was genetically tested. She wants to transfer two untested embryos in the future.
Age
31 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
8 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. McLean is the best doctor. She is brilliant and will think outside the box. She frequently communicates with you and genuinely cares. When things don't go as planned, she comes up with a new plan. She spends so much time with you and wants to make sure all of your questions are answered. I have sent so many friends to her, and everyone loves her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Go see her! You will not be disappointed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. McLean treats you like you are her most important priority. She takes so much time with you and shows so much compassion.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
Laparoscopy surgery to remove endometriosis. IUI- dexamethazone (I have a lot of complex allergies), letrozole, trigger shot and IUI. This resulted in a successful pregnancy, my 20 month old son. TTC baby #2, same protocol, got pregnant but miscarried at 8 weeks. D&C revealed baby had triploidy. Tried 3 more IUI's before moving on to IVF. Did conservative IVF protocol due to prior OHSS from injections (before my son). Retrieved 4 eggs, got 2 embryos. Only 1 genetically normal. Transferred (FET) and resulted in chemical pregnancy. :( Hoping to do IVF again in December.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Alabama Fertility Specialists treats you like an individual and not just a number. You really get to know everyone there who is part of the team. They all work together well. The overall environment is friendly, and they take the time to make you feel welcome.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
IUI (my insurance covered 8/lifetime), now $300 plus meds and apts IVF retrieval $10,000, transfer $2200 plus meds, genetic testing $2,000
Describe Mamie McLean's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
My RE strongly only wanted to transfer one embryo if it was genetically tested. She wants to transfer two untested embryos in the future.
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Doctor
Mamie McLean
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
32 - 36
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Malizia has a calming bedside manor. She is forth coming and doesn’t sugar coat information. She knows her facts. She is a good listener and spends time with her patients. The wait time might be long at times but she is not going to rush her patients. She is only available certain days of the week for appointments, therefore scheduling can be a challenge. So far appointments have not been a problem for me. She is always available if you have questions. She gets back to you in a timely manor.
Kendall is our IVF coordinator [at AL Fertility Specialists-Birmingham]. She is great. She handled orders for our medications. She had a calendar all set up for our injections. We communicated well via email. She was prompt and answered every question thouroughly. She went over the process of giving medications if we needed instruction.... I feel the clinic runs a tight ship. They are on top of it. Everyone is welcoming and genuine. Most staff members have been through infertility. They know the shoes we are walking in. I love that the clinic is small. You don’t feel like a number in a cattle car. They used to only offer IVF certain times a year. They are more flexible now and are offering it more. I love AFS.
Age
32 - 36
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
I described her very well in the segment about being treated like a human. She has been wonderful over our journey. We have been with her for over five years and are sticking by her to get our miracle baby. We have not always seen her for our IUIs. She has been right by our side every step of the way for our IVF cycle. She even contacted us personally to give us updates. She has done all my other procedures and explained everything thouroughly. We love her!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Malizia has a calming bedside manor. She is forth coming and doesn’t sugar coat information. She knows her facts. She is a good listener and spends time with her patients. The wait time might be long at times but she is not going to rush her patients. She is only available certain days of the week for appointments, therefore scheduling can be a challenge. So far appointments have not been a problem for me. She is always available if you have questions. She gets back to you in a timely manor. My husband and I have been pleased with her. We have stuck by her over 5 years. Still working on our miracle baby.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
My husband and I have been with Dr. Malizia a little over 5 years. She has been wonderful. She spends time with us making sure all our questions and concerns are addressed. She has personally contacted us on numerous occasions to give us news/results. She has a great bedside manner and truly understands what we are experiencing through our fertility journey. She wants the best for us. We just went through our first IVF cycle. We had 10 eggs fertilize out of 14 eggs retrieved. Dr. Malizia kept us updated on days 5 and 6 of the growth. She stated, “I waited until the last minute to call you because I was hoping they would grow more.” She checked them multiple times on day 6 to make sure of their growth. We had 1 embryo make it out of the 10 fertilized. Cell biopsies have been sent to Igenomix to be tested for genetics. We are in the wait time. Dr. Malizia stated, “I will call you as soon as the fax comes through.” This shows she really cares. We have been extremely happy with Dr. Malizia and the whole AFS team. We feel like we are apart of their family since we have been going there over 5 years. We are still working towards a miracle baby. It makes me nervous only having 1 embryo. This has been a process. I feel like it is one chance and it’s not 100% guaranteed. My husband and I are older and we would love to be parents and have our own biological child. Unfortunately, our insurance does not cover fertility treatment. This was a huge jump to do IVF. It stresses me out financially. We do not need the financial stress. We have been extremely patient through the infertility journey. I don’t know what we will do if this 1 embryo does not work. We would like to have multiple children one day. The financial stress is not needed for those who are having trouble conceiving. We need as little stress as possible to make our bodies healthy and stress free.
Describe the protocols Beth Malizia used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
Dr. Malizia prescribed medication with our first treatment. We used clomid. Everything looked good on paper. Unfortunately, it did not work. Then we tried a second IUI with clomid. It was unsuccessful. We used the letrazole protocol and trigger HCG with our third IUI. It was unsuccessful. Again, everything looked good. No explanation of why the IUIs were not working. She explained the increased chances of IVF at the time. We were not financially able to take on the cost of IVF. She stated we could do another letrazole protocol IUI. We waited a while to do it. It was unsuccessful as well. We met for a consultation. Dr. Malizia talked to us about Invocell and IVF. She stated we could do another IUI if we wanted. My husband and I chose to do IVF due to the higher risk of possible conception. It has not been easy financially. We now have one chance with one embryo. We have exhausted all funds. I am not sure what we will do if this does not work.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Kendall B)
Kendall is our IVF coordinator. She is great. She handled orders for our medications. She had a calendar all set up for our injections. We communicated well via email. She was prompt and answered every question thouroughly. She went over the process of giving medications if we needed instruction. Our Doctor has had two nurses during our 5 years at the clinic. Both of them have been great. They relay our messages to the doctor in a timely fashion and get back to us quick. We have been happy with all the other staff. It’s a smaller clinic. They make you feel like part of the family.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
I feel the clinic runs a tight ship. They are on top of it. Everyone is welcoming and genuine. Most staff members have been through infertility. They know the shoes we are walking in. I love that the clinic is small. You don’t feel like a number in a cattle car. They used to only offer IVF certain times a year. They are more flexible now and are offering it more. I love AFS.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
My insurance paid for some of the visits and lab cost. Everything else is out of pocket. My insurance does not cover fertility treatments. Our IUIs were 324.00 out of pocket. The IVF with ICSI was over 10K. This is out of pocket. We decided to do genetic testing so an additional cost of 2,210.00 will be needed for the frozen transfer. Plus, we will have to pay the fee for Igenomix. I think it will be 1,500.00. My husband and I are still trying to come up with the money for the transfer of our one embryo if genetics deems it viable. Still waiting on results. I don’t understand how some insurance plans will pay and some will not. This is not elective for us. We cannot help we are in this situation. We are not made of money and we don’t want to put ourselves in debt. It’s so financially draining and causes stress we do not need.
Describe Beth Malizia's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Dr. Malizia has stated, “she is not in business to make an octomom.” She prefers to transfer one embryo. She was willing to transfer two for us. She was ok if we wanted an instant family. My husband and I would have chosen to transfer two embryos if we had them. We are in our late 30s. We are eager to start a family. We cannot help it has taken so long and we have unexplained fertility at this time. Unfortunately, we have one to transfer pending genetic results. We will have to continue working on our family in the future.
10
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Beth Malizia
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10
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Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
She [Dr. Janet Bouknight] joked with us, spoke with us at length...My only negative would be that I feel, for my own sanity, the access to responses and answers aren't fast enough. I wish I had an email address to ask simple questions instead of having to wait for a call back or an appointment...She is very personable and doesn't rush either of us. She focuses on both me and my husband and tries to accommodate both of our fears and concerns.
They [nurses at Alabama Fertility Specialists] are great. They call and chit chat about life and treatment. It's not just about fertility but she will call me back within a few hours...Strengths: They are attentive and no nonsense...They will suggest what works and they don't waste your time doing tests that they think are meaningless. They will discuss new technologies and I like how responsive they are. Weak: They are very very busy. Sometimes when you show up for an IUI .. you'll end up there for much longer than intended. I once waited almost 2 hours past my time to get the IUI. It seems that they are very popular which is good for them but can be stressful if you are working.
Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She is very personable and doesn't rush either of us. She focuses on both me and my husband and tries to accommodate both of our fears and concerns. She will joke around with us to keep things from getting too emotional. My only negative would be that I feel, for my own sanity, the access to responses and answers aren't fast enough. I wish I had an email address to ask simple questions instead of having to wait for a call back or an appointment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Don't compare yourself to others and come in with all your questions. She doesn't mind a type A personality.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She joked with us, spoke with us at length... the nurses would call and ask about our lives not just the treatment.
Describe the protocols Janet Bouknight used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
We started with just letrozole and timed intercourse. Then, after three months, we started IUI's with letrozole moving onto injections with letrozole for the last two IUI's. Three total IUIs. The first was just meds and the uterine lining wasn't enough. The second, things looked better (2 follicles). The third, injections of the FSH stayed the same at 75 iui's and results were even better (4 follicles). However, it failed. Dr. is suggesting IVF next.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Michelle)
They are great. They call and chit chat about life and treatment. It's not just about fertility but she will call me back within a few hours.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Strengths: They are attentive and no nonsense. Half of my fertility support group goes to this facility and they are realistic. They will suggest what works and they don't waste your time doing tests that they think are meaningless. They will discuss new technologies and I like how responsive they are. Weak: They are very very busy. Sometimes when you show up for an IUI .. you'll end up there for much longer than intended. I once waited almost 2 hours past my time to get the IUI. It seems that they are very popular which is good for them but can be stressful if you are working.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
So far, we've spent about 5k on medications and IUI's
Describe Janet Bouknight's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
no comments. She said she prefers single because of our age.
10
Doctor
Janet Bouknight
Communication
Trustworthiness
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10
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Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
25 - 28
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
10
10
Dr. Melizia is an amazing doctor. She is very soft spoken she always makes you feel better about having to be there and she instantly feels you with hope. She gives her honest medical opinions. She doesnt just tell you what you want to hear. I appreciate this because I do not want to waste money on a certain course of treatment if it isnt the right fit for me (even though it worked for a friend).
The Clinics [AL Fertility Specialists] strengths are they make you feel important, like you are family. You can really tell they all care not just there for a pay check. My first apporintment there I was so nervous and I felt so defeated because I was actually there. I didnt want to believe it at all. When I left there I felt the complete opposite. I still hated the journey we are on but I had a sense of calming and hope. I knew that with God on my side guiding these doctors, nurses, and staff that we will one day have our miracle!
Age
25 - 28
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
10
10
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Melizia is an amazing doctor. She is very soft spoken she always makes you feel better about having to be there and she instantly feels you with hope. She gives her honest medical opinions. She doesnt just tell you what you want to hear. I appreciate this because I do not want to waste money on a certain course of treatment if it isnt the right fit for me (even though it worked for a friend). I always feel very comfortable asking her questions about what can we do next, well what about this route and she always responds with such a caring and understanding attitude and always explained why it would be a good route or not. I know that Melizia is a very busy doctor but she always takes the time I need with her to answer all of my questions. I never feel rushed or as if she has a 1,000 different things running through her head. This goes back to everyone at AFS makes you feel like you are their only Patient!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
I would tell them that Dr. Melizia is amazing. She will proceed with fertility treatments on your own pace. So if you are ready to go in full force then make sure you tell her!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
AFS has always treated my husband and I as humans. They all have a way of making you feel like you are the ONLY patient they have and you are the top priority and concern. All the doctors and staff at AFS play a role in this. Even though Malizia is our primary doctor we have worked with the other doctors as well and they made us feel so good about being there. Also, the nurses walking up and down the hallways stop, call you by name, and give you a big hug! This is really a big deal for me! It makes this journey a little easier knowing you have such a great group of people caring for you! AFS is the BEST!
Describe the protocols Beth Malizia used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
IUI Cycles: 1. We used clomid The first IUI we used the at home ovulation test but come to find out it gave me a false positive so we did the IUI and I had not ovulated yet. So this one was a bust. :( 2. We used clomid again. This time we did a monitored cycle with the trigger shot. I did fully ovulate right on time but it also failed. :( IVFs: 1. 1st round of IVF we were on BC pills for a few months and then we started lupron. We then started with the Follistem pen and Menopur. We continued with the lupron. We triggered and went in for retrieval. We found out they retrieved 10 eggs, only 5 were mature, and only one fertilized. We were a little upset with these numbers but our 1 embyro was a perfect as you could get! This was hopeful! We transferred a 3 day embryo because we only had 1. This cycle failed. :( 2. 2nd round of IVF Dr. Melizia swapped up my meds. She wanted to get more mature eggs. I was only on BC pills for a few weeks and then we started stimming right away with Follistem and Menopur. We later added in ganerelix so that I would not ovulate on my own. This would we had 14 eggs, 10 mature, but still only 1 fertilized. :( It was still a perfect embryo though! This round also failed so then we started trying to figure out why the embryos would not attach.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Kendall)
The IVF coordinator Kendall, and the entire nursing staff at AFS is amazing. They call you by name and they remember your story. One of my favorite nurses is Michelle. Every time she sees me she stops me gives me a big hug and tells me she is so glad to see that we have not given up. She was apart of both of our IVFs and she was caring and encouraging the entire time. The entire staff from my favorite receptionist (Leslie), to the Ultrasound tech, to the ladies in the lab and all the nurses are amazing. Dr. Melizia is my primary doctor but the entire office comes together and really makes you feel special.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
The Clinics strengths are they make you feel important, like you are family. You can really tell they all care not just there for a pay check. My first apporintment there I was so nervous and I felt so defeated because I was actually there. I didnt want to believe it at all. When I left there I felt the complete opposite. I still hated the journey we are on but I had a sense of calming and hope. I knew that with God on my side guiding these doctors, nurses, and staff that we will one day have our miracle! We instantly knew AFS was where we were suppose to be. The only weakness that I would say the clinic has is SOMETIMES the call back time is not up to my standards. Now I am someone who likes a call after lunch if I went in that morning or if I went in that afternoon I like a call back by the next morning. I may be a little impatient when it comes to this so other may think their call back time is perfect. :) This may actually be a weakness of mine and not the Clinic's.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
First round of IVF - $9,000 + Medicines 2nd round of IVF - $7,600ish + Medicines IUIs - $350ish a piece + Medicines Surgery - $3,000 Monitoring Visits - $30.00
10
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Beth Malizia
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Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
28
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
10
10
She [Dr. Janet Bouknight] takes her time, walks through the procedure/surgery with you and explains anything that is unclear.... I highly suggest seeing Dr. Bouknight. She makes you feel comfortable and can give you good next steps that are manageable. As someone whose insurance does not cover fertility, she always make sure I’m not given something I don’t need. I appreciate that.... First I had surgery to remove a bad cyst that wouldn’t go away and was causing extreme pain. While in surgery she found that I had stage 3 endometriosis and she burnt it away. Second we planned two IUI and I was taking 5mg of Letrozole for 5 days. Neither of those worked. We just finished a third IUI, this time we added Gonal-F injections as well as the Letrozole. Waiting to see the outcome of that.
Once you are a patient [at AL Fertility Specialists], you never speak to someone on the phone when you call, you leave a message and then they return your phone call. The only time that doesn’t apply is when you call for the first time.... First I had surgery to remove a bad cyst that wouldn’t go away and was causing extreme pain. While in surgery she found that I had stage 3 endometriosis and she burnt it away. Second we planned two IUI and I was taking 5mg of Letrozole for 5 days. Neither of those worked. We just finished a third IUI, this time we added Gonal-F injections as well as the Letrozole. Waiting to see the outcome of that.
Age
28
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
10
10
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
My GYN recommended that I go to AFS because I had been trying for 5 years to get pregnant and I had a cyst that was causing extreme pain. Dr. Bouknight was immediate to address the problem and put together a time line of what’s next. The first thing she addressed was all the pain I was having. She pays attention to detail and is an excellent communicator. Every time I go to the office I feel like she truly cares about me and about helping me get pregnant.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
If your scared or on the fence about going, I highly suggest seeing Dr. Bouknight. She makes you feel comfortable and can give you good next steps that are manageable. As someone whose insurance does not cover fertility, she always make sure I’m not given something I don’t need. I appreciate that.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She takes her time, walks through the procedure/surgery with you and explains anything that is unclear.
Describe the protocols Janet Bouknight used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
First I had surgery to remove a bad cyst that wouldn’t go away and was causing extreme pain. While in surgery she found that I had stage 3 endometriosis and she burnt it away. Second we planned two IUI and I was taking 5mg of Letrozole for 5 days. Neither of those worked. We just finished a third IUI, this time we added Gonal-F injections as well as the Letrozole. Waiting to see the outcome of that.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Once you are a patient, you never speak to someone on the phone when you call, you leave a message and then they return your phone call. The only time that doesn’t apply is when you call for the first time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Surgery - $1,700 (with insurance) IUI - $400 per procedure (done 3) (no insurance) Injections - $400 (no insurance coverage)
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Janet Bouknight
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
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Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
29
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
10
10
Dr Steinkampf was very blunt when it came to my care and conceiving. He told us there is no guarantee we would have baby but he believed all I needed to do was an IUI, clomid and metformin. He was very thorough when he explained everything.... I’d already had blood work and other things done at my obgyn so he didn’t push for a full blood work up. He went off my health history/MEdical records.... He was just as emotionally involved as we were.
We paid out of pocket for everything and they worked with us. Dr Steinkampf made sure to only do what was necessary so financially that helped a lot. The staff [Alabama Fertility Specialists] makes sure you know when your appointments and they are always smiling even though they are dealing with very hormonal women. They make sure in multiple forms that you know when your appointments are.... We ended up spending around $1500 I think but that included all blood work, US, and 2 IuIs
Age
29
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
10
10
How was your experience with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr Steinkampf was very blunt when it came to my care and conceiving. He told us there is no guarantee we would have baby but he believed all I needed to do was an IUI, clomid and metformin. He was very thorough when he explained everything. He also had a great sense of humor. He was very compassionate and hugged us when we graduated from the fertility clinic to an OBGYN. I can honestly say I think it is definitely his calling. Finding out we were pregnant brought him just as much joy as it did us!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
He will do what it takes for you to have baby. If there is a way, he will find it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
He was just as emotionally involved as we were. He was outstanding with his bedside manner and funny also. He could tell how bad we wanted a baby and we could tell he was going to do whatever he could to make sure that it happened. I’d already had blood work and other things done at my obgyn so he didn’t push for a full blood work up. He went off my health history/MEdical records.
Describe the protocols Michael Steinkampf used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
Clomid 50mg a day for 5 days Metformin twice a day I think 5 or 10s IuI
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were wonderful. They were very friendly. They always helped me feel comfortable and very accommodating.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
We paid out of pocket for everything and they worked with us. Dr Steinkampf made sure to only do what was necessary so financially that helped a lot. The staff makes sure you know when your appointments and they are always smiling even though they are dealing with very hormonal women. They make sure in multiple forms that you know when your appointments are.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
We ended up spending around $1500 I think but that included all blood work, US, and 2 IuIs
10
Doctor
Michael Steinkampf
Communication
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Malizia knows our story, she knows about our faith, she wrote me a letter, she asks about our home life and the people in it. She cares.... We completed a full testing cycle with blood work and sperm count. We checked chromosomes, did a endometriosis check, and an HSG to check my uterus and Fallopian tubes. We tried femera for a month, but didn't get pregnant. We upped the dosage for two cycles and still didn't get pregnant. We did IUI with the latter cycle. We tried one more month along with a trigger shot and IUI, but still no pregnancy. I took a break because my body was exhausted.
They [Alabama Fertility Specialists] are busy. It is hard sometimes to get appointments that fit around a teaching schedule. They also don't have an office in Shelby County so you have to drive to Jefferson County even if it's just for bloodwork.... Trista [a nurse] is incredible. She is loving and caring. She immediately calls back and answers all of my crazy questions.... Dr. Malizia is very intelligent and speaks to us about studies, research, and statistics
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Malizia is very intelligent and speaks to us about studies, research, and statistics. This helps me because I need things to be tangible and blunt. She does this all so lovingly. She asks about our lives and the goings-on. She asks about adoption and my teaching career and truly listens as you talk. She is apologetic when she knows I'm upset about miscarriages and she comforts me by knowing my history and letting me feel normal to fall apart in her office. She is always ready with a plan, she exhausts all options and possibilities. I have referred friends to her who now have babies or are currently pregnant.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Be ready to hear the truth, the facts, and be ready to have a plan in place before you leave. She will test you for everything.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Malizia knows our story, she knows about our faith, she wrote me a letter, she asks about our home life and the people in it. She cares.
Describe the protocols Beth Malizia used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
We completed a full testing cycle with blood work and sperm count. We checked chromosomes, did a endometriosis check, and an HSG to check my uterus and Fallopian tubes. We tried femera for a month, but didn't get pregnant. We upped the dosage for two cycles and still didn't get pregnant. We did IUI with the latter cycle. We tried one more month along with a trigger shot and IUI, but still no pregnancy. I took a break because my body was exhausted.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Trista)
Trista is incredible. She is loving and caring. She immediately calls back and answers all of my crazy questions.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
They are busy. It is hard sometimes to get appointments that fit around a teaching schedule. They also don't have an office in Shelby County so you have to drive to Jefferson County even if it's just for bloodwork.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
I cannot remember. Our insurances paid for most costs.
Describe Beth Malizia's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
No comments
10
Doctor
Beth Malizia
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
28 - 31
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
He [Dr. Michael Steinkampf] took the time to review all my records with me, we discussed each test and what the results mean and he made it a priority to deal with my pain first before moving forward to fertility options. He always gives me my options straightforward and then allows me to ask questions and decide how we will proceed. I have never felt pressured to move forward with a treatment unless I was ready to do so.
The clinic [AL Fertility Specialists] is small but I feel that's what makes it great. You are really a person there, not a number. They only do IVF cycles during certain times each year, which means you may have to wait for the next cycle to proceed, but this is so they can focus on IVF patients and give them the attention and care they need for a successful cycle.... The entire staff is wonderful, caring and very helpful every time we are in the office and on the phone as well. I never have to "wait for a call back" when I call and have a question.
Age
28 - 31
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
I came from another fertility clinic where I went 3 years without any answers. He took the time to review all my records with me, we discussed each test and what the results mean and he made it a priority to deal with my pain first before moving forward to fertility options. He always gives me my options straightforward and then allows me to ask questions and decide how we will proceed. I have never felt pressured to move forward with a treatment unless I was ready to do so.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Be ready to tackle infertility head on. He works to get results. Don't be afraid to ask him questions or ask him why he recommends a certain procedure. He will gladly answer!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
The entire office knows my name, and are genuinely concerned about me and my husband. Dr. S is patient and kind and never hesitates to spend time going over my records and answering my many questions.
Describe the protocols Michael Steinkampf used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
He did laparoscopic surgery to diagnose and remove endometriosis spots first. He then treated my husband for male factor infertility, when we didn't get results there he referred us to the best male infertility urologist in Atlanta for treatment. We then did 3 cycles of IUI with 100mg of clomid and tracking ovulation. Those resulted in negative tests. We are now scheduled for IVF in July 2017.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Karen Hammond)
The entire staff is wonderful, caring and very helpful every time we are in the office and on the phone as well. I never have to "wait for a call back" when I call and have a question.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
The clinic is small but I feel that's what makes it great. You are really a person there, not a number. They only do IVF cycles during certain times each year, which means you may have to wait for the next cycle to proceed, but this is so they can focus on IVF patients and give them the attention and care they need for a successful cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Most initial meds were covered under my insurance. (Clomid, etc) The iui is $325 for each cycle. IVF will be around $15,000 including medications, I believe.
10
Doctor
Michael Steinkampf
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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8
8
Age
30
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other, Unexplained
8
8
I have only had initial consults [with Dr. Mamie McLean]. Since our main issue is Male factor, we were referred to a urologist with a specialty in male fertility...She took a lot of time to discuss our backgrounds and listen to our concerns...I value the fact that she spent a lot of time with my husband and i at that consult. She was explanatory without being patronizing, and very positive. She has also been very understanding and patient with waiting to get the results of my husband's tests before ordering tests for me given my poor insurance coverage.
The clinic [Alabama Fertility Specialists] can struggle with their scheduling. My husband and i waited over 45 minutes past our appointment time before we finally met the physician for consultation...Mamie [Dr. McLean] has a designated nurse who has answered a ton of questions for me. She always calls me back the same day i call her...My costs have been all lab related bc our issue is male factor. She [Dr. McLean] was very accommodating on what she would potentially order based on my insurance.
Age
30
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other, Unexplained
8
8
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
I have only been to an initial consultation. I value the fact that she spent a lot of time with my husband and i at that consult. She was explanatory without being patronizing, and very positive. She has also been very understanding and patient with waiting to get the results of my husband's tests before ordering tests for me given my poor insurance coverage.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
The same i would give anyone seeking a fertility specialist, don't expect them to wave a magic wand and diagnose your issue.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She took a lot of time to discuss our backgrounds and listen to our concerns. Her nurse has been great about talking with me on any updates.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
I have only had initial consults. Since our main issue is Male factor, we were referred to a urologist with a specialty in male fertility.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Mamie has a designated nurse who has answered a ton of questions for me. She always calls me back the same day i call her.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
The clinic can struggle with their scheduling. My husband and i waited over 45 minutes past our appointment time before we finally met the physician for consultation. They seem to be affiliated with Brookwood, so any referrals would be to its facility and physicians.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
My costs have been all lab related bc our issue is male factor. She was very accommodating on what she would potentially order based on my insurance.
8
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
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Operations
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10
10
Age
26
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
10
Dr McLean has been a very good doctor to me. She explains all of our problems and discusses what our options are at each visit. When new information is found, she adjusts the plan accordingly without falter. She is caring and has been a shoulder for me to cry on when things have not gone as planned.... She performed by HSG test and I had a uncommon reaction. Dr McLean stayed with me the entire time... I took Femara, because of my PCOS and did a trigger shot to induce ovulation.
The staff [AL Fert Specialists] is friendly and knowledgeable. They are able to help you with most any question that you may have. The two ladies that work at the desk know you by name. The nurses are also nice and get your vitals done quickly... IUI $345, office visit $100... Dr McLean has been a very good doctor to me. She explains all of our problems and discusses what our options are at each visit. When new information is found, she adjusts the plan accordingly without falter.
Age
26
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr McLean has been a very good doctor to me. She explains all of our problems and discusses what our options are at each visit. When new information is found, she adjusts the plan accordingly without falter. She is caring and has been a shoulder for me to cry on when things have not gone as planned.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Be upfront with your expectations and your situation. If finances are a concern, say that. She won’t push you into unnecessary tests and procedures.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr McLean has been a wonderful doctor. She performed by HSG test and I had a uncommon reaction. Dr McLean stayed with me the entire time and helped me dress myself and to my car. She frequently calls me to check in and explains things in a way that is to the point, without being uncaring. I’m so thankful that we use her as our doctor.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
We had planned to do a medicated cycle with IUI. I took Femara, because of my PCOS and did a trigger shot to induce ovulation. We were unable to go through with the IUI because of my husband’s sperm quality the day of, so she drew more labs to further investigate that.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They are able to help you with most any question that you may have. The two ladies that work at the desk know you by name. The nurses are also nice and get your vitals done quickly
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
IUI $345, office visit $100
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
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10
10
Age
32
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
she [Dr. McLean] started me on Femarra. I did 3 rounds of Femarra with her. I also had ultrasounds to check follicles. On round 2 and 3 she added a trigger shot. After an unsuccessful roind 3 we were told IUI was our next step...When I first met with her it was evident that she had read my file. She spent so much time just getting to know me and asking tons of questions. She also took the time to explain everything and every medical term she went over.
During my first round [at Alabama Fertility Specialists] the nurse provided me with information that was different than what the doctor and I discussed...I had a wonderful experience at this clinic from the front desk, to the nurses, doctor, and the lab techs. Everyone was kind and caring...Dr. McLean is very sweet and kind. She is very personable and takes the time to get to know you. I called into the office on the weekend because I had bad back pain and she called me personally to talk to me.
Age
32
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. McLean is very sweet and kind. She is very personable and takes the time to get to know you. I called into the office on the weekend because I had bad back pain and she called me personally to talk to me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Know that she cares
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
When I first met with her it was evident that she had read my file. She spent so much time just getting to know me and asking tons of questions. She also took the time to explain everything and every medical term she went over.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
By the time I saw De McLean I had laresdy done 6 rounds of Clomid so she started me on Femarra. I did 3 rounds of Femarra with her. I also had ultrasounds to check follicles. On round 2 and 3 she added a trigger shot. After an unsuccessful roind 3 we were told IUI was our next step.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
There were times that I was told different things to do during my cycle than what I had discussed with Dr. McLean. Other than that the nurse that I talked to on a regular basis was very sweet and kind. She returned my calls and answered every question.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
I had a wonderful experience at this clinic from the front desk, to the nurses, doctor, and the lab techs. Everyone was kind and caring. The one con I had was the nurse telling me differently than what the doctor and i had discussed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
I paid my co-pay for seeing a specialist of ~$60
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
  • Provided conflicting information
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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8
8
Age
32
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Other
8
8
We only just started going but she [Dr. Beth Malizia] gave us a clear process to follow such as what would come first then try IUI. Her office has been very good to return our cals for scheduling and lab results. We feel very relieved and supported.... Know you will have labs the first appointment. Tell her all your history but you will probably start a lot of trhe testing all over again.
We got a refferal appointment quickly [at Alabama Fertility Specialists- Birmingham]. They say you can go as fast or slow as you need or want in treatment. We have only been to thw actual office once. Another did my HSG and she has wonderful bedside manner... Haley has been great about returning my calls and answering questions. She is fast about sending in lab orders.
Age
32
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Other
8
8
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
We only just started going but she gave us a clear process to follow such as what would come first then try IUI. Her office has been very good to return our cals for scheduling and lab results. We feel very relieved and supported.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Know you will have labs the first appointment. Tell her all your history but you will probably start a lot of trhe testing all over again.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
The nurse always returns my calls, even after hours. Dr. Melizia met with me And mt husband for a while.
Describe the protocols Beth Malizia used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
Again, we just started but I did bloodwork at the first appointment. I got my results back and only one of my levels is slightly off. I have done an HSG and should start IUI and medication on my next cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Haley)
Haley has been great about returning my calls and answering questions. She is fast about sending in lab orders.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
We got a refferal appointment quickly. They say you can go as fast or slow as you need or want in treatment. We have only been to thw actual office once. Another did my HSG and she has wonderful bedside manner.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
$150 copay for HSG, about $500 for IUI
8
Doctor
Beth Malizia
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
10
Age
23 - 24
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Poor Egg Quality
10
10
She [Dr. Mamie McLean] is wonderful. She cares about each patient and what they are going through. She understands and helps you better understand what is going on. Most importantly she makes what you are going through seem alot better then it really is...She took blood work, then we tried a medicated cycle. When that didn't work she moved to IUIs. We did 2 of those and they were unsuccessful. We had been dealing with infertility for 3 years at this time, with one miscarriage. We decided after the 2nd failed IUI we would take time off and save. We are currently still saving and plan to go back soon. She takes everyone situation different. My protocol is different I'm sure then other people.
They are wonderful [at Alabama Fertility Specialists]. The whole team is what makes the clinic amazing. They understand you are there not my choice. They make things easier on you and help you better understand each step you go through...[nurses are] Caring and very detailed on how to take each month. (Meds and all)...She [Dr. Mamie McLean] is wonderful. She cares about each patient and what they are going through. She understands and helps you better understand what is going on. Most importantly she makes what you are going through seem alot better then it really is...She took blood work, then we tried a medicated cycle. When that didn't work she moved to IUIs. We did 2 of those and they were unsuccessful. We had been dealing with infertility for 3 years at this time, with one miscarriage. We decided after the 2nd failed IUI we would take time off and save. We are currently still saving and plan to go back soon. She takes everyone situation different. My protocol is different I'm sure then other people.
Age
23 - 24
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Poor Egg Quality
10
10
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She is wonderful. She cares about each patient and what they are going through. She understands and helps you better understand what is going on. Most importantly she makes what you are going through seem alot better then it really is.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Trust in her. She has your best interest at heart.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She was very personal with me and my husband. She walked us through everything. Love love love her.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
She took blood work, then we tried a medicated cycle. When that didn't work she moved to IUIs. We did 2 of those and they were unsuccessful. We had been dealing with infertility for 3 years at this time, with one miscarriage. We decided after the 2nd failed IUI we would take time off and save. We are currently still saving and plan to go back soon. She takes everyone situation different. My protocol is different I'm sure then other people.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Michelle )
Caring and very detailed on how to take each month. (Meds and all)
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
They are wonderful. The whole team is what makes the clinic amazing. They understand you are there not my choice. They make things easier on you and help you better understand each step you go through.
Describe Mamie McLean's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
N/A
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
8
Age
39
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
8
[Dr. Mamie McLean] met me outside her office in the hallway, after hours, to talk with me about my anxiety and make sure I was ok. She is reassuring, kind and operates out of place of encouragement and positivity....She is confident when she presents explanations and information. She gives the sense that she understands and believes in the treatments she is giving...Ultrasounds were used to check ovaries and eggs, and also to monitor the size of cysts on ovaries. I was prescribed Letrozole and then given the trigger shot. Then I had an IUI.
As I’m sure with many clinics and offices, when you call [Alabama Fertility Specialists] you have to leave a message and wait for a call back...The clinic is great. The atmosphere is positive and upbeat. The staff is friendly and helpful. The one weakness I experienced was that they seemed to be very busy, almost too busy for the amount of patients they were seeing... [The nurses were] Very friendly, upbeat, positive.
Age
39
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
8
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Mamie met me outside her office in the hallway, after hours, to talk with me about my anxiety and make sure I was ok. She is reassuring, kind, and operates out of place of encouragement and positivity. She is confident when she presents explanations and information. She gives the sense that she understands and believes in the treatments she is giving.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Ask a lot of questions at the beginning
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Mamie met me outside her office in the hallway, after hours, to talk with me about my anxiety and make sure I was ok. She is reassuring, kind and operates out of place of encouragement and positivity.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
Ultrasounds were used to check ovaries and eggs, and also to monitor the size of cysts on ovaries. I was prescribed Letrozole and then given the trigger shot. Then I had an IUI.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very friendly, upbeat, positive.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
The clinic is great. The atmosphere is positive and upbeat. The staff is friendly and helpful. The one weakness I experienced was that they seemed to be very busy, almost too busy for the amount of patients they were seeing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Around $1000 per cycle
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
  • Failed to call with results
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
10
Age
22
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Other, Unexplained
10
10
I loved everything about Dr. Malizia. She was understanding, compassionate, and she didn't make me feel like just another number. She is very knowledgeable and she explained what our game plan for treatment would be.... She listened thoroughly and explained everything. We were able to get started right away and she truly showed compassion.... I am still in treatment but so far we have done 1 IUI with 100mg of Clomid and HCG Trigger shot and monitoring visits with ultrasound and bloodwork.
I love this clinic! They [Alabama Fertility Specialists] cater to you, and don't make you fell rushed while you are there, and they don't make you feel like just another number. They are great with returning calls and each one of the staff if great about knowing you personally.... They are all so wonderful. I use Hailey most of the time and she is so good about explains everything, and if I need to speak with her she is always great about calling me back right away!
Age
22
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Other, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
I loved everything about Dr. Malizia. She was understanding, compassionate, and she didn't make me feel like just another number. She is very knowledgeable and she explained what our game plan for treatment would be.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
To definitely go with her! I'm so grateful I chose her as my doctor!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She listened thoroughly and explained everything. We were able to get started right away and she truly showed compassion.
Describe the protocols Beth Malizia used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
I am still in treatment but so far we have done 1 IUI with 100mg of Clomid and HCG Trigger shot and monitoring visits with ultrasound and bloodwork.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Hailey)
They are all so wonderful. I use Hailey most of the time and she is so good about explains everything, and if I need to speak with her she is always great about calling me back right away!
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
I love this clinic! They cater to you, and don't make you fell rushed while you are there, and they don't make you feel like just another number. They are great with returning calls and each one of the staff if great about knowing you personally.
10
Doctor
Beth Malizia
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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10
10
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Other
10
10
Dr. Steincampf really spent a lot of time going over all my medical records with my husband and I. Spent about 45 mins with us discussing his plan and looking over my records. He was very thorough and answered all of our questions and explained all benefits and risks.... He was always very nice and thorough with all of my appts. Always encouraged us and said he was rooting for us. He would always make sure we felt comfortable during the procedure and made sure we didn’t have any questions
Nursing staff [at AL Fertility Specialists-Birmingham] was always very compassionate and had a smile on their face. Willing to go an extra mile if needed and would always make sure I was comfortable as the patient. They were always eager to help with anything.... Very prompt to answer your questions, scheduling appts. Easy to work around peoples schedules to find them an appt that works best. Always had someone on call 24 hours in case you needed someone. Not a super busy clinic that made you feel like you were crammed in there
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Other
10
10
How was your experience with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
He was always very nice and thorough with all of my appts. Always encouraged us and said he was rooting for us. He would always make sure we felt comfortable during the procedure and made sure we didn’t have any questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Steincampf really spent a lot of time going over all my medical records with my husband and I. Spent about 45 mins with us discussing his plan and looking over my records. He was very thorough and answered all of our questions and explained all benefits and risks.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: We had Karen Hammond DNP see us a couple times)
Nursing staff was always very compassionate and had a smile on their face. Willing to go an extra mile if needed and would always make sure I was comfortable as the patient. They were always eager to help with anything.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Very prompt to answer your questions, scheduling appts. Easy to work around peoples schedules to find them an appt that works best. Always had someone on call 24 hours in case you needed someone. Not a super busy clinic that made you feel like you were crammed in there
10
Doctor
Michael Steinkampf
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
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7
10
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
10
She [Dr. Malizia] was very personable...She is very friendly but does not necessarily explain the whole reasoning of the treatment courses. Like your numbers are not ideal but does not go into further explanation of why or if that is the cause of infertility...they [Alabama Fertility Specialists] are all wonderful people! As the people you deal with mostly, they are loving and compassionate about your situation.... Scheduling was never an issue they always put the patient first.
Its location [Alabama Fertility Specialists - Birmingham] is horrible to get in and out of, parking is kind of bad as well, other than that the staff is friendly and caring and feel like family. Scheduling was never an issue they always put the patient first....they are all wonderful people! As the people you deal with mostly, they are loving and compassionate about your situation....She [Dr. Malizia] was very personable... She is very friendly but does not necessarily explain the whole reasoning of the treatment courses.
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
10
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She is very friendly but does not necessarily explain the whole reasoning of the treatment courses. Like your numbers are not ideal but does not go into further explanation of why or if that is the cause of infertility
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Ask questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She was very personable
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Trista)
they are all wonderful people! As the people you deal with mostly, they are loving and compassionate about your situation.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Its location is horrible to get in and out of, parking is kind of bad as well, other than that the staff is friendly and caring and feel like family. Scheduling was never an issue they always put the patient first.
7
Doctor
Beth Malizia
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
N/A
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
10
N/A
Dr. Steinkampf is a great doctor. You can tell he is very smart. At times he can be too smart if that makes sense. At times you just need someone to talk you through what's going on on your level rather than talk on a doctor level, but you can tell he definitely knows his stuff...He is a facts kind of guy, not real emotional. Gives it to you straight...
They [AL Fert Specialists] are a smaller office so they definitely know you, but there are times where the process was not explained and that you were just expected to know how and when to give yourself the shots. It may not change, but when you had to take a cycle off and with it being such an emotional experience, you want to make sure you're doing everything correctly...
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
10
N/A
How was your experience with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Steinkampf is a great doctor. You can tell he is very smart. At times he can be too smart if that makes sense. At times you just need someone to talk you through what's going on on your level rather than talk on a doctor level, but you can tell he definitely knows his stuff.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
He is a facts kind of guy, not real emotional. Gives it to you straight.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
They are a smaller office so they definitely know you, but there are times where the process was not explained and that you were just expected to know how and when to give yourself the shots. It may not change, but when you had to take a cycle off and with it being such an emotional experience, you want to make sure you're doing everything correctly.
10
Doctor
Michael Steinkampf
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
Nursing
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10
8
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
10
8
Dr. Steinkampf is definitely a smart man and great doctor. Sometimes you kind of need him to talk on your level, but he gives it to you straight without a lot of emotion one way or the other... He is not an emotional man and doesn't coddle you if that makes sense.
I kind of get the impression that the IVF patients take precedence [at Alabama Fertility Specialists]. They just kind of do my ultrasounds, tell me what meds I'm taking and then ship me out the door to go get them and do them myself. There isn't a lot of communication about why we're doing things, or what might change, or what the changes could help with. It's like they're just going through the motions.
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
10
8
How was your experience with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Steinkampf is definitely a smart man and great doctor. Sometimes you kind of need him to talk on your level, but he gives it to you straight without a lot of emotion one way or the other.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
He is blunt and gives you information as a doctor. He is not an emotional man and doesn't coddle you if that makes sense.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Steinkampf at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
It is a smaller office which is a benefit, but you still get the feeling at times that you are just another patient. You cannot reach the nurse practitioner with questions.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Karen Hammond)
She handles the ultrasounds so I actually see Karen more than Dr. Steinkampf which is fine, but I get the impression her IVF patients are more important to her. I have just always felt like they were going through the motions with me.
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
10
Doctor
Michael Steinkampf
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
She [Dr. Malizia] always spoke to me personally and compassionately. She didn’t always remember every detail but she took time to look in my chart and refresh her memory when she needed to. It was obvious she wants to make sure everyone gets the right care.... I really was not sure what to expect when I was referred to her, but I am so glad that she became my doctor. She was always compassionate and caring. I really wish there were more doctors out there like her.
They’re so friendly and welcoming. It [Alabama Fertility Specialists] was smaller when I was there and I understand they’re getting bigger but I think just because of the kind of people who work there, it will always feel like a safe place.... They always called me by name and made it feel easy to be there.... She [Dr. Malizia] always spoke to me personally and compassionately. She didn’t always remember every detail but she took time to look in my chart and refresh her memory when she needed to.
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
I really was not sure what to expect when I was referred to her, but I am so glad that she became my doctor. She was always compassionate and caring. I really wish there were more doctors out there like her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Don’t feel afraid to ask questions so that you feel comfortable with everything that’s going on.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
She always spoke to me personally and compassionately. She didn’t always remember every detail but she took time to look in my chart and refresh her memory when she needed to. It was obvious she wants to make sure everyone gets the right care.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Everyone was always welcoming and friendly. They always called me by name and made it feel easy to be there.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
They’re so friendly and welcoming. It was smaller when I was there and I understand they’re getting bigger but I think just because of the kind of people who work there, it will always feel like a safe place.
10
Doctor
Beth Malizia
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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9
9
Age
36
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
9
[Dr. Beth Malizia is] Compassionate, smart, nice, prompt, makes you feel like the only patient. Good doctor. Friendly. So far my experience has been good. Just praying for the positive pregnancy test.been doing fertility for 4 years.... This is a very clean and nice clinic [Alabama Fertility Specialists]. Very inviting space. They get you in and out when you have routine visits. Like for bloodwork and ultrasounds. Weakness would be sometimes I didn’t know how much a procedure would cost until after it was done. But maybe that is my fault for not asking.
This is a very clean and nice clinic [Alabama Fertility Specialists]. Very inviting space. They get you in and out when you have routine visits. Like for bloodwork and ultrasounds. Weakness would be sometimes I didn’t know how much a procedure would cost until after it was done. But maybe that is my fault for not asking.... [Dr. Beth Malizia is] Compassionate, smart, nice, prompt, makes you feel like the only patient. Good doctor. Friendly. So far my experience has been good. Just praying for the positive pregnancy test.been doing fertility for 4 years
Age
36
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
9
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Compassionate, smart, nice, prompt, makes you feel like the only patient. Good doctor. Friendly. So far my experience has been good. Just praying for the positive pregnancy test.been doing fertility for 4 years.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
This is a very clean and nice clinic. Very inviting space. They get you in and out when you have routine visits. Like for bloodwork and ultrasounds. Weakness would be sometimes I didn’t know how much a procedure would cost until after it was done. But maybe that is my fault for not asking.
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
  • Lost appointments
9
Doctor
Beth Malizia
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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