Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)

8 doctors work here

Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 77%Neutral: 16%Don't recommend: 8%9
77% strongly recommend
117 reviews
Operations
9.2
9.2
Operations

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Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
9
9
Scheduling

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Ratings of 10 mean it was easy to schedule appointments.

Billing Department
8.6
8.6
Billing Department

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory billing department.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
9.2
9.2
Nursing Team

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory nursing team.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

Attention to Detail
8.8
8.8
Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is on a 1 - 10 scale, and is scored based on the rate, and severity, of errors committed by the clinic according to the patients.

For example, a severe error might be failing to inform a patient of critical information, while a small error might be failing to call a patient with results.

CDC Success Rates

This is the most recent data from the CDC. The CDC cautions that it should not be used to compare doctors and clinics. This data represents the outcomes of IVF cycles when using a person's own eggs.

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Where you see a “?” on the chart, a clinic has done fewer than 20 cycles in this category and age range, so the CDC says showing percentages from this small data set would be misleading and unreliable.

Annual Cycles
413
National Avg
738
This Clinic
National Avg
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60%
<35
35-37
38-40
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Available Resources

Genetic counseling
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling
Mental health counseling
Nutrition counseling
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing
Coordinating at-home nursing
Selling medication
Selling medication
Providing backup medication
Providing backup medication

This clinic has 4 offices

Birmingham
2700 Highway 280
Birmingham, AL 35223
205-874-0000
Birmingham (closed)
2006 Brookwood Med. Ctr. Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209
800-476-9784
Huntsville
401 Lowell Drive Southeast
Huntsville, AL 35801
800-476-9787
Montgomery
356 St. Lukes Dr
Montgomery, AL 36117
800-476-9787
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117 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2021, Unknown Success
9
3
Age 27
Uterine Fibroids
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
Lawyer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Doesn't Recommend
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. McLean appears to be a wonderful physician who truly understands her line of work. She is very thorough in explaining what issues her patient is facing and has went as far as drawing diagrams in order for the patient to have a visual understanding. She has a welcoming and calming personality that is greatly appreciated during this type of medical journey.
As a patient [at Alabama Fertility Specialists] it has been nearly impossible to call the clinic and talk to a person on the phone. The only time I have ever spoken with clinic staff is when I decided to physically drive to the location and ask about what I needed. I called for months to get an appointment and was never able to speak with anyone...the clinic support staff have become an added stressor to an already stressful fertility process
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Dr. McLean appears to be a wonderful physician who truly understands her line of work. She is very thorough in explaining what issues her patient is facing and has went as far as drawing diagrams in order for the patient to have a visual understanding. She has a welcoming and calming personality that is greatly appreciated during this type of medical journey.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Transparency is key in order for her to properly treat you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Dr. McLean has been wonderful to work with the one time I have been able to have an office visit. However, when it came to actually getting an appointment with the clinic or getting a call back about my care I have felt invisible. I called for MONTHS and could never get in touch with a real person. I was then referred by my OB and it still took a couple months to get an appointment. Once I had the appointment the office still does not answer the phone nor did they call to set up my next appointment like I was told they would be doing. Lastly, I was never given the results of my bloodwork. It seems as if the staff supporting doctor McLean couldn’t care less about her patients.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Nurses have been impossible to get in touch with or any staff member at the clinic.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
The support staff at this clinic have been well below the bar of expectations I had for this clinic. While they support a great doctor they have not made it easy for me to access the care of my doctor. I attempted for months to get an appointment with no success until I was referred by my OB. I couldn’t even get a person on the phone at the clinic. I had blood work done a week ago and have yet to hear about the results of that bloodwork. As a patient, I expected ALOT more attention to detail, punctuality, and professionalism from the clinical staff.
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
As a patient it has been nearly impossible to call the clinic and talk to a person on the phone. The only time I have ever spoken with clinic staff is when I decided to physically drive to the location and ask about what I needed. I called for months to get an appointment and was never able to speak with anyone. I didn’t get an appointment until I was referred by my OB and even then I had to drive to the clinic in order to speak with someone to set the appointment up. I had bloodwork done and no one has yet to call me with the results. I was told I need to have an HSG procedure during my next cycle and no one has called to setup the appointment even after I went to the clinic and asked when they would be giving me a call. I feel the clinic support staff have become an added stressor to an already stressful fertility process.
9
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
3
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020, Successful
10
10
Age 27
Endometriosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
We clicked with Dr. McLean instantly. She has a great personality and is a great doctor. She is always very thorough (you will want to take notes) and doesn't make you feel rushed. She makes sure you feel confident in the plan and fully understand that plan...We did two cycles (after a recovery cycle) with Femara and Ovidrel. We were unsuccessful the first cycle but got pregnant the second cycle
Everyone [at Alabama Fertility Specialists] is amazing. I felt well taken care of by every single person. The ultrasound techs, phlebotomists, and the lovely ladies at the front are all amazing. Just relax as much as you can and know you are going to be taken care of...probably spent roughly $3K+ between medications, visits, and surgery.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
We clicked with Dr. McLean instantly. She has a great personality and is a great doctor. She is always very thorough (you will want to take notes) and doesn't make you feel rushed. She makes sure you feel confident in the plan and fully understand that plan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Take notes and don't be afraid to ask questions. She is VERY thorough so it can be information overload at times.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Every single person from the ladies at the front desk to the lovely people in the labs were rooting for me. They were my cheerleaders and it showed.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) and their degree of success.
We did multiple rounds of Femara that were unsuccessful. We did an HSG and endometrium biopsy that came back positive for a benign polyp. Dr. McLean gave me antibiotics to help with inflammation and said we could try three more months of Femara and if no success or another miscarriage we would have to do surgery for the polyp. Those three cycles were all negative so we proceeded with a laparoscopy. She found endometriosis and removed it (via excision), tested my tubes while she was in there, and did a D&C to remove the polyp and clean my uterus out to give us a fresh start. We did two cycles (after a recovery cycle) with Femara and Ovidrel. We were unsuccessful the first cycle but got pregnant the second cycle. This last cycle was our last try before Dr. McLean wanted to move onto IUI.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
The nurses are amazing. Michelle and Tyrie (maybe misspelled) were so sweet and pleasant to work with.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Everyone is amazing. I felt well taken care of by every single person. The ultrasound techs, phlebotomists, and the lovely ladies at the front are all amazing. Just relax as much as you can and know you are going to be taken care of.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
I haven't really crunched the numbers, but I believe we have probably spent roughly $3K+ between medications, visits, and surgery. My insurance covers very, very little.
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
8
Age 31 - 34
3 IUI
3 IVF
3 Embryo Freezing
Donor Eggs
Endometriosis
Poor Egg Quality
Other
European
Native American
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Bouknight is a true professional who cares about her patients. She works tirelessly to find answers. She is honest, but shares hard information in a thoughtful way...She has laughed with me, cried with me, and has been and integral part of our journey. She has listen to me and my requests, researched new scientific studies and changed my treatment based on what we have found.
I have struggled with the care of the IVF coordinators and nurses at the practice [Alabama Fertility Specialists]. I have been at the practice for almost 4 years and have had many nurses. I have caught many mistakes on the calendars sent to me and have had to advocate for myself a lot. I believe this is why Dr. Bouknight does all the appts herself... I fee as though many of the office staff and nurses , not the doctors, see me as a number not a human.
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Dr. Bouknight is a true professional who cares about her patients. She works tirelessly to find answers. She is honest, but shares hard information in a thoughtful way. My husband and I believe she cares about us and wants us to have a baby as badly as we want to have one. When we finally got pregnant, we lost the baby at 8 weeks. She cried with us and did everything she could to make our painful situation better. She is a wonderful doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Be honest with her. Share openly your feelings and emotions, she can take it and will help you work through any problems you encounter.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
I have 100% felt like a human with Dr.Bouknight. She has laughed with me, cried with me, and has been and integral part of our journey. She has listen to me and my requests, researched new scientific studies and changed my treatment based on what we have found. Although we have not been successful yet, I trust her and believe that she will keep trying until I have a baby in my arms.
Describe the protocols Janet Bouknight used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) and their degree of success.
Fresh IVF cycle #1- resulted in no fertilization due to inconsistent estrogen levels Fresh IVF cycle #2- used ICSI and no Lupron. Estrogen level plateaued, eggs retrieved, took 10, 6 were healthy on day 5. Transferred 1 embryo, started bleeding 4 days later. Frozen IVF cycle1: Lupron, estradiol, progesterone protocol- transferred 1 embryo- bled on day 4. Tests run, progesterone low. Frozen cycle 2: progesterone increased, no bleeding- transferred 1 embryo- no pregnancy Frozen cycle 3- same protocol, chemical pregnancy. Performed hysteroscopy- removed polyps Frozen cycle 4- lost 1 frozen embryo. same protocol, transferred 1- negative test Fresh cycle 3: worked with Dr. Hill to get second opinion, did a new protocol with different shots and Lupron. Retrieved 14, 3 were okay on day 5. Genetic testing done on one due to viability- testing abnormal . Frozen cycle 5: same Lupron, estradiol, progesterone protocol, put in 2 embryos- negative test. Received donor eggs with Dr. Bouknight guidance. 6 were fertilized, 5 viable on day 5. Hysteroscopy #2 - clear. IVF transfer #7- same frozen protocol, transferred one, got pregnant with monochorionic twins, both had strong heartbeats at 6weeks, we lost them at 8 weeks. D&C done the next day. Currently started my 8th IVF cycle for frozen transfer with donor eggs. Adding a micro dose steroid and baby aspirin to the mix due to my thyroid antibody level being 205. We pray we have success!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (Assigned nurse: Kendall Boling)
I have struggled with the care of the IVF coordinators and nurses at the practice. I have been at the practice for almost 4 years and have had many nurses. I have caught many mistakes on the calendars sent to me and have had to advocate for myself a lot. I believe this is why Dr. Bouknight does all the appts herself.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
All doctors are knowledgeable, caring, and professional. However, you have to be your own advocate. You have to question things that don’t seem correct. I fee as though many of the office staff and nurses , not the doctors, see me as a number not a human. I have caught many mistakes in my 4 years and was grateful that I was so diligent in my own care.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
IUI- covered by insurance Fresh IVF- $10k Fresh with ICSI- $12k Frozen- $2500
Describe Janet Bouknight's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Bouknight definitely prefers single embryo transfers due to the risk of multiples. Whenever she changed a variable she kept it at one embryo. When we had our last 2 embryos in our last cycle with my eggs, we put in 2 due to their low quality.
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
As I stated before, I have found mistakes on my calendars due to my protocols not being standard. These were corrected when I brought awareness to them.
10
Doctor
Janet Bouknight
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 30
Uterine Fibroids
Immunological
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
I have seen her [Dr. Bouknight] every single visit to the clinic. She is so sweet and attentive. I completely trust her with our fertility plan...She is very sympathetic to our situation and really seems like she is invested in us getting a living child. She really makes us feel like she is on our side and not pushing unneeded medical treatments.
[Alabama Fertility Specialists nurse] will always call and let you know any and all info as soon as they know and she even calls to check up on me. She also always returns calls the same day...I feel cared for there. Not like a number or cattle being rushed through. They even moved locations recently and the office is so beautiful. It's like a spa. Doctors are great, nurses are great, office is great. It's really unlike any medical experience I've ever had.
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
I have seen her every single visit to the clinic. She is so sweet and attentive. I completely trust her with our fertility plan. We have not had any success yet, but I know if she can't help us get it done then it can't be done. She is very informed and stays up to date in her field. I would recommend her to anyone with any kind of fertility issues
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Just show up and do what she says!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
She is very sympathetic to our situation and really seems like she is invested in us getting a living child. She really makes us feel like she is on our side and not pushing unneeded medical treatments.
Describe the protocols Janet Bouknight used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) and their degree of success.
I have had a surgery to remove fibroids from my uterus and heparin injections and low dose aspirin for a blood clotting disorder and Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism. We talked about wanting to cover all our bases and be extra cautious to avoid another miscarriage. We are still working on it but I feel confident that her treatment plan is the best plan for me.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (Assigned nurse: Yvonne)
Yvonne is the sweetest and she always calls me. It's such a burden off my shoulders to not worry about having to call to ask about test results etc. Yvonne will always call and let you know any and all info as soon as they know and she even calls to check up on me. She also always returns calls the same day. I just love her plus she has a good sense of humor.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
I just love this clinic I can't even think of one critical thing to say about it. I feel cared for there. Not like a number or cattle being rushed through. They even moved locations recently and the office is so beautiful. It's like a spa. Doctors are great, nurses are great, office is great. It's really unlike any medical experience I've ever had.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
My insurance covers most of what I pay so I'm not really sure.
10
Doctor
Janet Bouknight
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2014 - 2020, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 31 - 37
IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
Endometriosis
PCOS
Uterine Fibroids
European
Income $50K - $99K
Sales Representative
1st of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
[Dr. Mamie McLean] is the most caring Doctor I have ever experienced! She gave me the option on which treatment I felt comfortable with and gave me all options and the success rates...Dr. McLean was very upfront about transferring no more than 3 with my condition and not knowing how my body would react...I was diagnosed with PCOS...gives me the courage and confidence to continue to the next treatment
Everyone in the [Alabama Fertility Specialists] clinic is upbeat and positive. They are understanding and willing to work with your needs and schedule. I can't think of a weakness other than the wait time can get a little long sometimes...Alyssa is an amazing nurse. She is always smiling and makes conversation with me and my husband. She is very compassionate and always returns my calls very promptly when I need anything.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Dr. McLean took over when Dr. Steinkampf retired and she is the most caring Doctor I have ever experienced! She gave me the option on which treatment I felt comfortable with and gave me all options and the success rates! She cried with me when my Invocell IVF failed, but gives me the courage and confidence to continue to the next treatment!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Keep an open mind and let her guide you through and don't be afraid to ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
I was seeing Dr Stienkampf before he retired and he was so wonderful! Now I see Dr. Mamie McLean. She replaced him and she is the absolute best! Very caring, compassionate and understanding!
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) and their degree of success.
I have been on this journey for 8 years, but I will try my best... I started in 2014 with Dr. Steinkampf. I was diagnosed with PCOS. We first tried around 8 cycles of Clomid, Ultrasounds and timed intercourse. Each one we thought was the one. I eventually had to take a break and get myself together. I was still trying the Clomid off and on for about 3 years, but was not getting anywhere. I started seeing Dr. McLean in 2018 (I think). I wanted to jump right in and try Invocell, but she talked me into trying Femara for a few cycles. They ended up failing, so we went ahead and tried Invocell in June 2019. I was not an easy procedure for me, but I pushed through. We retrieved 12 eggs and 8 of them fertilized. Sadly none of them made it past Day 4. We did not get to transfer any of them. I was heart broken again and decided to take a few months off. I feel out only option is Full IVF, but my insurance doesn't cover it. I will try an IUI in June or July unless a miracle happens and I win the lottery!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (Assigned nurse: Alyssa)
Alyssa is an amazing nurse. She is always smiling and makes conversation with me and my husband. She is very compassionate and always returns my calls very promptly when I need anything.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Everyone in the clinic is upbeat and positive. They are understanding and willing to work with your needs and schedule. I can't think of a weakness other than the wait time can get a little long sometimes. New patients need to have all their records sent over and be willing to try anything even if you have already tried it and it failed...
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Usually everything was covered under my insurance except co-pays and deductibles for the Clomid Cycles. The Invocell and medicine was not covered. The Invocell was $6,000. The medicine for Invocell was $4,600 for me. My insurance didn't cover any of it. I actually would have paid more for the Menopur if they ran it through my Insurance.
Describe Mamie McLean's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Dr. McLean was very upfront about transferring no more than 3 with my condition and not knowing how my body would react. She let me make the decision, but sadly we never got that far.
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 31 - 32
3 IUI
Endometriosis
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
She takes the time to listen to my concerns and questions and she gives me and my husband time to sort out our thoughts on things. We’ve never felt pressured to pursue treatments until we were ready. ... I like that she is honest about her thoughts on where we needed to go next but we always felt that she left it up to us to decide about next steps we were willing to take. She expresses frustration alongside our own feelings having no real reason why we haven’t been able to conceive after 2 years of trying.
They [AL Fert Specialists] get you in quickly- my initial visit was about 2.5 weeks after the initial referral call. They are always upfront about costs of care. I have never had a bill I wasn’t already informed of. They even check back in about billing to let you know if there has been a change. They have text reminders for appointments. ... they did not tell me that I needed to schedule pre-op bloodwork, I got a call two days before the surgery stating that the hospital informed them they didn’t have my pre-op lab results, so I had to unexpectedly leave work to go to the hospital for last minute labs.
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
She is always warm and compassionate. I like that she is honest about her thoughts on where we needed to go next but we always felt that she left it up to us to decide about next steps we were willing to take. She expresses frustration alongside our own feelings having no real reason why we haven’t been able to conceive after 2 years of trying. My only complaint is not having copies or an online portal to see what my test results are. We usually have to ask detailed questions to be told exactly what my blood tests have shown.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Take the time to read about possible causes of infertility from reputable resources. Doing this helps you know what questions to ask. Dr. M is great at providing patients with information on paper (ie info sheets on endometriosis, etc.) but she will take the time to have a discussion with you as well.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
She takes the time to listen to my concerns and questions and she gives me and my husband time to sort out our thoughts on things. We’ve never felt pressured to pursue treatments until we were ready.
Describe the protocols Beth Malizia used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) and their degree of success.
Letrezole for 5 days after baseline ultrasound, check in around cycle day 7-8 to measure follicles, hCg trigger shot within 24-36 hours of IUI appointment. Test in 14 days after IUI procedure. The letrezole was increased to 7.5 at the 3rd IUI round in hopes of having 2 to 3 follicles.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Dr. M’s nurse Hailey is always positive and informative. I appreciate her cheeriness and always having a kind word.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
They get you in quickly- my initial visit was about 2.5 weeks after the initial referral call. They are always upfront about costs of care. I have never had a bill I wasn’t already informed of. They even check back in about billing to let you know if there has been a change. They have text reminders for appointments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
My insurance covers most lab work, I pay $30 format Co-pay and for the monitoring ultrasounds. I have paid for meds and shots. The IUI procedure itself costs $325
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
When I was scheduled for my laparoscopy they did not tell me that I needed to schedule pre-op bloodwork, I got a call two days before the surgery stating that the hospital informed them they didn’t have my pre-op lab results, so I had to unexpectedly leave work to go to the hospital for last minute labs. I was thankful it wasn’t an issue and didn’t lead to having to reschedule my surgery.
10
Doctor
Beth Malizia
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 32 - 33
4 IUI
PCOS
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
[Dr. Bouknight] isn’t there for the number of babies she can help create. She is concerned with us as a family rather than just a number to add to her count. She’s very conservative with treatment because she’s worried about the patients overall well-being. We want one healthy baby is her go to line...She will look out for you. Speak up with any questions or concerns you may have...talks to me with such sincerity I couldn’t ask for a better experience.
I’ve had a few instances where I felt like I was overlooked [by the nursing staff at Alabama Fertility Specialists] but that was in the beginning. Now that we’ve been seeing them for over a year I’ve gotten to know them more and am comfortable to communicate more openly with them...The area the clinic is located isn’t very convenient due to the traffic and flow of traffic. I do believe they have gotten a new building they will be moving to summer of 2020 so I look forward to that. Parking is at a minimum for the time being.
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Dr Boughknight isn’t there for the number of babies she can help create. She is concerned with us as a family rather than just a number to add to her count. She’s very conservative with treatment because she’s worried about the patients overall well-being. We want one healthy baby is her go to line. She’s not there to play God, but to do her best to make our dream come true in a healthy way. I’ve seen several websites that state they don’t care your age, BMI, etc that they will perform IVF to make it happen for you. Speaking with her I know she wants me to have a fun healthy pregnancy and enjoy this time of life. Not have so many medical concerns the whole time. I wouldn’t go to anyone else
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
She will look out for you. Speak up with any questions or concerns you may have
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
All the staff at AFS are so friendly. They are so welcoming and have become like friends. Dr Boughknight talks to me with such sincerity I couldn’t ask for a better experience.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
I’ve had a few instances where I felt like I was overlooked but that was in the beginning. Now that we’ve been seeing them for over a year I’ve gotten to know them more and am comfortable to communicate more openly with them
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
The area the clinic is located isn’t very convenient due to the traffic and flow of traffic. I do believe they have gotten a new building they will be moving to summer of 2020 so I look forward to that. Parking is at a minimum for the time being.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
We’ve swapped insurance during the process but this year I’ve only had my co pay of $25 each visit with the doc Ultrasound monitoring is $30 a visit. IUI has been $324 each cycle. The sperm wash was $50 for my husband after the IUI. it all depends on your insurance though. We have BCBS of Alabama
10
Doctor
Janet Bouknight
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 32
4 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Male Factor
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr McLean always made sure that we never left with any questions unanswered. If we had any other questions, we could always call and ask without hesitation. She took her time to explain everything and always adjusted our plan based on the previous treatment cycle. She is extremely thorough and doesn’t leave any stones unturned. ...
They [Alabama Fertility Specialists] are always very timely about getting you in and out of your appointments. The support staff in the office is always very helpful. They only have a half day of clinic on Fridays, so it can occasionally get a little crazy around there at times, but it’s not every Friday. ... If I ever had questions or concerns, Michelle [nurse] was always very good at calling me back and making sure she got me timely and accurate information. During a health care crisis that I had she was very supportive and even told me that if I just needed someone to talk to that I could call her for support.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Dr McLean always made sure that we never left with any questions unanswered. If we had any other questions, we could always call and ask without hesitation. She took her time to explain everything and always adjusted our plan based on the previous treatment cycle. She is extremely thorough and doesn’t leave any stones unturned.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Be prepared to ask questions. She is so thorough that you may forget to ask something small you were thinking about but she is always excellent about making sure you are comfortable with the plan and making sure you don’t leave feeling uneasy about anything.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
We never feel like she doesn’t have time for us. Whenever we see her, she takes as much time as is necessary to fully explain everything and make sure that a of our questions are answered. She also takes into consideration our needs and feelings.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) and their degree of success.
My first two iuis we used clomid 100 and then 150 respectively. I had already tried two regular cycles of clomid 50 with no result from my Gyn. My last two cycles of iui we used Letrozole with gonal-f. The gonal f was 37.5 units for the third cycle and 75 for the last cycle. Unfortunately none of our iui treatments were successful but they did produce good follicles. Due to having already used clomid 4 times with no success she wanted to change our protocol to try for a different result but my husband also has low sperm counts. She was very hopeful that the change in medication would be the trick but we are now moving on to ivf to hopefully combat our issues.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (Assigned nurse: Michelle)
If I ever had questions or concerns, Michelle was always very good at calling me back and making sure she got me timely and accurate information. During a health care crisis that I had she was very supportive and even told me that if I just needed someone to talk to that I could call her for support.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
They are always very timely about getting you in and out of your appointments. The support staff in the office is always very helpful. They only have a half day of clinic on Fridays, so it can occasionally get a little crazy around there at times, but it’s not every Friday.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
My appointments with Dr McLean were covered under my insurance, which was a $40 copay. The regular ultrasound and monitoring appointments were $30. Our iuis were $324 for each of them plus our medication. We have been quoted $10,960 for IVF with ICSI plus our medication costs.
Describe Mamie McLean's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
During our work up she discussed that in our case she would only recommend a single egg transfer. She believes it is safer for mother and baby in our circumstances.
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 36 - 38
8 IUI
2 IVF
Donor Sperm
Endometriosis
Uterine Fibroids
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
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).
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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.
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Doctor
Janet Bouknight
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2019, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 32 - 34
6 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
Endometriosis
Tubal Blockage
Other
European
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
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.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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.
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2015 - 2019, Successful
10
10
Age 33 - 37
1 IUI
1 IVF
PCOS
Prefer not to answer
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
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.
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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.
10
Doctor
Janet Bouknight
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2018, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 31 - 33
8 IUI
1 IVF
Endometriosis
PCOS
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
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.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
My RE strongly only wanted to transfer one embryo if it was genetically tested. She wants to transfer two untested embryos in the future.
10
Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 32 - 36
4 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
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.
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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.
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Beth Malizia
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
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10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 33
3 IUI
Unexplained
European
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Lawyer
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
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.
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
no comments. She said she prefers single because of our age.
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Janet Bouknight
Humanity
Communication
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10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2018, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 25 - 28
2 IUI
2 IVF
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
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!
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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
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Doctor
Beth Malizia
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
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10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 28
3 IUI
Endometriosis
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
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.
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Surgery - $1,700 (with insurance) IUI - $400 per procedure (done 3) (no insurance) Injections - $400 (no insurance coverage)
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Janet Bouknight
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
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10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Unknown Success
10
8
Age 39
IUI
PCOS
European
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
[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.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Very friendly, upbeat, positive.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Around $1000 per cycle
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
The clinic seems extremely busy. I had a day when I was waiting on results and the nurse did not call as I was told she would. I went to the clinic as they were about to close and was told someone would be staying late to catch up and make calls, and eventually they did call me that evening. I would have preferred someone had at least called earlier in the day to let me know it was going to be late before I heard from anyone. As I’m sure with many clinics and offices, when you call you have to leave a message and wait for a call back.
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Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
8
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2017, Successful
10
10
Age 29
2 IUI
Endometriosis
European
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
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
How was your experience with Michael Steinkampf (retired) at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (retired) at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (retired) at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (retired) used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
They were wonderful. They were very friendly. They always helped me feel comfortable and very accommodating.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (retired) at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
We ended up spending around $1500 I think but that included all blood work, US, and 2 IuIs
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Doctor
Michael Steinkampf (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
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10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016 - 2017, Successful
10
10
Age 31 - 32
2 IUI
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
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
How was your experience with Beth Malizia at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
No comments
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Doctor
Beth Malizia
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2014 - 2017, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 28 - 31
3 IUI
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Business Executive
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
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.
How was your experience with Michael Steinkampf (retired) at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (retired) at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (retired) at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (retired) used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (retired) at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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.
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Doctor
Michael Steinkampf (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
9
8
Age 31 - 32
5 IUI
Male Factor
Unexplained
Other
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
dr McLean has always take the time to explain everything to us, all options and potential outcomes. ... Excellent bedside manner, takes ample time to explain. 100% trust her judgement. ... She met with us several times to walk through the options as we were unsure of which path we wanted to take. She never rushes and asks questions and answers questions. ... We have not yet had a successful treatment but still working with her to get there. We’ve moved from IUI to IVF and hope to start our IVF this summer.
Friendly, pretty efficient overall. Convenient location. Scheduling and billing are easy. Everyone [at Alabama Fertility Specialists] is nice, helpful and answers questions or will get the answer. Weekend appts were made when required due to timing. They didn’t act upset to have to be there on the weekend which was comforting. Be prepared to wait and be happy when you don’t end up having to wait. It’s hit or miss but I appreciate that they don’t rush you when it’s your turn.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
dr McLean has always take the time to explain everything to us, all options and potential outcomes. We have not yet had a successful treatment but still working with her to get there. We’ve moved from IUI to IVF and hope to start our IVF this summer. She met with us several times to walk through the options as we were unsure of which path we wanted to take. She never rushes and asks questions and answers questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Trust her judgement
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Excellent bedside manner, takes ample time to explain. 100% trust her judgement.
Describe the protocols Mamie McLean used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) and their degree of success.
We did IUI 3 times with clomid, FSh and trigger shots. She adjusted accordingly after the first round.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Everyone is nice overall. Shauna is great, she does the ultrasounds. Michelle is a little more reserved but still nice.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Friendly, pretty efficient overall. Convenient location. Scheduling and billing are easy. Everyone is nice, helpful and answers questions or will get the answer. Weekend appts were made when required due to timing. They didn’t act upset to have to be there on the weekend which was comforting. Be prepared to wait and be happy when you don’t end up having to wait. It’s hit or miss but I appreciate that they don’t rush you when it’s your turn.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Costs included office visits, meds, ultrasounds, IUI, testing, etc. All costs were in line with other local fertility treatments.
Describe Mamie McLean's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
N/a
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Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Successful
10
10
Age 26
1 Fertility Medications
Male Factor
PCOS
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
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.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
IUI $345, office visit $100
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Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2017, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 32
3 Fertility Medications
Male Factor
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
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.
How was your experience with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Know that she cares
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mamie McLean at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) 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 at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
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 (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
I paid my co-pay for seeing a specialist of ~$60
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
During my first round the nurse provided me with information that was different than what the doctor and I discussed.
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Doctor
Mamie McLean
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2022, Unknown Success
9
10
Age 31 - 36
3 IUI
1 IVF
Endometriosis
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Entrepreneur
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
I feel like Dr. Allemand makes time for his patients and listens to their concerns. I do feel he could be more present through the whole process and not just for the big things or to give bad news. He is very compassionate and takes time when he sees you just wish it was more routine...I've used letrozole, follistim, menopur, metformin, estradiol and progesterone
Calling the [Alabama Fertility Specialists] office was a nightmare. Thankfully their online messaging system was available and quickly answered. The lab was always slow and behind. I was always quick to be called back for my monitoring appointments and that always went quickly...My ivf coordinator was extremely thorough and to the point. She shared her concerns and told me what to expect. [the nurse] was always available for any questions I may have had and always took time with me.
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
I feel like Dr. Allemand makes time for his patients and listens to their concerns. I do feel he could be more present through the whole process and not just for the big things or to give bad news. He is very compassionate and takes time when he sees you just wish it was more routine
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
To make sure you ask questions. Sometimes, as in any profession, I think they get in the routine and forget not everyone has gone through fertility treatments before.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama) and their degree of success.
I've used letrozole, follistim, menopur, metformin, estradiol and progesterone
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (Assigned nurse: Renee)
My ivf coordinator, Renee was extremely thorough and to the point. She shared her concerns and told me what to expect. Caitlin was always available for any questions I may have had and always took time with me.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
Calling the office was a nightmare. Thankfully their online messaging system was available and quickly answered. The lab was always slow and behind. I was always quick to be called back for my monitoring appointments and that always went quickly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
IUI procedure, Egg retrieval, embryo transfer, monitoring
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Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 39 - 40
2 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $200K - $499K
Doctor
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
From the first consult I felt heard, and felt the sense of relief that a plan was in place. While going through the process - we had some setbacks, we had to cancel a transfer cycle. This allowed for further testing and modifications to the regimen...[Dr. Bouknight] took the time to go over a possible plan B, in case the transfer didn't work. That made me feel so much better, that she cared, and she put at ease all of my concerns.
[the Alabama Fertility Specialists nurse] was great, would call me back the same day. Give me options. She is Dr. B's primary nurse- so great communication...My perception is that this is a very busy clinic, the waiting room - always full. I asked for early appointments - and was able to come in and out in no time. However, I think that if I had later appointments I would have to wait for longer time.
How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
She was recommended to me by a friend that had gone through infertility. I had been seen at another fertility clinic before, but I was not satisfied. From the first consult I felt heard, and felt the sense of relief that a plan was in place. While going through the process - we had some setbacks, we had to cancel a transfer cycle. This allowed for further testing and modifications to the regimen. Overall my experience was great, I would recommend her as a fertility specialist.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
Ask questions, maybe have some written down for your consult.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
While the whole treatment was highly protocolized, at the time of my embryo transfer I was not very confident about having a positive result. She took the time to go over a possible plan B, in case the transfer didn't work. That made me feel so much better, that she cared, and she put at ease all of my concerns.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama). (Assigned nurse: Yvonne)
She was great, would call me back the same day. Give me options. She is Dr. B's primary nurse- so great communication.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama).
My perception is that this is a very busy clinic, the waiting room - always full. I asked for early appointments - and was able to come in and out in no time. However, I think that if I had later appointments I would have to wait for longer time.
What specific things went wrong at Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)?
  • Failed to call with results
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Doctor
Janet Bouknight
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Alabama Fertility Specialists (formerly ART Fertility Program of Alabama)
Birmingham
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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