How was your experience with Leo Bonaventura at Family Beginnings?
I was hesitant to get a second opinion when we first decided to switch fertility doctors after a previous bad experience. My husband and I knew right away that we were in the right place and making the right decision by going forth with this second opinion. Everything was explained very well for us, from procedures, to why we would need certain meds and doses, to aftercare. I have anxiety issues and my husband even pointed out that Dr. Bonaventura is very good at communication when it comes to the high stress conversations that can go on during consultations and visits. He knows just what to say to help you feel at ease about everything that is going on. He is very straight forward about his patients and what he feels is best for them individually. One of his classic sayings is "if you were my daughter, I would...". Knowing that his daughter actually did go through infertility treatments, I feel like this is a very trustworthy statement. I also appreciate the fact that he doesn't push extra testing or things to raise your pricing even higher, which I know a lot of clinics end up doing. He understands that these treatments are expensive, and doesn't get pushy, like other doctors that I previously had consulted with. He also lights a candle for every patient that is having a procedure that day. This in itself tells me that he is invested in his patients and we aren't just another number to him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Leo Bonaventura at Family Beginnings?
He loves to talk! I see this as a good thing. It's comforting to know he is going to be very thorough with you, all while having normal conversations with you to keep you at ease. He doesn't talk all medical jargon like some doctors are known to do, and he makes sure that you are clear on all procedures and plans of treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Leo Bonaventura at Family Beginnings?
Dr. Bonaventura isn't in the fertility business to make money. He has been doing this for many years. He actually left a different practice that he helped open because the practice was more worried about money and what they could charge for, rather than focusing on getting their patients pregnant. I truly believe he is in this for the patients good, not more money in his pocket.
Describe the protocols Leo Bonaventura used in your cycles at Family Beginnings and their degree of success.
For my IVF cycles I have always used:
Long lupron protocol
Gonal-F 150 am / 75pm iu. - starting on cycle day 3, twice daily
Menopur 75iu - starting on cycle day 3, once daily
Lupron . - 10 iu starting on cycle day , once daily
Cetrotide - as needed to delay release
Ovidrel -250mcg 48 hours prior to egg retrieval
PIO and/or progesterone suppositories.
Birth control prior to cycle.
Baseline ultrasound and lab work between CD1-CD3,
US and bloodwork on CD 7, 9, & 11 per testing results.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Family Beginnings. (Assigned nurse: Kim)
Kim has a lot on her plate being the only nurse at the North office. She sometimes seems frazzled and can often be very unorganized, which is understandable with her workload. She sometimes will work 7 days a week, and with the amount of patients they treat, I can see how she can become overwhelmed. You have to stay on top of your instructions and results with her. She is compassionate, but she is also busy. The first few times we dealt with her, my husband nor I were fans, but after getting to know her and to see just how busy she is, we understood.
Describe your experience with Family Beginnings.
The clinic is small, nothing fancy. I believe this shows that they are there for the patients, and not about elegantly furnishing their office and going over the top with decor. It is easily accessible for those who are traveling to the office (we travel 1 hour and 40 minutes from home.) The staff is very knowledgeable and ready to help with any questions or concerns. They are compassionate and want whats best for the patient. You just have to be aware that being such a small office, they are very busy and you have to stay on top of your information for yourself.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Leo Bonaventura at Family Beginnings.
Regular IVF retrieval cycle -
Medications - $1500-$3000
IVF including blood work, monitoring ultrasounds, office visits, anesthesia, trial transfer - $7,155
ICSI - $1,000
Assisted Hatching $400
Blastocyst culture $400
Embryo freezing $600(first year) $300 annually after
Embryo biopsy $1500
PGS testing $2300
$6,865.00 (not including medications.)
medications - $1500-$3,000
Frozen embryo transfer
Describe Leo Bonaventura's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Family Beginnings.
Dr. Bonaventura suggests transferring single embryos, but will transfer up to two embryos if that is the patient/couples choice. He will not transfer 3 embryos due to having a past positive transfer with all 3 embryos implanting. He does not wish to put the woman or fetuses at a high risk, which comes with multiples.
What specific things went wrong at Family Beginnings?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Lost paperwork
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Lost results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Family Beginnings.
There was an instance where my prescription wasn't faxed to the correct pharmacy, but it didn't hinder getting my medication on time.
I have also had issues where the embryologist was to call me daily to give me updates, and I only heard from them every other day (which can be stressful when you are waiting for that call.)
I did run out of medication one time when we had to up my doses, and the clinic made sure that I had the amount I would need to finish the stimming process.