Fora Fertility

2 doctors work here

Rated 7.1
Strongly recommend: 55%Neutral: 18%Don't recommend: 27%7.1
55% strongly recommend
9 reviews
Operations
7.8
7.8
Operations

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Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
8.6
8.6
Scheduling

Ratings of 1 mean it was difficult to schedule appointments with this clinic.

Ratings of 10 mean it was easy to schedule appointments.

Billing Department
8.5
8.5
Billing Department

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory billing department.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
7.9
7.9
Nursing Team

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory nursing team.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

LGBTQ Care
10
10
LGBTQ Care

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory LGBTQ care.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent LGBTQ care.

Attention to Detail
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.

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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
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National Avg
738
This Clinic
National Avg
00%
20%
40%
60%
<35
35-37
38-40
>40

Available Resources

Genetic counseling is not offered
Genetic counseling is not offered
Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling is not offered
Mental health counseling is not offered
Nutrition counseling
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing is not offered
Coordinating at-home nursing is not offered
Selling medication is not offered
Selling medication is not offered
Providing backup medication
Providing backup medication

This clinic has 1 office

Austin
Unknown
Austin, TX unknown
512-956-5006

9 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2021 - 2022, Unknown Success
NPS
8
NPS
8
Age 34 - 35
1 IVF
Male Factor
Uterine Fibroids
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
[Dr. Crawford] is very kind but our encounters are very brief. I get the feeling that she will answer any questions I have, but the answers are brief, and our encounters feel a bit rushed. Ultimately, I feel I am in good hands... I researched and learned a lot of great information before choosing her as my doctor. As a patient, I do not feel I have gotten the degree of detail and education on every step of the process I expected
Fora Fertility is marketed as a boutique fertility clinic and they are working on that goal. They are not there yet. The biggest barrier I see to this goal is staffing. It seems their current nursing staff is overworked and stretched thin. Doctor Crawford and Skillern need to do everything they can to support their nurses. The billing coordinator, the receptionist, and the other staff I have interacted with have been kind and helpful.
How was your experience with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Crawford has a very educational podcast/youtube channel. I researched and learned a lot of great information before choosing her as my doctor. As a patient, I do not feel I have gotten the degree of detail and education on every step of the process I expected. I still utilize the education she provides on her podcast, but do not expect that she will make you feel as informed if you are a patient and do not listen to her podcasts seperately. As a patient, she is very kind but our encounters are very brief. I get the feeling that she will answer any questions I have, but the answers are brief, and our encounters feel a bit rushed. Ultimately, I feel I am in good hands. I got a good result from my retrieval and I trust that we will achieve our goals with her as our doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
She is building a new practice and building her online presence. She does not give the same attention to you that she does her other endeavors. That being said, she is available and approachable and, as with most doctors, you must advocate for yourself and be sure you are asking lots of questions as the process unfolds.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
I feel like Dr. Crawford says things during appointments that reference information that is unique to my case and our previous encounters. This helps me feel like it is a more personal interaction. Also, my nurse is very approachable and personable and I definitey feel like she does a good job of explaining everything and also remembers our previous interactions.
Describe the protocols Natalie Crawford used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
I don't remember the name of the protocol, but for our retrieval, we used Follistim and menopur for stims and ganirelix to prevent premature ovulation. We triggered with pregnyl/lupron. Rationale for this protocol was because they predicted I would be a high responder due to my AFC of 20. The retrieval was successful with 27 eggs retrieved, 22 fertilized, 11 embryos, 6 of which were PGT normal achieved. My thyroid was tested and I was started on Synthroid during this time after retrieval to prep for transfer. Additionally, vitamin D levels were checked. For our FET, we did a modified natural cycle with letrozole, frequent monitoring appointments, IM injections of Progesterone in oil, doxycyline, and methylprednisolone. The rationale for this protocol was my preference and the fact that I ovulated regularly/normally prior to fertility treatments. Although my lining was 7.5 mm, this ended in a chemical pregnancy. The next step for us is an ERA cycle to ensure my endometrial receptivity is properly timed with progesterone exposure. For this cycle, we will utilize a controlled cycle; this means I will not ovulate at all. Lupron injections are used to keep my ovaries "quiet". Estrace is used to build my endometrial lining. Methylprednisolone and doxycyline/ PIO injections are used just as with an FET but instead of transferring an embryo at the end of the cycle, they will do two endometrial biopsies, 2 days apart, to determine receptivity. Because we are utilizing a controlled cycle for the ERA, we will do a controlled cycle for the next transfer to reduce as many variables as possible.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Melissa)
The nursing staff is excellent. Absolutely fantastic, organized, personable, and willing to answer questions. They are, however, understaffed and overworked. They need support and I believe they could be even better, if additional nurses were hired to support the team.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
Fora Fertility is marketed as a boutique fertility clinic and they are working on that goal. They are not there yet. The biggest barrier I see to this goal is staffing. It seems their current nursing staff is overworked and stretched thin. Doctor Crawford and Skillern need to do everything they can to support their nurses. The billing coordinator, the receptionist, and the other staff I have interacted with have been kind and helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility.
Your investment of $15,500 includes the following: Patient Education/IVF Class, Focused Office Visits, Monitoring Ultrasounds, Venipuncture with hormone levels, Cycle management and coordination, Emotional Wellness Session, Anesthesia for Oocyte Retrieval, Oocyte Retrieval, Ultrasound Guide for Retrieval, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Assisted Hatching of Embryos, Culture of Oocytes/Embryos, PGT-A (Genetic Screening of embryos), Embryo Cryopreservation and Storage (1 year) *Medications are additional, estimated to be $4,000-$8,000 and paid directly to pharmacy *Cycle investment collected prior to receiving treatment calendar*Optional concierge injection package available. Frozen Embryo Tranfer: Your investment of $3,590 includes the following: Patient Education/IVF Class, Mock Embryo Transfer, Focused Office Visits, Monitoring Ultrasounds, Venipuncture with hormone levels, Cycle management and coordination, Thawing of cryopreserved embryos, Preparation of embryo for transfer, Embryo Transfer, Ultrasound guidance for embryo transfer, First pregnancy test *Medications are additional, estimated to be $1,500-$3,000 and paid directly to pharmacy *Cycle investment collected prior to receiving calendar *Optional concierge injection package available. ENDOMETRIAL RECEPTIVITY ASSAY (ERA) Your investment of $1660 includes the following: Cycle management and coordination, Focused office visits, Monitoring Ultrasounds, Venipuncture with hormone levels, Endometrial biopsy procedure x 2, Genetic company biopsy processing and results *Medications are additional, estimated to be $1500-3000 and paid directly to pharmacy *Cycle investment collected prior to receiving calendar*Optional concierge injection package available
Describe Natalie Crawford's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
My doctor only gave the option for 1 PGT normal embryo to be transfered at a time.
8
Doctor
Natalie Crawford
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
8
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2022, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 27 - 30
2 IUI
Anovulation
Male Factor
PCOS
Uterine Fibroids
European
Other
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
IVF With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Crawford makes sure you understand what is going on at all times and why your treatment plan/recommendations make sense for you as an individual. She never makes you feel rushed or like you can't ask more questions...She also does her own monitoring appointments and makes sure you are progressing as expected and is quick to course correct.
Everyone at Fora Fertility is amazing. I cannot speak highly enough of them. I am a very anxious human and they have always treated me with patience, compassion, and respect...The biggest strengths are that is a boutique clinic so you really only have a small handful of people involved in your care. You are not just a number. They have also made sure to stay open through bad weather and have done a great job with the COVID protocols to ensure the safety of everyone and that cycles do not get cancelled.
How was your experience with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Crawford makes sure you know what is happening, what the next steps are, and is really good about scheduling additional appointments outside of monitoring to give you a chance to talk through your treatment together.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
Do not be afraid to ask questions about anything.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Crawford makes sure you understand what is going on at all times and why your treatment plan/recommendations make sense for you as an individual. She never makes you feel rushed or like you can't ask more questions.
Describe the protocols Natalie Crawford used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
I am currently just starting my first IVF round with her so while I do have a tentative plan in front of me, I know that can change. With IUI we had one cycle where I wasn't producing follicles and she changed medication doses mid cycle to help me produce those follicles. She also does her own monitoring appointments and makes sure you are progressing as expected and is quick to course correct.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility.
Everyone at Fora Fertility is amazing. I cannot speak highly enough of them. I am a very anxious human and they have always treated me with patience, compassion, and respect.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
The biggest strengths are that is a boutique clinic so you really only have a small handful of people involved in your care. You are not just a number. They have also made sure to stay open through bad weather and have done a great job with the COVID protocols to ensure the safety of everyone and that cycles do not get cancelled.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility.
The costs were aligned with other clinics I looked into.
10
Doctor
Natalie Crawford
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2021 - 2022, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 42 - 43
3 IVF
Unexplained
Other
Income $200K - $499K
Business Executive
2nd of 2 Docs
13 IUI With Other Docs
1 IVF With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Skillern spoke with me and my husband. She gave us data specific to women in my position...Based on my age and situation, IVF was our best treatment plan. She has prescribed medication in accordance with my slow-growing follicles to assist them to grow larger...I don’t know what the future holds for us, but I do know we are in the best hands. They all are brilliant, compassionate and so dang funny!! I wish I found them sooner
Based on my prior experience with another clinic, they’re much more informative and helpful [at Fora Fertility]. Dr. Skillern, Dr. Crawford and all of their staff are absolutely amazing...They all are brilliant, compassionate and so dang funny...Rikki [a nurse] is amazing! Any question, she answers. She is so incredibly helpful. And even when I goofed on my IVF protocol, she kept me positive and course corrected...from what I recall (before we had insurance) it was $14000
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern, Dr. Crawford and all of their staff are absolutely amazing. I don’t know what the future holds for us, but I do know we are in the best hands. They all are brilliant, compassionate and so dang funny!! I wish I found them sooner❣️
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Please do yourself a favor and speak with her sooner than later! I wish I had.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern spoke with me and my husband. She gave us data specific to women in my position.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
Based on my age and situation, IVF was our best treatment plan. She has prescribed medication in accordance with my slow-growing follicles to assist them to grow larger.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki!! Gosh, I love her)
Rikki is amazing! Any question, she answers. She is so incredibly helpful. And even when I goofed on my IVF protocol, she kept me positive and course corrected.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
It is hard to say. Based on my prior experience with another clinic, they’re much more informative and helpful. Dr. Skillern, Dr. Crawford and all of their staff are absolutely amazing. I don’t know what the future holds for us, but I do know we are in the best hands. They all are brilliant, compassionate and so dang funny!! I wish I found them sooner❣️
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
We have insurance- but from what I recall (before we had insurance) it was $14000
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2021, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 30 - 34
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
European
Income $200K - $499K
Engineer
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Skillern was encouraging and direct when it came to my individual obstacles and tweaked our protocol accordingly to give me the best possible chance at conceiving...Dr. Skillern was very invested in my personal journey to motherhood and listened to all of our concerns. Her explanations for treatment were thorough and direct...Dr. Skillern strongly advocates for single embryo transfer...
Fora was extremely easy to schedule with...Billing was simple. I never had an issue with the clinic and would recommend them to anyone wanting a more individual experience...Rikki [nurse] was my angel throughout the ivf process and was incredibly easy to communicate with...Dr. Skillern was encouraging and direct when it came to my individual obstacles and tweaked our protocol accordingly to give me the best possible chance at conceiving...
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern has been through IVF herself which is an immense advantage… she knows exactly how it feels to be on the other side of the table. When luck was not on my side, Dr. Skillern was encouraging and direct when it came to my individual obstacles and tweaked our protocol accordingly to give me the best possible chance at conceiving.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Do not expect someone who is going to give you false hope - Dr. Skillern will tell you information in a forthright manner which was greatly appreciated by me. If I was going to spend the money/time/energy to pursue IVF, I wanted to know that the information I was getting was data-driven and realistic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern was very invested in my personal journey to motherhood and listened to all of our concerns. Her explanations for treatment were thorough and direct, which I appreciated.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
I was put on a typical egg retrieval protocol for PCOS and had great results (29 eggs retrieved, 23 mature, 18 fertilized, 9 developed to 5-day blast stage, 8 were found to be euploid after PGS testing. When my first two transfers ended with negative pregnancy tests, Dr. Skillern suggested a “tickle” procedure to help my lining and also prescribed vaginal viagra. My 3rd transfer was successful. For my second child, Dr. Skillern suggested completing an ERA analysis before transferring an embryo to check progesterone levels and receptivity. My ERA came back pre-receptive, and my protocol was updated to account for additional progesterone. My 4th transfer was successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki Richardson)
Rikki was my angel throughout the ivf process and was incredibly easy to communicate with.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
Fora was extremely easy to schedule with, even considering the craziness of the pandemic. Billing was simple. I never had an issue with the clinic and would recommend them to anyone wanting a more individual experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
I don’t remember.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
Dr. Skillern strongly advocates for single embryo transfer which I appreciate and support. There are so many complications that can arise from carrying multiples that the risk is not worth it in my opinion.
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020 - 2021, Unsuccessful
NPS
1
NPS
1
Age 39 - 40
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Tubal Blockage
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
1 IVF With Other Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Appointments [with Dr. Crawford] were rushed. She talked to me as if I knew all of the acronyms, the processes or remembered every single word she told me from previous visits. Dr Crawford did not like when I asked questions or challenged something she said. She used a lot of generalizations as it related to my own very personal and unique situation....
All staff and doctors [at Fora Fertility] are women which I typically like. In general there is a lack of professionalism and accountability...She [nurse] was the least detailed oriented person and had next to no compassion. It was obvious she didn't like her job and she ultimately left the clinic...Crawford will only transfer one embryo at a time due to the risks of multiples....
How was your experience with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
I started seeing Dr Crawford at another clinic. Initially, I was very impressed by her. She is very active on social media and has her own podcast which can be very educational and helpful! Unfortunately, she's not as she appears on social media. I can absolutely see the appeal from followers who aren't her actual patients. But she is not the same at all once you become a patient. I followed her to her new practice because I was afraid to start over with someone new. She had a lot of growing pains opening the new office. She even charged more for the same thing I had already paid for at the old clinic and got refunded to follow her. Absolutely no loyalty. I did two ivf cycles and had 1 embryo which was not successful. Ultimately, I was a patient of hers for 1.5 years before switching to a new Dr. Upon switching, I learned I had a significant uterine disorder that was not curable. How did she miss that? Did she know and not tell me? Had I known I could no longer carry, I would have seeked out a GC. My new Dr easily found it on ultrasound only a couple of months after I stopped seeing Crawford. She cost me my one and only embryo.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
If your situation is anything outside of the normal happy path, seek another Dr. Don't let her social media, podcasts or YouTube videos lure you in. She doesn't put the same effort or passion into her patients.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
Appointments were rushed. She talked to me as if I knew all of the acronyms, the processes or remembered every single word she told me from previous visits. Dr Crawford did not like when I asked questions or challenged something she said. She used a lot of generalizations as it related to my own very personal and unique situation.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Lexi)
She was the least detailed oriented person and had next to no compassion. It was obvious she didn't like her job and she ultimately left the clinic.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
All staff and doctors are women which I typically like. In general there is a lack of professionalism and accountability. Sometimes bigger practices can be off putting but at least they run more like a well oiled machine. Fora has a ways to go.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility.
IVF cycle with pgs testing was roughly 28k
Describe Natalie Crawford's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
Crawford will only transfer one embryo at a time due to the risks of multiples.
What specific things went wrong at Fora Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Lost or damaged samples
1
Doctor
Natalie Crawford
NPS
Humanity
2 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
1 of 5
Compassion
2 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
3 of 5
1
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
2 of 5
Scheduling
3 of 5
Billing Department
3 of 5
Nursing Staff
1 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
5 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020 - 2021, Successful
NPS
9
NPS
10
Age 36 - 37
2 IVF
European
Income $200K - $499K
Marketer or PR
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I thoroughly appreciated that Dr. Skillern would tell us the honest facts about each step in our journey. She never sugar coated the truth when it came to our chances for success along the way. I didn't want someone to feel bad for me or treat me like a number, but rather a partner to reach an end goal - a baby for us!...She knew we didn't want to chance having additional miscarriages but rather "have a baby" in the most direct way possible.
Fora was much smaller than the other clinics we looked at, much to our preference...we were willing to pay a bit more for the hands-on care we received. The clinic itself was brand new when we started with Dr. Skillern so they were still getting organized around paperwork and protocols, but never to the detriment of us as the patient. They were excited to be doing their jobs and creating this space for women.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Strengths: Direct, clear communication of expectations, realistic, compassionate while still focused on the end goal, motivated to succeed for each individual patient. Weaknesses: None! Overall: I thoroughly appreciated that Dr. Skillern would tell us the honest facts about each step in our journey. She never sugar coated the truth when it came to our chances for success along the way. I didn't want someone to feel bad for me or treat me like a number, but rather a partner to reach an end goal - a baby for us!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
She's very clear and direct. If you want a lot of emotion surrounding your situation you may not appreciate her because she's down to business. Her bedside manner is fantastic if you are goal-driven and focused.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern and Dr. Crawford have created a fantastic environment at Fora Fertility. The staff has worked for them for years and it felt like they really cared about my progress and our personal journey. Everyone knew who we were and were invested in our success.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
Given my consecutive losses, Dr. Skillern immediately ruled out IUI. I had an "ok" number of eggs but bad quality, so quickly she recommended IVF and explained why. She knew we didn't want to chance having additional miscarriages but rather "have a baby" in the most direct way possible. We started with a typical protocol for egg retrieval - birth control to normalize followed by the hormone injections. Unfortunately, we got only 3 embryos and none were normal. We decided to proceed with a second round, adding HGH. We ended up with 6 embryos, 4 normal. Since I had no uterine issues we forewent a mock transfer in favor for the frozen embryo transfer after genetic testing.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki)
Rikki was amazing!! She has worked with Dr. Skillern for 10 years and you could tell their relationship was easy and beneficial for the patient.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
Fora was much smaller than the other clinics we looked at, much to our preference. The other main option in town (Texas Fertility) felt like a fertility factory and we were willing to pay a bit more for the hands-on care we received. The clinic itself was brand new when we started with Dr. Skillern so they were still getting organized around paperwork and protocols, but never to the detriment of us as the patient. They were excited to be doing their jobs and creating this space for women.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
Each egg retrieval totaled ~$25K with medications and the embryo transfer was ~$8K with medications.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
Dr. Skillern would not have done a multiple embryo transfer and we were 100% in favor of that approach, never wanting to chance multiples. She was clear that there were only a handful of edge cases during which she would consider it, and if so, she would require counseling for the patient.
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020, Unsuccessful
NPS
0
NPS
0
Age 33
Other
Other
Income $200K - $499K
1st of 3 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
My first experience with Dr. Crawford was an HSG...walked in to the exam room, barely introduced herself and didn’t ask me any questions about why I was there or provide information about what was going to happen...did the procedure which was extremely painful and told me not to sit up and opened the door with my feet still in the stirrups, exposing me to anyone outside the door and left. I was not able to talk to Dr. Crawford or get any information at all unless I scheduled a separate appointment two weeks later to “establish care” even though I had just had an invasive procedure in her office.
The staff at Fora is very apathetic. They provide very little information and if they do help you at all, they make it seem like they are going way out of their way for you. Everything about my experience with Fora staff has been very questionable and it made my treatment much much more difficult then it should have been...would not schedule me or let me know what days were available or even talk to me at all until I paid in full online.
How was your experience with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
I was given very little information from Dr. Crawford. I had to switch doctors as soon as I was able and found out from my new provider that I was not the first patient to leave Fora Fertility because of bad experiences. Dr. Crawford prescribed me medications that my new provider indicated were not necessary and I should not be taking. I was prescribed these medications from Dr. Crawford without any information on what she was prescribing and why, or how to take them. I had an idea that was the case so I pushed back on this and Fora demanded that I take them and called me to make sure I took the meds. My new provider has had many concerns about Dr. Crawfords approach to my treatment. Additionally, I was not given any information on when my surgery would need to be scheduled. I was not given a timeframe or any details to prepare which I had asked for because I needed to prepare to take time off of work. They would not schedule me or let me know what days were available or even talk to me at all until I paid in full online. There was a line item for an unexplained dollar amount for services rendered that day and I was required to submit payment without a bill, an explanation, or any idea of when the producer would happen (or if it would happen at all). I was forced to pay to get anyone to talk to me and then I received a call with the time of my surgery. Still no date provided... and then I found out it was schedule one day out which put my life in a panic. My new provider let me know that this is a procedure that can most certainly be planned for and scheduled ahead of time so the entire experience was not only nerve racking but completely unnecessary.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
I would never recommend that a friend or prospective patient seek care with Dr. Crawford. My advice would be to search for a reputable clinic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
My first experience with Dr. Crawford was an HSG. She walked in to the exam room, barely introduced herself and didn’t ask me any questions about why I was there or provide information about what was going to happen. She did the procedure which was extremely painful and told me not to sit up and opened the door with my feet still in the stirrups, exposing me to anyone outside the door and left. I was not able to talk to Dr. Crawford or get any information at all unless I scheduled a separate appointment two weeks later to “establish care” even though I had just had an invasive procedure in her office.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Fora Fertility.
The staff at Fora is very apathetic. They provide very little information and if they do help you at all, they make it seem like they are going way out of their way for you. Everything about my experience with Fora staff has been very questionable and it made my treatment much much more difficult then it should have been.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
This clinic was pretty sketchy. I did not feel at any time like I was working with a team of medical professionals. Their communication, billing practices, treatments, and especially facility all left much to be desired.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility.
Unsure
What specific things went wrong at Fora Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fora Fertility.
I should also mention that after my consultation with Dr. Crawford she provided a treatment plan and indicated that her team would contact me for next steps and testing. This never happened and I have not been able to have any of these tests done. If you want to get treated at Fora you have to fight for yourself. Hard.
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Doctor
Natalie Crawford
NPS
Humanity
1 of 5
Communication
1 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
1 of 5
Compassion
1 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
3 of 5
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Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
1 of 5
Scheduling
1 of 5
Billing Department
1 of 5
Nursing Staff
1 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
1 of 5
Educational Resources
1 of 5
2020, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 38
1 IVF
1 Egg Freezing
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
1 IUI With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
She [Dr. Natalie Crawford] talked to me in the same way she would talk to her sister regarding fertility advice. She explained the scientific version of things and was also attentive to the emotional side...Ask her about her own experience and her podcast...a godsend for women like me who want to be mothers but could not follow the easiest path to get there
To me, Fora is more than a clinic, it is a movement. It is run by women who really know their craft. These women took risks to create this clinic. They went out on a limb to follow their own principles and realize their own dreams. These women are doing what they believe in every day. They do it for themselves and they do it for their patients.
How was your experience with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
To me, Fora is more than a clinic, it is a movement. It is run by women who really know their craft. These women took risks to create this clinic. They went out on a limb to follow their own principles and realize their own dreams. These women are doing what they believe in every day. They do it for themselves and they do it for their patients. They are models for young girls everywhere who want to be medical professionals. They are a godsend for women like me who want to be mothers but could not follow the easiest path to get there. I am lucky to be a patient at this place, and what's more, I feel like more than a patient. I feel like a member of this movement and I am proud of it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
Ask her about her own experience and her podcast.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility?
She talked to me in the same way she would talk to her sister regarding fertility advice. She explained the scientific version of things and was also attentive to the emotional side.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Lexi )
She answered all of my emails promptly and answered all of my questions.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
To me, Fora is more than a clinic, it is a movement. It is run by women who really know their craft. These women took risks to create this clinic. They went out on a limb to follow their own principles and realize their own dreams. These women are doing what they believe in every day. They do it for themselves and they do it for their patients. They are models for young girls everywhere who want to be medical professionals. They are a godsend for women like me who want to be mothers but could not follow the easiest path to get there. I am lucky to be a patient at this place, and what's more, I feel like more than a patient. I feel like a member of this movement and I am proud of it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Natalie Crawford at Fora Fertility.
We were paying out of pocket and were surprised by the separate cost of transfer after we had paid for the egg retrieval etc already.
10
Doctor
Natalie Crawford
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 38
2 IVF
2 Embryo Freezing
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Professor
2nd of 2 Docs
2 IUI With Other Docs
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Skillern provided all possible options for my wife and I and helped us make the best choice for our LGBTQ family...completely patient-centered care specific to our particular situation and needs, guided by our goal for our family...We chose to do reciprocal IVF...Our first transfer from our first retrieval resulted in our perfect daughter...We are moving back to California next month, but will be back in Austin without question for Baby #2. We couldn't imagine trusting our future with anyone else.
Fora was welcoming, respectful, and knowledgeable about our needs and desires for our family as a queer couple...you are treated as an individual patient, with unique goals and circumstances and plans. You're also treated as a whole person, going through a difficult process, who deserves to be informed and cared for throughout it. I would recommend Fora to anyone looking for a careful, conscientious place to do IVF.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
I could not recommend Fora Fertility more. Dr. Skillern and Rikki Richardson were a team made for us; they were consistently honest, careful, thorough, and patient-centered throughout our entire process. My wife and I met Dr. Skillern April of 2020. She did thorough testing and guided us through the options for us, laying out statistical likelihoods of each path and leaving the decision up to us. We chose to do reciprocal IVF and began the first cycle in the summer. Dr. Skillern proscribed our meds and monitored everything to make sure all was aligned for the retrievals and transfers. Our first transfer from our first retrieval resulted in our perfect daughter, born in summer 2021. We are moving back to California next month, but will be back in Austin without question for Baby #2. We couldn't imagine trusting our future with anyone else.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr, Skillern provided completely patient-centered care specific to our particular situation and needs, guided by our goal for our family.
How competent was Amanda Skillern at LGBTQ care?
Dr. Skillern provided all possible options for my wife and I and helped us make the best choice for our LGBTQ family.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki Richardson)
Rikki is amazing. She was so organized, coordinated everything, cared for us deeply, and made sure everything went as smoothly as possible. Everyday for months, we came in for Rikki's injection clinic, building not only confidence in our path but a beautiful friendship along the way. Our first retrieval resulted in one embryo and our second resulted in three because Dr. Skillern and Rikki assessed and adjusted based on the results from the first retrieval, always working as hard as possible for the best outcome for each patient. Every day with our daughter is a gift and we will forever be grateful to Fora Fertility and our dream team Dr. Skillern and Rikki for making our most beautiful dreams materialize.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
At Fora, you are treated as an individual patient, with unique goals and circumstances and plans. You're also treated as a whole person, going through a difficult process, who deserves to be informed and cared for throughout it. I would recommend Fora to anyone looking for a careful, conscientious place to do IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
$36,000
How competent was Fora Fertility at LGBTQ care?
Fora was welcoming, respectful, and knowledgeable about our needs and desires for our family as a queer couple.
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
LGBTQ Care
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
LGBTQ Care
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5