Dr. Makarov provides completely customized care for each patient. After each appointment, she reviews your ultrasound and bloodwork, and follows up with specific next steps over email based on the results. Communication was very clear, prompt, and I always felt like I had a game plan specific to my case...believe in a more natural approach to IVF... implemented a natural transfer protocol, syncing the timing with my existing cycle...
New Hope has open monitoring hours so you just show up anytime during the 7am-noon window of time and get seen by the doctor/PA/nurse in the order you arrive. They're extremely efficient with getting you in and out...[nurses were] Extremely caring, kind and knowledgeable. They were also phenomenal communicators. It was always easy to get responses in the portal or over the phone....
How was your experience with Jennifer Kulp Makarov at New Hope Fertility Center?
I was referred to Dr. Makarov by a friend after 2 failed egg retrievals at another clinic due to producing zero blastocysts. My old doctor told us our infertility was due to poor egg quality (I'm 33 for reference) and we should start thinking about donor eggs. In our first consult with Dr. Makarov, she assured me there was nothing wrong with my eggs and that I was simply overstimulated with way too many injectable medications. She thought I was a perfect candidate for mini-IVF, a lower stimulation protocol with more oral medications. We would get fewer eggs, but they would be higher quality and ultimately result in more blastocysts . In that one conversation, Dr. Makarov revived our hope and we felt 100% confident in putting her in charge of our care. Our mini-IVF cycle was as successful as she predicted, we produced 3 blastocysts (with my own eggs!) and all 3 ended up being PGS normal. We transferred our first embryo in September and just gave birth to my son in May. I truly can't recommend Dr. Makarov enough, she's incredibly smart and knowledgeable. Where my old doctor made me feel like a lost cause, Dr. Makarov made me feel optimistic and excited about the process again (which is really hard after 2+ years of infertility, 1 miscarriage, 3 IUIs, and 2x failed egg retrievals).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jennifer Kulp Makarov at New Hope Fertility Center?
Put your trust in Dr. Makarov and her team. Their approach may seem a little different (i.e. mini-IVF is a little unusual if you've done IVF elsewhere) but trust that they know what they're doing and are customizing your care for a reason, above all they want you to be successful. The only thing that took some getting used to at New Hope is that you won't see Dr. Makarov at every visit, sometimes you'll meet with her PA who is fantastic as well as the nurses. Even if Dr. Makarov isn't meeting with you, she's always reviewing your bloodwork and ultrasound to recommend next steps.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jennifer Kulp Makarov at New Hope Fertility Center?
Even though New Hope is a large clinic, Dr. Makarov provides completely customized care for each patient. After each appointment, she reviews your ultrasound and bloodwork, and follows up with specific next steps over email based on the results. Communication was very clear, prompt, and I always felt like I had a game plan specific to my case.
Describe the protocols Jennifer Kulp Makarov used in your cycles at New Hope Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Dr Makarov and New Hope in general believe in a more natural approach to IVF. That means leveraging your body's natural hormones and supplementing with less stimulation, more oral medication (clomid, letrozole) and less injectables (we only used gonal-f and cetrotide) at 1/3 of the doses we had used with traditional IVF at our old clinic. And when we were ready to transfer, Dr Makarov implemented a natural transfer protocol, syncing the timing with my existing cycle. Ultimately, this approach with less medication and lower dose hormones made all the difference.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at New Hope Fertility Center.
Extremely caring, kind and knowledgeable. They were also phenomenal communicators. It was always easy to get responses in the portal or over the phone.
Describe your experience with New Hope Fertility Center.
- New Hope has open monitoring hours so you just show up anytime during the 7am-noon window of time and get seen by the doctor/PA/nurse in the order you arrive. They're extremely efficient with getting you in and out. This made it easy to fit my schedule and go to the office before work plus less stressful if you hit traffic on the way to the clinic.
- customized protocols
- Really great communication through the portal
- Very thorough
- Innovative. New Hope is on the cutting edge of new reproductive technology
- All of the doctors do the procedures so its not guaranteed that your primary RE will do your egg retrieval, transfer, etc.
- You won't always see a doctor during monitoring
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at New Hope Fertility Center.
An efficient, well-oiled machine. Bloodwork was done right outside of the ultrasound rooms so they did a great job of getting everyone in and out.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jennifer Kulp Makarov at New Hope Fertility Center.
New Hope was very transparent about the costs. They provide a piece of paper that outlines costs if you were to self-play for each individual procedure they offer. Since New Hope does everything in-house, I felt like their costs were less expensive compared to my first clinic where all procedures had to happen at a nearby hospital.
Describe Jennifer Kulp Makarov's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New Hope Fertility Center.
Since my embryos were genetically tested, highly rated and I'm under 35, Dr Makarov felt strongly about only transferring one embryo. However I know other patients that transferred 2x if they were older and their embryos were untested. It seems that the decision is made on a case by case basis.
What specific things went wrong at New Hope Fertility Center?
- Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at New Hope Fertility Center.
I had one situation where I was emailed inaccurate changes to my medication protocol. However I called the clinic to question it and it was quickly resolved before I implemented the changes. The nurse was extremely apologetic and nothing like that ever happened again.