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CT Fertility - provider profile and satisfaction report

www.ctfertility.com

Locations: Bridgeport, CT, USA
Contact: Dr. Melvin Thornton OR Linda Vignapiano
Email: melvin.thornton@ctfertility.com OR linda.vignapiano@ctfertility.com
Phone: +1 203-373-1200


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Services:

  IVF clinic?
  Surrogacy agency?
  Egg donation?
  Law firm?


 

Year founded: 1991
Employees: 30


 


About CT Fertility:*

CT Fertility strives to provide all patients every available option for building their family. For the last 25 years we have been a leader in fertility, and have been widely recognized throughout Europe and the U.S. as a preeminent fertility center for advanced reproductive care of infertile couples, singles and same-sex couples. In the past year, Melvin Thornton, II, MD joined our practice as Acting Medical Director and Director of the Egg Donor Program.  After 15 years as a Professor at the Columbia University College of Medicine and Medical Director of the Columbia University IVF program, as well as 9 years as Director of the Columbia University donor egg program, we are honored to have him be a part of the leadership team. We take great pride in partnering with, guiding and empowering our patients to achieve their unique family building goals. Based in a brand-new facility in beautiful Trumbull, CT, just 90 minutes north of New York City, CT Fertility also has offices in Manhattan. We are thrilled to announce our expansion into Europe with a new office in Barcelona, Spain. By expanding our capacity and presence, we hope to bring new family building options to patients around the world.

* This description was provided by the service provider.

 


 


Ratings and reviews - from our Surveys

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Fertility clinic satisfaction - overall score (out of 10)

  Clinic score
Overall
(9.26)
Count: 174
Not Applicable: 0

Clinic experience

  Clinic rating
Quality of medical services (contribution to the success of journey)
(9.67)
Count: 174
Not Applicable: 0
Responsive, informative and supportive
(8.96)
Count: 173
Not Applicable: 0
Egg donor options, screening and matching
(8.93)
Count: 143
Not Applicable: 0
Gay friendly and knowledgeable
(9.80)
Count: 152
Not Applicable: 0
Accommodation of international parents
(9.48)
Count: 90
Not Applicable: 0

Clinic recommendation rate

Value Percent  
Yes 97.1%
No 2.9%
 
Statistics
Total Responses 174
Average 1.0

Clinic reviews and comments

Response
A very professional and friendly services. Worked first time so highly recommended.
CT Fertility is amazing. Dr Doyle and Dr Williams are wonderful. I now have 4 children!!!!!!!!!!!
Can't say enough good things about Dr. Doyle. We wouldn't be parents without him.
Dr, Doyle was great. We hear amazing things about Dr. Thornton.
Dr. Doyle and Dr. Williams and staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful to us.
Dr. Doyle and his staff were simply the best.
Dr. Doyle and his team very caring and supportive.
Dr. Doyle and the staff are exceptional. We would highly recommend.
Dr. Doyle knows his job and you feel you are in good hands.
Excellent experience. Dr. Doyle is extremely professional.
Excellent fertility clinic!
Excellent travail, communication et conseil. Nous sommes très content.
Extremely knowledgeable and the physician and scientific professionals were very approachable.
Friendly and efficient from start to finish.
It worked first time so it was the best outcome possible for us.
Thank so much to the CT Fertility Team!
This clinic was on the expensive side.
Very friendly staff.
Very satisfied with services and information provided during the journey
Wonderful people, great service. Trustworthy.
expensive but very succesive
the third cycle was with a new egg donor - and its worked superbly
www.gaysurrogacy.co.uk
We love this clinic, the people were amazing. The only thing in the matching process, communication wasn't the best.
CT worked very well for us. Professional and delivered extremely well. We felt very supported by Dr. Doyle.
Worldwide Surrogacy is well suited to support intended parents on this journey. I found them to be professional, available, thoughtful and supportive throughout the process I very strongly recommend them to others.
Dr. Doyle was and is very professional. We sincerely appreciate his help in all aspects. Thanks to his medical expertise, we succeeded in the twin pregnancy with the first attempt.
CT Fertility was amazing. They were incredibly supportive, detail-oriented, and accessible. Dr. Doyle was always available to spend time talking over our rather complicated situation, and he couldn't have been more on top of things and helpful. Moreover, it's clear that he is incredibly competent and closely keeping up with the latest research and technology. Simply put, we couldn't have been more pleased with our experience with CT Fertility.
Dr. Doyle and his staff made an effort to speak to me one on one. Sharron Steere was exceptional. She answered so many phone calls and emails and made the egg donation process and all that is involved seem so uncomplicated. Being there for the actual embryo transfer is something I will always cherish.
All of us (this includes our surrogate, since we have become good friends) were extremely pleased with the courtesy/respect, kindness and personalized attention we received at CT Fertility, from the receptionist to counselors to nurses to our physician. This was especially appreciated since we came from an 8 year relationship, and 4 miscarriages, with another clinic that made us feel like just a number. And Dr. Doyle, dare I say it, was * fun * to work with because of his terrific sense of humor that did not in way detract from his professional, caring, confidence-inspiring demeanor. We cannot say enough good things about this group. They modified a plan to fit ** our needs ** - they did not try to make us fit into some pre-prepared package that did not fit our situation. We were initially intimidated by using a provider out of state, but that turned out to be a non-issue, logistically minor and absolutely outweighed by the awesome treatment we received. We are now shouting THANK YOU to CT Fertility for our two beautiful babies, created through a loving and personalized process.
We had a bumpy road in the beginning (with some unsuccessful attempts) but the fantastic support from CT Fertility (especially Sharron Steere and Dr Doyle) encouraged us to continue our journey – and now we have two beautiful twin girls!
We made a really good experience with CT Fertility because we were successful in our first try. Their "warranty deal" is expensive but seems to be a good options which not many other clinics offer. From what we know, their success rates are quite good, although slightly less high than those of other clinics, especially in California. They also have a lot of known egg donors in their portfolio and the information about them is very detailed. The nurse who runs the day-to-day affairs in the clinic is extremely responsive and very efficient. The genetic advisor is very friendly and competent, but sometimes takes a rather long time to answer his emails. Dr. Doyle is a nice person and seems to be a very experienced professional.
Dr. Doyle was very helpful and very personable. He really seem to care about our situation. Every step was explained carefully and all of our options were presented.
The Fertility Clinic and Doctor Doyle were really great. Everything went very smoothly and the whole team was really helpful and supportive. The only bad thing was the cost that were initially estimated a lot lower than they turned out to be in the end. But probably that was not the mistake of the clinic but another mistake of our agency that made the estimation.
Overall CT Fertility was good because at the end it worked. Dr Doyle is a very good support, we loved him for that. In the first year (before having more clients) they were truly great. But, after they were very busy with the rush of new clients and they had the following problems: they were expensive; we sometimes felt we were just a number; they made mistakes in the bills and sometimes they were hard to reach. But in spite of all the bumps that came in our road (infertility issues independent from CT Fertility), it worked at the end so for that we are grateful.
Everyone was friendly, available, pleasant, incredibly knowledgeable and concerned. They understood the scope of the whole process and made sure to go over every detail at length.
Top notch in every way. Dr Doyle and his entire staff could not have more professional and friendly. We had many questions up front and all were answered timely and honestly.
We used CT Fertility and were incredibly happy with their service. We met Dr. Doyle through a friend and he was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and straight forward. His staff, especially, Christine, were all very helpful and supportive all the way through. We now have a very happy little girl and will be forever grateful to them. We would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to do surrogacy.
Felt very comfortable with everyone there. Of course, the whole situation is very clinical and unromantic, but that is part of the deal with IVF. I would highly recommend CTF.
Trato muy humano. Hoy en día aún mantenemos contacto con enfermeras de la clínica. Tuvimos mucha suerte y nos quedamos embarazados a la primera. Nos informaban de todo al instante. Repetiríamos seguro!
I have a positive experience workiing with CT Fertility and I strongly recommend the clinic to others
In generel we were satisfied, but sometimes we had to insist to get them to turn back to us. They were not so quickly to answer always.
Again, Dr. Doyle was very caring and responsive. He came in on a Sunday to discuss the transfer with us.
Was very pleased with CFA - the staff was great , easy to work with etc. Made this part of the journey very easy for us.
We couldn't be happier with CT Fertility. We used one of their egg donors and had a successful transfer single embryo transfer on the first try. The staff was supportive and very informative throughout the process.
Dr. Doyle was extremely personal, professional, responsive and supportive. We were very impressed with the clinic. In particular we were impressed by their range of egg donors, which proved better than the specialist egg donor agencies. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending them.
They seem like the best in the business. The egg donor that they first recommended ended up being the one I chose, even after looking at a bunch of other profiles. The only reason I give 9 stars rather than 10 for their egg donor options is that the pool seemed relatively limited. Although since they were all pre-screened, I guess that counts for more.
CT Fertility was great - we met Dr. Doyle at an Human Rights Campaign seminar on surrogacy and were immediately impressed with his passion and expertise about IVF. Both of us were a little nervous about the entire process of selecting an egg donor (side note: we loved the move to include videos in each of the egg donor's profiles!), creating the embryos, ensuring that our surrogate was medically ready (side note: we especially liked the fact that Dr. Doyle had to approve our surrogate before we moved to the first step), and then transplanting them into our surrogate. He and his team were highly professional, walked us through the processes and were in contact with us each step of the way, and kept us in the loop throughout the fertilization and embryo development processes. The work of an IVF clinic is an interesting place since you can't really "see" any of the work that they're doing, you have to trust the medical professionals. We did and got pregnant with the first transfer. If we had to recommend that CT improve anything, it is that there needs to be better coordination between the surrogate, egg donor, and IPs. We ran into a situation where our (then) egg donor was available for the time period on the website, but then she wanted to delay and delay the transfer because of her schedule, which freaked out our surrogate and could have delayed the process for 6 months. We're not sure what CT could have done per se, but ensuring that the egg donors know that they have to be flexible with their schedules would help. In the end, it worked out since we love our (new) egg donor.
(català) hi vaig arribar recomanat i per descomptat, en quedar embarassat a la primera, no puc pas fer res més que recomenar-los, saben el que fan!!!!
The experience with CT Fertility was a wonderful experience. At the start of the journey we traded a lot of emails and calls with the various contacts at CT Fertility and always found them to be helpful. Selecting an egg donor was a challenge for us, but found the process to be well guided with CT Fertility's staff.
We loved working with CT Fertility. Everyone there was friendly and professional, and made us feel very taken care of the entire time.
It would be hard to say anything negative about CT Fertility. Dr. Doyle and his team "gave" us our daughter on the first attempt. We are blessed and thankful. We would 100% use them again.
Beside the person who was in charge of the egg donor matching part, which was very annoying, we were very happy with CT and recommend it to everybody!
I started out impressed by CT Fertility. However, I ended up finding them to be extremely expensive (far more than other, frankly better, clinics I have found) and less than completely honest.
Dr. Doyle is an excellent doctor and clearly cared about our success rate. Our only issue with CT was the level of communication. Since it was our first surrogacy journey, it would have been helpful if the clinic spent more time with orienting us on the process and the medical background. It almost felt like we were expected to know everything about a good egg donor candidate. Intended parents would benefit greatly if the clinic spent a few minutes with the parents discussing the process. Overall, we would still recommend this clinic.
While I would generally recommend them to others, I have found another clinic that I prefer in terms of location, results, and price.
We highly recommend Dr. Doyle and CT Fertility! They went out of their way to help us and they were completely dedicated to helping us have children. We love them!
Very friendly and helpful staff. Dr Doyle is very skillful and nice. Very high success rate at least from what we know among the friends who used CFA.
They were very accommodating and helpful the entire way. They are a busy clinic so we expected to be lost in the crowd. But we received a lot of attention and help. And our baby!
We will do the second half of the with them. This shows that we are really satisfied. Very friendly and helpful staff. They know what they do.
We had a great experience with CT Fertility. Everyone was incredibly supportive and caring, especially Sharron, Jamie and Dr. Doyle. We definitely recommend working with them.
We were very satisfied with CT Fertility. The only challenge we had was lack of communication with certain personnel. I think this has to do with the major changes that are going on with the clinic. Dr. Doyle was amazing and he will be missed for sure. He created a wonderful clinic and is excellent at what he does.
Each individual at the Clinic is extremely knowledgeable about their area of expertise, professional, friendly and supportive. We will use them again and we recommend them to others. Our one issue, though, is that we often felt like we were managing this process and not the other way around. We were using a friend, who lives thousands of miles away, as an altruistic, gestational surrogate, so her timeline was primary followed by our timeline. Since none of us had been through this process before there were many factors of which we were unaware and having one point of contact to help us from the beginning (the time we first walked through their door to say we were interested) till the 12th week of pregnancy would have made things easier and avoided lots of stressful, last-minute situations.
Connecticut Fertility Associates were helpful and experienced. We got pregnant from the first transfer.
The doctors and nurses at CT Fertility are top notch at what they do but most importantly they are each ind and make a very stressful and uncomfortable part of the process easy and comfortable. Everyone their took a special interest in us and help us tremendously.
Although "recommend" is quite a strong word... I would not not-recommend... Our initial egg-donor issue relates to CTF as well as Circle... and so we felt we could not really trust them when we really needed to. Additionally, there was an issue with cost that we felt was handled very badly.
I've called multiple fertility centers before choosing CT Fertility. Jamie made me feel at ease with his knowledge. He was friendly and made it more personable as oppose to being all business. Speaking with Dr. Doyle, i felt he was very confident in his work which further put my mind at ease. CT Fertility is quite a distance away but it's worth my trip.
Dr. Doyle is terrific to work with, and you get the sense that he really cares about his patients, in addition to really knowing his stuff. Their facility is great - able to handle most everything in one place. While nice, you also don't get the impression that all your money is going into office furnishings either. When there are hiccups, he is very patient in helping you to understand what is going on and what options are available. In our case the medical result was excellent - we achieved twins on the first fresh cycle, and they are now approaching one year old and are happy and healthy. We also appreciated their approach to genetic counselling. We couldn't be happier, and highly recommend Dr. Doyle and CT Fertility.
Dr. Doyle was just wonderful. We lost our baby during our second pregnancy and he said he would do whatever it takes to make sure we had children - and now we have two beautiful twins.
Similar to Circle's, CT did not have any South/Central American donors therefore my partner and I had to go to an independent egg donor clinic to find a central/south american egg. I dont know if that expanded their selection.
Very professional and enjoyable experience. Staff were supportive and made the journey a great one for us.
CTFertility now has new management, stafiing, and a new location and I'm not sure how well the transition has gone. They are not honoring the previous director's financial commitments and so my impending second journey has become much more expensive than planned.
VERY LGBT friendly and easy to work with in so many ways. They are very well staffed and get back to you ASAP. Dr. Doyle is very personable and easy going.
The Fertility Clinic I worked with basically worked with me in every way. Very personable and they took the time to explain the process to me. Very responsive to all my concerns and questions, and I was able to work with the same contact people throughout the process. I did not feel overwhelmed with a bunch of people with different "titles" contacting me as I had experienced with my Surrogacy Agency. The Fertility Clinic provided me with a beautiful egg donor and most important, the transfer was a huge success and I now have a beautiful daughter. Have decided to have another child and will work with the same fertility clinic without hesitation. Very satisfied and fortunate to have worked with my clinic.
Everybody at CT Fertility was amazing. From Dr Doyle to Sharon to Jamie... I couldn't recommend them more.
The entire staff was great, led by a true leader Dr. Doyle. Everything single thing that was promised was delivered and with the utmost professional service and clearly an interest and caring that was above expectations. The communication could not have been better, the accessibility was amazing, the many questions we had were answered patiently and professionally. We always felt we were in the best hands possible.
CFA was professional and friendly. My and my twins have even visited Dr. Doyle and he was a gracious host. (They loved the Hershey's kisses!)
מרפאה מעולה. היו נחמדים ויעילים. מגוון תרומות ביצית לא מאד גדול, אבל כל התורמות מסוננות מראש רפואית מה שמאד מקל על התהליך.
Dr. Doyle and Dr. Jamie Steer were very attentive since we first met to discuss our options and dreams. The clear and friendly explanation when we first met in NYC were vital for deciding working with them. They accommodated all our personal needs, specially because we are international parents from Brazil and they were always there for us when we asked and needed anything. The clinic is very nice and the staff extra-friendly. We loved the treatment we've had! Hope see you again! Best experience ever!
CTF is wonderful - extremely responsive and professional. The staff is terrific. We loved them, and our surrogate did too. In addition to being professional, they are just nice people to work with. They made us comfortable. CTF was highly recommended to us by several of our friends.
The team of CT Fertility was always very professional and totally adjust to our needs. They were very supportive and friendly during the full process and always very responsive while waiting for the pregnancy results. We highly recommend CT Fertility.
was expensive. didn't treat all their clients evenly. forced our agency travel thru the USA for tests, but forgot to do one of the tests. bothering us with alleged debt from time to time, after almost three year since the process, with no actual grounds
CT fertility was great. The doctors and the nursing staff were professional, responsive and efficient in their work and communication.
We decided to do a single embryo transfer. We get pregnant with the first try. They look very professional and were at a high scientific level
They are a not very big but very popular clinic which recently seems to have more clients then they can cope with. Dr. Doyle is very friendly, his nurse, Sharon, amazingly efficient and devoted to her work. His genetic advisor, Jamie, is sometimes very slow responding to messages. Their success rate with frozen transfers seem to be a little lower that at other clinics.
CT Fertility was excellent. HIgly receommend them. Overall A+ experience. Everyone very friendly and accessible 24/7.
Notwithstanding representations the clinic made about the breadth and quality of egg donors, we had difficulty finding a suitable donor and eventually had to utilize an independent agency. One of the clinic's key staff members was very difficult to work with.
Poor information with us, made us feel a that every question was non sense. Poor personal aproaching from some of their staff.
(Português) A CT Fertility é nota 10!!! Todos os funcionários são muito atenciosos e profissionais. Os médicos são muito qualificados e competentes. São honestos em seu aconselhamento e personalizam o processo de gravidez de substituição (barriga de aluguel) para atender as especificidades de cada um. Somos um casal gay do Brasil e nos sentimos muito acolhidos e fomos muito bem orientados em tudo. Com certeza, a excelência da CT Fertility fez com que a nossa jornada pela paternidade fosse muito tranquila. Recomendados a qualquer casal, especialmente aos casais gays, que busquem a ajuda calorosa dessa clínica.



Journey statistics for service provider

Number of IVF / IUI cycles done until journey resulted in a birth

Value Percent   Count
One 74.4%
125
Two 13.1%
22
Three 7.7%
13
Four 2.4%
4
Five 1.8%
3
Six 0.6%
1
  Total 168
Statistics
Total Responses 168
Average 1.5

Type of transfer that resulted in pregnancy (if done IVF)

Value Percent  
Egg donation - fresh 65.4%
Egg donation - fresh / shared (you received only part of the eggs your donor provided) 7.4%
Egg donation - frozen / egg bank 8.6%
Frozen embryo transfer (from your previous cycle) 17.9%
Embryo donation (Embryos donated by other parents) 0.6%
 
Statistics
Total Responses 162

Known / Anonymous egg donation

Value Percent   Count
Unknown 27.5%
44
Known 64.4%
103
Other 8.1%
13
  Total 160
Statistics
Total Responses 160
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 162
Anonymous until the children want to meet her 1
Anonymous, but am open to meet later in life 1
Anonymous. After birth she agreed to be in contact with us 1
Eggs from both known and unknown donors 1
En el contrato aparece como anónima pero la conocimos y tenemos contacto con ella. 1
Known but not willing to meet the child 1
Known idenity but no obligation or willingness to meet our children 1
She said known, but never answered my messages 1
Technically anonymous, but we met her and is willing to meet children in the future 1
anonima en contrato pero tenemos contacto con ella 1
anonomous for now but willing to meet children later 1
anonymous but had skype contact 1
identified 1

Egg donation source

Value Percent   Count
Intended mother (no donor) 2.4%
4
Family or friend 1.8%
3
Surrogacy agency 20.7%
34
Independent Egg donation agency 9.2%
15
Fertility clinic 65.9%
108
  Total 164
Statistics
Total Responses 164



Demographics / family makeup

Gay / straight

Value Percent   Count
LGBT 80.3%
126
Straight 19.8%
31
  Total 157
Statistics
Total Responses 157

Countries

Value Percent   Count
United States 58.4%
101
United Kingdom 5.8%
10
Israel 5.8%
10
Sweden 4.6%
8
Spain 4.1%
7
France 2.9%
5
Germany 2.9%
5
Ireland 2.3%
4
Australia 1.7%
3
Denmark 1.7%
3
Switzerland 1.7%
3
Netherlands 1.2%
2
Mexico 1.2%
2
Greece 1.2%
2
Colombia 0.6%
1
Austria 0.6%
1
Barbados 0.6%
1
Italy 0.6%
1
Norway 0.6%
1
Portugal 0.6%
1
Saint Lucia 0.6%
1
Brazil 0.6%
1
  Total 173
Statistics
Total Responses 173