Here's what our fertility patients have to say:
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We invite you to read reviews from our existing IVF patients.. You can see how patients like you chose to begin their fertility journeys with Dr. Jacobs and what their experiences were like
from Fertility IQ
"He really took the time to get to know us. He listened to our concerns and he helped us make the best decisions for us. He always gave his advice and suggestions but said that in the end, it was up to us...all he wanted was for us to get our family. "
"He is very compasionate. He always make sure to explain every aspect of the process or procedure and includes some humor which breaks the tension and helps me feel more comfortable vs. crying. He always is reminding me that he is always just a email away. he is very knowledgeable in the field."
9/8/2018 from Google.com
"We were so blessed to have found such an amazing fertility doctor! He is so knowledgeable and great at explaining each and every step of the process. We can't say enough great things about Dr. Jacobs and the entire team at FCI. We owe them everything and look forward to returning in the near future! This is the Dr. to see!!"
9/2/2018 from RateMDs.com
"Dr J is a seasoned doctor, he knows his stuff. We did an immense amount of research before choosing a doctor. Prior to FCI we went to NW, I would have to show up hours prior to my appointment time and sit on a floor in a hallway with 25+ women waiting for the doors to unlock. At FCI you are not just a number, this man answered all of my questions, I could email him at any time in the night and he would always respond within a few hours. IVF is anxiety provoking and Dr. J gets it, granted he is a professional in speciality, whom typically from my experience most have the brains but not the bedside manner, Dr. J is down to earth as well and can hold a conversation. We suffered loss and he was right there holding my hand getting me through this once again. My husband and I admire most is DR. Jacob's honesty. It's not about the money to this man, he is not going to sugar coat things and make you do cycle after cycle.. he is honest and tells you the problem, and the solution which in turn brings us to our child. We were not an easy case by any means, yes, I am that paranoid patient with 10,000 questions , my husband has severe male factor and I am more than likely DOR. Our baby is due in January thanks to this man!"
L A J
7/19/2018 from Healthgrades.com
"Doctor Jacobs is warm, kind and very supportive. He is super experience and honest. He came up with game plan and it was always open to questions. It took me some time to get pregnant but he was confident it will work and it happen. I will recommend Doctor Jacobs to everyone who is trying to have a baby."
7/14/2018 from Healthgrades.com
"Dr. Jacobs and his team were outstanding from our first appointment to our last. The entire team at FCI never missed a beat which is so valuable for someone experiencing infertility. The communication with both Dr. Jacobs and the nurses was excellent and as frequent as we needed it."
S.V. in Buffalo Grove, IL
7/11/2018 from Healthgrades.com
"Dr Jacobs was a life saver. My husband and I had worked with a prior doctor that was difficult to work with. I made an apt with him worried that I would be turned away because of my type 1 diabetes. He embraced me, encouraged me, told me what an amazing job I was doing and he set me up with a plan. A few months later we were pregnant! I wish we had started with him :) Always there to answer ANY questions. "
7/1/2018 from Healthgrades.com
"Dr. Jacobs and his nurse Jen were always available to answer any questions or concerns. They always made my husband and I feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Could not have asked for a better experience. "
6/26/2018 from Facebook
"Today was very special for 3 friends. Myself, Christine Ruth and Jen Harris Santos got to bring our miracle IVF babies in to meet Dr Laurence A. Jacobs & staff! We all went to see Dr. Jacobs for different infertility reasons and have had our dreams come true thanks to his hard work and expertise. Thank you so much for everything! So grateful for these friends and for our babies to grow up together. "
6/09/2018 from Vitals.com
"Dr. Jacobs and his staff made a very specialized plan for our male factor infertility. They walked us through all the procedures it would take and made their selves always available for questions or concerns. And now we are thankful and overjoyed that we are pregnant with a baby that is genetically our own."
6/02/2018 from RateMDs.com
"I have been a patient for the past 5 years, and have recommended Dr. Jacobs to many of my friends and family members. I will continue to do so!"
5/30/2018 from RateMDs.com
"I had an amazing experience that I want to share. I was seeing another fertility specialist in Hoffman Estates and did IVF last December but failed. I am only 34 but had poor quality embryos and the doctor told me I needed donor egg. I was appalled and sought another opinion with Dr Jacobs. He did not give me any false hope and was very honest and upfront. He started me on a few 'egg vitamins' and discussed changing my eating habits and agreed to try a different protocol for IVF stimulation. I am now 9 weeks pregnant and very thankful that I found him."
5/18/2018 from Vitals.com
"Dr. Jacobs was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole process."
5/14/2018 from RateMDs.com
"Saw Dr Jacobs in my 20’s for surgery and he told me what my future held with IVF. After several attempts with another doctor due to my insurance I could never keep a pregnancy. I went back to him now in my 40’s with new advances and new tests he was only doing at the time and within a year I had my twins. I have a family now thanks to him."
5/12/2018 from RateMDs.com
"I just had an amazing experience that I need to share even though I rarely write reviews. I have failed three IVF attempts at RMA with a Doctor Who has little personality and little exclamation for my failed IVF attempts. I decided to see Dr. Jacobs because he has hundreds of five star reviews on the Internet , and now I see why! He was very pleasant and informative and spent time with me answering all my questions. More importantly he had several ideas for different stimulations and using egg vitamins due to my age and doing tests such as the ERA and the RECEPTIVDx to get answers for my failed implantation. He was a breath of fresh air after all our failures and he even has a great sense of humor. With my other doctor the atmosphere was like a funeral home! Do not ever be afraid to get a 2nd opinion!"
5/12/2018 from yellowpages.com
"I have had recurrent pregnancy losses as well as a rare genetic mutation and decided to visit Dr. Jacobs for a second opinion about my best options. I only saw Dr. Jacobs for a short while but during my time with him and the clinic, I was extremely impressed with his vast knowledge, professionalism, and care for each of his patients. My husband and I ended up getting pregnant on our own naturally so I did not end up needing an IUI or IVF procedure. However, Dr Jacobs made sure I was on the right medicine to ensure a successful pregnancy. I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and thank him for everything he has done to help us get this far."
5/1/2018 from yellowpages.com
"We could not have found a better doctor for our journey. He was kind, caring, professional and compassionate. Everything one would want in a doctor. His knowledge base is incredible and bedside manner is parallel to none. We have recommended him to several other couples trying to conceive and will continue to do so."
4/10/2018 from yellowpages.com
"Dr. Jacobs has been amazing throughout this tough experience! He has always told me the truth and been a standard of strength and support throughout my process. I was very lucky to have come across him, he is given me one (about to be two) miracles and I owe him a lot for that! Regarding FCI, I was very sad the Crystal Lake office closed. It made my life much more difficult while trying to stay calm through this process. It also seemed like the business turned more into standards than personal caring. It's understandable but would be nice to have that family like feeling when going through this process."
4/6/2018 from Yelp.com
"Dr. Jacobs was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and easily accessible. We saw him in his Hoffman Estates office, which we preferred to Buffal Grove. We couldn't have chosen a better doctor for our journey to expand our family. He worked with us around our religious beliefs to come up with a treatment plan designed specifically for us. He was extremely careful with monitoring and medications, and answered all our questions along the way in a timely manner. We were also impressed with how involved he is with research and development! We are so blessed to have had Dr. Jacobs as our physician to help us expand our family."
3/29/2018 from Lilly Cai
Dear Dr. Jacobs,
I just wanted to express my gratitude toward you and your staff.
As a new patient, I am already impressed with the knowledge, helpfulness, and quick response time of your staff.
The nurse consultation was thorough and detailed. Nurse Amanda made me feel comfortable immediately. She went through the list of drugs with me and informed me about what each medication is for. All of the consent forms were explained in detail, the IVF calendar was well clarified. During the whole session, she was friendly and very patient. I wasn’t afraid to ask her “stupid” questions.
I felt informed and ready for the coming up IVF.
As you know, I was with a previous Doctor last year for IVF. The whole year with that office I never felt the respect and comfort as your staff has shown me in the past few weeks.
Thank you and I look forward to the future with you and your staff.
1/30/2018 from Vitals.com
"Dr. Jacobs was very supportive and did not just treat me like a number on his caseload, but truly cared for me and showed me that he cared about me and my family. I have gone through successful IVF treatment before and did not have the same experience, even though we had a positive outcome. When you are dealing with infertility, it's important to have an emotionally supportive doctor who is not only competent in their medical practice, but can also be supportive and connect on a human level. Dr. Jacobs is also very committed to serving the LGBTQ population, which is an important distinction and something important to us. He was reachable via email throughout all of my treatments and would email me directly when I had questions. I felt I could trust him and his decisions, which can sometimes feel difficult in the midst of difficult fertility treatments. He took great care in helping me get pregnant a second time."
1/26/2018 from Vitals.com
"I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Jacobs! I have never seen another doctor who spends so much time with his patients, truly listens to any and all concerns, answers every silly question, and makes the whole daunting process of fertility treatments really not so bad! Dr. Jacobs looks at the whole picture of all medical issues a patient might be experiencing to determine the best treatment, and it has worked for us twice. We trust him completely and highly recommend him!"
1/21/2018 from RateMD
"We had such a positive experience with Dr. Jacobs. A friend recommended him to me when I was struggling to get pregnant, and from the moment we met him, he made us feel so at ease. The time he spent with us was always so helpful and he never made us feel rushed or unimportant. I appreciate how he always encouraged me to email him with questions because it's rare for you to be able to contact a doctor directly. My husband and I both love Dr. Jacobs and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for fertility treatment."
1/16/2018 from YellowPages
"Dr. Jacobs is amazing. I have been through many ups and downs and he has always been there for me and my husband with support and the next steps."
12/15/2017 from YellowPages
"We are very happy with Dr. Laurence. We decided to try for baby number 2 and because of the great experience we had with Dr. Laurance with our first pregnancy, we chose him again this time around."
- Carmen R.
11/17/2017 from RateMDs
"Always available for questions and help. Takes time to answer fertility and IVF questions during appointments no matter how many you have. I highly recommend this fertility center."
11/17/2017 from YellowPages
"A brilliant fertility doctor, gentle man who never gave us false hope because of my age and many miscarriages, but never gave up on us. He searched for all problems and we are thankful"
11/16/2017 from CitySearch
"dr Jacobs was serious but funny at the right times too. Amazing IVF educator and always responds to my many emails. I wish more MDs were like him!"
- J. Parker
11/14/2017 from HealthGrades
"Personable, gives it to you straight. Treats you like a person."
11/14/2017 from RateMDs
"You will not find a doctor or fertility center that is more kind, compassionate and dedicated to helping you grow your family than Dr. Jacobs. He is incredibly personable and tries to connect with his patients. His nurses and staff were also nothing sort of amazing. They were always there if you had any questions, needed anything and to calm you down if you had any worries. I would highly recommend Dr. Jacobs and his staff to help you grow your family."
- Katie William
10/25/2017 from CitySearch
"Dr. Jacobs was very up front in his discussions about the situation that brought us to him and the expectations of the outcome. He is also through with his initial assessments of his patients and the required tests that help him determine the next path."
10/17/2017 from CitySearch
"We only met with Dr. Jacobs initially through this process and spoke to him to 'graduate' over the phone because his schedule was so full. The little interaction we had with him was pleasant and he made us feel informed/comfortable. We were actually disappointed there wasn't more touch base with him because we did like him. The supporting staff - mainly Vita (ultrasound tech) and Jess (labs) - made the process so much better with their kind demeanor and ability to answer my questions."
- Brenda B.
10/18/2017 from Vitals
"You will not find a more intelligent, caring and compassionate Doctor. Dr. Jacobs is the best of the best. He is willing to go the extra mile to ensure everything that can be done is being done and does it with care and compassion. He is someone you can trust with your every concern. He is available through email any time you have a question and he answers quickly and puts your mind at ease. You will not find better people to help you. They really are the best."
10/17/2017 from YellowPages
"La experiencia con el doctor Laurence Jacobs fue muy buena, despus de dos embarazos ectopicos acudimos a su oficina y estamos muy contentos con los resultados. Al principio fue algo estresante por no tener suficiente informacin pero con la ayuda de el doctor y las enfermeras todo fue ms fcil y rapido. Estamos 15 semanas embarazados!!!"
- A. G.
10/12/2017 from RateMDs
"I was happy with Dr Jacobs, he seems to be a caring Dr that really hopes to make your dreams of building a family come true. He is also open minded."
- T. Higgins
"We were confused and heartbroken when we first learned that we may need to go through IVF to start a family. Physical pain is relative but what is tough about IVF is the mental stress. Dr. Jacobs came to our lives just when we needed someone to tell us everything will be alright. Patience, warmth, discipline and diligence are few words to describe how this incredible fertility doctor manages his patients. How often do we get personal email access for an ivf doctor, the assurance that we are not alone in this fight. He guided us at every step and helped us understand what we were doing and how. We never felt scared or confused and he took the right decisions at the right time - something we can only expect from someone who has dedicated his life for patients like us. Thank you Dr. Jacobs. We would like to thank the amazing team of nurses at Fertility Centers of Illinois. Always welcomed us with warmth and answered all questions. They filled the void one feels when family and friends are far away. Thank you."
10/4/2017 from Vitals
"I loved Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs! He explained everything in a way that we understand and he is very personable!"
10/3/2017 from YellowPages
"Dr. Jacobs has the unique ability to be relatable, knowledgeable, and compassionate all at the same time. He took the time to get to know both me and my husband and was able to develop a game plan that fit our needs. He was always assessable and encouraged questions. Dr. Jacobs never talked down to us and he made us feel comfortable every step of the way. My only complaint is that they do not make more doctors like Dr. Jacobs!"
- Lindsey S
10/3/2017 from RateMDs
"I loved working with Dr. Jacobs. From the very beginning, he made me feel like I was in great hands. He was realistic, but super supported and positive. I had experiences with two other fertility doctors in a different practice, and Dr. Jacobs was a world of difference. I highly recommend his care as he has made all my dreams possible. One thing I really appreciated was that he shared his email address and actually responded to emails. I just emailed a couple of times as his staff is excellent, but it gave me a peace of mind."
9/20/2017 from Vitals .
"Dr. Jacobs came to our lives just when we needed someone to tell us everything will be alright. Patience, warmth, discipline and diligence are few words to describe how he manages his patients. Thank you Dr. Jacobs. We would like to thank the amazing team of nurses at FCI. Always welcomed us with warmth and answered all questions. They filled the void one feels when family and friends are far away. Thank you Jennifer G, Helen, and Melissa."
9/30/2017 from YellowPages
"I switched to Dr. Jacobs after several unsuccessfully years with another fertility doctor. Before my first appointment, he read my entire chart in detail. He created a protocol specific for me and my pcos ovaries. He does a great job providing his rationale. On our first IVF and FET with Dr. Jacobs, we got our BFP!! I highly recommend him."
- Cory M.
9/29/2017 from RateMDs Devyn C.
"Dr. Jacobs never makes you feel like your questions/worries are unjustified. He is very patient, and he is also very skilled."
- Devyn C.
9/28/2017 from YellowPages Debbie Roberson
"Dr. Jacobs has been very kind and compassionate in our journey. Most importantly, he always gave us hope. Both me and my husband are very grateful to Dr. Jacobs for his support, guidance and assurance. We highly recommend him to anyone going through this ordeal."
- Debbie Roberson
9/19/2017 from YellowPages
"Dr. Jacobs and his staff of nurses are extremely compassionate people. I have never felt so cared for and respected by a doctor. The communication provided by this team was outstanding and I always felt I was in the loop of what was happening."
9/6/2017 from RateMDs
"My experience from start to finish was wonderful. Dr. Jacobs is so accessible and compassionate, and his staff is always friendly and responsive to any questions. Bloodwork results are back the same day, the nurses are always very thorough and kind, and Dr. Jacobs responds quickly to his email which I found to be so impressive. He is extremely experienced and well-respected in his field, and that paired with his easygoing and empathetic nature made me know that I was receiving the best care possible. I felt truly valued and cannot recommend Dr. Jacobs enough to anyone going through the daunting and emotional fertility process."
- Erin P.
8/25/2017 from RateMDs
"Fantastic! Dr. Jacobs takes the time to meet with you and is always available to answer questions. He is very patient and makes it a point to treat you like family not just a patient."
9/2/2017 from Vitals
"Great place. We will be back when we are ready for baby number 2!"
- Ashley B
9/2/2017 from YellowPages
"We are very happy that we found Dr.Jacobs. He is very caring and explains the treatment plan and doubts you may have, all your questions are answered before you even ask them. He and his staff are very friendly and are reachable via email and phone. We highly recommend Dr. Jacobs."
- A. Farmer
7/31/2017 from RateMDs
"Dr. Jacobs put us at ease throughout the whole process and kept us optimistic that we would be able to have a family of our own."
8/4/2017 from Vitals
- Erin R.
7/17/2017 from Google+
"Dr. Jacobs was very attentive and compassionate. He took time with us to understand our questions and continued to communicate with us throughout our fertility journey."
- Michele Romero
7/25/2017 from Wellness
"We liked Dr. J from the first meeting - he was extremely knowledgeable, honest and trustworthy. I knew he was doing everything he could to help us but was honest about things that wouldn't. While you get less interaction with him than at a small practice, he is always accessible via email which I really liked - and responded promptly. I highly recommmend Dr. J!"
- Lisa B.
7/14/2017 from YellowPages
"It was a very pleasant experience with Dr. Jacobs. This is our second time getting treatment options from him. He is always very thorough with his plan and always treats his patients with care and compassion."
- Kate C.
7/10/2017 from YellowPages
"I have been a patient of FCI since 2012 but started with Dr Feinberg, so when she left the practice and I decided to do another round of IVF I was nervous about choosing a new doctor. After reading reviews I chose Dr Jacobs and was very happy with him. He made me feel very comfortable and had the attitude 'if it ain't broke, do not fix it', meaning I had had 2 previous pregnancies with Dr Feinberg and we basically just followed her plan. I got pregnant my first round of IVF this time!"
- Rachel R
6/22/2017 from Wellness
"Dr. Jacobs was wonderful. He always answered my questions even on weekends! He is very knowledgeable and works with you."
6/22/2017 from RateMDs
"Dr. Jacobs is absolutely wonderful! He helped us with all three of our pregnancies. He explains everything in detail and makes sure that you understand each step in the process. He gives advice that is best for the patient instead of trying to lead you into options that are more expensive and unnecessary. I highly recommend him."
- Ashley Hollander
6/4/2017 from Vitals
"Dr. Jacobs is the absolute best. Right from the start, he gave us the things we were looking for which were hope and confidence that we were in the right hands. He is compassionate and caring and always listened to our concerns and was always willing to answer any questions we had. We could not have picked a better doctor and are so thankful to have found him!"
- Melissa J
6/5/2017 from Vitals
"Dr. Jacobs is absolutely amazing! He is friendly, educational and down to earth. His practice is thorough. His mannerisms are kind and gentle. Recommended him to family. Will definitely return to him for baby #2! Thank you for our little one. The R's!"
5/30/2017 from ratemds.com
"Dr. Jacobs and FCI have been there to help us achieve our family for over 6.5 years. They are caring, supportive and go above and beyond in every aspect. FCI was the third fertility clinic we went to before finding a place we felt comfortable and that was also successful. Dr. Jacobs helped us achieve our first pregnancy with IVF. He also helped support my early pregnancies 5 years later when we became pregnant spontaneously. I recommend Dr Jacobs and FCI to everyone I know and do not know who needs help in achieving their dreams of having a family. Thank you for everything you do!"
5/4/2017 from ratemds.com
"Dr. Jacobs is beyond compassionate,caring,and truly wants every couple to succeed in becoming parents.He is willing to take on challenges that may stop other doctors in their tracks. He keeps you informed, and is willing to talk/email at any time to help ease any anxieties or fears you may have during the process. He is truly a wonderful doctor."
5/20/17 from yellowpages.com
"Dr. Jacobs helped us conceive 2 children. He is very dedicated to his profession. He is extremely knowledgeable, but most importantly he is genuine and caring. We are very grateful to have found Dr. Jacobs."
5/13/17 from yellowpages.com
"The doctor was great and talked us through everything. He was aware of our concerns and really took it into consideration when choosing a treatment plan."
- Tina H.
9/15/15 from Wellness.com "It was a great experience. All of my questions were always answered and I had not fears because of that." - Jen B.
9/10/15 from Fertility Authority Dr. Jacobs - Professional, Intelligent and Caring
"Dr. Jacobs is an excellent doctor and is highly experienced in his field. Dr. Jacobs is empathetic, understanding and caring. I felt he was honest throughout the process and nothing came as surprise. The staff at his office were helpful in particular his 2 nurses Helen and Barbara. They were able to answer my questions in a timely manner. I can say I have to their other locations but this location by far was the most consistent with their service. I would recommend Dr. Jacobs to any of my family and friends. I was wonderful to meet a Doctor who is truly passionate about their field and really wanting to help people. You don't see that often enough in the medical field." - Anonymous
9/2/15 from Wellness.com "Dr. Jacobs is very nice, easy to talk to, and explains the process well. He always offers to let you email him with any questions. He is also excellent at listening to your questions and suggestions." - T.H.
9/6/15 from Wellness.com "Very personal, willing to answer questions and concerns through email..." - S.B.
8/16/15 from Yellowpages.com "Great staff and wonderful experience. Very comforting to have such caring people." - J. Farrell
7/15/15 from Citysearch.com "Dr. Jacobs is excellent doctor. We dont have words to describe how wonderful he is. He is always positive and energetic with helped us in our process so well. Cant thank Dr. Jacobs enough!" - K.B.
7/23/15 from Vitals.com "Dr Jacobs and his staff were excellent to work with. He was very informative and his nurses, ultrasound tech, and blood work tech were a pleasure. They were always there to help and answered calls and emails in a very timely fashion. It was a blessing having them to help in my fertility journey." - M.G. Shipway
7/29/15 from UCompareHealthCare.com "Dr Jacobs is a very good IVF doctor to work with. Choose him after diligent research online and I was pleased with m and my husband's selection. I would certainly recommend him to other couples - great listener, knowledgeable and answers questions you have through office visits, email or other medium - Could not believe he makes time to send emails - My first visit was on Weekend, which works well with my work schedule - great staff at Crystal Lake office (Roberta the Ultra sound tech is great, Cindy the nurse, and the lab tech Veronica). Front desk staff also helpful - I was glad to 'graduate' to my regular OBGYN with positive pregnancy result." - N.J.R
6/25/15 from Google+ "Dr. Jacobs was very thorough and caring. whenever we had questions he was always available through email no matter what time if was. We are very great[e]ful for ever[y]thing." - Blair B.
6/20/15 from Vitals.com "Dr. Jacobs is by far the best doctor I have ever seen for any medical need. He is so kind and compassionate. He makes himself available to his patient and cares. All the staff at FCI are amazing. I would highly recommend Dr. Jacobs and his staff to anyone." - J.T.
I stare at the screen of my computer trying to come up with the words to thank you for all you have done to create our incredible family. You literally have created this family. You are amazing at what you do. From beginning to end, you make the journey comfortable and manageable. I know there are a lot of fertility doctors out there, but I feel so fortunate that I was referred to you. I think it's so important to feel confident and comfortable with your doctor, and that is exactly how I feel with you. Every time I leave an appointment with you, I walk away feeling so informed and ready to move ahead. There are so many unknowns along the way, but you have a way of making it all manageable.
Your unique profession is one to be admired. I think anyone would agree with that. However, as one of your patients who have been down this road three times with you, I can say with confidence — you are an extraordinary doctor. You have always made me feel calm, hopeful and so well taken care of. I never question anything you tell me to do, and I always feel you give me the time I need to have my questions and concerns addressed.
You have done it again ... you have given us what I consider a miracle. I don't know where we would be without you. I want you to know that even when I am not going through fertility, I look at my girls and I often think of you and how blessed we are to have been under your care. Our beautiful family is complete because of you, and we will forever be grateful, thankful and appreciative of your time and your dedication to your profession.
Thank you again for all that you do on a daily basis.
First and foremost, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to so generously meet with my husband and I. I've done so much research on this subject matter and feel better informed after your meeting than I have felt since I was diagnosed. Never in my 5 years of market research experience have I found staff as friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable as your staff. Not only were they extremely helpful, but they were knowledgeable about the clinic. I commend you and your staff for knowing the importance of making a patient feel at ease. Most patient interactions are with the desk and nursing staff, these people can make all the difference in the patient care. Your staff went out of their way to help me and make my husband and I feel important.
4 week-ends ago our dreams became true with the birth of our long awaited baby thanks to your skills and persistence in believing that success is around the corner through all these years. We want of course to also thank Shirley Zager who has also worked hard to provide us with the successful match -up and make it through the unexpected set-backs. She has done a great job in supporting us and advising us and will be valuable for many future parents who will be in the situation we were last year.
Hi Dr. Jacobs,
I want to update you with my wonderful news. I want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for making my family complete. You and your staff were amazing and pulled us through a very challenging time in our lives. I will be sending a birth announcement for the girls in the office to see our new addition. I have attached a few pics of … for you. When I look into his eyes and think of how his precious life started it makes me so grateful to you and everyone else at FCI who watched over him in the beginning of his life, beyond words!! Life is good!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Dear Dr. Jacobs,
We are very pleased to announce the birth of our son We wouldn't have him if it weren't for you. I want to thank you for all the years of work, and the support that you gave us throughout the entire process. It was a very long journey, but so worth it in the end. We have two beautiful children to show for it!!!
Dear Dr Jacobs, Carol, Pam, Michelle, Lisa, and staff,
We finally did it! There are no words to express how grateful we are for your support, commitment and patience over the years. From the bottom of our hearts thank you for all your help.
I know it is not looking good at this point but we are not giving up yet either. I want you to know how much I appreciate your emails- your compassionate care has really made this process much easier. I think it is rare these days to find a doctor who is as attentive and concerned for his patients. Chris and I both appreciate your communications and despite the outcome of this pregnancy we both feel we are in the best medical care possible. Thank you again and we'll see again tomorrow.
It is very difficult to find the words to express just how thankful we are for what you have done for us. As I look at my beautiful baby boy, the words "thank you" don't even come close to being enough. Our experience at FCI with you and your staff was wonderful. You are all such friendly and caring people who made us feel like we were your only patients. You got to know us as a couple and made us feel so comfortable each time we were in your office. We have told our family and friends all about you and will continue to do so. You have given us the one thing we wanted most in this world when we feared it would never happen—our perfect little boy. For that we are forever grateful. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Hi Dr. Jacobs,
I have a question for you, but first of all want to say thank you for the wonderful care you gave me last week. You made a very difficult process as tolerable as possible. * and I both really appreciated you doing the D&C, especially so quickly after getting the bad news on Tuesday. You have been so attentive and compassionate throughout this whole process, I just feel so grateful to be in your hands, especially now.
I apologize it has taken me so long to write this testimonial and get it to you. Life has been blissfully busy since the birth of our son in January 2009.
My partner and I are extremely grateful to you and your staff for accepting that we wanted a baby, treating us with the utmost respect, and being honest and informative from the beginning with our options. We were extremely fortunate to have been successful on the first try with artificial insemination. I wanted to thank you and all your staff, from the front desk ladies who are always extremely helpful, to the nurses and techs who were so patient and optimistic and excited for me and my partner. I remember the ultrasound tech being more excited than I was when we saw the heartbeat at 6 weeks. I think that was mostly due to me being in shock, but it was so nice to have that support! I can't thank you enough for being so honest and accessible and replying to emails so quickly with any questions I had.
Soon, we will be celebrating his 1st birthday and that wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for you, your staff, and all the FCI employees. I can't thank you enough for helping us have a son! It is a dream come true. I never thought this could be a part of my life. I want other domestic partners out there that are wishing and hoping they can have children to know that your door is open and that you welcome ANYONE/EVERYONE who is wishing to start a family of their own!
At this time of year when I reflect on everyone and everything I am grateful for, you will be a part of that this year and in the future. Thank you for your expertise and kindness during that journey. Take care and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!"
Hi Dr. Jacobs,
"Thanks for the email, it means a lot. It was a long shot, so I am not totally blown away. I can honestly say I am happy we gave it one last go! We will make an appointment to discuss the future options. I actually think we are going to end our journey at this point, but would at least like to touch base with a final appointment. Thanks again for giving it all you got! You and your whole staff have been wonderful to work with.
Thank you so much for thinking of me. It means a lot to me to have such a wonderful doctor who truly cares about me. You are the best doctor! I am doing good and taking extra precautions and relaxing. I keep saying to myself 1 more week :). I hope this is it. Thank you again for all of your advice and your support. Have a wonderful day.
If anyone has the need for a fertility specialist, Dr. Jacobs is by far the #1 person in the U.S. I would recommend. And I would know, because I'm the producer of one of America's most comprehensive films on infertility and I've personally worked and utilized the services of Dr. Jacobs. I recommend him highly and without reservation.
We want to thank you for your wisdom and guidance on our road to becoming a family. You and everyone at FCI truly are an understanding and dedicated group of people. We have felt great about our experience!
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank you for helping to extend our family. Your candor, your skill and your guidance have truly blessed us. We look forward to our baby's arrival.
Thank you so much for all you've done for us. Without you we wouldn't have our family. We are eternally grateful to you and FCI.
She's here and she's beautiful. Such a joy. Thank you so much for everything – your guidance, advice and approach through the whole process. We turned to you when we had almost given up. Thanks for picking up the ball – making us at ease and – of course – to the success.
One year ago Christmas Eve we found out our baby was on her way. Thank you for the best Christmas present we could ever imagine!!
We thank you once again for your skill, expertise, advice and support. Without you we would not have our two precious children.
We are very fortunate to have had you as our RE [reproductive endocrinologist]. Your expertise, your intelligence and your confidence made it easy to trust this process. Your wonderful humor made us smile and laugh … despite the many tears. We are so thankful to have twins on the way! I'm glad you can finally put down my BIG FAT file!!
We don't even know how to begin to thank you for helping us conceive our son. We are in such complete amazement of how perfect he is and how blessed we are that there are doctors like you that care enough to help people like us! We realize how fortunate we are every time we look at our baby. Please know we appreciate all of your advice and effort with us through the IVF process. We will certainly never forget you and your staff.
Before we started seeing you, we went to a different clinic. I cannot tell you how happy we were after switching to your office. Everyone on the staff was so warm and friendly, something we did not experience at [the first clinic]. We certainly felt like a number there. Your office was completely opposite. We could not believe the amount of time you spent with us in our consultation. We knew after the informative 1.5-hour initial consult, we made the right decision to switch. Thank you for that, it was extremely important for us to learn about the process and have enough time to ask questions without feeling rushed.
Please know how much we appreciate your time and your help. We can't thank you enough. Although we are hoping for a future miracle conception without your help, we know it is more realistic we will be seeing you soon! Our baby would love a brother or sister!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! … Our family is very thankful for all of the positive encouragement provided by you and the staff at the Glenview, Buffalo Grove and Chicago offices. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
I just celebrated my twins' 1st birthday and have been reflecting on the journey that brought me to this point. I really want to let you know how truly grateful and thankful I am to have had you as my RE [reproductive endocrinologist]. You are truly an amazing doctor and so good at what you do. I hope that you recognize the joy you have brought to so many patients that may not have been able to have children had it not been for REs such as yourself.
My life has been so much more fulfilled since the birth of my twins. I know that you and the staff at FCI are a big part of that. I will forever be grateful for having had the experience that has given me my angels and I have you to thank for it.
I truly hope that you continue in your line of work as you have brought such joy to my life and to the lives of so many others.
There seems to be a lack of concern for the patient in almost every doctor's office I have been to, but I have to say that I really felt like I was your only patient when I met with you. Especially for such a personal subject as fertility, it's nice to know that there is someone who is available to answer my questions whenever I need information. Your prompt response to my emails is awesome!!
Dr. Jacobs helped bless us with our three wonderful children after years of dealing with infertility. We were feeling so hopeless and he encouraged us that there were options and made us feel confident that we would succeed; he was right.
We could not have asked for a kinder, more caring doctor. He treats his patients like friends; even replying quickly to emails which help assure you through the difficult process of treatments.
He is extremely knowledgeable and informative and explains every step taken. We expected to just have a doctor when we worked with him but we found so much more in him.
We expect to be in touch with him for a very long time.
I want to thank you for making my dream of becoming pregnant come true. You and your team were always there for me to help and guide me through this difficult and stressful process of IVF. You gave me hope, the best results and a permanent smile on my face. You are one of the best doctors I've ever known and a wonderful person and it's a privilege to have met you. Thank you again for everything you have done for me and I hope God provides you and your family everything you wish for.
We are so thankful for all that you have done to help us realize our dream. You never gave up on us, and went above and beyond exceptional care. God answered our prayers when we stepped into your office. Looking forward to Baby #2. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Thank you so much for continuing to be optimistic and enthusiastic throughout all of our cycles. There were so many times I wanted to give up, but you always had another idea! Thank you again for everything you did to make my dream come true. I feel so blessed!!
Dr. Jacobs and FCI were great! Dr. Jacobs was always available for any questions or concerns we had. He never made us feel like a science experiment. He was very friendly and caring. He never gave up on us!
We have no other words to express how we feel other than "thank you, thank you, thank you." We feel so lucky and fortunate. Thank you again for allowing us to experience the joy of another healthy baby. We will never forget the professionalism you and your staff has shown. We will never forget the help you provided to us in achieving something we didn't think was possible. Please never forget how important the work you do is. I certainly will recommend you to friends and family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
We just wanted to share our new addition with you — healthy baby boy. We would not have our 3 children without you. Thank you for the excellent care you have given us. Your patients are very lucky to have you as their doctor.
Thank you. You and your staff have been wonderful! We have been happy with FCI's service since our first phone call to the office as a new patient. Since then, you have all exceeded our expectations as our health care provider. Never have I felt so comfortable to talk to someone about such a sensitive issue as I have with each and every one that has dealt with our journey to conception. There is always a smiling face at the front desk and countless witty/humor-filled conversations with any one of the nurses on any given visit.
I cannot say it enough how wonderful you and your staff are. I consider myself VERY blessed to have found such a great doctor and such a kind and considerate staff. Roberta is an angel and has really been a huge support thru my difficult summer and my new IVF journey. Tammy and Trish always are there to patiently answer ALL of my questions and give a hug if I need it. Gerri and Nancy always are there with a smile and do all they can to work with my schedule. Nancy always gives a genuine "good luck" before I go — it means a lot. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are the best.
What an incredible journey! And never thought that I'd see the day that I would be a mother but here it is at last!
I can't even express enough thanks to you and your staff. I couldn't have had a better experience with you and FCI. Every staff member was so welcoming and helpful. I rarely see that kind of attitude at other doctors' offices. It shows everyone at FCI truly loves what they do. Thank you for the greatest gift I could ever have dreamed of — Motherhood!
I also wanted to let you know that there isn't a day that I don't thank God for putting my care in your hands. I do have to say that I miss my visits to the office and visiting with your staff in Crystal Lake. They are unbelievable and I always felt comfortable and at ease whenever I was there. One of these weeks, I will just have to pop in over my lunch hour to say HI :)
I will keep you updated when they are born!
Thanks again and God's Blessings!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Words cannot express the gratitude that my husband and I have for everything you, your nursing staff, and the rest of your staff have done to make this happen. I am so grateful! It makes all the suffering and heartache worth every minute. Thank you!!!!!
Thank you for real for being so patient and thorough with me. It helps more than you know during times like these when you want so many answers and the emotions are so high:) You always email me clear answers and I love feeling connected to you during stressful times!
I want to thank you and your wonderful FCI team for my happiness — my Twins. I still remember the struggles with my infertility: many shots, canceled cycles, stubborn ovaries, frustration and sadness and finally the day of happiness. You were always upbeat and positive, yet very honest with us. Sorry for all the emails!
Your advice is always wise, and I am glad to have been in your care. Just having the chance to have 3 beautiful children, when 4 years ago we thought we'd be childless is a miracle for us.
Dr. Jacobs helped us achieve our dream of having a family. We are now the proud parents of boy/girl twins. We should have been there at least 3-5 years earlier. To those who are experiencing difficulties conceiving please don't wait too long or you limit your options.
Dr. Jacobs kept us positive during the long process. My advice is never give up till all your options are exhausted. The single best piece of advice we received on this journey came from Dr. Jacobs: Don't celebrate the high points too much and don't get too low on the disappointments. Once you have that bundle (those bundles) of love in your arms you will forget all the trials and hardships along the way.
Dr. Jacobs worked tirelessly with us to determine the best course of action each step of the way. One of the things that really separates him from his peers is his willingness to take time to answer any and all questions. He also promptly, personally returns all e-mails. I do not really know of any other doctors that do this. He and all his staff are so kind and friendly that we came to see them as not only our medical team, but friends.
Thank you for all you and your staff did to make our dream come true.
To those experiencing the same difficulties that we did, you will not find a more talented or carrying doctor than Dr. Jacobs and his team.
My husband and I want to express our gratitude for making our experience under your care so nice. It meant a lot to us. As an excellent medical professional and an exemplary person, we were comfortable and grateful to be working with you.
Thanks for your email Dr. Jacobs. I am keeping my fingers crossed so this time we go all the way to the end, with a healthy and full blown pregnancy.
I can't put into words how wonderful you and your staff have been. It's a true blessing to go through all this with you guys.
You are awesome! This would not be possible without you, and you have no idea how much we appreciate everything you have done for us. You are a wonderful doctor and have really made all of our dreams come true, and for that we cannot thank you enough!
Thank you for everything! What a wonderful Christmas gift.
Your counseling, articles and your Fit Fertile program were awesome. You were patient and respectful of my weight problem. I was someone who had lost hope of ever having our own children. The weight loss did the job and built me up emotionally. But not only did it help me get healthy, it helped me have my family. I am forever grateful to you.
Thanks for your time. My husband and I have really appreciated the care we receive at your office. Your team is incredible. To walk through a difficult time and find such love has been wonderful.
I know that I can't change the results whatever they are and I did the best I could!! And I am happy with that. I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done, all of you, you are the BEST!!! Whichever way this turns out it certainly has been a journey I will never forget and has made me a much stronger person.
Infertility is physically, emotionally, and financially grueling. If not for the compassionate, personalized care from Dr. Jacobs and his team, I know we could not have endured all the rounds of infertility treatment we underwent. Dr. Jacobs was with us every step of the way - for every cycle. He is hands on and very accessible, and not just during office hours. Thanks to e-mail, I got same day answers to all my questions and concerns! He ensured my husband and I were made aware of every available option that the latest infertility treatments offered. I'm thrilled to say that we're 4 and 1/2 months pregnant thanks to the expert care of Dr. Jacobs. I would highly recommend Dr. Jacobs and FCI to anyone struggling with infertility.
When we came to see you initially we were very frustrated. We had no trouble conceiving initially but after the second miscarriage felt we needed help. The first fertility doctor immediately prescribed fertility drugs. We felt that he had not really examined the cause of the miscarriages. When those initial treatments failed he proposed a more aggressive course. We felt as though we had gone from a problem with miscarriages to a real problem with conceiving.
We were relieved and very hopeful after our first meeting with you. You were so open to our concerns and letting us have a voice in our treatment plan. We are so thankful that with your help we achieved a healthy pregnancy two months after we first saw you. The joy of being a parent is even greater than we imagined. We will definitely see you for number two!!
To go through the infertility process again after 4 years could be discouraging, However, you gave me peace of mind, encouragement and hope. I walked out of our first meeting with a positive feeling that you were going to give it your all so that I could have the chance of achieving pregnancy.
The Crystal Lake staff are the most compassionate, kind, understanding individuals and all these attributes are a reflection of their leader. Even the small things as giving princess stickers to my 3 year old daughter, it meant a lot to us. Thank you for your compassion, humor, and for being available for your patients. I wish more doctors were like you!
We would like to thank you and all your staff for the exceptional experience at your fertility center. Everyone has gone above and beyond their usual responsibilities. We cannot thank you enough for all you have done for us.
We have always been warmly greeted, whether it be on the phone or in person, by Nancy and Gerry. They have always been very helpful when scheduling or rescheduling appointments. They have been very efficient in handing information to the rest of the staff.
Trish, Tammy and Nick were informative and answered all my questions very professionally. They have taken care of me very well.
Two of your staff members, Lisa and Roberta, personally touched our hearts. They are not only professional, knowledgeable and confidant, they are also compassionate, understanding and very sincere. We feel lucky to have them helping us throughout this process, but more importantly, we feel lucky to know them. They both have made this stressful time in our lives that much easier. We thank them with all our hearts for that.
Thank you all again for everything you do everyday.
Thank you Dr. Jacobs and your staff for making our one dream come true. How can we ever show you how thankful we are? It takes a gifted, knowledgeable, and special person to do what you do. Personally speaking, I believe God sends Angels for certain things in our lives — and you, Dr. Jacobs, were heaven sent!
I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for your time and your friendly, patient, kind approach with me in your office yesterday. Dr. Anderson speaks very highly of you and now I understand why. Like most women you see, I am sure, I have a certain degree of trepidation about what lies ahead but I have zero doubt that I have selected the right physician.
I wanted to take a minute to let you know what a wonderful staff you have at your Buffalo Grove office. I have been a patient for about 4 1/2 months, and I have had nothing but positive experiences with your staff. Everyone, from the receptionists to the US technicians, to the nurses, have made this difficult experience less painful.
Two nurses, Carol and Pam, have been particularly pleasurable to work with. Both understand how difficult and uncomfortable it is to be an infertility patient, and are very caring and compassionate. They also show a lot of patience, and take the time to go over things in detail and answer my many questions several times if need be.
If anyone has the need for a fertility specialist, Dr. Jacobs is by far the #1 person in the U.S. I would recommend. And I would know, because I'm the producer of one of America's most comprehensive films on infertility and I've personally worked and utilized the services of Dr. Jacobs. I recommend him highly and without reservation.
"Dr. Jacobs has helped to make our dream come true of becoming parents just when we thought we had exhausted every option. He is an extremely knowledgeable, patient person and doctor and reassured us constantly that with techniques and advancements, there were hopes of us having children. He also took time explaining things to us and gave us ideas we would have never thought of exploring on our own. He returns each and every email too (the only doctor I know that does that!) in a prompt and caring fashion and really helped me keep my head up when I was losing hope."
"Dr Jacobs is ULTRA-ACCESSIBLE like no other fertility doctor!! He is hands-on and very accessible, by phone or email… and not just during office hours. Thanks to e-mail, I got same day answers to all my questions and concerns…it helps more than you know during difficult times when you want so many answers and the emotions are so high."
"One day I happened to run into a woman who was pregnant and we began talking. I have to admit talking to pregnant women wasn't my favorite thing to do after I just went through two failed attempts at IVF and thousands and thousands of dollars later out of our savings account. At that time, I was without a baby , which I've been longing for so bad it hurt and losing hope that the dreams I had to be a mother to several children is a lost dream, and here I am talking to a happy pregnant lady. Well, she starts talking to me more and I decide to divulge my history (I'm not sure why but) she reaches out to me and says, you must come to my doctor. Dr. Laurence Jacobs, at Fertility Centers of Illinois in Crystal Lake, Illinois. This woman told me Dr. Jacobs figured out how to get her pregnant and she encouraged me not to give up hope.
"Well, if you've been through IVF or you're trying to get pregnant, I don‚t have to go on and on about the hurt and pain. It is like a knife in your heart daily if I remember correctly. So, trying someone new didn't sound exciting or interesting just frightening again. Needless to say, I went in and met with Dr. Jacobs and the moment I met him I must say I decided I am in the right place with the right person. He is not only going to be my Doctor but a friend to me throughout this process I could just tell. As professional as he is in his field of medicine, he also had this fatherly, don't worry, I'm going to help you kind of attitude that I really liked. I was pumped up and actually excited to try again to have a baby.
"Without going on about too many medicinal details. I did endure two more IVF rounds and finally got pregnant with triplets. Now, you might say, TRIPLETS‚ holy cow, that is not what anyone bargains for when wanting one baby but either way you look at it, it is success. And as shocking as it was for my husband and I, were are the happiest people on earth. Dr. Jacobs was phenomenal throughout all my appointments and the nursing staff was awesome at FCI. I couldn't have asked for friendlier people to handle such a delicate situation. Every step of the way was a success. Dr. Jacobs kept in touch with me throughout the entire process and that meant the WORLD to me. He was truly the right person at the right time. I owe him for my happiness."
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Read one patient's story (PDF) about her struggle with infertility and her experience with treatment from Dr. Jacobs.
To schedule a consultation with Laurence Jacobs, M.D., contact the Crystal Lake or Buffalo Grove location of Fertility Centers of Illinois.