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These support groups are free and open to all experiencing infertility in Birmingham.

  • You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Registration is requested at least 24 hours in advance.
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Our fertility buddies practice “relationship-based support.” Individuals currently experiencing infertility and/or on a family-building journey are matched with trained fertility buddy veterans, who understand the pressure, pain, and emotional upheaval caused by infertility and or various paths to parenthood, and can offer the much-needed support to their buddies.

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As a Birmingham resident, you may be eligible to apply for our grants:

  • Invitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Other financial benefits through JFF include:

  • 20% off discounts from our partner clinics
  • Interest-free loans
  • Pharmacy discounts for medications and genetic testing (of embryos) discounts from our partners
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JFF offers community programming to spread awareness of infertility and family-building pathways and to bring our amazing community together.

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BIRMINGHAM COUNSELORS (for one-on-one counseling)

JFF-BHM works with CJFS Therapists: 

  • Cynthia Bryant, LICSW
  • Gail Schuster, LICSW
  • Amy Neiman, LMSW

CJFS takes the following health insurances: 

  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Optum Behavioral Health (previously United Behavioral Health / United Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Viva (American Behavioral Health)
  • Medicare
  • EAP
  • TriCare
  • Private Pay

To contact CJFS: 

  • CJFS main phone number:  205-879-3438
  • Clinical director telephone number:  205-278-7101


JFF partner fertility clinics offer grantees a 20% discounted rate off of IVF treatments.


Meet the JFF-BHM Manager

JFF-BHM Manager


“Hi! My name is Julie, and I am the JFF-BHM city manager. I am super excited to get to know everyone and help provide resources, support, and education to those going through infertility along with the greater Birmingham Jewish community. My husband and I went through many years of infertility treatments to grow our family, and I don’t want anyone to feel isolated or alone while navigating the rollercoaster of infertility. I have personal experience with IUI, IVF, recurrent pregnancy loss, laparoscopy/hysteroscopy, pregnancy after infertility, and pregnancy after loss. I can’t wait to see JFF grow here in Birmingham!”

Meet the JFF-BHM Advisory Council

Caryn Corenblum

Caryn is an International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner™ and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with more than seventeen years of coaching experience. Caryn works with executives, emerging leaders and curious individuals by providing coaching and learning. Caryn partners with her clients so that they live into their potential while owning their sense of agency, mastery, vulnerability and uniqueness. Caryn’s strengths lie in inspiring positive attitudes, and assisting clients to discover their core values and connect with a deeper sense of themselves. Clients work on improving their decision making, emotional intelligence, and collaboration skills. Clients find themselves taking action steps that they have longed to take and making the changes that they have longed to make. Caryn loves working with diverse and motivated people who are interested in cultivating their embodied self-awareness, discovering their passions and contributing their unique gifts to the world. Caryn seeks to facilitate change by assisting people to get out of their own way and breakthrough change resistant habits.

Caryn is a lifelong learner. In 2004, Caryn embarked on training in Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor and continues learning in that attachment-based, emotion focused and neuroscience informed healing modality today. Caryn received her Post Graduate Certificate in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University and the NeuroLeadership Institute. In 2013 Caryn became the first Somatic Experiencing Practitioner™ in Alabama. She has been assisting for the last five years at all levels of Somatic Experiencing trainings. Caryn conducts workshops on the Neuroscience of Leadership and Somatic Leadership, and Nervous System regulation.

Formerly, Caryn worked as an attorney specializing in retirement planning, as an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization specializing in creating cultures of inclusion, conflict resolution, and leadership development. Subsequently, Caryn worked as an inpatient and outpatient social worker/therapist.

Caryn received a Suma Cum Laude Bachelors in Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, a law degree from New England Law and a Master in Social Work from the University of Alabama Caryn is married and has three adult sons.

Twenty-nine years ago, my husband and I found ourselves faced with an infertility problem and IVF provided us with the opportunity we needed and wanted. It was a "game-changer" and we feel so fortunate and blessed that I wanted to give back.

Lisa Kianoff

Lisa was born and raised in the greater New York City area. She left in 1977 and after a brief time in Indiana and 3 years in Las Vegas, Lisa and her husband, Alan, came to Birmingham for his job. Careers changed but they’ve call it home ever since. Lisa was accepted into UAB to resume college studies. She went on to earn her degree in Accounting, a CPA Certificate and a job with a “Big 8 Public Accounting” firm. It kept her interest until she saw a future helping companies move their accounting to computers. In 1985 she started a new business in a new field – accounting, business management and CRM systems - and over 30 years grew Kianoff & Associates to one of the Top 30 largest women-owned businesses in Birmingham. In 2015 she sold it one of the state’s largest public accounting firms and retired 2 years later. Lisa and Alan have a love of the outdoors and spend time biking and hiking. Covid has temporarily halted international travel, but it didn’t stop them from loading up bikes for 3 road trips in 2020-21.

There was nothing but questions in the late 1980s when Lisa first confronted issues of fertility. Resources were scarce and technology offering hope was, no pun intended, in its infancy. Fortunately, there was a young woman physician in town who was achieving success with some of that technology. Dr. Kathryn Honea of ART Alabama and her team provided the skill, guidance and understanding to help maneuver through the physical, emotional and financial strains of infertility. Daughter Natalie – who now has children of her own - was Lisa’s first IVF baby in 1987 and Hayley, in 1990, Alabama’s first baby born from a frozen embryo. Lisa and Alan are forever grateful their move to Alabama enabled them to become a family.

Danielle Rosenbaum

Danielle received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University. She moved back to her hometown of Birmingham to attend UAB for her DPT. She currently works at UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center as a physical therapist. Danielle and her husband, Ben, have one son Eli, age 1 and are loving dog parents to their Labrador Retriever, Sophie.

After learning about JFF, Danielle felt a passion to help support those going through the struggles of infertility. Building a family should not be an isolating experience. JFF makes much needed services available to the Jewish community and beyond and Danielle looks forward to her involvement.

Dr. Jamie Routman

Originally from Huntsville, AL, Dr. Jamie Marie Routman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. She then earned her medical degree at The University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, and then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2014. She returned home to Birmingham to join Brookwood Women’s Health, P.C.

What she enjoys most about her job is educating women of all ages about their reproductive health, and empowering them to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Dr. Routman is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been in private practice since 2014.

Outside of work, Dr. Routman’s interests include long-distance running, reading, visiting farmer’s markets, listening to live music and spending time with her husband Justin, a Birmingham Anesthesiologist, and their daughters.

I have experienced infertility both personally as a woman with recurrent pregnancy loss and professionally as an OBGYN. Infertility is a frustrating, exquisitely painful roller coaster of grief and hope, and I am joining the advisory council in order to help equip as many individuals as I can with the resources and support they need to navigate their own personal journeys with infertility.

Lauren Schwartz

Lauren Schwartz joined Collat Jewish Family Services as Executive Director in March of 2011. A Memphis native, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren began her career at CJFS as a Clinical Social Worker in 1992, providing counseling, case management, and financial assistance to clients. She later honed her non-profit management skills as the Director of Advancement for the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, where she was responsible for fundraising events, marketing and recruitment.

Since taking the helm at CJFS, Lauren has developed a strategic approach, focused on building comprehensive services, collaborative partnerships, and sustainability. Lauren is passionate about the CJFS mission to strengthen families, enrich quality of life, and improve mental health and wellness.

Lauren is deeply committed to her work in Birmingham and the Jewish community, but her most meaningful roles in life are being partner to her husband and mom to her three children.

JFF’s successful model of education, support and connections to families experience infertility is a natural fit with the mission of CJFS. Our partnership expands the breadth of services we provide and the families we can touch.

Robert Studin

Robert Studin was the Executive Director of Financial Advisory Services for Lincoln Financial Advisors. He worked with Lincoln from 1994 to his retirement in 2019. Rob joined First Financial Group of the South, Inc. (Lincoln's local affiliate) in 1985. He served as the President of the Firm and Director of the Firm's Planning Department. Prior to joining First Financial Group, Rob practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and his JD from Cumberland School of Law.

In his role as Executive Director of Financial Advisory Services for Lincoln Financial Advisors, Rob was responsible for the Delivery of Wealth Management and Financial Planning Services on a national basis.

Rob is currently enjoying his retirement spending time with family and friends, spoiling his four grandchildren, woodworking, playing golf and looking forward to resuming travel.

I have a fabulous grandson that was conceived with the help of IVF and a gestational carrier. We received a lot of guidance and emotional support through the process. Every time I look at my grandson, I know it is a miracle. I would like to help others have that experience.

Michelle Bearman-Wolneck

Advisory Council Chair

Michelle Bearman-Wolnek, LICSW is the executive director and co-founder of Heart Gallery Alabama. Michelle is a native of Birmingham, AL. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Psychology and received her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University. Since moving back to Birmingham in 1996, she has worked at Collat Jewish Family Services, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Children’s Harbor, Children’s Aids Society’s Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connection (APAC) Program and for the Heart Gallery of Alabama. Michelle is passionate about children, both her own and those in the community. She is an active member of numerous community organizations and is the recent past president of Collat Jewish Family Services.

She was a 2018 TedX speaker. A 2017 Vulcan Community Award winner. A 2016 Smart Honoree recognized by the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, a graduate of the 2013 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, a graduate from the Momentum Class of 2010-11 and a graduate from the Leadership Birmingham class of 2008. Heart Gallery Alabama was recognized as a 2017 Nonprofit of the Year award winner from the Birmingham Business Journal.


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