How was your experience with Jeffrey Deaton at Center for Fertility Endocrine & Menopause (Wake Forest Baptist Health)?
Dr. Deaton provided us with honesty, integrity and compassion. He was able to be there for us and provide us with the most up to date information that he had for our case. Dr. Deaton's strengths were that he was an active listener, he asked us questions to understand the route we wanted our treatments to take, he spoke to us like he had known us for years, he invited us into his own office space and talk to us for thirty minutes each time to ensure we understood the next methods of our treatment and most importantly, he was human, he understood things from a patient standpoint, he never acted as though he was more educated or was better than us. He had no weaknesses other than the fact that he was just TOO good at his work! He loves what he does and you can see it shine through in every appointment we had, he was excited as we got further into our process, he believed in us and he never gave up on our case.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey Deaton at Center for Fertility Endocrine & Menopause (Wake Forest Baptist Health)?
The one piece of advise that I would give is to understand that Dr. Deaton's forwardness is for your own good. He is blunt and too the point because he does not want to steer anyone in the wrong direction especially for treatments that cost thousands of dollars. He will work with you and for you to ensure that you receive the end result that you've wanted your entire life, just believe in him!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey Deaton at Center for Fertility Endocrine & Menopause (Wake Forest Baptist Health)?
Dr. Deaton was easy going and straight to the point, he never made my partner, nor I feel uncomfortable. He literally addressed us and spoke to us like we were his friends. He treated us with the upmost respect and was always there to answer any questions that we had without any hesitation. Dr. Deaton was the first doctor in Winston Salem, NC to produce the first IVF baby. His knowledge, experience and down to earth personality made it easy for us to feel comfortable through this process of reciprocal IVF.
Describe the protocols Jeffrey Deaton used in your cycles at Center for Fertility Endocrine & Menopause (Wake Forest Baptist Health) and their degree of success.
My wife & I completed reciprocal IVF, her eggs, my body. In the beginning he set us up for a consultation, where he spent an hour going over our case and telling us what to expect and answering any questions we had. Once we decided to progress in our process, we attended a shots teach class to learn how to administer the shots correctly. After that he prescribed my wife 2 weeks of birth control to regulate her period because she had an estrogen cyst that they wanted to stop from hindering us, he also made us trigger to help the estrogen cyst from continuing to release, therefore the trigger helped stop it completely. Then 150 dosage of Menopur (2 vials of powder, one of saline), 300u of Gonal-F, 2 Doxycycline pills a day, Cetrotide for 6 days before the retrieval and a trigger shot 36 hours before retrieval. He done this to help grow the follicles, with my wife having a low AMH he wanted to ensure that the follicles grew to a mature state before retrieving them, since there was a chance they wouldn't all make it to day five blasts. In the meantime during the process I had began taking Estrace pills and patches. Since we completed a fresh transfer with two five day blasts, before the transfer I had to begin taking Medrol twice a day before transfer, I also began taking progesterone six days before my transfer and have been taking the pills, patches and progesterone ever since!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Center for Fertility Endocrine & Menopause (Wake Forest Baptist Health). (Assigned nurse: Chelsea & Roxanne)
Everyone in this clinic is amazing, they made us feel like family. They ultimately were excited every time we came in for an appointment. They wanted to make sure that we had everything we needed and they let us know every time that they were there for us. When we would send messages in our patient portal, they both would respond back within minutes. They never procrastinated or made us feel like we were bothersome. They gave us direct, compassionate answers with a sense of empathy and we appreciated that very much!
Describe your experience with Center for Fertility Endocrine & Menopause (Wake Forest Baptist Health).
The biggest strength of this clinic is that they are all so easy going, nice and inviting. They all work together and provide each patient their own level of specialized care. They don't make you feel like your case is just the same as anyone else. They come out and talk to you before your appointments, just about how you're doing. It's not just a job to them, it's a career and I can appreciate that very much in a busy clinic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey Deaton at Center for Fertility Endocrine & Menopause (Wake Forest Baptist Health).
The cost of the services were pretty pricey, my wife had no infertility benefits and the insurance cover the medications and we only paid $850 out of pocket, however the egg retrieval was $1850, the transfer was $1850, the saline ultrasound was $350. The routine blood work was about $50 for my wife each time, but free for me. We had to pay the doctor's fee for the egg retrieval on the day of my wife's baseline ultrasound which was $1200. The donor sperm was $950. So it definitely added up pretty quickly, but I wouldn't trade it because it was completely worth it every penny.
Describe Jeffrey Deaton's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Center for Fertility Endocrine & Menopause (Wake Forest Baptist Health).
Our doctor likes to transfer one, however, he talks this through with the client and comes up with the best possible solution. With our case and only have two five day blast, we had none to freeze and he suggested implanting both, which is what we wanted. In the beginning we asked the nurse why he only liked implanting one and her answer was that, their theory is, they have gotten a patient that far, they don't want to implant multiples and someone end up not being successful. Therefore one is the better bet because multiples are considered high risk and IVF patients are already considered high risk because of the compromise that your body is under during the process.