How was your experience with Jeffrey Russell at Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
In the beginning we felt like he honestly cared, but as money ran out that changed. After our first miscarriage they acted like they had it all figured out of we would just try one more time. 4 more times came, another miscarriage came, and then they admit they have absolutely no answers. We are left heartbroken and in debt up to our eyeballs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey Russell at Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
If you do not fit in his "cookie cutter" protocol you will not have success. Research doctors based on your specific issues and find someone with experience and success in those areas. DIRM considered both my losses as "success". I look at an empty crib and say how is that success??
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey Russell at Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
In the beginning I felt like I was treated as a human, but as money ran out he seemed to lose interest in helping me.
Describe the protocols Jeffrey Russell used in your cycles at Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We used menopur, gonal F, cetrotide, and possibly more. I cannot remember dosages. Between both egg retrievals 68 follicles were retrieved, but only 3 made it to blast and only 1 implanted and was normal. I did not use an HCG trigger shot (used another kind) due to risk of OHSS. Very poor protocol for us and he never changed it after the first round of poor results.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Janet, Charlotte, Siobhan, Linda, and MaryBeth were excellent! The lab staff (Stephanie, Mark, and Toni) were excellent! There was some miscommunication errors between Lauren and Dr. Russell where one would tell me one thing and the other would say the opposite. Angie was rude and talked way too fast.
Describe your experience with Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Weaknesses - Communication and success! Lack of experience with male infertility, PCOS, and autoimmune issues. Lack of compassion after multiple miscarriages, failures, and thousands of dollars wasted.
Strengths - Great nurses and ultrasound techs.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey Russell at Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
$10,000 for donor embryos (4) plus all medications.
$19,000+ for each IVF (x2) plus copays and deductible for health insurance
Describe Jeffrey Russell's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
He did not want to transfer more than 1 embryo the first time. After the first failed he agreed to transfer two. I was 26 and never been pregnant prior.
What specific things went wrong at Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Lost paperwork
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
They lost my FMLA paperwork and failed to send it in multiple times. They had communication issues which resulted in me having to do multiple biopsies instead of just the one. That error cost me more money in time off from work, more money in prescriptions, and more pain physically.