How was your experience with Robert Hunter II at Kentucky Fertility Institute?
Dr. Hunter is very knowledgeable, candid, straightforward and understanding. What we appreciated most was being treated like an individual case - not just a one-size fits all treatment plan that did not work for us on several prior years of treatment. Dr. Hunter gave us hope after two years of failed fertility treatments, without overpromising anything, and was willing to think outside the box when we did not respond "normally" to "traditional" IVF protocol and ended up making our trickiest IVF round the most successful in terms of the number of eupoloid embryos. The other great thing about Dr. Hunter is how accessible he is. I'd never before had a doctor who I could not only email directly, but who also responded - in depth, late at night, and almost always the same day if not within a couple hours - directly to me by phone and email to answer any questions and assuage concerns. It was such a relief to have that option during such a stressful and emotional time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Robert Hunter II at Kentucky Fertility Institute?
It did take us a while to get in for our initial patient consultation - I want to say 10 weeks, which is actually why we saw another fertility doctor first so I would say if you are considering using him, call to request the appointment sooner rather than later. However, once we were patients, we never had trouble getting an appointment or with scheduling, and in many ways this practice is way more flexible than others - they are open on Saturdays for appointments and have come in on Sundays for both appointments and procedures depending on when you/your body/baby needs it. I'd also say don't be afraid to email questions or concerns anytime. Their office is great about getting back to you quickly and thoughtfully, and this made a huge difference this made in my mental state while undergoing treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Robert Hunter II at Kentucky Fertility Institute?
We initially saw Dr. Hunter for a second opinion after 2 IVF rounds, and have been very happy with switching to his practice. He takes a personal and flexible approach to treatment and went outside of the box for us, which is so much better than getting a one size/schedule fits all IVF round like we experienced with our prior fertility doctor. Dr. Hunter and his team are also great communicators - responding promptly to emails (same day, late night even, from Dr. Hunter himself!) and calls, which goes a long way when undergoing something as stressful as fertility treatments
Describe the protocols Robert Hunter II used in your cycles at Kentucky Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
Unlike other fertility clinics I've been to which hold patients to a strict or limited number of stimulation days and medicines, Dr. Hunter will work with you and change course based on your needs. For example, for our first two IVF rounds with another clinic, we did 12 days of stimulation and the retrieval on the 13th day (starting on a Sunday and a retrieval the following Friday), regardless of the fact that many of my eggs were not yet mature or were responding poorly. On our first round with Dr. Hunter (3rd overall), we did 15 days of stimulation and the retrieval on the 17th day (a Sunday!!), and on the second round with Dr. Hunter (4th overall), we did 16 days of stimulation and the retrieval on the 18th day, giving my body extra time to respond appropriately to the medicines. He takes this "we will go when you're body is ready" approach with all his patients, regardless of whether it's on a business day between 8-4.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Kentucky Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Carol)
Carol, the IVF coordinator and nurse, is absolutely incredible. She is so compassionate, knowledgeable, helpful, experienced, professional, understanding, wats and caring. You can tell she just really cares about her patients.
Describe your experience with Kentucky Fertility Institute.
It did take a long time to get an initial appointment but once you’re a patient it is much easier to get appointments. Also don’t be afraid to email questions as often as you need! It was such a relief to be able to reach out and get answers when things were stressful or I was concerned about something.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Robert Hunter II at Kentucky Fertility Institute.
It was between $25000-$30000 for a full IVF round, including all medications and PGS testing, and likely between $10000- $15000 for a banking round. It was cheaper than the same treatment at our first fertility clinic, and the pharmacy recommended by this office was the cheapest fertility pharmacy (and I called at least 7)
Describe Robert Hunter II's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Kentucky Fertility Institute.
Dr. Hunter's preference was to do a single transfer here instead of multiple due to my age (30) and the fact that we'd had one successful eSET with another fertility doctor (miscarried). I did not get the sense he would have objected to transferring two, but we agreed with his recommendation.