Describe your experience with Richmond Center for Fertility.
The clinic is the most stressful part of the whole process. I had several appointments cancelled at the last minute. It’s hard enough taking off from work and then having to reschedule to the next day. It was also nearly impossible to reach a person at times. The phones would keep ringing or go to voicemail. I had the office manager’s direct number and that helped immensely! There is now a direct line to the IVF nurse.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Anish Shah at Richmond Center for Fertility?
We had a very important appointment scheduled to confirm a heartbeat after a previous loss. At the last minute, our appointment was cancelled and rescheduled to the following day. I told the office I couldn’t emotionally wait another day and would wait all afternoon if needed, or see another doctor. Dr Shah then drove across town from a medical emergency to see us because he knew how important it was to us. We are definitely people to him and he is rooting for us just as badly as we are.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Richmond Center for Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Valerie )
Valerie was very helpful with guiding us through IVF. The other nurses were compassionate. Sometimes the voicemails left were vague and it would be hard to reach her or any nurse, ending up in phone tag.
What specific things went wrong at Richmond Center for Fertility?
How was your experience with Anish Shah at Richmond Center for Fertility?
Dr. Shah is my favorite doctor ever! Aside from God, he is the reason we have a family now and our lives are filled with brightness. He has excellent bedside manner and explains each step of the process. He was accessible 24/7 with any emergent questions or needs. Our road to parenthood was hard and he guided us with his expertise, compassion, and honesty through every step of the way. He was spot on with his percentages and helped us to make the best decisions necessary for our unique needs. I’ve recommended Dr. Shah to everyone I’ve met who is going through infertility. You will be in good hands under his care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Anish Shah at Richmond Center for Fertility?
Listen to all of your options, ask about odds/percentages, and trust in his recommendations. Following two losses, he knew with certainty that our child was among our remaining embryos. It was hard to believe in that due to the loss, but he was right.
Describe the protocols Anish Shah used in your cycles at Richmond Center for Fertility and their degree of success.
Endometrial patch was used to beef up my lining prior to my successful transfer.
Progesterone injections caused painful side effects and he let me switch to injections ever third day, suppositories every day.
Baby aspirin daily.
Heparin or Lovenox for first and second trimesters.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Anish Shah at Richmond Center for Fertility.
We did a shared risk program. With ICSI and using our own eggs/sperm, it was $22,000 + medications. For three transfers, including meds it was around $30k.
Describe Anish Shah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Richmond Center for Fertility.
Dr. Shah educated us on all of the complications, financial and medical, related to having multiples. He did not pressure me to transfer more than one embryo at a time. On our third transfer, he did offer to transfer two embryos but respected our decision to use only one.