How was your experience with Snunit Ben-Ozer at Tree of Life Center?
I really liked her a lot. We were referred to her by a couple who had a successful IVF with her and knew a few other couples who were successful with her. She was super patient. I wish, though, that she had encouraged us to save our embryos, just in case they could be used later. We are finding out now that one of them could have been implanted and possible autocorrected. But, there has been a lot of research since then, I just wish she would have had a bit more foresight as an expert in her field. Which may or may not be fair. Also, I wish that she had been less aggressive with the hormones, as I am learning now that when you are in your 40's, too many meds can fry your eggs as they are more delicate than when you are younger.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Snunit Ben-Ozer at Tree of Life Center?
Do your research. Don't throw your embryos out right away if they are labeled "abnormal." See what other advancements will be made over the next couple years. She is a good doctor. Go with your gut.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Snunit Ben-Ozer at Tree of Life Center?
She was very kind and so was everyone who worked in her office. She was likable and seemed to like me too. She had a sense of humor and was respectful and considerate. She thought before she spoke and never seemed in a rush or anything.
Describe the protocols Snunit Ben-Ozer used in your cycles at Tree of Life Center and their degree of success.
She was pretty aggressive with the meds, the goal being to get as many eggs as possible. For me, it would have made a lot more sense to do a mini IVF or a mild IVF which uses less meds. Also, I am not sure that IUI after IUI was the way to go either. It never worked, yet somehow we did like 7 of them, which is very expensive. In retrospect, I probably would not have done so many of them.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Ercy was wonderful. Organized, warm, likable and efficient.
June was also very efficient and kind.
Describe your experience with Tree of Life Center.
It is hard for me to totally recommend this clinic, as I did not get pregnant, but I will say that the energy there was very welcoming and Dr. Ben-Ozer was skilled and compassionate. I just do't know how updated she was on what was happening in the field as far as new protocols, etc.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Snunit Ben-Ozer at Tree of Life Center.
It was expensive.
Stimulated IUI: $5,000
Regular IUI: $2500
Use of surgery center for extraction: $10,000
Rest of IVF expenses: $10,000- $15,000
Describe Snunit Ben-Ozer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Tree of Life Center.
She told me she would not transfer more than 2 at a time. We never got to that point though. If we had, I would transfer one at a time, not more than that.
What specific things went wrong at Tree of Life Center?
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Tree of Life Center.
Once, the blood draw order was not at the clinic when I showed up for my appointment; not a huge deal, it was managed within a matter of a few minutes. Also, I did not get pregnant.