How was your experience with Catha Fischer at RMA of New Jersey?
From our first visit, Dr. Fischer was very supportive and caring. She listened to all our issues and concerns and answered every single question we had. Dr. Fischer then proposed a treatment route and made sure we understood and were on board with it. We always felt that she had our best interest in mind, knowing that this is a very expensive treatment and she always offered the best alternative to us. She understands the stress and rollercoaster of emotions of going under fertility treatments. Though, to me the process was definitely easier just knowing that Dr. Fisher was there for us.
Dr. Fischer also explained the risks of each decision and cautioned us about all the outcomes. We went to her office a few times before starting the treatment and she was always very patient and caring towards us, she would always call back when we needed to ask some specific questions. We were under her care for about two years, and I’m finally 14 weeks pregnant through IVF. We certainly wouldn’t be able to go through all the process if it wasn’t for Dr. Fisher personalized care and expertise. We still have one embryo left at the clinic and I couldn’t imagine going through all the process again without Dr. Fisher.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Catha Fischer at RMA of New Jersey?
Don't be afraid of asking any questions you have regarding the treatment and all the little details, no matter how simplistic you might think your questions are. Dr. Fisher is there to help you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Catha Fischer at RMA of New Jersey?
Under the care of Dr. Fischer, I felt like I was the only patient she was treating, even though I new I was not. It felt like we developed a friendship during the treatment because of her incredible bedside manner. Dr. Fischer is kind, acknowledged and explain the process over and over again if needed. She was always calling and checking on us to see if we were okay. Dr. Fischer is by far the most caring doctor I've ever had.
Describe the protocols Catha Fischer used in your cycles at RMA of New Jersey and their degree of success.
For my second egg stimulation, Dr. Fischer changed the dose of Follistim which resulted in a significant higher number of eggs and consequently more fertilized eggs. For my second egg transfer, Dr. Fischer decided to do a synthetic cycle, opposed to a natural cycle, where she could control my ovulation period and resulted in my current pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New Jersey. (Assigned nurse: Maryellen Matthews, RN)
Maryellen Matthews was the best! She was always only a phone call away. Maryellen is experienced, caring and practical. She was always clear with the doctor's instructions and aways helped me with the medications, for instance, where to buy the medication with different pharmacies to get a better price, and she also instructed me how to take the meds and when to take them. She would answer the same questions a thousand times if I needed without hesitation.
Describe your experience with RMA of New Jersey.
RMA in Basking Ridge is amazing, it felt like home during my two years of treatment there. The front desk were always very helpful and kind, the nurses where very skillful and caring, the exam rooms were always clean, very equipped and the ultrasound machines were all new. RMA Basking ridge has an incredible infrastructure and that gave us peace of mind giving us confidence during the procedures. RMA Basking Ridge has a great system when you go for the morning monitoring, which can get very busy. There's always a nurse in the clinic if you need as well. My only complain is that you can't call the front desk directly. RMA has a call system that transfers you to whom you need to speak with. During the weekend, if you need to speak with a nurse, you have to call the call center, try to explain your concerns to a non medical person, leave a message and the nurse would call you back. It is all very efficient, and I understand that in order to control volume they have to have a centralized system. But I wish I could also had the option to talk to the front desk especially if I had dealt with someone there with a specific issue. I also had some issues with the financial department. In the beginning we were never completely sure how much certain procedures would cost us, it wasn't as clear to us. I removed myself completely from the financial issues because I couldn't deal with my financial coordinator, I passed that ball to my husband who has a better understanding of insurance since he works with insurance.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New Jersey.
Morning monitoring was always very efficient. At RMA the monitoring hours were between 6am-7:30am, but if something had to be changed they would accommodate something for me. At times, morning monitoring could get very busy, but I never had to wait more than 15 minutes to be seen.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Catha Fischer at RMA of New Jersey.
Fertility treatment is not cheap, but we were confident we were under the best care we could get and that justified all the cost. We had two IUI and two IVF round, that all cost us around $65,000.00 including medication.
Describe Catha Fischer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New Jersey.
Dr. Fischer had my health as a priority, she was not concerned about numbers. She decided to transfer one embryo to avoid preterm labor and other complications and I think that was the best call.