Darcy Broughton

Pacific NW Fertility

Rated 8.2
Strongly recommend: 90%Don't recommend: 10%8.2
90% strongly recommend
6 reviews
Humanity
9.1
9.1
Humanity

Ratings of 1 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a number."

Ratings of 10 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a human."

Communication
9.1
9.1
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
7.2
7.2
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

Ratings of 10 mean patients saw this doctor at every appointment.

Responsiveness
7.2
OK
Responsiveness

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Education

Medical School
Brown University
Residency
Oregon Health & Science U
Fellowship
Washington U - St. Louis

How Doctor Communicates

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Darcy Broughton works at

Pacific NW Fertility
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 80%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 8%9

At 1 office

Seattle
1101 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104
206.515.0000
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6 patient reviews

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2018 - 2020, Unknown Success
9
8
Age 38 - 40
5 IUI
1 IVF
Donor Eggs
Donor Sperm
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Uterine Fibroids
European
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
[Dr. Broughton is] a straight shooter, but manages to communicate sometimes difficult information/news with compassion. I never felt like she sugar coats things--she always backs up her recommendations with statistics/science...she's a skilled surgeon and is the only doctor out of 3 who was actually able to remove a persistent fibroid and scar tissue...Sadly, two FETs failed, and Dr. Broughton was 100% willing to change protocol for both my ERA cycle and the following transfer
PNWF has an incredible lab and very qualified doctors and nursing staff. Overall I'd say they are pretty conservative in their approach...You'll have a primary doctor, but you'll see most of the doctors in the practice depending on your cycle's timing. My doctor didn't do my egg retrieval, my ERA biopsy, or my third FET. However, they are all great... They are VERY efficient and I never have to wait long when I have an appointment
How was your experience with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Dr. Broughton makes is really great during exams and make you feel comfortable. She's a straight shooter, but manages to communicate sometimes difficult information/news with compassion. I never felt like she sugar coats things--she always backs up her recommendations with statistics/science, which I appreciate. When my egg retrieval netted one abnormal embryo and we were devastated, she laid out alternatives for us along with chances of success. We ended up going with the donor route. The clinic requires medicated cycles--I wasn't happy about that, but rolled with it. Sadly, two FETs failed, and Dr. Broughton was 100% willing to change protocol for both my ERA cycle and the following transfer. That mean a great deal and provided some hope. Separately, she's a skilled surgeon and is the only doctor out of 3 who was actually able to remove a persistent fibroid and scar tissue.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
All the doctors are busy at Pacific NW Fertility. Come prepared with questions and Dr. Broughton will make sure she answers them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Dr. Broughton has been handling surgeries and treatment for me for a few years now, and is always super warm, friendly, and understanding. She remembers me and my story, and it's clear that she's totally on our team. She knows I like a lot of information and is very willing to answer questions that come up during exams and consult meetings.
Describe the protocols Darcy Broughton used in your cycles at Pacific NW Fertility and their degree of success.
For my first egg retrieval, I did an antagonist protocol and I had two follicles that were too far out front and the rest didn't catch up. We did a late cancel and tried an IUI instead. This was unsuccessful. Knowing that I start recruiting follicles quickly, Dr. Broughton shifted my next cycle to a luteal start, which lead to more even growth. I got 10 eggs, 6 mature, 4 fertilized, 0 normal. After meeting with Dr. Broughton, we understood if we cycled again, we'd have about a 20% chance of a normal embryo. We went the donor route, and the clinic requires that donor FET cycles are medicated vs. natural. I cycle regularly, so I was really disappointed to learn this. The first FET failed, and we added baby aspirin for the second, which was a "roll in," meaning I didn't have to do birth control and Lupron before starting estrace patches, and could just start with estrogen. This FET also failed, so Dr. Broughton recommended an ERA and another hysteroscopic surgery to make sure my uterus was OK. It turned out at had a few adhesions, and I was 12 hours pre-receptive, so the testing was worth it. We also looked at endometritis and did ReceptivaDX for endometriosis to cover all the bases--both of those text were negative. I can go into my third transfer with more confidence.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific NW Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Erin K.)
I worked with two different nursing teams because there are IVF and donor nursing teams--both were excellent. My donor nurse contact is fantastic--she'll spend a long time on the phone with me explaining results and answering questions, and is very kind and compassionate.
Describe your experience with Pacific NW Fertility.
PNWF has an incredible lab and very qualified doctors and nursing staff. Overall I'd say they are pretty conservative in their approach--none of the newer treatments available at some other clinics in the US and abroad are offered here. This can be frustrating if you aren't finding success and have limited options for things to try. They are VERY efficient and I never have to wait long when I have an appointment (covid aside), even when they have to double book. You'll have a primary doctor, but you'll see most of the doctors in the practice depending on your cycle's timing. My doctor didn't do my egg retrieval, my ERA biopsy, or my third FET. However, they are all great so as long as you are good at rolling with that, it's not an issue. I 100% prefer being seen by Dr. B. because I know her the best and vice versa, but that's what makes them so nimble and accommodate your personal timing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility.
We initially qualified for the multi-cycle plan, but ended up shifting to donor program after our failed IVF cycle. We paid out of pocket, and I think we put down about $27,000 for the initial plan. Transfers at the clinic are $4500-5600. It's not cheap, but that's no surprise.
Describe Darcy Broughton's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Pacific NW Fertility.
My doctor/clinic will only do single embryo transfers.
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Doctor
Darcy Broughton
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Pacific NW Fertility
Seattle
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unsuccessful
9
10
Age 33 - 34
7 IUI
1 IVF
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
[Dr. Darcy Broughton] appears to be the one who works with LGBT folks the most, which was nice for us... is an incredibly kind and warm doctor who made us feel very accepted and safe...kept us well aware of where we stood in the process and helped us to understand our chances of success. She was very concerned about side effects of the medication and checked in me frequently...
I think all of the doctors at PNWF are lovely, but Dr. Broughton appears to be the one who works with LGBT folks the most, which was nice for us...[nurses] were super accessible by email and phone. I also saw one of them at the end of every appointment during the ovarian stimulation...each blood draw during the ovarian stimulation was $115. The IVF total was about $23,000, PGTA testing was another $3,500. Each IUI was $376. We ordered our medication from outside pharmacies.
How was your experience with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Dr. Boughton kept us well aware of where we stood in the process and helped us to understand our chances of success. She was very concerned about side effects of the medication and checked in me frequently.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
I think all of the doctors at PNWF are lovely, but Dr. Broughton appears to be the one who works with LGBT folks the most, which was nice for us.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Dr. Broughton is an incredibly kind and warm doctor who made us feel very accepted and safe.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific NW Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Amber and Catherine)
Amber and Catherine comprise Dr. Broughton's team and they were super accessible by email and phone. I also saw one of them at the end of every appointment during the ovarian stimulation.
Describe your experience with Pacific NW Fertility.
PNWF was recommended to us by our GP. This is one of the most organized and efficient clinics I have ever been to. Oftentimes I was in and out of the office <15min. They are always on time, if not early, and the financial person was always around in case you needed to talk about bills/payments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility.
Our insurance did not cover anything, so each blood draw during the ovarian stimulation was $115. The IVF total was about $23,000, PGTA testing was another $3,500. Each IUI was $376. We ordered our medication from outside pharmacies.
What specific things went wrong at Pacific NW Fertility?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Pacific NW Fertility.
I had to come in a second time for a blood test that was left out of the initial blood draw.
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Doctor
Darcy Broughton
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Pacific NW Fertility
Seattle
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
9
9
Age 40 - 41
4 IUI
4 IVF
4 Embryo Freezing
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Broughton is very honest and doesn't try to create false expectations. She has a friendly and warm demeanor but she is not cloying or over the top. When my stimulation cycles started being not successful she adjusted the treatment...always friendly and interested in seeing me...The first four IVF cycles were without clomid or estrace. Estrace lead in clomid flare antagonist IVF.
The service [at Pacific NW Fertility] is good. The facilities in Seattle are nice, you do have to pay for parking. The one thing I don't like is that they have this $500 fee to initiate the IVF cycles that is not billable to insurance. I have no idea why it can't be billed and people there can't seem to tell me why...[the nursing staff] was available to answer my questions and clarify any treatment details.
How was your experience with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Dr. Broughton is very honest and doesn't try to create false expectations. She has a friendly and warm demeanor but she is not cloying or over the top. When my stimulation cycles started being not successful she adjusted the treatment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Ask all the questions you want and don't be afraid to ask for what you want or need.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Dr. Broughton is always friendly and interested in seeing me.
Describe the protocols Darcy Broughton used in your cycles at Pacific NW Fertility and their degree of success.
The first four IVF cycles were without clomid or estrace. Estrace lead in clomid flare antagonist IVF.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific NW Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Amber)
She was available to answer my questions and clarify any treatment details.
Describe your experience with Pacific NW Fertility.
The service is good. The facilities in Seattle are nice, you do have to pay for parking. The one thing I don't like is that they have this $500 fee to initiate the IVF cycles that is not billable to insurance. I have no idea why it can't be billed and people there can't seem to tell me why.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility.
Most of my costs are being covered by insurance. The cost of a regular IVF cycle billed to insurance is around $19,332.00, plus copays and all.
Describe Darcy Broughton's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Pacific NW Fertility.
We haven't talked about it.
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Doctor
Darcy Broughton
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Pacific NW Fertility
Seattle
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 30 - 31
5 IUI
PCOS
Unexplained
Other
Latinx
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Operations
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr Broughton has been very understanding and very caring about our situation and what we have went through. She is finding answers for us. She is very knowledgeable and very educated. I love that she has a very extensive background with the female body. I trust her completely. She takes the time to let me talk and answers al my questions. ...
I love that they have a lab in clinic so if doctor wants to order something while we are there they can get it done ASAP. ... They do there best to help with billing insurance for things that are infertility and not infertility related. ... The nurses are amazing. Amber has mostly been my nurse since I started going to PNWF she has always been amazing at responding to my emails and phone calls. Which I wrote and call a lot because I am from out of town and we travel back and forth.
How was your experience with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Dr Broughton has been very understanding and very caring about our situation and what we have went through. She is finding answers for us. She is very knowledgeable and very educated. I love that she has a very extensive background with the female body. I trust her completely. She takes the time to let me talk and answers al my questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
You are in good hands! Trust the process and the journey.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
When D.r Swelstad left the clinic we were sad we liked him. We got pregnant with our son and lost him at 18weeks. Dr Broughton became our new doctor she is so smart and knowledgeable she was very sweet understanding and determined for us. We appreciate her.
Describe the protocols Darcy Broughton used in your cycles at Pacific NW Fertility and their degree of success.
Dr Broughton took the time to go through our whole history with us and each round we went through step by step. We did a round with her and she kept track of my body and how it was reacting. She noticed my lining was thick so she suggested we do a sis procedure and sure enough we found a polyp that was keeping my lining so thick. So we did a hysteroscopy and now we are waiting for Aunt Flo to show up so we can start another round of iui with trigger Letrozole and follistim. She also adjusted the meds and amounts daily. We are very hopeful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific NW Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Amber)
The nurses are amazing. Amber has mostly been my nurse since I started going to PNWF she has always been amazing at responding to my emails and phone calls. Which I wrote and call a lot because I am from out of town and we travel back and forth. Amber has been very supportive from the time we first started to when she got to call us and tell us we were pregnant to finding out we lost our son.
Describe your experience with Pacific NW Fertility.
I wish they would open a clinic in Yakima or somewhere closer to me! I love that they have a lab in clinic so if doctor wants to order something while we are there they can get it done ASAP. To a new patient I would say you are in good hands. They are amazing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility.
They do there best to help with billing insurance for things that are infertility and not infertility related. My insurance covers nothing with infertility so when we do my hsg or my sis procedure or my hysteroscopy all of those things get covered by insurance because they are not infertility and labs. So every little thing helps!
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Doctor
Darcy Broughton
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Pacific NW Fertility
Seattle
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unsuccessful
0
0
Age 37 - 38
6 IUI
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Overall, it felt like like this doctor [Dr. Broughton] did not care about me as a person. ... This doctor did not treat calls - such as my call reporting my miscarriage - with a sense of urgency. ... She didn’t feel present with regards to my treatment, she didn’t return my calls in a timely manner, my treatment plan was the same month after month. When I wanted to find out a timeline to resume treatment post miscarriage, I only seemed to get calls back re things that could be sold to me.
Communication is the greatest weakness of this clinic [Pacific NW Fertility]. They clinic also charges a premium price for a decidedly not premium patient experience. The doctor came up with one plan and that was the only plan. No revaluing each month, no connecting with me on the plan. Just this is what we are doing. ... The clinic did not send my medical records to my new clinic as requested. When they send them to me, they included inaccurate information re conversations that we had. I kept getting new bills many months after I had moved on to a new clinic. Not certain why their billing is not more streamlined.
How was your experience with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Overall, it felt like like this doctor did not care about me as a person. She didn’t feel present with regards to my treatment, she didn’t return my calls in a timely manner, my treatment plan was the same month after month. When I wanted to find out a timeline to resume treatment post miscarriage, I only seemed to get calls back re things that could be sold to me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
You will need to advocate strongly for yourself if you don’t feel confident in your treatment plan; I didn’t feel like she was engaged with mine, personally. Set expectations re communication- her perception of an appropriate response time might not align with yours (it certainly did not with mine)
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
This doctor did not treat calls - such as my call reporting my miscarriage - with a sense of urgency. Doctors that I had never called called me about my miscarriage prior to Dr. Broughton - literally the only doctor I called.
Describe the protocols Darcy Broughton used in your cycles at Pacific NW Fertility and their degree of success.
Letrozole. Triggered basically the same time each month though my cycles are variable (and my current doctor does not).
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Pacific NW Fertility.
Nurses were OK.
Describe your experience with Pacific NW Fertility.
Communication is the greatest weakness of this clinic. They clinic also charges a premium price for a decidedly not premium patient experience. The doctor came up with one plan and that was the only plan. No revaluing each month, no connecting with me on the plan. Just this is what we are doing.
Describe Darcy Broughton's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Pacific NW Fertility.
N/A
What specific things went wrong at Pacific NW Fertility?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Pacific NW Fertility.
The clinic did not send my medical records to my new clinic as requested. When they send them to me, they included inaccurate information re conversations that we had. I kept getting new bills many months after I had moved on to a new clinic. Not certain why their billing is not more streamlined.
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Darcy Broughton
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
0
Clinic
Pacific NW Fertility
Seattle
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
9
Age 38 - 39
3 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Broughton is always warm and friendly at appointments, but she senses if you are feeling worried or upset and is sympathetic.... Since we just have one embryo, Dr. Broughton recommended an ERA test (mock transfer cycle where a biopsy of the uterine lining is done) before we move forward with the actual FET.... Don't expect to see her at every appointment. I was also surprised that she was not the doctor that performed my egg retrieval.
I've been with the clinic [Pacific NW Fertility] for about 2 years now (sigh) and have been pleased with the service. I feel like everyone is doing all they can to help you. I've heard this clinic is on the expensive side, but it is convenient to my work... Everyone on the nursing team was friendly and in a way more helpful than the doctors since they are the ones teaching you how to administer meds, scheduling, etc.
How was your experience with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
I began seeing Dr. Broughton after Dr. Swelstad left the clinic (I liked him too and sad that he left). This was during my treatment after failed IUIs and we were ready to start considering IVF as the next step. My first impression was she was very warm and cheerful and seemed genuine. (I've had other doctors that have a robotic/fake friendly personality and this was not the case with Dr. Broughton). Although, I liked Dr. Swelstad (male), I felt I could be more open with Dr. Broughton. I haven't felt pressured to do any of the various treatment options and she always takes time to answer questions. For example, when my husband and I were trying to decide if we wanted to do ICSI vs. traditional IVF, she was clear about the probable outcome but didn't push one way or the other in our case. I am still in treatment with Dr. Broughton (awaiting FET).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Don't expect to see her at every appointment. I was also surprised that she was not the doctor that performed my egg retrieval. I was not bothered by this, but some might. Personally, I thought it was interesting to see what the other doctors at the clinic were like.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility?
Dr. Broughton is always warm and friendly at appointments, but she senses if you are feeling worried or upset and is sympathetic.
Describe the protocols Darcy Broughton used in your cycles at Pacific NW Fertility and their degree of success.
I have unexplained infertility so I assume I'm on the standard IVF protocol. During my stim cycle (for egg retrieval), things were moving along on the slower side. About halfway through, she decided to increase Follistim to the highest dosage (450) and I continued stimulation for 14 days (longer than average). I did end up getting 20 eggs, but the process ended with only one embryo suitable for transfer. Dr. Broughton recommended another round of IVF to try for more embryos, and although this I what I would like to do, I cannot afford that option. Since we just have one embryo, Dr. Broughton recommended an ERA test (mock transfer cycle where a biopsy of the uterine lining is done) before we move forward with the actual FET. We are about to begin the ERA cycle in the next week.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific NW Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Amber and Linda)
Everyone on the nursing team was friendly and in a way more helpful than the doctors since they are the ones teaching you how to administer meds, scheduling, etc.
Describe your experience with Pacific NW Fertility.
My OB/GYN recommended this clinic, so I didn't do any research before choosing PNWF. Also, since I didn't have a particular doctor I wanted to see, I got in for a first appointment fairly quick. I've been with the clinic for about 2 years now (sigh) and have been pleased with the service. I feel like everyone is doing all they can to help you. I've heard this clinic is on the expensive side, but it is convenient to my work (which is extremely helpful when you have tons of appointments) and I'm happy I decided to go to PNWF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Darcy Broughton at Pacific NW Fertility.
In my situation, I've had to pay about 95% out of pocket. A small portion of some of the various tests were covered by my insurance. An IUI is about $400, not including meds (I think I spent about $500 per cycle on meds). One cycle of IVF is about 19k and genetic testing on the embryos is about 4k. This does not include medications for the IVF cycle, which were about 6k. The FET is about 5k, with about $500 in medications. Considering all these treatments, plus the various tests, I would say I've easily spent 30k, and I haven't even had a transfer yet.
Describe Darcy Broughton's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Pacific NW Fertility.
We only have one embryo so this is not applicable.
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Darcy Broughton
Humanity
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Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
9
Clinic
Pacific NW Fertility
Seattle
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources