How was your experience with Deidre Gunn at University of Alabama Birmingham?
She is thoughtful, caring, and professional. She does a wonderful job explaining statistics, odds of success, and preparing us for outcomes. I would love if we could see her at every visit and procedure, but there have been a few ultrasounds and one IUI where we were seen by other doctors.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Deidre Gunn at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Get "Portal" on your cell phone ASAP because you'll never be able to get through to a nurse just by trying a phone call.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Deidre Gunn at University of Alabama Birmingham?
She provides personal, evidence-based care. However there have been a couple of miscommunication issues or things overlooked, possibly due to the large number of patients.
Describe the protocols Deidre Gunn used in your cycles at University of Alabama Birmingham and their degree of success.
Letrozole was used in our first IUI cycle rather than Clomid because of its success in PCOS patients. I do not have PCOS but have many of its symptoms. I was also prescribed a trigger shot with ultrasound monitoring. This combo resulted in a pregnancy, the first in five years of trying. Unfortunately it ended in miscarriage. Dr. Gunn has since discovered polyps in my uterus and done a polypectomy to remove them. We had one IUI after the miscarriage and before the discovery of the polyps, but it was not successful.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses have been warm, kind, and helpful in person. But communicating via phone or Portal is hit or miss. They almost never answer the phones and have overlooked a couple of my questions in Portal messaging. Mostly communication via Portal is fine, though.
Describe your experience with University of Alabama Birmingham.
Because UAB is a university hospital, it seems that the doctors there can keep checks and balances on one another and maintain the highest standards of evidence-based care. I notice a huge positive difference in this aspect when we switched from our old fertility specialist.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Deidre Gunn at University of Alabama Birmingham.
So far we have done 2 IUI cycles at $295 each, and each also had a trigger shot of $100. We also paid $100 for polypectomy. We have paid maybe $200 in other fees like co-pays, parking, and small account balances.
Describe Deidre Gunn's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at University of Alabama Birmingham.
What specific things went wrong at University of Alabama Birmingham?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Lost or damaged samples