How was your experience with Eric Forman at RMA of New Jersey?
Dr. Forman is extremely knowledgeable and hard working. He's one of the few doctors at RMA that keeps an updated professional facebook page. I love seeing his numerous accomplishments and success stories and his pride in his work. It's also fun to see a more personal side of him and his dedication to his work. He's constantly striving to do better. When our first transfer failed, due to a catheter issue with my anatomy and another doctor, he insisted on doing my second transfer himself. That pregnancy took! Unfortunately, the embryo split on its own to identical twins and we lost them at 8 weeks likely due to twin/twin transfusion (entirely unrelated to the transfer process). Dr. Forman had an amazing bedside manner with our loss, and gave us time to grieve and mourn, but then came back with a plan for a third transfer to ensure success. It worked! I'm currently 15 weeks pregnant with a miracle from Dr. Forman, and look forward to returning to him some siblings in the future!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Forman at RMA of New Jersey?
He's very analytical and when you first meet him may come across as stoic, but as you develop a relationship with him, he's actually very warm and has an excellent bedside manner.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Forman at RMA of New Jersey?
I didn't abuse it and write him often, but when I had a concern that I didn't want to discuss with my nurse, I would email Dr. Forman. He always got back to me immediately, even on off hours or weekends and never made me feel like I was bothering him.
Describe the protocols Eric Forman used in your cycles at RMA of New Jersey and their degree of success.
We discovered in our in take testing that our primary issue was male factor (Varicocele) that resulted in us going directly to IVF. There was also a concern of diminished ovarian reserve, due to my sister going through pre-ovarian failure at 29 years old, and some minor endometriosis. When our first retrieval (follistim, menopur and ganirellix) resulted in 3 (normal PGS tested) embryos, but Dr. Forman knew we wanted 3 or more children, we opted to do a second retrieval before transferring any. Our second retrieval (same protocol) yielded 5 (normal PGS tested embryos).
We later did an FET with our highest graded embryo that unfortunately resulted in a failure. We believe it was due to a rare catheter insertion issue due to my anatomy ( I have a severely tipped uterus and it made the transfer challenging)
Dr. Forman insisted on doing my second transfer himself after doing a couple of trial runs. The second transfer was still challenging, again just due to my anatomy, but worked this time! Unfortunately, the embryo split on it's own and resulted in a loss of identical twins at 8 weeks. This was likely due to twin/twin transfusion and nothing to do with IVF.
For our third transfer, Dr. Forman again insisted on doing the transfer himself, but also recommended doing so under anesthesia. (This is something rarely done, but given my anatomy, he was looking to knock that out as a potential variable) It worked! We are currently 15 weeks pregnant with our miracle from Dr. Forman, and look forward to using him in the future for siblings. I would absolutely recommend him to someone pursuing fertility treatments!
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New Jersey. (Assigned nurse: Dayna Browning)
We had Danielle Crochery first who was good and knowledgeable but didn't make the experience feel personal. When Danielle left to further her education, we were switched to Adrienne. This wasn't a match from the start. She was condescending and unclear in her directions and then would become annoyed when we would ask for clarification. We requested a change and ended up with Dayna Browning, who was wonderful! She was organized and personable. We never felt like a number with her. Hoping she'll still be there when we return for a sibling!
Describe your experience with RMA of New Jersey.
RMA NJ is known for its high success rates and state of the art facility. I love that all of the doctors collaborate on different cases to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. We're fortunate that we live so close, as I was floored that during my egg retrievals, there were other patients visiting from NYC and even Europe to have their procedures done there. When I asked why they would travel all this way, the response was "because they're the best"
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New Jersey.
Monitoring hours were from 5:30-7:30am. There were times when it felt like a cattle call with a line, but it really depended on the day and how many patients were there and how early you arrived. If you arrived closer to opening time, you rarely had to wait long. The mornings can be tough, but are the most convenient times to not interfere with work.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Forman at RMA of New Jersey.
I would have to look back and see what each costed, but we were fortunate to have good insurance coverage. Overall I would say we've spent about $10,000-$12,000 in a year and a half including 2 egg retrievals, medications, appointments, 1 hysteroscopy, 1 d&c, and three embryo transfers
Describe Eric Forman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New Jersey.
Dr. Forman did have a preference on a single embryo transfer and very clearly discussed the pros and cons of each to us. He said in the future we could revisit it with future embryos, but for our first, our highest success rate for a healthy pregnancy would be a single embryo transfer.