How was your experience with Jaime Knopman at CCRM New York?
As a female doctor, she was able to deeply connect with me as a single mum patient. Jamie totally understood my infertility issues and was connected to my gynecologist to ensure she fully understood my case. I felt like Jamie always had the right level of empathy alongside being authoritarian and "commanded" the situation which you want your doctor to do. Also, Jamie is supported by an incredible team, a lot of credit goes to the nurses and other staff.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jaime Knopman at CCRM New York?
Trust the information the nursing team and Jamie give you, don't waste time - or cloud your brain - looking at blogs on the internet. If you ever have a question, just call CCRM and they will go over and above to support. Know that you're seeing one of the best of the best, and just trust the process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jaime Knopman at CCRM New York?
Jamie always knew me and my personal situation and information. She was incredibly caring, and yet reassuring and positive, especially when delivering bad news.
Describe the protocols Jaime Knopman used in your cycles at CCRM New York and their degree of success.
First egg retrieval was very soon after my initial consultation, with the intention of getting my eggs out for freezing ASAP. I wasn't 100% sure yet if I wanted to try to conceive via donor, but having eggs frozen meant I was getting them out as young as possible. Then, 5/6 months later when I was ready to begin creating embryos and I had selected donor sperm, we attempted to create embryos however all 9 frozen eggs did not create viable embryos. Therefore, we had to do another egg retrieval, but because I had the donor sperm we could create embryos from fresh eggs. This was more successful and resulted in 5 embryos. The first attempt was a fairly grueling routine of medication to "trick" my body into thinking it was pregnant, approx a 10 week preparation. Unfortunately, it was not successful and was quite surprising to Dr Knopman. So, to change things up (and knowing there were 4 more embryos) we decided to do a more natural process and do a transfer alongside one of my cycles. It was perhaps a little bit of a "hail Mary" attempt, and we had discussed the likelihood of it being successful and the likely next steps of further surgery. However, this second attempt did work and I was lucky that it resulted in a pregnancy then birth of a healthy - beautiful! - baby.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM New York. (Assigned nurse: Liz)
All of the nurses, not just Liz, were absolutely awesome and really can be credited just as much as Dr Knopman for my positive experience of CCRM. This includes non-medical support staff such as Stephanie in the admin team.
Describe your experience with CCRM New York.
Compassionate, responsive, personal, clean, convenient, friendly. Could contact them via email or phone easily. The portal was great. Took the extra time to explain something if I requested. I had insurance, but if I didn't it would probably be extremely expensive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jaime Knopman at CCRM New York.
I was covered under insurance (Progyny) so it cost me a lot less than the average patient - without the insurance, I would not have been able to afford it.
Describe Jaime Knopman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM New York.
As a single mum to be I did not want multiples, and was reassured that it was not necessary to do a multiple transfer, and was probably not the best option for me given my medical status.