How was your experience with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. O'Brien seemed to be perfectly matched to us. Much like myself, she was very determined and positive about our infertility journey. She always made us feel like we were the only patient she had, taking time to answer any questions and detailing our plans as we moved forward with each cycle. We felt very supported by Dr O'Brien, and felt that she grieved our losses and celebrated our successes with us. She was very sensitive and compassionate and always supported us and help us maintain a positive attitude and a sense of hope for future cycles. I fully believe without her determination, compassion, positive and hopeful spirit we may have lost hope ourselves and would have given up. She firmly believed we would eventually become a family, and by placing our trust in her judgment in our treatment plan we have. She gave us every reason to hope and believe at every negative/setback. She is an asset to Shady Grove Fertility Center. I recommend everyone I know experiencing infertility to Dr O'Brien for care because I believe 100% in her abilities, and I know she will treat every patient as special as she made us feel.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust her abilities and lean on her for support and hope for your future family. Dr O'Brien makes her patients feel like they have a special and personal relationship with her. You are not just a patient to her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
She always took time to explain in detail about my diagnosis and treatment plan. If I would reach out via email or phone, she always responded and fully answered any questions I had.
Describe the protocols Jeanne O'Brien used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We were on donor egg protocol with estrogen and progesterone. Usually, This is a straightforward protocol, but my body had difficulty in responding. Dr O'Brien changed dosage and frequency of estrogen injections to assist my body in stimulating the uterine lining. In addition she utilized other different medications (estradial, viagra and tomaxifin citrate) throughout my cycles to stimulate my uterine lining to develop enough to support conception. She also performed hysteroscopies, D &Cs and endometrial biopsies to optimize our chances at conception . During my 5 treatment cycles, Dr O'Brien consulted her colleagues and was open to suggestions of her peers to assist us in becoming successful.
When we came to the decision to proceed with gestational carrier, our carrier was assigned normal protocol of estrogen and progesterone and she responded appropriately.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Vivian Oseni)
Our experience with Vivian Oseni was absolutely wonderful. She always made you feel Luke you were her only patient. She was very sensitive, kind and compassionate. She was "my rock" many times when she'd call with negative news. There is nothing I would change about my experience with Vivian. I recommend anyone going through fertility treatment to request her as their nurse.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
There is nothing I would change about my experience with Shady Grove Fertility. We had an exceptional experience with our clinic. From the receptionist, lab technician, sonorgrapher, nurses and physicians, everyone makes you feel they are 100% committed to supporting you and helping you be successful. One thing very different about Shady Grove patients compared to other clinics is that Shady Grove patients have a great understanding about their condition and treatment because the staff provides so much information in person and on their website about treatment, conditions, education, and support groups. The most special thing about Shady Grove is the genuine understanding and compassion. A lot of Shady Grove staff have also experienced infertility, so they truly know what you are going through on this fertility path. The genuineness of all staff sets this clinic apart from all other clinics. You are not just a patient or number to Shady Grove. You are part of the Shady Grove family from your very first appointment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility.
Our insurance did not cover fertility treatment. We were enrolled in shared risk/shared donor money back guarantee program, which I believe was $29,000. In addition, my insurance did pay some costs associated with procedures, testing and surgery costs.
Describe Jeanne O'Brien's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr O'Brien always followed Shady Grove Fertility protocol and suggested transferring only one embryo per transfer cycle. At our last cycle, our gestational carrier requested to transfer two embryos because it was our last attempt before stopping fertility treatment. Dr O'Brien reviewed her health, age and prior pregnancy details and agreed she was healthy enough to carry a twin pregnancy. She agreed to allow our gestational carrier to transfer two embryos.