How was your experience with Kathryn Humm at George Washington University?
We met with 2-3 different fertility docs at all of the major clinics in the DC area and did not feel completely comfortable with anyone until we met Dr Humm. She explained everything in detail with us and we could tell that she would always keep us informed. We felt like we would be in good hands with her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Humm at George Washington University?
Dr Humm is open to trying new things if asked. Don't hesitate to ask her questions and reach out if you need anything. She is the right balance of professional and compassionate.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Humm at George Washington University?
The entire staff at GW were warm and caring. I felt like I always had someone to reach out to. It was a small and intimate setting and not like a factory. They have a smaller patient load than other fertility clinics in the area.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Humm used in your cycles at George Washington University and their degree of success.
We did the antagonist protocol with high doses of gonal F and smaller doses of menopur half way into the cycle. We also did an estrogen priming due to my AMH. The number of eggs collected was better than expected.
Describe your experience with your nurse at George Washington University. (Assigned nurse: Alejandra)
Alejandra was responsive and friendly. We saw her almost every day for the monitoring appointments. She was always prompt in getting back to us once the cycle started.
Describe your experience with George Washington University.
GW is a small clinic and I felt like we knew the staff. Even the financial aid coordinator was excellent and we felt we could personally reach out to him at any time. We were well looked after at GW.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at George Washington University.
Monitoring appointments were quick with little waiting time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Humm at George Washington University.
We bought a package of 2 IVF cycles with the second one at a discount. It cost $17,500. This did not include medications. Medications cost another $6k.
Describe Kathryn Humm's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at George Washington University.
Dr. Humm was open to more than one embryo transferred at a time. Based on my age and because we transferred them on day 3, she recommended two.
What specific things went wrong at George Washington University?
- Failed to order appropriate test
Describe the specific things that went wrong at George Washington University.
We decided to leave this clinic primarily due to financial reasons. GW does not offer a shared risk program for people paying out of pocket and we could not afford to have another failure without the assurance of getting some money back. But after leaving, our new Dr and clinic gave us better results. The new Dr recommended a test for my husband based on results from the first cycle with GW. This proved to be beneficial. I was disappointed Dr Humm did not investigate the male side further based on our embryonic development, which stopped after day 3. We also wonder if the new clinic has a better lab or less disturbance of the embryos since our embryos did better in the new lab and all made it to day 5. The new lab houses embryos independent of other patient embryos so that they are not disturbing yours when retrieving or checking on others. GW may have this set up as well but it was never explained to us this way in the orientation. Of course, our better results with embryo development with the new clinic could also be the luck of the cycle.