How was your experience with Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Kay did not perform any of the major procedures in our Natural Cycle IVF treatment (Dr. DiMattina did that), but my experience with her as a patient in consult and diagnostics was very positive. She is clearly invested in the best possible outcomes for her patients, and was very candid about treatment options that she did not feel would be good for us (for example, IUI treatment because of our particular challenges would have been a wasted effort in her opinion). I felt very trusting of her opinions and recommendations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Kay is extremely thorough, and I feel compassionate and kind, but I do think that some might perceive her to be a little bit colder at first conversation. I don't believe this is the case, but you might want to be prepared for that possibility as you consult with her. She will definitely answer your questions, listen to you, and provide you with as much information as you'd like.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Kay is extremely thorough in her consultations. Not only this, but a few years ago, I had a miscarriage, and she was the doctor to confirm it (even though she was not my primary doctor at Dominion at the time). I didn't immediately remember this, but she did and was very kind a compassionate about it. Our original doctor at Dominion had since left the practice, and Dr. Kay become our new primary. She spent so much more time discussing our test results and providing some new insights as to why we may be having trouble (particularly pertaining to some male infertility issues).
Describe the protocols Kay Waud used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Baby Aspirin once a day to help the lining of my uterus, and then progesterone and estradiol once my embryo was fertilized prior to egg retrieval. Limited activities during the two week wait after transfer. These are all designed for the best possible outcome - successful implantation of the fertilized embryo.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Amy (called me the most))
I can't say enough about the incredible nursing staff and coordinators at Dominion Fertility Arlington. Every nurse at every visit is kind, friendly and eager to make you feel comfortable. Being poked with needles for blood draws and having sonograms every other day during follicle monitoring can be unpleasant, but the nurses remain positive and calm - and they all seem to know how to draw blood very delicately. I have always felt very comforted by the staff at Dominion.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
This clinic is wonderful. The offices and lobby are always neat and clean, and the waiting area is comfortable. The front desk staff will always greet you with kindness and a smile. Appointments are made very efficiently over the phone, and I have never been kept waiting past an appointment time before seeing the doctor. Billing is even around the corner and incredibly helpful - they will answer any and all questions you have about costs of treatment on the spot.
If I had just one issue, and it's a slight one, it would be that you can almost never reach a nurse directly in real time - you'll have to leave a voicemail at the nurses' desk, and they will return your call. At times, this can take a few hours, but they never make you wait more than a day for a return call, so it's really a minor issue.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility.
Because Virginia doesn't have a mandate for fertility treatment coverage through health care, patients pay for all of treatments out of pocket. Prior to starting treatment, we did a mock embryo transfer and a water sonogram, which cost us a total of $650. Most everything that occurs during a Natural Cycle IVF treatment (monitoring, egg retrieval, semen collection, fertilization, embryo transfer, etc.) is covered under a package price of $4900. We also paid for assisted hatching of the embryo at $500. Anesthesia for the egg retrieval is an additional separate cost of $500, and then there is the cost of medications, which for us was around $300. All in all, our treatment cost us around $6850.
Describe Kay Waud's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
This does not apply to me because we used Natural Cycle IVF - just my natural egg produced in a cycle without fertility medication prior.