How was your experience with Laura Cooney at Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals?
She was amazingly supportive when I had my miscarriage. She talked me through what to expect and how to handle it. When I was going through subsequent rounds of IUI there was nothing that stuck out as particularly good or bad. I wanted to have another check-in like the first time we sat down, where we discuss my history and prospects but including the in/fertility issues that have come up since that initial consult.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laura Cooney at Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals?
Be sure to ask what happens next, and how this impacts future pregnancies.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Laura Cooney at Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals?
No one wants to go through a miscarriage, but it does happen. When it happened to me I dealt with a lot of nurses, doctors, and other staff. Dr Cooney was professional and compassionate, and helped me get through one of the worst experiences of my life.
Describe the protocols Laura Cooney used in your cycles at Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals and their degree of success.
The first IUI was completely natural. Used an OTC ovulation predictor kit and 1 vial of donor sperm. I got pregnant but miscarried. Had to wait 1 cycle of natural menstruation before trying again. 2nd IUI we used letrozole on cycle days 3-5, then the same process. Negative result. 3rd IUI we used letrozole but also an injection of ovidrel to trigger ovulation. I got a positive pregnancy test but it was a chemical pregnancy and I menstruated shortly thereafter. They are hesitant to escalate treatment because it is clear my body is capable of getting pregnant, and their rationale is that it just takes more tries to be successful. They did a HgbA1c and prolactin tests after the 3rd IUI which were normal.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals. (Assigned nurse: Vicky Slager-Neary)
She has been our primary point of contact throughout, and we've seen her more than any other clinician. She has been professional and has excellent bedside manner. Having had miscarriage I am desperate to avoid having more, but she treats them like necessary hazards to getting pregnant. I want to take escalate treatment and she wants to try the same thing multiple times. She's probably right that I will get pregnant that way, but having miscarriages along the way is a high price to pay, especially when my insurance would cover the escalated treatment.
Describe your experience with Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals.
Great staff, beautiful clinic, and they're very accessible. I was always able to talk to a nurse immediately or very shortly after reaching out. They made it feel personal, like they knew my partner and I. Big weakness: they require a couples consult with their resident psychologist, Dr Julianne Zweifel, for any fertility treatment, and it was a miserable experience. My spouse and I already each have a separate therapist, so we have the support we need, and the meeting felt pushy, nosy, and judgemental.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laura Cooney at Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals.
I don't recall the specifics. We have a $3000 deductible for our fertility insurance and we didn't meet it in our initial work up for the clinic. Our hysteroscopy cost maybe $300 before insurance, but after was only about $30.
What specific things went wrong at Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals?
- Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Generations & University of Wisconsin Hospitals.
I had blood tests to confirm my miscarriage, and we got the results electronically but no one from the clinic called to discuss them with us. It was around the holidays, so things were hectic at the clinic, but we knew the rest results indicated that I was having a miscarriage and we desperately needed someone to tell us what was going on. I finally called them the next day and they were closed for the holiday. I didn't get to talk to anyone until the next day, and it was a very stressed waiting period.