How was your experience with Laura Smith at Virginia Fertility & IVF (FKA Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of VA)?
Dr. Smith has been very straight forward with me and has explained all of the procedures to me although she does sometimes talk a little bit fast and can be a bit hard to follow. She seems very knowledgeable and medically minded. I do feel that she is very focused on results and that is exactly what I need from a doctor, especially in this field. As I stated before, I would not say that she has a relaxed bedside manner which for my husband is not a good thing, but I prefer this personality type in this particular setting. She is always willing to answer any questions that I ask, and she always knows how to answer my questions. My experience with Dr. Smith has been positive, other than the fact that I’m not pregnant yet!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laura Smith at Virginia Fertility & IVF (FKA Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of VA)?
I would say that if you want someone who is relaxed and easy-going, someone who makes you feel calm, Dr. Bateman is the doctor that you want. However if you want someone that is dynamic and thourough, Dr. Smith does fit this profile. I would recommend her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Laura Smith at Virginia Fertility & IVF (FKA Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of VA)?
Dr. Smith is very straight forward and very medically-minded. She does not have a relaxed bedside manner like Dr. Bateman. However, I prefer that as I don’t want my doctor to be too relaxed. I like that she seems very focused on results and I trust her knowledge.
Describe the protocols Laura Smith used in your cycles at Virginia Fertility & IVF (FKA Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of VA) and their degree of success.
Dr. Smith prescribed me various medications and and three cycles of IUI. This was not successful, but I think that this is standard protocol to follow prior to IVF. Next, Dr. Smith recommended IVF with PGS, and so that is what we are doing.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses are very dynamic and they get back to me quickly. They have done a good job answering all of my questions ( I have had a lot of them! ) And they are very knowledgeable. I have also been very accommodating to my requests. For example, one time I asked if I could film the directions that one of the nurses was giving me about the medication and I was allowed to do this. This was immensely helpful for me.
Describe your experience with Virginia Fertility & IVF (FKA Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of VA).
This seems to be a top rated facility and all of the doctors and nurses have seemed extremely knowledgeable. The facilities are very nice. The secretaries are very kind and patient. The facilities are always clean and well decorated. I know a lot of people who have gotten pregnant at this facility so I know that they have a good success rate. My only complaint is that they seem extremely busy all the time and sometimes crowded. I think that many people commute 1 to 2 hours to get to this facility as there are not many others in central Virginia. I would actually really like to recommend that they expand to the Lynchburg area.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laura Smith at Virginia Fertility & IVF (FKA Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of VA).
IVF was A little over $14,000. I think that the rounds of UUI were a couple thousand dollars each.
Describe Laura Smith's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Virginia Fertility & IVF (FKA Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of VA).
Dr. Smith has recommended a single transfer. According to what I have read on all other resources, this is the best approach. I feel that she makes responsible and cautious recommendations. This makes me feel that she has my health and her best interest .