How was your experience with Maureen "Moe" Schulte at SIRM St. Louis (Sher institute for Reproductive Medicine)?
From the moment I met her she was warm and friendly. She treated me like a new friend and she was very open and honest about my course of treatment. She was candid, yet comforting in advising me on my road to conceiving with and without the use of an egg donor. She spent as much time with me as I needed when any set backs occurred.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maureen "Moe" Schulte at SIRM St. Louis (Sher institute for Reproductive Medicine)?
Be ready to hear the good and the bad news because she’ll be open and honest about your possibilities. In theory we may want a doctor to tell us we’ll all get a baby, but we need the ones who are honest about how likely that really is.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maureen "Moe" Schulte at SIRM St. Louis (Sher institute for Reproductive Medicine)?
She took the time to get to know me personally. She treated more like a friend then a patient. She made it seem like we were really in this together.
Describe the protocols Maureen "Moe" Schulte used in your cycles at SIRM St. Louis (Sher institute for Reproductive Medicine) and their degree of success.
We did an ultrasound to see my egg quantity (3). I then started birth control. At my next cycle I started IVF drugs (Lupron, Gonal, & Menopur). I went in for a blood test and ultrasound the first week. It didn’t look great and we decided that if we were lucky enough we’d do a fresh vs frozen transfer since they wouldn’t have a lot to test. I continued the drugs for another week. Went back in for blood work and ultrasound. I only had one egg, so we canceled retrieval and I did the trigger shot and timed intercourse. No success. Covid-19 cancelled current treatments, but when we have the money our next step will be using an egg donor.
Describe your experience with your nurse at SIRM St. Louis (Sher institute for Reproductive Medicine). (Assigned nurse: Merry Kay)
Merry Kay was wonderful, she always seemed happy to answer my questions and respond to my emails.
Describe your experience with SIRM St. Louis (Sher institute for Reproductive Medicine).
I think this clinic is absolutely wonderful and I’d highly recommend them. The only issue I faced was with the financial department. My insurance was covering some of it and it took a long time to get the amount, and then when we were finally told we needed to pay, it was immediate and we almost missed our cycle window because of the delay. It took like 2 weeks for insurance verification. Luckily we didn’t miss the window (not that it mattered), but it was added stress.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maureen "Moe" Schulte at SIRM St. Louis (Sher institute for Reproductive Medicine).
$3400 was my portion after insurance, $580 for anesthesia (didn’t use and still waiting for refund), plus additional copays for specialist office visits.
Describe Maureen "Moe" Schulte's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at SIRM St. Louis (Sher institute for Reproductive Medicine).
I know she prefers a single embryo transfer, I know that in my case if we’d been lucky enough to get two, she’d have done both, but normally she only does one.