How was your experience with Rebecca Usadi at Carolinas Medical Center?
Dr. Usadi has an amazing bedside manner. She performed my HSG and later my IUI, after a failed attempt from the nurse who usually performs the procedure. Dr. Usadi's presence is calming and re-assuring. When in her care, I do not question the procedure at hand or the level of care that I am receiving.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rebecca Usadi at Carolinas Medical Center?
Be willing to speak up about what works for you and what does not. During my HSG, Dr. Usadi said that she would explain the procedure as she went. I told her that I did not want to know, and that I would just like to focus on my breathing. She offered to lead a relaxed breathing exercise while performing the procedure and I obliged. It was so helpful, I walked away wishing she could not only help us make our baby, but one day deliver it! When she performed my IUI, she remembered that the breathing exercises works for me and initiated the relaxation technique. It was very helpful during a such an uncomfortable procedure.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rebecca Usadi at Carolinas Medical Center?
In my first appointment with Dr. Usadi, I felt encourage about our situation. She was warm, but clinical providing all necessary information. She answered all questions that I had for her, none of which she made me feel like were "stupid questions". After the appointment which I attended without my husband, I was emotional and crying on my way out of the clinic. I was stopped by a nurse who offered a warm hug and words of encouragement and shared her own infertility story. I immediately knew I had made the right choice in the clinic. Both Dr. Usadi and her nurses have all been warm and caring throughout all of our appointments and procedures.
Describe the protocols Rebecca Usadi used in your cycles at Carolinas Medical Center and their degree of success.
She was amazing to recommend my husband and I for a clinical trial looking at male factor infertility. The trial provided three FREE rounds of IUI after a few months of male treatment with antioxidant/placebo study drug. It was such a blessing to be entered into the study. It also reinforced my decision to go to the hospital for treatment, rather than the other local for-profit RE clinic. The hospital and the doctor provide opportunities for entrance into clinical trials, as Dr. Usadi chooses to participate in such studies.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Carolinas Medical Center. (Assigned nurse: Kathy Ramsey)
Kathy is the study nurse in-charge of the research trial that my husband and I are in. Her communication has been phenomenal, always reaching out to prepare us for the next steps and just checking in. She provided her cell number for 24 hr access is necessary. This has made our experience at this clinic.
Describe your experience with Carolinas Medical Center.
As a study patient, it can be a bit disorganized when going for blood work and scans, because I am not the typical patient that the other nursing and tech staff are used to dealing with. As my protocol is a little different than most other patients going through the same stages, I do have some responsibility to keep track of what my protocol is, if my study nurse isn't readily available. However, she is usually just a few mins or a text away. She always follows up on any clinic issues that I have had, including a billing issue.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rebecca Usadi at Carolinas Medical Center.
I have good insurance for diagnostics. When it comes to treatment, we have been lucky to not have to pay for anything as we were entered into a research study that included 3 FREE rounds of IUI, per Dr. Usadi's recommendation.
Describe Rebecca Usadi's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Carolinas Medical Center.
We are not there yet in our treatment process.
What specific things went wrong at Carolinas Medical Center?
- Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Carolinas Medical Center.
My husband's results from the andrology lab were not posted in a timely manner, like we usually experience. Our study nurse was quick to provide us the results when we asked her for it.