When he [Dr. Robert Kaufmann] explained to us why continuing IUI's would do us more harm than good he used a baseball analogy, which my husband loved. When we missed carried our first pregnancy after our 2nd attempt of FET, he called us that weekend to see how I was feeling. He showed genuine compassion and love for us...Dr. K will only transfer 2 embryos during transfer. We are allowed to pick the genders of choice for transfer or one of each gender if available.
Fort Worth Fertility Clinic is a very clean, professional and up to date facility in the medical community. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to find an answer when unknown. The staff is efficient in scheduling timely appointments at both their location and also facilitating schedules at our local location. The financial department could work on helping each patient understand the cost of procedures now vs. the cost you will incur later if you don't do it now.
How was your experience with Robert Kaufmann at Fort Worth Fertility?
Dr. K is very easy to communicate with. From the very first minute to our last phone call recently he makes us feel comfortable and cared for. He always has a way of communicating processes and procedures in terms we can relate to and understand. When he explained to us why continuing IUI's would do us more harm than good he used a baseball analogy, which my husband loved. When we missed carried our first pregnancy after our 2nd attempt of FET, he called us that weekend to see how I was feeling. He showed genuine compassion and love for us. Made us feel like we were one of his own family members grieving something painful. Dr. Kaufmann is like no other doctor I have experienced. He is passionate about his work and passionate about helping you achieve your aspired goals of starting a family. We met Dr. K one year ago for our consultation and have spoken to him every month since. We have not fulfilled our dream of having a baby yet and are looking forward to continuing our care with Dr. Kaufmann
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Robert Kaufmann at Fort Worth Fertility?
Trust his process and trust his knowledge. He knows his field and truly cares for each of his patients. If there is something you don't fully understand never hesitate to ask him to explain, he has a million examples and analogies that will get you to the point of feeling less overwhelmed and more knowledgeable in your own health.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Robert Kaufmann at Fort Worth Fertility?
From the minute Dr. Kaufmann walked in the room we felt like family. He was patient, funny and direct with us on the process he felt was necessary for our case. He made us laugh and made me feel cared about when I cried during our consultation. Dr. Kaufmann never makes you feel like he's in a hurry and gives his full attention to you in every visit. I always felt like I was his only patient.
Describe the protocols Robert Kaufmann used in your cycles at Fort Worth Fertility and their degree of success.
Our first step with Dr. Kaufmann was Egg Retrieval. We were put on a well timed and easy to follow medication regimen for 3 weeks leading up to egg retrieval day. We used Gonal-F (150 IU), Menopaur (75 IU) for 6 days. Then we added Ganirelix (1 prefilled syringe) for 5 days. We also took an antibiotic during these 11 days both myself and my husband. We had 6 appointments with sono's and bloodwork leading up to egg retrieval to check hormone levels and follicle progression. For frozen embryo transfers, I was taking estrodiol and progesterone shots in oil leading up to transfer. After transfer I continued the progesterone shots until confirmed pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fort Worth Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Laeahana & Ashley)
Our nurse was very responsive in our needs and would call or email back in a timely manner. She always showed friendship and compassion in all communications. She worked hard to get results to us quickly even when challenged with closing of local offices used for bloodwork and sonograms in my town. When we miscarried she called late that evening to check on us and asked if we needed anything. She checked on me periodically over the next week to ensure my safety and mental well being. All of our nurses we had contact with at Fort Worth Fertility were kind, fun, passionate and caring with every visit. Never felt like we were a burden.
Describe your experience with Fort Worth Fertility.
Fort Worth Fertility Clinic is a very clean, professional and up to date facility in the medical community. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to find an answer when unknown. The staff is efficient in scheduling timely appointments at both their location and also facilitating schedules at our local location. The financial department could work on helping each patient understand the cost of procedures now vs. the cost you will incur later if you don't do it now. For example Genetic Testing is a set price up to 8 embryos, however if you have more embryos there is an extra cost. At the time following egg retrieval we had 12 total embryos and were given an extra price of $1700 to test the extra 4. However, it was not expressed at that time that if we chose not to test them right then and want to test them in the future months it will cost $5000. If we would have known that the cost was that much greater later on we would have chose to test all 12 and not 8. Little major details like that should be shared with couples. Also, the financial department needs to be more detailed in explanations when insurances are involved. For example, we have a $3500 coverage for fertility and a $1500 coverage for medications. The financial department didn't clearly express those cost to us and we got a fertility loan for more than we needed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Robert Kaufmann at Fort Worth Fertility.
IVF: (egg retrieval, ultrsounds, labs) = $18,000
Medications = $3600 (egg retrieval), $150 (3 vials PIO) x 9 to date = $450, Estrogen = $40 (30 day supply) x 5 months = $200, various supplies (syringes/needles, alcohol wipes, travel cases, sharps containers) = $500+
Transfers = $3000
Genetic Testing = $5000 (up to 8 embryos)
Other office visits: (ultrasounds & labs @ local facility) = $260 (ultrasound) x 12+(approx) = $3600. Labs = $80 per visit x 12+(approx) = $960
D&C Miscarriage procedure = $14,000 (local hospital) (insurance covered $10,000; Patient responsible for $4000)
Describe Robert Kaufmann's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fort Worth Fertility.
Dr. K will only transfer 2 embryos during transfer. We are allowed to pick the genders of choice for transfer or one of each gender if available.
What specific things went wrong at Fort Worth Fertility?
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fort Worth Fertility.
I feel the financial department should have given us more detailed information on finances for IVF and future genetic testing as expressed in the last comment.