How was your experience with Sara Mucowski at Dallas IVF?
Dr Mucowski is calm and serene, which is exactly what we needed. We were a bundle of nerves, and we always left her office calm and relaxed. I never doubted her confidence or her decisions - even when her plan was outside the box of what we had learned with previous doctors and research. We started with 17 eggs to fertilize. As the number of surviving embryos continued to drop, she listened, she consoled as I cried, and she never rushed our appointments or phone calls.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sara Mucowski at Dallas IVF?
Dr Mucowski is brilliant. Do not confuse her calm nature and personality as her not caring. The wheels are constantly turning and she’s always putting you first.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sara Mucowski at Dallas IVF?
We had experienced so much disappointment with our previous RE. We were up front about our concern and if we were throwing money attempting IVF a third time. She listened, she supported, and she was extremely responsive each time I called or emailed with concerns and questions.
Describe the protocols Sara Mucowski used in your cycles at Dallas IVF and their degree of success.
I only have one ovary. Dr Mucowski correctly hypothesized that my numbers were falsely showing overstimulation. We maxed out dosages for the entire stimulation. Drugs used were Lupron, Follistim, Menupur, And Hcg. After the day 5 transfer (done late afternoon), progesterone shots and suppositories were ordered until week 14 of pregnancy. There is research that shows doing the day 5 transfer in the afternoon rather than first thing gives the embryo additional time to cleave and possibly hatch. One of the two embryos transferred was hatching when time to transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dallas IVF. (Assigned nurse: Heather)
Heather was perfect. She helped coordinate a schedule that ordered my blood work in the morning with a lab by my house, and then scheduled me for the last afternoon appointment for my sonograms. This helped with my work schedule that was not very flexible early morning appointments.
Describe your experience with Dallas IVF.
Strengths- extremely well informed, compassionate, supportive, always there to listen, flexible, up to date on the latest technology, clinical trials, and research.
At week 7, I started to bleed at about 10pm at night. Called the 24 hr on call service, she had me stay on the line and was able to get the on call doctor immediately on the line with me. Dr Barnett, the on call doc, correctly predicted the cause of the bleed, but still said he would see me first thing the next morning to help ease my mind. I had nicked my cervix placing the progesterone suppository. The clinic was busy the next morning, but the front desk already knew I was coming and got me right in to see Dr Barnett.
Weaknesses - I’m sure there are some, but I’m blinded by the fact that Dr Mucowski was successful in getting us pregnant after so many previous negative results.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sara Mucowski at Dallas IVF.
Approximately $20,000 for everything. Medications, Stimulation, retrieval, freezing the eggs, freezing a sperm sample from my husband, processing a fresh sperm sample from my husband.
Describe Sara Mucowski's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dallas IVF.
Dr Mucowski prefers to transfer 1 embryo at a time. However, since we had a history of 2 previous failures, she recommended transferring 2 embryos. I begged her to transfer three embryos and she adamantly refused.