Rated 10
Strongly recommend: 100%10
100% strongly recommend
4 reviews
Humanity
10
10
Humanity

Ratings of 1 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a number."

Ratings of 10 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a human."

Communication
10
10
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
8.9
8.9
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

Ratings of 10 mean patients saw this doctor at every appointment.

Responsiveness
8
Good
Responsiveness

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Education

Medical School
Harvard
Residency
UCSF
Fellowship
UCSF

How Doctor Communicates

doctor, nurse available by email
nurse available by directline
nurse available by directline
not available by personal cell phone
not available by personal cell phone
Valerie Baker works at

Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
Rated 7.7
Strongly recommend: 60%Neutral: 18%Don't recommend: 22%7.7

At 1 office

Baltimore
10753 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21093
410-583-2753
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4 patient reviews

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This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2011 - 2014, Successful
10
10
Age 39 - 42
8 IUI
3 IVF
Donor Eggs
Poor Egg Quality
Other
European
Income $200K - $499K
Marketer or PR
1st of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I had 2 miscarriages during the IUI phase of treatment and lost one IVF baby at 23 weeks. She [Dr Baker] was so sensitive to my tears of sadness and frustration. She was very positive with my treatment options, but also very realistic. She was all about helping me and my husband have a baby versus just trying to rack up bills. I am so grateful for my beautiful son, and she deserves so much credit for helping bring him into this world.
Everyone [at Stanford Fertility] was really knowledgable and helpful. The surgical nurses were so great in getting me ready for procedures and dealing with my IV-phobia. Everyone was very caring, especially when there was bad news....Stanford takes pretty much all insurance plans and they do have brochures for infertility plans that other companies sell to help you pay for IVF cycles.
How was your experience with Valerie Baker at Stanford University?
I appreciated how thoughtful and caring she was. If Dr. Baker isn't in on a day when you need to see her, you see her partner Dr. Lahti who is also really amazing. Dr. Baker gives you realistic expectations, but also brings a lot of hope and optimism. You get as much time as you need to understand things and get your questions answered.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Valerie Baker at Stanford University?
Have a consultation visit to discuss your situation and your options. They do that first for all patients and it really helps everyone get off on the right foot and feel comfortable going forward.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Valerie Baker at Stanford University?
She was so caring every step of the way. I had 2 miscarriages during the IUI phase of treatment and lost one IVF baby at 23 weeks. She was so sensitive to my tears of sadness and frustration. She was very positive with my treatment options, but also very realistic. She was all about helping me and my husband have a baby versus just trying to rack up bills. I am so grateful for my beautiful son, and she deserves so much credit for helping bring him into this world.
Describe the protocols Valerie Baker used in your cycles at Stanford University and their degree of success.
For the first 4 IUIs I did Clomid. The second 4 used an injection protocol without additional estrogen. That same protocol was used for my 3 IVFs with my own eggs, but we did a month of estrogen priming before each IVF cycle. For my donor egg cycle, I was on priming of both estrogen pills and patches and then progesterone shots daily through the implantation and then for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. While the IVF shots were mostly sub-cue, the progesterone shots were intramuscular and my husband gave them to me. They do a really good injectables training so you know how to mix the drugs, use both syringes and injection pens, etc. For all of my IUI cycles, I usually produced between 4-10 follicles. For my IVF cycles, I produced 8 eggs each time. We were fairly aggressive with drug levels given my age (not as much risk for hyper ovarian issues). For drugs, I used Menopur, Estrace pills, Vivelle patches, progesterone in oil, Ganirelix, and Follistim.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Stanford University.
Everyone was really knowledgable and helpful. The surgical nurses were so great in getting me ready for procedures and dealing with my IV-phobia. Everyone was very caring, especially when there was bad news.
Describe your experience with Stanford University.
The space is well-maintained, very polished and comfortable. They remember who you are so that checking in is very easy. Compared to my OB's office, it's like a spa!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Valerie Baker at Stanford University.
Our insurance covered the first $20k and most of the visits were considered office visits for billing, so the $20k mostly went to the major procedures. That said, I think we probably spent $50k out of pocket (including all the donor fees) to get our son. My insurance was actually really good an the drugs were obtained through the mail-order pharmacy for the reduced plan rate. Stanford takes pretty much all insurance plans and they do have brochures for infertility plans that other companies sell to help you pay for IVF cycles.
10
Doctor
Valerie Baker
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Stanford University
Sunnyvale
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
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Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2012 - 2014, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 33 - 35
IVF
Donor Eggs
Donor Sperm
Anovulation
European
Income $500K
Engineer
1st of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Baker was frank about my diagnosis. Able to uncover details about my condition that other doctors had missed. For example by ovaries are very tiny but before Dr. Baker I was told I did not have ovaries but she found them easily with the ultrasound. I desired a treatment plan Dr Baker did not typically recommend (donor embryos) but she was willing to work through the good process of receiving and transferring the embryos at her clinic.
Organized and professional. The staff [Stanford University] responded promptly and organized my appointments correctly. It was convenient to get labwork done. They were courteous. I was able to get a polyp removed from my uterus. They were convenient. ... [Nursing Staff] They were distant. ... She [Dr. Baker] seemed willing to accept the fact that the embryos were stored in such a way that we were forced to transfer multiple.
How was your experience with Valerie Baker at Stanford University?
Dr. Baker was frank about my diagnosis. Able to uncover details about my condition that other doctors had missed. For example by ovaries are very tiny but before Dr. Baker I was told I did not have ovaries but she found them easily with the ultrasound. I desired a treatment plan Dr Baker did not typically recommend (donor embryos) but she was willing to work through the good process of receiving and transferring the embryos at her clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Valerie Baker at Stanford University?
Trust her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Valerie Baker at Stanford University?
Dr. Baker was always kind, personable, intelligent and familiar with the comes details of my case.
Describe the protocols Valerie Baker used in your cycles at Stanford University and their degree of success.
I had adopted donor embryos which I believe were not preserved well. But Dr. Baker was willing to receive and thaw the embryos and transfer them at my request. We did too transfers of two embryos, then three embryos. Both transfers completely failed and resulted in no pregnancy.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Stanford University.
They were distant.
Describe your experience with Stanford University.
Organized and professional. The staff responded promptly and organized my appointments correctly. It was convenient to get labwork done. They were courteous. I was able to get a polyp removed from my uterus. They were convenient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Valerie Baker at Stanford University.
They were minimal and covered completely by my insurance.
Describe Valerie Baker's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Stanford University.
She seemed willing to accept the fact that the embryos were stored in such a way that we were forced to transfer multiple. I think she would have accepted whatever plan I had if I had an option. I feel she was flexible and reasonable.
10
Doctor
Valerie Baker
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Stanford University
Sunnyvale
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2013 - 2015, Successful
10
10
Age 42 - 44
6 IUI
3 IVF
Egg Freezing
European
Income $500K
Marketer or PR
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Baker was warm, compassionate and incredibly thorough... Dr. Baker also explained EVERYTHING, which was incredibly reassuring.
Incredibly responsive. I could call or email with a question any time and they [the nurses] would always get right back to me.
How was your experience with Valerie Baker at Stanford University?
Dr. Baker was warm, compassionate and incredibly thorough. I always felt I was getting the best possible care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Valerie Baker at Stanford University?
Dr. Baker and the whole team were incredibly caring. They really got to know my husband and I...which made a stressful situation that much easier. Dr. Baker also explained EVERYTHING, which was incredibly reassuring.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Stanford University.
Incredibly responsive. I could call or email with a question any time and they would always get right back to me.
10
Doctor
Valerie Baker
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Stanford University
Sunnyvale
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020, Consult
10
10
Age 31
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr. Valerie Baker] was always warm and welcoming. She was very honest with my results and would tell me all my options. She would tell me which option she would recommend but ultimately left it up to my partner and myself...never felt rushed...would show me diagrams and explain in terms that anyone could understand...recommends single but gave us the choice.
I had to wait a month and a half for an appointment [at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute]. I feel like I am in great hands! They will call to check in on your after procedures...[nurses] respond promptly to all my questions and are always there if I need them...[Dr. Baker] would tell me which option she would recommend but ultimately left it up to my partner and myself...It is process so it can take time but it well worth it.
How was your experience with Valerie Baker at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute?
She was always warm and welcoming. She was very honest with my results and would tell me all my options. She would tell me which option she would recommend but ultimately left it up to my partner and myself.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Valerie Baker at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute?
I would highly recommend her!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Valerie Baker at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute?
She would tell me all my options then tell me if your were my daughter I think you should do... Which was helpful so I knew which was the best option. I never felt rushed.
Describe the protocols Valerie Baker used in your cycles at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute and their degree of success.
She would show me diagrams and explain in terms that anyone could understand.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. (Assigned nurse: Sharron Tangie)
They are warm and welcoming. They respond promptly to all my questions and are always there if I need them.
Describe your experience with Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.
It is process so it can take time but it well worth it. I had to wait a month and a half for an appointment. I feel like I am in great hands! They will call to check in on your after procedures. They are just always there for you.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Valerie Baker at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.
My insurance cover most of cost so I am not sure how much someone would pay for it.
Describe Valerie Baker's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.
She recommends single but gave us the choice.
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Doctor
Valerie Baker
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
Baltimore
Operations
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Billing Department
Nursing Staff
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