Wright Bates

University of Alabama Birmingham

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Medical SchoolU. of Alabama
ResidencyU. of Tennessee
FellowshipBrigham & Women's Hosp
Birmingham
1700 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(800) 822-8816
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Wright Bates to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 67%Neutral: 33%9.1
6 assessments
  • 67% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 33% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend University of Alabama Birmingham to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 73%Neutral: 27%9.2
12 assessments
  • 73% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 27% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
6 assessments
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Age
35 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IUI, 1 IVF, 3 Egg Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
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You can tell he [Dr. Bates] cares in his own way. He’s good at explaining every step of the procedures. He takes time during every visit and never made me feel rushed. He’s realistic with his expectations and doesn’t set false hopes. I know when he had to call to tell me the first transfer was unsuccessful he was upset about it too. He is a kind man who is also working at a teaching hospital so he’s sharing his knowledge with future doctors.
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Age
35 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI, 1 IVF, 3 Egg Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
While he may not be a hugger. You can tell he cares in his own way. He’s good at explaining every step of the procedures. He takes time during every visit and never made me feel rushed. He’s realistic with his expectations and doesn’t set false hopes. I know when he had to call to tell me the first transfer was unsuccessful he was upset about it too. He is a kind man who is also working at a teaching hospital so he’s sharing his knowledge with future doctors.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Don’t expect him to be all warm and fuzzy. More of a factual this is how it goes sort of guy. Be prepared with questions too and he will answer every one of them and not make you feel silly for asking.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
I love Dr Bates. You can tell he does this because he loves to help. His team is great. They all remember me and are always available for any questions.
Describe the protocols Wright Bates used in your cycles at University of Alabama Birmingham and their degree of success.
I used microdose lupron. Menopur and gonal f. We used icsi on both retrieval’s. And did a fresh transfer which was unsuccessful with two 5 day embryos. Our second retrieval was a freeze all and we did pgs testing. We then did a frozen transfer of the only genetically good embryo and that’s my 7 month old daughter!
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Alabama Birmingham. (Assigned nurse: Laura, Tabitha, Kendall, Sonjola)
Love them! They care so much and are super helpful. I do wish their calendars were a bit different for my use/preference. Also, we use a portal to email back and forth and sometimes that’s hard because one nurse will start the convo and another will pick up. So that can get confusing.
Describe your experience with University of Alabama Birmingham.
The facility itself is clean and modern. The waiting room is comfortable. The parking is a challenge and how the bathrooms are in the hall by the elevator vs off of the waiting rooms is a little inconvenient. But I do like that you go to the same place for the retrieval’s and the transfers and blood work is all done in one spot. Because it’s in Birmingham just always be prepared for traffic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham.
There were costs for the retrieval’s. The transfers. The isci and the pgs testing. The cost of meds and pgs testing were not through Bates/UAB but part of the whole experience. It was about $18,000 per round
Describe Wright Bates's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at University of Alabama Birmingham.
I believe he prefers to transfer 1 embryo. We did two the first time because of our urging. We wanted twins.
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Doctor
Wright Bates
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham
Nursing
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Age
29 - 35
Treated
2012 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
Dr Bates is an extremely knowledgable doctor. He is also a professor at UAB and has been treating infertility for 25 years. He really knows what he is doing and isnt in the business of risking mom and baby by risking multiples. I fully trust his expertise.... I only see Dr Bates during the big dates, the fellows handle most all the busy work with Dr Bates making all the decision. All Doc and Staff are very sweet and caring.
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Age
29 - 35
Treated
2012 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Dr Bates is an extremely knowledgable doctor. He is also a professor at UAB and has been treating infertility for 25 years. He really knows what he is doing and isnt in the business of risking mom and baby by risking multiples. I fully trust his expertise.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Do some research and come prepared with questions. Dr Bates is a very busy man so utilize your time with him wisely. The fellows are very knowledgeable as well.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
I only see Dr Bates during the big dates, the fellows handle most all the busy work with Dr Bates making all the decision. All Doc and Staff are very sweet and caring.
Describe the protocols Wright Bates used in your cycles at University of Alabama Birmingham and their degree of success.
Letrozole CD 3-7 HCG trigger as directed after US IUI 24 hours later Repeat Above IVF Menopur Follistem Antagonist as directed HCG trigger as directed Retieval 36 hours later Tranfer Estrace 2mgx2 for 7 days + Baby Asp Estrace 2mgx3 for 9 days + Baby Asp Same as above add Progesterone 1ml for 1 day. Same as above add Medrol 16 mg for 5 days. Doxy with dinner and breakfast before transfer. After Transfer Progesterone 1ml, Estrace 2mgx3 and Baby Asp daily as directed
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Alabama Birmingham. (Assigned nurse: Tabitha)
Excellent. Great communication through patient portal. Attentive to needs and questions.
Describe your experience with University of Alabama Birmingham.
The only downside of the clinic is that its very hospital like... well because its at a hospital. Haha. The parking is also limited but im not big on parking in the deck across the street. The parking fee is rather expensive and adds up quickly with all the visits.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham.
It varied depending on Insurance coverage but complete IVF cycle is roughly 18,000us
Describe Wright Bates's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at University of Alabama Birmingham.
ESET is what they prefer unless unsuccessful on previous transfers.
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Doctor
Wright Bates
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
23
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
8
I was under the care of a fellow, Diedre Gunn, practicing under Dr. Bates. Both doctors were always very thorough, honest, kind and available to questions through every surgery, test, diagnosis and procedure.... I worked with Dr. Bates less in person, but he was present for surgical procedure as Dr. Gunn was at that time completing her REI fellowship.... We did a laparoscopy with removal of endometriosis, tested for tubal blockage, and removed several uterine polyps.
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Age
23
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
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How was your experience with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Dr. Diedre Gunn and Dr. Bates both had very kind and open bedside manners. I worked with Dr. Bates less in person, but he was present for surgical procedure as Dr. Gunn was at that time completing her REI fellowship.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
I was under the care of a fellow, Diedre Gunn, practicing under Dr. Bates. Both doctors were always very thorough, honest, kind and available to questions through every surgery, test, diagnosis and procedure.
Describe the protocols Wright Bates used in your cycles at University of Alabama Birmingham and their degree of success.
We did a laparoscopy with removal of endometriosis, tested for tubal blockage, and removed several uterine polyps. I took Letrozale for a couple of cycles with timed intercourse then we moved on to IUIs with Letrozale then IUI with Letrozale and trigger shot. Due to MFI we were given the option to try 2 more IUIs or move on to IVF
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I just had difficulty with one nurse not showing much compassion. Especially when we missed ovulation on a medicated cycle intended to be an IUI cycle.
Describe your experience with University of Alabama Birmingham.
The biggest difficulty is parking downtown. Otherwise the clinic is very nice and the clink staff/ most of the nurses were very kind and helpful. We didn't have an option based on our insurance provider of picking another clinic, so at times I did feel stuck. However once we figured out that insurance wouldn't cover any treatments unless they were billed under endometriosis treatment not fertility treatment we have considered looking at other clinics. I appreciate the relationship I have built with my doctor however and would still recommend to a friend. We might get a second opinion before moving forward.
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Doctor
Wright Bates
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Male Factor
10
Dr. [Wright] Bates as well as Dr. Bouknight and Dr. McLean [at University of Alabama Birmingham] were very compassionate. They all were always on the same page with each other and you could tell they each knew our case. They work as a team to make the best decisions for us. Very personable and relatable. Dr. Bates and Dr. Bouknight both openly share their infertility struggles and can relate....Birth control, Lupron, 125 Gonal F, 75 Menopur, HCG trigger, aspirin, prometrium progesterone, Valium day of transfer.
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Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Male Factor
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How was your experience with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Dr. Bates as well as Dr. Bouknight and Dr. McLean were very compassionate. They all were always on the same page with each other and you could tell they each knew our case. They work as a team to make the best decisions for us. Very personable and relatable. Dr. Bates and Dr. Bouknight both openly share their infertility struggles and can relate.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Go see them!!! Ask a lot of questions because they will all answer them. Tell them your fears/concerns. They are there to help you and want to get to know you so let them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Dr. Bates and his staff remembered conversations from previous appointments and knew all details of our history.
Describe the protocols Wright Bates used in your cycles at University of Alabama Birmingham and their degree of success.
Birth control, Lupron, 125 Gonal F, 75 Menopur, HCG trigger, aspirin, prometrium progesterone, Valium day of transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Alabama Birmingham. (Assigned nurse: Laura)
Laura is amazing!!! She has such a heart for couples with infertility. She has experience with it herself and this helps her relate. She returns calls within a very short period of time. The key to a good IVF experience is the nurse and with Laura you will not be disappointed!!!!
Describe your experience with University of Alabama Birmingham.
Nothing. New nice clinic. Very short waits normally.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham.
IVF without insurance plus meds, ICSI, and freezing was about $18k
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Doctor
Wright Bates
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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Age
39
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
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He [Dr. Bates] was very knowledgeable. I didn't see him very often unless it was something big like retrieval or transfer but his fellow doctors were kind and caring...I was on gonal-f and another med for my egg retrieval. I was on a lower dose then my friends. I ended up with the same amount of eggs both retrievals...I would have preferred to have my progesterone and estrogen tested with each beta as I miscarried early and I wonder if those levels were off and if that is what caused it
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Age
39
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
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How was your experience with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
He was very knowledgeable. I didn't see him very often unless it was something big like retrieval or transfer but his fellow doctors were kind and caring. He was knowledgeable and provided information when requested
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Come with a lot of questions and a pad and a piece of paper to take notes
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
He was kind when I saw him
Describe the protocols Wright Bates used in your cycles at University of Alabama Birmingham and their degree of success.
I was on gonal-f and another med for my egg retrieval. I was on a lower dose then my friends. I ended up with the same amount of eggs both retrievals.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Alabama Birmingham. (Assigned nurse: Laura)
She was quick to respond and responded with answers to your questions. She was well informed
Describe your experience with University of Alabama Birmingham.
I would have preferred to have my progesterone and estrogen tested with each beta as I miscarried early and I wonder if those levels were off and if that is what caused it
Describe the costs associated with your care under Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham.
Testing, procedure cost
Describe Wright Bates's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at University of Alabama Birmingham.
Because of the quality of my embryos, the doctor suggested that I transfer one. We wanted to transfer 2 embryos
What specific things went wrong at University of Alabama Birmingham?
  • Failed to call with results
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Doctor
Wright Bates
Communication
Compassion
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham
Nursing
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10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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I haven't had a baby yet but I know he isn't a miracle worker -- what he does is listen -- try every avenue and tell you about the latest and newest possibilities.
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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How was your experience with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
I haven't had a baby yet but I know he isn't a miracle worker -- what he does is listen -- try every avenue and tell you about the latest and newest possibilities.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Become friendly with nurses and IVF coordinator -- they will help you with scheduling
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Wright Bates at University of Alabama Birmingham?
They are a great group of doctors and nurses who really do care and want to listen to all your questions and concerns. They always call back the day you leave voicemail and send a private message through UAB portal. We adopted after failed IVF and they were so excited -- sent us a handwritten note from all doctors. Dr. Bates' team has the best results in AL
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Want to go over everything with you specifically - how to give medicine / injections. Any questions - any concerns.
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Wright Bates
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham
Nursing
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