Describe your experience with Midwest Reproductive Center.
According to my regular OB, this office has the highest rate of success in the area. But I definitely feel like just a number there, and like there's not really anybody who's in my corner or even particularly cares about me.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
No one ever acknowledged the emotional component to dealing with infertility and multiple failed procedures. Once I got a startled, "Why are you crying?" from a nurse when I was tearing up during an appointment from the general stress of it all. The nurse that dealt with me was different almost every time, so I never developed any kind of personal relationship with anyone. Every time I tried to call and ask a question, I always left a message with the machine, which resulted in a long game of playing phone tag.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were very cold and distant on the whole. No one ever showed compassion or empathy for what I was going through. It was like a check-up trip to the dentist. I seemed to always get a different one when I went too, and would have to re-explain things to them, which was frustrating. For example, in my second cycle with them, we missed the window for ovulation because they'd scheduled the ultrasound too late. The Clomid was significantly shortening my cycles, and I was ovulating around day 7. This became a recurrent theme- with every new cycle, they would try to schedule my ultrasound around day 13, and I'd have to re-explain that this would be too late for me. During my fifth cycle with them, we missed the window for ovulation again for the same reason, which was incredibly frustrating, especially since I'd told the nurse that I thought it would be too late. One nurse was also particularly inept seeming, taking several tries to get a simple blood pressure reading, and man-handling me in the process. When she went to give me a trigger shot, she was physically pushing me against the patient bed and tugging at my pants to get them down.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
How was your experience with Dan Gehlbach?
At this point in time, I have done 4 IUIs over 6 cycles with Dr. Gelbach's office. I never even met Dr. Gelbach until after the third failed IUI, at which point it's his protocol to bring you in for a discussion of next steps. I did find him knowledgeable and informative at our meeting, but I thought it was crazy that that was the first time meeting him at all. And he never did any part of my procedures or even popped in to say hello and acknowledge that I was a patient.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Dan Gehlbach?
Ask to have one nurse consistently, or for the doctor to be present. I wasn't proactive enough about it because I'd just assumed there would be some consistency of care.
Describe the protocols Dan Gehlbach used in your cycles and their degree of success.
The nurse that I met at the initial consultation walked me through various tests we could do, but ultimately only recommended a blood work-up and AMH level check for me, all of which came back normal. Without doing any further testing, they recommended Clomid to be followed by IUI. We did 3 rounds of IUI with Clomid, plus 2 cycles of just Clomid because the ovulation was missed.
After the third failed IUI, they wanted to schedule a general follow-up with Dr. Gelbach, which as I said, was the first time I'd met him at all. The whole meeting was basically about IVF, which he seemed (seems) to think is the next step. I wanted to try one more round of IUI, which we did, but he switched me to Letrizole for that round.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Dan Gehlbach.
Each complete round of IUI was approximately $650, with no infertility insurance coverage.