Describe your experience with Fort Worth Fertility.
Very clean and clinical. The consultation room was filled with pictures and birth announcements of success stories, can be a little intimidating at first but gives you hope, we never saw this room again until we brought our twins back in to show the staff. The room for my husband had a recliner, sink, videos and magazines, not sure what I expected from this room but found it interesting nevertheless. The room used for our IUI was like all the others, but I remember after the procedure the staff left the room to me and my husband and turned down the lights and had soft music on. I know as clinical as that room was, it also was special and a little emotional/romantic in that moment and left me with a sweet memory. The most distracting thing was the phlebotomist at that time was pregnant and I was so emotional going through this process I just didn't like having a pregnant person drawing my blood because she was in the state I wanted so desperately to be in.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
From the first consultation he From the first consultation he was warm, positive and empathetic. He told us that it wasn’t a matter of “if” just “when” we’d get pregnant. He shared his own family struggles with fertility and provided us with statistics of success rates along with laying out our potential path or paths to becoming parents. My husband and I left the first meeting confident that we were in the right hands with a healthy dose of witty banter to liven up the mood and ease our nerves.
How was your experience with Robert Kaufmann?
There isn't a thing I'd change about our experience with him. Each time he saw me he didn't have look at my chart to remember me and my story, maybe he did that before walking through the door, but I was never the wiser.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Robert Kaufmann?
Have faith in the process and voice your concerns because he will listen to you. Have a good sense of humor, he can joke with the best but that doesn't take away from his professionalism nor his ability to understand when to be serious. I enjoy a warm bedside manner and he definitely delivered. Be compliant with his instructions to ensure optimal outcomes.
Describe the protocols Robert Kaufmann used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I was a patient with PCOS, hyper/hypo thyroidism, type 2 diabetic and overweight. We did one round of testing for blocked fallopian tubes and my husband had to provide a sample for count analysis it was determined that the infertility was my issue as suspected. I was already on metformin when I started with Dr. Kaufmann and for my first cycle we did a round of Clomid which I did not respond to as he wanted based on my follicle growth. I thought I'd have to wait a month for the next cycle but he just piggy-backed the next treatment on top. He ordered a round of injectables that were delivered to my door via the mail to self-administer for a week. I had follow-up visits to track the follicles during the week then he scheduled a trigger shot to release eggs and a coordinated IUI. After the IUI, I was put on progestrone for the first trimester. I returned to the office for scheduled bloodwork 2 weeks later and my hgh ranges came back positive in the pregnancy for multiples range. I was released from the his care after 10 or so weeks to my OBGYN and Perimaternal specialists. 37 weeks and 4 days after my IUI we welcomed full term boy/girl twins.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Robert Kaufmann.
Less than $2000 including medication. Worked with my insurance at the time and most was covered under insurance.