Describe your experience with Richmond Center for Fertility.
The front office staff, particularly Susan, are somewhat disorganized and you need to stay on top of them to make sure things get done. Joan, the financial worker, is great and very helpful with going over options for payment. She will work with you on payment deadlines and is very understanding.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Most of the time Dr. Tidey was very thorough, but his bedside manner wasn't the best and he sometimes forgot what we had talked about at previous appointments.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The whole nursing staff was great and were always available if I had questions.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Lost paperwork
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
How was your experience with Geof Tidey?
Because my IVF cycle was successful, I can't be too upset with the care of Dr. Tidey. He made it clear from the beginning that the goal was to get me pregnant since we had been trying for 18 months. However, he never performed any kind of testing on us, he simply diagnosed us with unexplained infertility and said we needed to do IUI or IVF if we wanted to get pregnant. Part of me can't help but wonder if he only did that because those treatments are so much more expensive and I wonder if we could have figured out what the actual problem was if we had done any testing.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Geof Tidey?
Ask lots of questions and do research before each visit! Write down your questions so you don't forget to ask. He tends to not get into details unless you ask about them so if you want to really know what's going on, you have to ask and know what to ask.
Describe the protocols Geof Tidey used in your cycles and their degree of success.
For my IVF cycle, he put me on a lower dose of injectables to avoid hyperstimulation. He said that since I am "young", he felt I would respond well to the medicine and didn't want to overstimulate. He also recommended we do ICSI even though my husband's sperm were not an issue. He said that since we were "unexplained," we don't know if fertilization is the issue and he would hate for me to have no eggs fertilize. He recommended we only transfer one embryo even though we wanted to do two because we were doing a fresh transfer. He said that success rates are actually slightly better when you do a frozen transfer so he'd hate for us to use 2 embryos on the fresh transfer and if it didn't work, we'd only have 4 left. We are so glad we only did 1 because it did work and I think we would have twins right now if we'd done 2, which I can't imagine!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Geof Tidey.
IUI with injectables and Clomid - about $800
IVF with ICSI (without PGS testing) - about $1700