Describe your experience with RMA of New Jersey.
RMA treats patients as individuals, not as numbers. During my treatment, RMA opened beginning at 5:30 for morning monitoring instead of 6:00, which was wonderful as I did not feel rushed getting to work in the mornings. I highly recommend you arrive a few minutes before 5:30 so that you could be one of the first for blood work and ultrasound. This way, you do not need to worry about getting to work on time. The office staff was always pleasant. The phlebotomists were quick, personable, and painless. The staff worked to make each morning as pleasant of an experience as possible, and seemed to value the time of each patient. I honestly cannot think of any weaknesses- the whole operation is comprised of miracle workers :)
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Forman always treated me like an individual who mattered. He always made me feel like my health and safety were his first priority, and took time to explain each of his choices for my treatment. He was very easy to communicate with, responding rapidly to any e-mails and even calling on the phone.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Danielle was an excellent communicator. She worked with my wacky schedule as a teacher, and if for some reason we were unable to actually talk on the phone, she left me detailed voice messages with clear instructions for medicine and explanations of my lab results. We were able to communicate primarily by phone, but also at times through e-mail.
How was your experience with Eric Forman?
Dr. Forman has an incredible amount of knowledge, and is very skilled in explaining details of treatment options and the IVF process. As my doctor, he never made me feel like a number. He always greeted my husband and I with a smile, and showed a tremendous amount of compassion towards us and our desire to have a family. He has a warm bedside manner and understands that infertility is an emotional process. I always felt that he kept my best interest in mind, while creating his plans for treatment. When canceling a fresh transfer due to mild OHSS, Dr. Forman took the time to explain exactly why it was the best choice to have a frozen transfer instead. I always felt comfortable with our decisions, and felt that each step of the process was truly a team effort.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Forman?
Be patient and trust him. Dr. Forman has a wealth of knowledge. Let him educate you, and encourage yourself to become an active part of your treatment.
Describe the protocols Eric Forman used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I did not get my period on my own, so we started the cycle with Provera and then 14 days of BCP. After the fourth day of being off BCP, I started stimming using Follistim and Menopur, with doses changing based on blood work and ultrasound. After 4 days, I added Ganirelex. For my trigger, 36 hours before retrieval, I used 2mL Pregnyl and 40 units Lupron, and then 24 hours prior I used 40 units Lupron again. This retrieval yielded 36 eggs, 23 matured, 16 fertilized, and 10 made it to CCS/PGD. All were normal, 5 girls and 5 boys.
When we canceled the fresh transfer, I waited for day 1 which came 12 days later. We did day 3 blood work which was all good, and then we waited until the next month to prep for the frozen transfer. After normal ultrasound and bloodwork, I restarted estrogen suppositories, and 18 days after starting this process, was able to have my frozen embryo transfer. This transfer happened on Nov. 29, 2015 and was successful as I am now 32 weeks pregnant with my blessing of a baby boy!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
Morning monitoring at RMA is a well-oiled machine. After checking in after the doors were first opened, it usually took just minutes to be called back for bloodwork. If an ultrasound was available first, the staff would place you in a room and ask you to do blood work afterwards. When at Morristown, I would always get a call with my results by the early afternoon, and if I needed to go to Basking Ridge instead, a call with my results would be made at some time during the morning. The staff at RMA know what they are doing, and work to make sure everyone is able to have a stress-free, quick morning.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Forman.
I was very lucky to have IVF covered under my insurance. Out of pocket, I paid for my medicines, and for costs associated with PGD testing and embryo freezing.