Describe your experience with Loma Linda University.
I like this clinic because they're not commercial and don't shy away from tough cases. I get the overwhelming feeling that their goal is both to achieve live births and support the emotional well-being of the patients instead of being concerned about their numbers. They have a good reputation and have a lab on premises. They are a little bare bones; I sometimes wish that they made the experience less clinical (the staff is warm, but it's clearly a doctor's office). The magic of baby-making is already severely crippled by the need to do IVF and they don't put much back in. I sometimes envy the people going to clinics that offer acupuncture or other frills, even music during the transfers would be nice.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Bareh takes the time to ask how I am doing and if I have any questions.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Some of the nurses are very compassionate and informative while others are very matter-of-fact and only give you information when they think you need it.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Lost paperwork
- Lost appointments
How was your experience with Gihan Bareh?
Dr. Bareh is compassionate and seems competent and very concerned with achieving a positive outcome for her patients. However, she's not a great communicator. Many times, I left the office to research things on my own after she did not explain something to my understanding
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gihan Bareh?
Be prepared to ask about the next step(s) over and over again and press for clear answers. I think that Dr. Bareh doesn't understand what is old hat to her is mostly new to her patients.
Describe the protocols Gihan Bareh used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Dr. Bareh likes to begin cycles with aspirin and birth control pills. I used Gonal-F and Menopur as stims and then Centrotide for my trigger/antagonist. I took estradiol pills and progesterone in oil for both my fresh and FET cycles. The fresh cycle included estrogen pessaries, whereas, I vaginally inserted an estradiol pill for the FET. I took and antibiotic and Prednisone surrounding the transfer dates and a diazepam prior to the transfers.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
The length of time at the monitoring appointments varied on the day. Patients were to come in between 7:30-9 a.m. The blood draw was always fast, but the wait for an ultrasound depended on who arrived first and what other appointments (non-monitoring) were scheduled for that day.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gihan Bareh.
IVF & FET cycles do not include monitoring or medications.
A FET cycle following a cancelled fresh transfer would include monitoring.
It cost more than I was expecting (blood draw, monitoring, and medications add up), but nothing is cheap in SoCal.