How was your experience with Micheline Chu at RMA of New Jersey?
Dr Chu ultimately recommended that I have my fibroid surgically removed before doing any embryo transfer. She does not perform this surgery herself, so she referred me to another provider for this. I did not feel comfortable undergoing this surgery therefore I decided to get a second opinion.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Micheline Chu at RMA of New Jersey?
Be prepared for her to speak very quickly and give you a lot of information. Bring a notepad and write things down since there is too much to remember at once. If she (or anyone else) recommends surgery, get a second opinion to be sure.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Micheline Chu at RMA of New Jersey?
She was very involved and each time I visited the clinic I got to speak with her in person. She speaks very quickly but it felt like that was just her personality. I never felt rushed by her, and she took the time to answer all of my questions in detail.
Describe the protocols Micheline Chu used in your cycles at RMA of New Jersey and their degree of success.
She recommended doing a cycle of IVF for egg retrieval and PGS testing first to make sure I even have good embryos first, then proceeding with fibroid removal prior to doing any transfers. Because I was very hesitant to have fibroid removal surgery, she did give me an alternate option to do egg retrieval and transfer one embryo to try, but told me that if it fails she would not recommend doing any additional transfers until the fibroid is removed. I choose not to proceed with Dr Chu and went elsewhere.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New Jersey. (Assigned nurse: Rhonda Minot)
Rhonda is well versed in infertility treatment, however she could come off abrasive at times. I do think it was coming from a place of care/concern, but my husband had a very difficult time with her style of communication.
Describe your experience with RMA of New Jersey.
Weakness: In the morning for monitoring, patients sit in the hallway lined up outside the door of the clinic - it's sad/uncomfortable seeing these women sitting in a dimly light hallway on the FLOOR. The Englewood NJ office does not to retrievals/transfers, so patients have to travel to southern NJ for those procedures.
Strengths: I found it relatively easy to get in touch with Dr Chu and her staff when I had questions. They answer emails quickly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Micheline Chu at RMA of New Jersey.
There was no fee for the consultation. I paid several hundred dollars for the HSG procedure to evaluate for tubal blockage (which indeed there was). The bloodwork was covered by insurance so I only paid the co-pay for that part.
Describe Micheline Chu's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New Jersey.
I did not get this far, but she told me she does eSET.