I found that there is only one IF clinic in my area. It is a satellite office for a very large and (based on internet searches) well respected center in a huge city about two hours away from me. Two of the RE's travel to my city 1-2 times a week for appointments with patients, but most ultrasounds, labs, etc. are done by a physician's assistant, nurse, and ultrasound person who permanently staff my local office. For any actual procedures like IUI or IVF we would travel to another office.
I also researched two other clinics in the big city.
We're not even close to doing IVF at this point, and aren't even sure if we would go down that path. As a disclaimer, I do believe that creation begins at conception. In my humble opinion, I think that IVF *can* be done in a way that still upholds the value of the life God created. I think God can direct some couples do do IVF and others to not. I don't know which side of things we will fall on if we end up facing that road. I know we would not want to create more embryos then we would be willing to have as children. I have also looked into egg freezing as an alternative to embryo freezing...all three clinic below have this as an option.
Because I know IVF could possibly be an option for us and it's really the only measure to see how "successful" different clinics are, I have been looking at SART scores. However, I don't know how much weight to put in them.
Also, how much should the published cost of IVF factor into our decision? Do the published costs typically reflect all of the fees (I know they don't include meds and anesthesia)? The clinic I spoke with gave me a breakdown of three fees: the IVF cycle, the hospital, and the lab.
Ok, here's a breakdown:
- Distance: 10 minutes away/ 1-2 hours away for procedures
- SART score: pregnancies: 54%, live births: 47%
- IVF Cost: $10,500 (includes all three fees)
- 2 recommendations
- Distance: 1.5 hours away
- SART score: pregnancies: 36%, live births 31%
- IVF Cost:$6,900 (not sure if it includes all three fees, but the website makes it sound like it includes the everything but the normal things)
- 2 recommendations
- Distance: 2 hours
- SART score: pregnancies: 66%, live births 60%
- IVF Cost: $7,000 (not sure if it includes all 3 fees -- website says it does not include anesthesia/operating room fees, and the OR part sounds like one of the fees included in clinic #1's cost)
- Haven't heard of anyone using this clinic
Since we're not at the IVF stage yet (and maybe never will be), I am wondering if we should just stay local for the testing and early stages of treatment that lie ahead. Then we could reanalyze the situation if we got to IVF? Although DH and I like the idea of sticking with a doctor who has worked with us throughout treatments.
My head is spinning, I don't know!! Any input or suggestions you have would be very much appreciated! Are there other factors I should also consider? How did you choose your RE?