Choosing a Specialist
My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for a few months, but without success. How did you go about choosing a fertility specialist?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When my husband and I were choosing a fertility specialist, we wanted someone with a good reputation and lots of experience, someone who is comfortable with a patient like myself who has medical issues, and someone who was well liked by his or her patients. What is also important to research is their success rate. Most fertility specialists list their success rates online. At this Center for Disease Control and Prevention site, you can compare different clinics, by clicking on the “Spreadsheet of Clinical Tables.” It’s important to remember though that some doctors might take on more high risk patients, which might affect their success rates. With websites like this, you can compare the fertility clinics in your area and make an informed decision.
When my husband and I were choosing a fertility specialist, we also knew we might be pursuing surrogacy, so we wanted to find a fertility specialist who worked with the surrogacy center that we had chosen. It’s been very helpful that those two centers are so great at communicating and working together.
—Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, an attending neonatologist, and the medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center, at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, TX