This blog is part of Fertility FAQ, a series where RMA doctors answer your most pressing questions. Today’s physician expert is Dr. Scott Morin, who practices out of RMA Northern California in San Francisco.
When it comes to choosing a fertility clinic, you want to make sure the clinic is the right fit for you and that you feel as comfortable as possible there.
A big part of that is feeling like your clinic ‘gets you’ and operates on a similar wavelength, from how relatable and compassionate the doctors are to how quickly they get back to you when you have a question (or a lot of questions).
Look for doctor’s you’re comfortable with
If you identify with wanting to feel seen, heard, and understood by a care team you can identify with, treated with only science-backed, evidence-based medicine and the latest technology, and communicated with on the same devices you use, you’re probably pretty turned off with doctors older than your parents, stuffy waiting rooms, and days of waiting to hear from your nurse (not to mention all the paperwork you’ll have to fill out – on literal paper.)
You just want a clinic that functions like you – honestly, quickly, and kindly. Well, it exists! The modern, connected fertility clinic is a thing – and it’s got everything you’re looking for.
For starters, let’s talk about doctors. A number of clinics in the country – and more in big, urban cities like San Francisco – are run by young doctors who are not only expertly trained and experienced at how to achieve pregnancy in the shortest time possible but also relatable.
They talk like you, look like you, have families that come in all shapes and sizes, and are rooting for your success like a close friend.
Communication is key
Next, there’s communication. Modern fertility clinics are talking to patients – both potential and existing – on the platforms patients use every day.
Some clinics, like RMA of Northern California, in San Francisco, are super responsive to questions over Facebook messenger, with doctors even calling patients (from their unblocked cell phone numbers) to make appointments within minutes of an initial inquiry on the social media site.
In addition, clinics like these have secure texting options for doctors and patients – one platform modern clinics use is called Spruce.
It is a HIPPA compliant app that patients download to their phones and use to communicate with their doctors about their treatment, with nothing off-limits, including 2 a.m. emotional messages with five different questions.
Keeping up to date on research and technology is very important
Finally, modern fertility clinics usually have state-of-the-art technology, equipment, protocols, and procedures that help improve your chances of pregnancy and live birth.
At RMA Northern California, for example, the embryology laboratory (where the IVF process takes place) operates at the highest standards, and with skilled embryologists who have experience working in such a technical environment.
Plus, RMA NorCal is a research clinic, meaning our doctors study questions that help improve pregnancy rates and practice only the safest, latest care.
It might seem that all the fertility clinics you find are old-fashioned and don’t exactly feel like the right fit.
But the truth is, there are clinics that have evolved with the industry, and finding one is not impossible.
When searching around, ask about the clinic’s doctors, their research, their embryology lab, and their primary mode of communication. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find out!