Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Actually Choosing an RE

Actually choosing an RE was way harder than I thought it would be.  (Yes, this all happened like 2 weeks ago now but I just realized I never really mentioned it so here goes:)

As I said before, I wasn't thrilled with the RE suggestions my lady doctor recommended due to their distance from my house and work.  The doc said she'd refer me wherever I wanted to go so I looked around for other options that were further south instead of north like the doc's recommendations.

However, after many hours of research, I realized that almost every place I found was about equidistant from my house and if I chose somewhere south, while it would be more convenient to my work,  I am only in the office 2 days a week anyway AND I would have to deal with Boston-area traffic (which, as anyone who has experienced it can attest to, totally blows), and a normal 45 min drive could easily turn into 2 hrs with no advanced warning.

 If I chose one of the REs that is north of my house, I would potentially have to change my work schedule around sometimes depending on when my appts are scheduled (which would be a huge pain) but at least I could 
I realize I've used this pic before but it's just so relevant!
take backroads to get there and wouldn't run the risk of fighting the urge to scream obscenities and flick off every car in the general vicinity due to the shitty drivers and traffic jams. 
Gah - I'm getting road rage right now just thinking about it! 

 So, spoiler alert: I chose the latter.

However, that still left me with about 4 different options so I did some serious website and online review stalking, talked to some people (including Mrs.M from TB - thanks lady!) and made a couple calls. In the end though, I chose the original place that is affiliated with my current ob/gyn since the RE has stellar credentials and his schedule worked better with my work-from-home schedule.  (Granted, I realize that a lot of the time I go in I probably won't be meeting with him but whatever. I had to choose somehow.)

The other reason I chose this one over the other places is that this is part of a hospital. The other places I was considering were fertility centers that, although they had board-certified REs on staff, had websites that made them look like they were in the business of helping with infertility, not in the medical profession of helping with infertility. Does that make sense?  It took me a while to put my finger on why I felt slightly uncomfortable with the other places but I think that's what it boils down to.

I spent a lot of time weighing the pros and cons of each one (apparently I don't make decisions easily) but in the end I just went with my gut. So far they've been great over the phone - very professional and helpful,  but I'll let you know if that changes! If it does and I find I don't like them, I can always switch. It's not like I'm marrying them.
No thank you.

Yes please.


  1. I have nothing to offer on this particular subject, just wanted to say that I've been enjoying your posts! Good luck with RE!

    1. Thanks! And thanks for reading! I think that officially makes 6 viewers, haha.