Just wanted to say hi. My dp and I moved to Cairns a month ago and have our first appointment at qfg early March with Dr Coffey. Dp has an extra chromosome so we are going down the donor cycle. Anyone have any experience with Dr Coffey? I really am hopping for a genuine dr and not one that is just in and out.
Hi everyone, I'm not sure if anyone is still following this thread but I am finally 11 weeks pregnant after many years of IVF. I had my first obstetrician's appointment with Dr Thomas Wright at 10 weeks. He seems nice enough but I was wondering if anyone had any feedback on either him or the other two obstetricians (Natalie Kiesey-Calding and Liz Jackson) in Cairns as I am really unsure who to go with. Any feedback would be very much appreciated.
Last edited by Felicity Fox; 01-04-2016 at 20:19.
felicityFox!!! I can only go off my own experiences and those of my friends, Tom comes highly recommended by anyone and delivered my son in 2014 and is currently managing this pregnancy, the birth of my son was very complicated as he had something called shoulder dystosia ( were the shoulder gets stuck on the pelvis ) while this is happening their cord is clamped off and your baby is essintially suffocating, my boy was born not breathing, blue and limp, Tom handled things extremely well and my son has no effects from his birth, a lot of babies end up with nerve damage and could have Cerebral Palsey from the lack of oxygen, it all comes down to how quickly they can get them out, I was totally unaware something was wrong due to being in my own world in labor pains lol I couldn't commend Tom and more for his efforts that night! I hemmoraged ( which is very common for shoulder dystosia births) and he took such good care of me, he is funny at the right times but very professional!! Another IVF friend who had a shoulder dystosia delivery was using Tom but went into labor over the weekend and ended up with Natalie, I don't know her circumstances but her baby was without oxygen for some time and ended up with a broken arm. I seen Natalie at 18 weeks for a bleed and didn't like her bedside manner at all, and she charges a management fee which I don't like. I currently live 870km from cairns but still make the drive to see Tom because I trust him.
Thank you so much for getting back to me @stillfuntryin - that is some great feedback about Tom. It sounds like he works extremely well under pressure. I plan to have a cesarean so I hope he is on board with that.
I enquired about Natalie's pricing and her management fee is $3600 which I can't justify spending so she is def off the list.
Congratulations on your pregnancy - you don't have long to go. Wishing you all the very best for the safe arrival of bubba no. 2. FF xx
Last edited by Felicity Fox; 02-04-2016 at 08:30.
Felicityfox- i have had 2 babies through Dr Waterfield and absolutely loved him! He unfortunately suddenly retired at the end of last year so I had to pick a new OB with this pregnancy. I decided on Liz Jackson because I couldn't justify the $3600 management fee of the other lady OB. I found Liz to be ok but have actually chosen to transfer my care to Townsville as I felt that Liz was not comfortable/competent in treating me ( complicated pregnancy ). At the point that I decided to switch I couldn't get in to DR wright otherwise I prob would have went with him. But my new OB in Townsville is awesome so I'm happy with where I ended up anyway. Oh and Liz has a management fee as well I'm not sure if you're aware of that? It's $2000. Good luck!
Hi @Kit84 thanks so much for your feedback. I was thinking about meeting with Liz Jackson but, I know this sounds ageist, she looks so young (from her photo on the QFG website) and much of her training seems to be quite recent so I was a bit concerned that she might not have the depth of experience that I would want from an ob, so your comments are much appreciated. Sounds like Dr Tom gets a big tick from everyone, so I will just stay put. Glad you've found yourself a great ob in Townsville - good luck with your pregnancy. FFxx
Last edited by Felicity Fox; 02-04-2016 at 09:38.
Sorry for butting in but.... @GM9 I am in Townsville but I do IVF through Brisbane QFG and go to Wazza. I do some scans locally through QFG Townsville and both doctors here are good doctors. I only go to Brisbane because they acknowledged that I have harder fertility issues than usual and they felt that for me to have a better chance of success I should go to Brisbane. Dr Verkuilj is the lady doctor with QFG & I just love her. I did IVF with her in 2013, she has done almost al of my scans for Brisbane cycles and she did a uterine biopsy procedure and a d and c for me as well last year. Dr Chang is also good, he is quiet but he is quite well known here in Townsville. If you don't have major issues with TTC then I would definitely give either of them a go. If you do have major issues then I highly recommend Wazza in Brisbane but he has a 9 month wait list. If you have yet to start any fertility checks then definitely go to either doctor and they will be able to start the ball rolling with testing.
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