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    Default Melbourne clinics- Melbourne IVF vs Monash IVF???

    Hi Everyone,
    My partner (32) and I (34) are currently trying to chose a clinic to start TTC in early 2014, but really not sure how to choose. We live on the north side- both clinics are around the same level of convenience/inconvenience to where we live!
    Has anyone used either of these clinics and can offer an insight in to the one you used? Would you go to them again?
    Ideally looking for a same-sex parent friendly clinic, good level of care, good choice of donors (asking a lot, I know!)
    Thanks in advance!

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    Hi there,


    Sorry I didn't see this post earlier. You may have already made your decision and started your journey but anyway…. my partner and I have been TTC since last year. We started our journey with City Fertility Centre their clinic is MUCH smaller than Melb IVF and I really liked that. We had to change as we had a change to our donor situation when we discovered that we knew a donor at Melb IVF…small world. So we have moved over there.

    I really liked CFC and would have been happy to stay there. They had loads of donors to choose from with no wait list and they were all really friendly and lovely. Melb IVF is BIG. It’s rare you speak to the same nurse twice and even rarer that you actually speak to a nurse when you call. You almost always leave a message. Having said that, every single person we have encountered has been nothing but completely kind, caring, supportive and knowledgeable. They obviously have a very good record keeping system as when I speak with someone they are always right on top of my journey. My Dr is lovely. He’s always willing to answer questions and responds on email within the day. I asked for a call recently and he called my back first thing the next morning and chatted for 10 minutes.

    Anyway, best of luck and here’s hoping your TTC journey is a short one!

    Also, I live on the northside too and Melb IVF is easier to access in East melbourne than CFC was over on St Kilda Rd.

    Natta

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    Its funny, I've actually started treatment with CFC! I originally went with Monash IVF but was put off by being pushed heavily towards going straight to IVF. I assume it would be their big earner, rather then IUI. They also didn't seem very gay friendly, and the lack of confidentiality when discussing cycles/bookings etc at the reception desk had me taken aback. Couldn't be happier with the change to CFC. New FS is lovely, really listened to what we wanted to do, and provided a fair summary of options, not just their personal preference. Even spoke to the FS last night when I thought I'de mucked up the trigger shot, talked me through it, and stayed on the line whilst I fixed it. Really happy with our choice of clinic!

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    That's such good news. It's really important you feel comfortable with your clinic and FS. We are waiting 2 more days to have our blood test after putting a 5 day frozen embryo back in. Our fingers are crossed as we've done some home tests and they're positive. I'm just praying nothing goes awry between now and Monday!!! So exciting and scary.
    How are you doing?

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    Hi there,

    My partner and I are currently with Monash IVF and would not recommend it.

    We picked Monash IVF because one of the offices is closer to our home thinking it would mean less travelling - but the all of our appointments except 1 have been at Clayton. Our IUI procedures have also been unsuccessful so far (3 cycles) and I had to specifically request not to be seen by one of the doctors because his behavior was so unprofessional. I feel like they are more focused on the money than anything else.

    I'm quite young and was told by one of the nurses I should have a 50% chance of success with IUI but somehow it hasn't worked so we will move on to IVF but considering doing it somewhere else. I have heard good things about Melbourne though.

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    Hi @tdgg,
    Yeah, I wasn't very impressed with Monash. Some people really love it, but it wasn't for us.
    We ended up sticking with City Fertility and really like our clinic and FS. Unfortunately we will be heading back earlier then planned to see our FS, but still really happy with the clinic.
    You will see the clinic and FS quite a bit when doing IVF, so its worth making sure you are happy with both, even if you end up having to 'trial' a couple of FS in your search. If you haven't considered them before, you might want to look into CFC. Its different to Monash for sure, but for us, it was the right fit.
    Hope you have a fast journey through IVF to your take home bub.

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    Default We don't like Melb IVF... thinking of changing

    Been with Melb IVF for nearly 2 yrs. Doctor (Kate) and nurses great.

    East Melb clinic - awful!
    Average age of PLAs and reception staff = 25 and it shows.
    Reception staff: ignorant and uncaring. We positively hate going to that reception area. All the chairs arranged in a circle so you can avoid looking at other people whilst terrible breakfast tv blares in the background.

    E.g.s:
    Dr: you need to see a counsellor before we can start a cycle
    US: we were told next available appt in 2 months. Cycle due to start next week.
    Dr: Ask if you can see someone at another site
    US: we didn't know there were other sites (Box Hill, RWH, Werribee etc)

    PLA: I can offer you next week in Werribee
    US: We live east side... anything closer?
    PLA: Or would you prefer tomorrow at Women's Hosp?
    US: Of course we would? (Do you have any common sense???)

    Counsellor: I need to ask you what you'd like to do in case one of you dies...
    US: ?*$#*(#( where did that question come from??
    Counsellor: So, how are you feeling?
    US: We feel how one would feel just after making weighty decisions out of the blue about what do with our left over eggs and sperm after one of us dies.

    and on it goes.
    We are going to ask our Dr (we like her so much) if there is anyway we can minimise our contact with the East Melb clinic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fonsu View Post
    Been with Melb IVF for nearly 2 yrs. Doctor (Kate) and nurses great.

    East Melb clinic - awful!
    Average age of PLAs and reception staff = 25 and it shows.
    Reception staff: ignorant and uncaring. We positively hate going to that reception area. All the chairs arranged in a circle so you can avoid looking at other people whilst terrible breakfast tv blares in the background.

    E.g.s:
    Dr: you need to see a counsellor before we can start a cycle
    US: we were told next available appt in 2 months. Cycle due to start next week.
    Dr: Ask if you can see someone at another site
    US: we didn't know there were other sites (Box Hill, RWH, Werribee etc)

    PLA: I can offer you next week in Werribee
    US: We live east side... anything closer?
    PLA: Or would you prefer tomorrow at Women's Hosp?
    US: Of course we would? (Do you have any common sense???)

    Counsellor: I need to ask you what you'd like to do in case one of you dies...
    US: ?*$#*(#( where did that question come from??
    Counsellor: So, how are you feeling?
    US: We feel how one would feel just after making weighty decisions out of the blue about what do with our left over eggs and sperm after one of us dies.

    and on it goes.
    We are going to ask our Dr (we like her so much) if there is anyway we can minimise our contact with the East Melb clinic.

    Oh wow. Yes. We used to be at that clinic when we were with Melbourne.

    The same happened to us with the counselling. I just sat and stared at her for a minute and was like you want us to make that decision NOW??

    Was pleasantly surprised when the counselling session at Monash IVF was totally different. I still shudder from that session at Melbourne.

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    We did our first (unsuccessful) cycles with Melbourne IVF, now moved to Monash. Feel a lot more comfortable, they're more informative than the staff we dealt with at Melbourne, I feel like they're more willing to listen to what we do and don't want.

    As with any business though, it all comes down to what nurses/doctors you get. One of my close friends was really unhappy with her specialist at Monash IVF but then there are threads on here devoted to praising that Doctor. So really it's what works for you and who you get along with best.

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    Thanks babybeanie,

    It's reassuring that we weren't the only ones.

    I had to have repeat bloods yesterday - things are a bit iffy since my day 8 scan - and I just couldn't bring myself to go back to that clinic. So drove to another clinic instead. Maybe that's a sign. Thank goodness for my very supportive DH.

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