We are from out of town, so our drive to Generation Fertility, Waterloo (formerly KARMA Fertility) was about 1.5 hours each way — and I tell friends all the time that I would have driven double that time to experience the excellent care (and success!) we’ve had at Generation Fertility, Waterloo. We have been patients at a total of three IVF clinics and our experience with Dr. Campanaro and her team was by far the best. Infertility and IVF is a stressful, uncertain reality for anyone enduring it, and the Generation Fertility, Waterloo team understands this, and actually cares about the experience you have as a patient. This was just as important to me in the end as the actual success we had — which was creating multiple embryos AND we now have a three month old son who is the brightest light in our life.
From start to finish, our journey was 3.5 years and we were actually with 2 different clinics before moving to Generation Fertility, Waterloo. After a year of trying to conceive on our own, our first set of tests revealed that we were struggling with male factor infertility (unknown causes and so much social stigma around the increasing issue that made us feel really alone for a long time). We learned that we wouldn’t be able to conceive a child naturally (or even in IUI procedures). IVF was our only option. The first two clinics we attended in our area didn’t give us a lot of hope that we’d be able to create an embryo with my husband’s sperm so we had to let go of our expectations and leave it in the hands of science (I often felt like a science experiment myself, undergoing all the stress of IVF with little sense of agency or empathy in the process). However, when we switched clinics for the second time to go to Generation Fertility in KW, our experience changed drastically for the better.
First of all, they blew us away by creating multiple embryos with my partner’s sperm— we couldn’t believe it, it honestly felt like a miracle! They always took the time to review and understand the nuances of our specific case. Through the ups and downs they were there with care and empathy, and hope for us! And maybe the best part — EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION (anyone on the IVF journey will quickly learn how important it is to feel heard, and well-informed, and the Generation Fertility, Waterloo team excelled at this, from reception to embryology to the medical team). Many of the nurses know me and my husband by name, and took really good care of us during egg and sperm retrieval, to embryo transfer and everything in between. I always felt like my questions were finally being answered well, and they made ME finally feel empowered, like I had a say in the procedures happening to my body. This is something that carried into the 20 weeks of pregnancy in which I was under their care.
I wouldn’t trust my body or my precious embryos under the care of anyone else after being with Generation Fertility, Waterloo, they will be our IVF team for the remainder of our fertility journey.
Thank you Generation Fertility, Waterloo team!