@Tahli how are you?
Well, we saw Lynn Burmeister at Monash IVF today and her recommendations (in order) were San Diego Fertility Centre, Cape Town Fertility and then Greece.
San Diego is just WAY too expensive - 30,000 USD!!! My husband is still very wary of going to South Africa because of the safety factor, but the cost definitely looks to be more manageable, although I'm still waiting to hear back from Karin at the clinic with a comprehensive price list and what it includes. I've been looking at flights and accommodation and even though the flight prices are the same in March and May, it seems that the accommodation is certainly cheaper in May.
My husband was set on Spain, but Lynn didn't think much of there and commented on the expense, compared to South Africa.
I'm a bit confused though about the donor selection process - do you know anything about it? Does the clinic provide us with a list of donors and we make our selection or do we have to go through an agency? Just don't quite get that.
As soon as I have a list of costs, I'll contact Supercare and see what the next steps are.
@emski72 thanks for asking... Sorry I haven't replied earlier but...
I'm 7 weeks pregnant with one strong (148) heartbeat! I had an ultrasound last week but it was too early to hear a good heartbeat.
For those who are new to this, I am a 45 year-old single mother from Canada. I have been going through fertility treatments for five years (two miscarriages in there), the last two I have been trying to get pregnant through donor eggs from South Africa (CFC). I went over in March 2015, caught campylobacter on the flight home, which caused miscarriage #2. I spent six months trying to have my embryos shipped from SA to Canada. Had unsuccessful transfers in January and May 2016, breast cancer scare in June 2016. And here I am, pregnant...
What I changed this cycle: My stress level was lower, I did acupuncture right before the transfer and I took an Ativan a half hour before the transfer. I have also been taking bio-folate in addition to a whack of regular folate.
So, I am hugely relieved with this good heartbeat. I can't say enough positive things about women on this forum and the support I have received from around the world here on bubhub. You really get what this struggle is all about. @Tahli, how are you getting on?
Huge thanks to you all.
@Canuck1 I am absolutely thrilled at your brilliant news! It's completely made my day!! My week in fact!!! You've worked so hard to achieve this pregnancy. All the work to get your precious embryos back to Canada from CFC, your health scare, the whole kit and caboodle. Please keep us updated after your 12 week scan won't you. Yay, yay, yay!! So exciting!!!
Canuck - that is fabulous news! One step at a time hey ???
I stayed in 2 (the first twice !)
Oaklea Cottage http://www.capestay.co.za/oakleacottage/
Belleveue Cottage http://www.bellevuecottage.co.za/
I would highly recommend both, I loved the privacy, hosts and the actual cottages. Both were in easy distance of the Constantia Shopping Village http://www.constantiavillage.co.za/ for local restaurants, supermarkets, beautician, petrol etc and of course the wineries including Groot Constantia.
To answer your question, the clinic (CFC) and the agency are two very seperate entities.
You'll need to visit some donor agency websites first - try starting with Gift ov Life, Nurture and aBabySA. You register (free and anonymous) for a password so you can browse through donors.
Once you have found a donor that resonates with you, you can apply to book that donor. The agency will get in touch with you, you pay your agency fee (all fees are quoted on their websites), then you contact CFC to apply for dates. The agency will also contact CFC to let them know you've paid and they can release your requested donor.
In relation to CFC costs - they have a full breakdown of their fees on their website.
Best of luck xxx
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