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Long-Awaited Child is the story of my 8 year journey to have a family of my own. Our journey began with trying to fall pregnant naturally, to trying IVF several times, to seeking foster care and adoption as an option & finally to surrogacy to have our long-awaited babies. I aspire to make the journey easier for others.
In my story I cover my personal emotions knowing the only option for me to have a baby was to use a donor egg and surrogate. Dealing with infertility can be a lonely and very sad time, I hope my story helps those going through a similar journey to not feel so alone plus to consider other options and not rely on IVF as the only answer. If we had given up after IVF failed in Australia we would not have our gorgeous twins and we are so thankful for your clinic and especially our Surrogate Mother for giving us our family. In my book I have also included some information and research we had done to make our journey easier to hopefully help others.
Below is the link to my website. My book can be purchased worldwide by paperback or downloaded on e-book versions:
Note: For SCI clients, there is a special discount of 15% who purchases this book. Code SCI15 needs to be entered on the discount box on checkout.
Congratulations for the Nobel Prize to Dr Denis Mukwege. It was a great honour to be invited by him for the Infertility clinic in his hospital in DR Congo. Hillary Clinton Foundation was supporting the endeavor of his hospital for Gynaecological treatment of women who were war survivors in Africa.
Many people who are unable to conceive on their own or are struggling any fertility issues are provided with the option of IVF Treatment. Though this process is quite common and many people have successfully got the blessing of a child through IVF, there are many questions that people have regarding this treatment.
1. What is IVF?
In-Vitro Fertility Treatment is the process in which the egg and sperm are fused together, outside of the body and into a glass vial. After a few days, when the embryo has been formed, it is then placed back into the woman’s womb. This treatment enables the people struggling with infertility to conceive.
2. When should a person make an appointment for the IVF Treatment?
If a couple is unable to conceive a child for more than a year, even without using any sort of contraception, then they can try for the IVF Treatment. Anyone struggling with any sort of fertility issue can try for the IVF.
3. For how many times, a couple can try the IVF treatment?
There is no such limit on how much time a person can try for the IVF, but it should be kept in mind that each IVF Treatment reduces the possibility of pregnancy. Though most of the IVF treatments are successful, it still might not work and that will be waste of time, money and emotions.
4. Is IVF treatment very costly?
Tough the cost of IVF varies from clinic to clinic, the average cost of IVF treatment lies between 1,00,000 to 3,00,000. Yes, some people might consider it as costly, but it is well worth it.
5. What are the basic side effects of IVF?
Some of the side effects of the IVF treatment are bloating, shortness of breath, mood swings, nausea, faintness, a little bleeding, cramping, weight gain, cramps etc. These are the normal symptoms that a woman feels over the pregnancy. But normally as the embryo is formed within the body, the body gets used to these symptoms. But in IVF, the embryo is placed within the woman’s womb after it has been formed, the body takes a bit of time to accommodate to the sudden change and hence these normal symptoms are felt twice as much as in the normal pregnancy.
6. Does IVF increase the chance of giving birth to twins or triplets?
As the chance of a single embryo getting successfully implanted in the uterus is not very great, and also because they can’t afford multiple IVF cycles, many women ask their doctors to try to implant multiple embryos in a single IVF cycle. This increase the chances of at least one embryo getting implanted and also, in some cases, leads to the birth of twins and triplets.
7. How to select a good IVF clinic?
Though there are many expensive IVF clinics around, one must always do a thorough research before deciding to go with the one. You should check the success rate of the clinic and also the qualifications and practice of the doctor. You must also check the previous patient’s experiences and reviews.
8. How much time does it take to implement IVF?
An IVF cycle normally takes about 6-8 week to implement. The cycle starts with the consultation and ends after the implantation of the embryo is done in the woman’s body.
We hope we have covered the questions going around in your mind regarding the IVF treatment and were able to answer your doubts.
Whenever we used to see such…. Thank you…cards on walls of SCI Hospital or other IVF Clinics from where we undertook earlier IVF cycles (and they failed EVERYTIME), we used to wonder that when would that Day come when I would be writing my own such card……. and now when this day has come, I find myself SPEECHLESS to how to express my happiness.
Only because of you…. Dr. Shivani, we have got success in our IVF cycle and I tell you that for US, you are only next to God!!
What touched me most is your personalized and humane approach.
You always patiently heard our concerns & fears and gave us your honest advice…which is a rare commodity these days.
Your staff too is very gentle…an exception in this brutally commercialized world.
Best of all…was ‘follow up process’ of SCI Hospital staff where they reminded us about Medicines, Injections, and Visit to Hospital etc.
Please be this way forever….
Kalpana & Anand
Thank you so much SCI for making our dream come true.
We had heard such horror stories about IVF & have been so surprised and thrilled with our experience & success in FIRST ATTEMPT. We have been blessed with a healthy baby boy on 12th Feb 2017. We will never forget what you did for us. Specially, Dr. Shivani Mam, Dr. Smita Mam & Dr. Sujata Mam your Support & co-ordination are unforgettable during the treatment.
Thank you once again to the entire SCI Team.
Moushmi & Sudhir
Dear Dr Shivani & Staff
I just thought I need to take a moment to thank you all! Every one of you have been so kind, friendly, helpful, professional & caring! I am so please to have been referred to you & I am already delighted with the result. I will certainly thankful to you.
THANK YOU So appreciated by:-
For helping us welcome our Pooja & Siddharth
Sweet baby into this world
Modinagar Obstetrics and gynecology Society and Delhi State chapter of ISAR (Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction) organised a CME program on Female Infertility on 14th November at Hotel Royal Inn. Approx 29 gynaecologists from Modinagar attended and the Chief Guest was Dr Manju Sivach MLA. She emphasized the need for improvement in doctor patient communication which is causing problems in doctor patient relationship. She said infertility is leading to breakdown of family structure and it’s essential to have good treatment available in smaller towns like Modinagar. Dr Kavita from Modinagar Obs Gyn Society quote “we are seeing a larger number of women with Infertility about 20 percent of women have this problem and we do not have advanced treatment facilities here so women habe to travel to Delhi Noida. Dr Shivani Gour General Secretary of Delhi ISAR said Surrogacy IVF is under debate now a day’s approximately 5 percent of women who fail routine treatment need surrogacy to get pregnant. In Delhi it is because women are having children late after 35 years so the egg quality is poor. Dr Nupur Garg senior consultant SCI IVF centre Noida said women from Modinagar travel to Noida for treatment very late by that time success tates are lower and we want to raise awareness for specialist referral early at correct time. Simple techniques like exercise 20 minutes per say avoid junk food and taking high protein diet and vitamin c like in tomatoes citrys fruits can promote fertility.
Hi SCI family,
We want to wish you all a very happy and successful year ahead. May the Diwali festivities bring a lot of light, joy and cheer to your clinic for the whole new year and always.
Attached is a picture of Gabi and Leo. We celebrate Diwali every year as part of our family tradition.
Always thinking of you and our lovely surrogate mother.
Marina, Jesse, Gabi and Leo