The greatest gift.
We had been trying for well over 3 years and after becoming completely frustrated with doctors in Ireland and wondering if we would ever have a baby, we went in search of an IVF clinic abroad. I emailed several of the clinics in various countries through What clinic and from the responses we knew best IVF through Praga Medica was the only place for us. We were nervous about speaking to people in other countries and cautious of it costing more than advertised, but from the first email and phone call, they made us feel relaxed and confident.
Lucie explained it all to us and the costs involved without any pressure but when we hung up the phone we knew we were going ahead because in one phone call we were 1000 times more hopeful about having a baby than we had been in a long long time. From there communication was fantastic and we traveled over to meet our doctor, Monika, get fully assessed for our requirements, set our dates and collect medication. The clinic was small and private, which we loved because it gave us the feeling that they were totally focused on the patients, unlike the hospitals we had been to.
Once home again Lucie talked us through everything via email and skype/phone so everything was done right until we arrived back in Prague. Once in Prague, we had our appointment to check up if everything was in order and plan the next steps, it was all very organized and certain so we felt very comfortable which is important in such a delicate process. We then underwent the stages of IVF, again being made very comfortable and relaxed throughout with nonstop communication from Lucie, also answering any questions I emailed her from our apartment. Once our eggs were retrieved and fertilized Lucie updated us as to how they were doing and what day we would be back in for a transfer. We went in and had the transfer and waited 3 days, by our own choice, I think two is recommended, before flying home.
IVF was a tough process for my wife Leighann, have no doubt about that, there is some pain involved with the retrieval but Lucie made us very aware of what was involved and her support made it a lot more relaxing than it could have been. We didn't think we could have a child because doctors here in Ireland couldn't diagnose any actual medical issue and were completely wasting our time whilst we became more and more stressed about it all. Gest Ivf met us and told us what they would do, there was no maybe this or that, just clearly, this is what we will do and this is our success rate. The assertiveness of doctor Monika nearly made our Jaws drop but we left saying, that lady knows what she is doing and doesn't waste anyone's time.
So anyway we traveled home and waited with a great struggle until the day we were told to do a pregnancy test and that magical blue line appeared and we did two more because we really didn't believe it. If you are wondering about doing IVF and looking at clinics then look no further, this is the clinic. Eternally grateful.