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Birth, Pregnancy, Infertility and Adoption

This section is dedicated to your stories and interviews with experts on birth, pregnancy, infertility and adoption, all of which are very emotive subjects. If you have a story you would like to share with us, please feel free to contact us. Many of the women have not used their real names.

  • Pregnancy and birth interviews & your stories

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    If it is possible that you are pregnant you should make an appointment to visit a specialist doctor at your health centre who, with the nurses and midwives, will monitor your pregnancy and carry out any necessary tests ( scans, analyses, etc) up to the moment of birth)
    The midwife will give you a pregnancy record book where she will record the development of your pregnancy. You should carry it with you always, even when you go to the hospital for the birth. She will also inform you about the existence of antenatal classes taking place in the
    After the birth you should continue to visit the specialist for regular gynocological check ups.
    If you wish to get pregnant, or you do not want any more children, or if you want to use a method of contraception your CAP has a family Planning Team available to help you.

    **Please note by constitutional right, in Spain and in the European Union, there is equal treatment and opportunity. If you are asked to be seen by a woman, the centre is not obliged to meet your request**

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  • Fertility treatment interviews & your stories

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    .Unlike some other European countries, Spain still has anonymity for egg and sperm donors meaning waiting lists for IVF & fertility treatment can be quick.
    Spain has highly regarded infertility clinics with cutting edge technology, doctors and embryologists with a vast range of experience between them, and modern, purpose built facilities.
    When it comes to using your own eggs and sperm, some countries have legislation statin the number of embryos transferred be restricted dependent on age and treatment undertaken. In Spain there is a more open attitude with clinics able to offer more flexible options, but still within legislated parameters.

    IVF and fertility treatments available in Spain:
    Intrauterine insemination using husband or donor sperm (IUI)
    In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
    Surgical sperm retrieval (PESA, TESA, MESA)
    Ovum (egg) donation
    Assisted hatching (AH)
    Blastocyst transfer
    Frozen embryo transfer
    Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

    The cost of treatments is comparable to, or less than most European clinics, for example:
    IVF using own eggs under €4000
    Egg donation €5900
    (Medications are always separate to the above prices and there might also be additional costs such as embryo freezing, blastocyst transfer and assisted hatching.)
    The clinics have no waiting times to start any type of treatment and are able to offer donors that fulfil most physical characteristics.
    The above information has kindly been provided by UK Company IVF Spain
    Tel 0044 (0)208 133 3012

    Interviews in the this section
    Fertility expert Dr Gedis Grudzinskas
    IVF expert Ruth Pellow
    Fiona Foddai Head of IVF programs at CERAM
    Laura Peralta International Department Coordinator at Embriogyn
    Acupuncturist Uby Muñoz

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    IVF Breakthrough
    IVF pioneer wins top prize
    IVF & male birth link

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  • Adoption interviews & your stories

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    This section contains personal stories on pregnancy, infertility and adoption

    Click here to read information and your stories about adoption