Dr. Paraschos welcomed us, and from the first moment, we felt from the interest that he showed that he understood us. The IVF Center’s very high standards, the cordial and familiar environment, the scientific training of the team and, of course, Dr. Theodoropoulos made us immediately feel that the pregnancy test would be positive; we could not believe it. After so many failed attempts, hopes and distresses, we could feel that we were closer to realizing our dreams. During the pregnancy, I even feared that something could go wrong.
However, Dr. Paraschos who followed me throughout the pregnancy was always close to me, ready to answer my slightest doubts and to calm all my fears. Thank God, everything was fine, there were no complications and our little girl was born perfectly healthy. The feeling of holding your own child in your arms is indescribable. There are no words to describe the absolute happiness that I was feeling then. I would like to advise all couples who have not yet managed to realize their own dream of having a child not to lose hope. I recommend, without any reservations, from a personal and scientific point of view, that they contact Dr. Paraschos’ IVF center in Athens.”
I was impressed with the ease by which we applied for an egg donor at Embio clinic in Greece. So far, we’re extremely satisfied with Embio, whereas the treatment we had in Australia has been expensive and very complicated.
Dr Paraschos was very good, very warm and friendly, professional. He understood where we’ve come from, since this is a very emotional rollercoaster.
I’ve been through various fertility treatments in Australia, from assisted reproduction to IVF without results, and my time is running out. I’m in my 40s, I have limited time, and a donor is for me the final option. And it’s a big step because, emotionally, you have to come to terms that it’s not all a part of you, but we’ll have a child, and this will be our child. And I’d love to have a sister or brother for my boy. He’s a delight and joy and was completely natural. Now, I’m praying for a miracle.
We searched sites and places in the world for our egg donation treatment. This a leak of faith from us in Australia, because we researched on the internet and everything we’d done so far had been via email and we didn’t know until we got here and saw Embio Clinic, that everything was legitimate. And now we find that everything is well organized and professional. Whatever the outcome, we’re very happy.
The faith button for us was one little photograph of Robert Winston. In this day and age you don’t know who you’re dealing with is genuine. When you’re dealing with people overseas you have nothing material. But then our IVF coordinator, was emailing backwards and forwards to us for weeks for my questions and what to do next. In Australia it’s first the money and then getting pregnant. Whereas here at Embio, the human touch comes first. The mentality here is, ‘We want to give you what you want.’
The EmBIO clinic is busy, professional, enthusiastic, which is what I like to see – people who like what they do. I feel their heart is in the right place, we can feel the staff love what they do. There’s a lot of lovely women working at EmBIO.
60% of Australian donor women back out before it comes to the treatment, because in Australia they don’t thank you for doing it. There’s nothing in it for her. The whole legal process is extremely stressful, because of what we’re going though emotionally.
In Australia you have to find your own donor. It’s a very long process. You may go through everything and they may say no at the end.
You’re wearing out your soul to find a donor! Once you’re out of the doctor’s door, you’re on your own. And there’s thousands of women in Australia asking for a donor. It’s like a lottery.
Here at Embio, there is no stress. As soon as we started communicating with the IVF coordinator, we felt that we were in the right place. I really felt I had found a friend.
In Australia the people who want the donor have to pay for her full medical blood tests, blood screening, full psychological screening, and counseling. So the cost of coming to Embio, Greece (flying, hotel and treatment) in many cases is cheaper than an egg donation treatment in Australia.
The whole procedure takes from 3 to 6 months in Australia. Remember that all this happens after you have found someone who wants to be an egg donor. You could be looking to a year to 2 years before you find a donor.
In Australia you can’t be a donor unless you’ve completed your own family. It’s not law, but it’s a major recommendation not to give eggs when you’re young and you have many eggs to give. But we are here at this Greek clinic now, since we don’t have the benefit of time because of our age.
What I’m saying to you, if you are in your 40s, is, Please, don’t give up. There is another way. There is hope.
Please let Dr Thanos know that we are expecting twins.
I have had my first scan and attached the results.
All looks very good at the moment.
We hope it proceeds just as well.
Finally a big hello to all the fantastic people at work
All our warm Aussie wishes,