“I just went for my post-donation scan this morning. Everything’s back to normal. Thanks for all the help Nurture. You guys were brilliant!”
“I just want to thank you guys for the best treatment I received. You are the best, from the initial phone call when I applied to the very end.
God bless you and I am grateful from the bottom of my heart. Please continue making more donors and recipients feel valued and loved.”
“Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. Our family is now complete, and it would have been impossible without you, and we are forever grateful.
Please pass our thanks and love to our donor and let her know she is a proper real-life hero and has changed our lives more than she could ever imagine. We cannot thank her enough.”
“After six donations, I’m so sad that this amazing journey with you all has come to an end – it feels like time has just flown by!
I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your love, support and inspiration – this experience truly has changed my life, and I’m so glad that I got to share it with you.
You are all so amazing and I’m so proud to be a Nurture donor.”
“I have a friend who is very interested in doing an egg donation after I told her all about it and I have referred her to Nurture because I’ve had such a wonderful experience with your team.
Thank you so much for everything!”
We are still in a ‘surreal’ moment and not quite believing it! But it seems the numbers don’t lie and our doctor is pleased with everything. He doesn’t want any other bloods for now so we just wait for the scan now.
You know, we absolutely adored you and Melany and we could really feel how genuinely you wanted this to work for us. So maybe all those positive vibes rubbed off!
We also had a coffee with Tertia and she just said all the right things too. She was rapt with our news as well and I am very happy to kickstart your working week with some good news! No actually….some great news!!
We will definitely keep you all posted with our progress. You have been such a huge support for us. I know I’ve said it before, but you beautiful ladies seriously have the greatest jobs in the world and you do it to perfection!!
Nurture’s Tertia Albertyn attended the recent ESHRE conference – one of the world’s leading infertility forums. Here she tells about the meeting, and what the trends are.
What is ESHRE, and why did you go?
ESHRE is the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, and their meeting was held this year in London. It is now the world’s leading event in reproductive medicine, and has more than 9 000 experts attending, with many presenting a huge range of research and development into infertility.
My reasons for going were two-fold – one to learn (there are hundreds of academic presentations on various fertility topics, which this year included everything from how to identify abnormal embryos, to how music could improve IVF success). However, my main reason was to network with the various doctors, scientists and technologists from all over the globe
Were there a lot of South African representatives?
There weren’t any other egg donor agencies there, but there was quite a large South African contingent of doctors and technicians.
Is there a next big thing in infertility treatments?
I would say the next big thing is around being able to select the ‘best’ embryo for transfer. And by ‘best’ I mean most likely to result in a pregnancy and live birth. A lot of work is being done in this area. In addition, there is quite a big focus on perfecting the ‘low-cost ivf’ which will save people a lot of money and also make fertility treatment more accessible for those who would otherwise not be able to afford it
Do you think that from what you see overseas, that our fertility clinics are world class, or on a par with what leading UK and US clinics?
Our fertility clinics and doctors are certainly on par and in some cases even ahead of their international colleagues. We have fantastic fertility/infertility medical competencies in this country
Was there much about egg donation covered?
There was a very interesting presentation about research into a single dose, long acting stimulation drug brought out by Merck. This could be really useful for egg donors as it is far less invasive and it is also cheaper in the longer term, which means it has benefits for the donor egg recipients as well. You can read more about it here.
How is Nurture doing in the UK? Do you have enough donors? How is that process of egg donation compared with the one here?
It is still early days, but our UK program is doing very well. We are always in need of more donors as the waiting list for eligible donors is so long.
If there are any young women in London between the ages of 20 and 34 who would like to donate their eggs, please encourage them to visit our site here.
Do you have any other trips lined up?
I am back to London in November for The Fertility Show.
Feature image via Marbella High Care
My wonderful journey with Nurture began five years ago when I found an ad looking for suitable woman to donate eggs, I immediately contacted Melany and she came to meet me at my office. It was love at first sight – her big personality filled the tiny room and her smile lit up the entire place. In a nutshell, she’s just fabulous!
We had a wonderful chat and I couldn’t wait to get on board. I completed my application form and soon after I was asked to donate. I was over the moon because helping someone to conceive was one of the best gifts I could give. Five years later I’ve donated four times with Nurture, and 10 August will mark my fifth and final donation.
I would really like to thank each one of you, for supporting me through this wonderful journey and making it possible for me to give the gift of life to our wonderful recipients. I wish I could donate a million times more but unfortunately I can’t.
I’m truly blessed that I got the opportunity to work with you wonderful ladies and together we made a difference. I hope that our paths will cross one day again, I’m so passionate about donating and I truly believe that this is my true calling.
You girls are super stars! May god bless you ladies with many more beautiful donors and successful donations.
Hello Wonderful Recipients!
First of all thank you both very much for my gifts. Most of all thank you for your kind words in the card. I have stuck the card up on the cupboard in my bedroom. I read it every day! I am proud of myself, this is without a doubt the most rewarding thing I have ever done!
It was the first time I had ever been under anaesthetic in my life and I was so scared of it (way too much time spent watching Greys Anatomy). My family all prayed that everything would be alright and it was.
On the morning of the retrieval I was a lot less nervous than I thought I would be.
I changed in to one of those not to attractive hospital gowns, climbed onto the bed and felt so calm and ready. I remember the anaethatist apologizing for the needle going into my arm and I laughed and said it is nothing compared to all the injections I had been giving myself.
The doctor rubbed my arm comfortingly and the next thing I was awake with a hot water bottle on my tummy and a muffin in front of me.
I gave my Mom an extra big hug from you because she really was there for me every step of the way. As soon as we got home I was ordered to the couch with a blanket and a bowl of warm oats
I am SO excited to hear about the eggs! I didn’t get any feedback so this is the first I’m hearing of it! 13 eggs! Wow!
I hope your embryo transfer goes well today. I will be thinking of you.
I can’t wait to hear good news in two weeks!
Lots of hugs and love,
Well time has certainly flown by and our donor will be starting her stims tomorrow. I really just wanted to know if you could tell our donor that we want to thank her for taking the time out of her life to do this. I really do appreciate what’s she’s doing for us.
I also wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for us. It’s been a really positive experience and I tell anyone I’m chatting to on egg donation forums that Nurture is the best choice.
Thank you so much – you’re the best!!