EggDonationFriends – the Story
Cristina, Boris, Marcus and Dorothy’s individual journeys to parenthood have not been easy. Over the years they were able to gain knowledge and learn a lot about the field of fertility services and IVF clinics.
“We met a number of doctors, travelled to several clinics in different countries and were faced with a lot of difficulties connected to egg donation.”
In order to help other patients, couples and singles, and to save their time in searching for a reliable place to start treatment, they have created EggDonationFriends.com.
A story like any other. A couple of strangers, IVF patients, met at clinic’s corridor. They started talking. Then they phoned each other, sent e-mails, until they started meeting and talking about their fertility journeys.
They have noticed that when you prepare yourself for this big step (IVF with donor eggs), you need a trustworthy source of information as well as assistance from other more experienced patients. They have focused on egg donation as they were convinced that it is a very delicate and complex, often taboo, topic. Especially, if you consider treatment in a foreign country. Cristina, Boris, Marcus and Dorothy realised that patients were missing reliable and factual knowledge about egg donation: easy and unrestricted access to data on IVF clinics, procedures, treatment conditions, prices, accommodation, etc. They have searched the Internet to find the information they needed. However, in spote of spending endless hours searching still they were not satisfied with the quality of the information found … and they decided to change it.
EggDonationFriends.com was born
EggDonationFriends.com has come to life as a platform for patients from all over the world. Its purpose is to assist them in making well-informed decisions – especially when they are considering treatment abroad. The platform provides information, special reports, educational webinars and knowledge about the egg donation process.
Inspired by the words of Dalai Lama, we believe that “a lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity” and we strive to change the attitude of medical centers when it comes to communicating with patients.
Our mission is to support the transparency of clinics’ standards and pricing policies as we believe it is vital for their credibility.
We know – from patient’s perspective of our own – how difficult it may be to find all information needed, how hard it is to handle unexpected situations and how upsetting unclear rules are — especially, if you cannot reach your clinic when in doubt. We have learnt much from our own experiences and we also received valuable feedback from hundreds of patients worldwide. This is how EggDonationFriends.com came into being with the supreme goal of supporting transparency.
Every month our website is visited by patients from all over the globe. They are all determined to start their treatment with donor eggs in a clinic that offers transparent conditions and fully professional service. We believe that only on such basis one can build trust and a sense of safety. Communicating clinic’s offer clearly is the best way to prove the quality of its service.
How do we put our mission into practice?
It is simple!
- We talk to clinics and encourage them to present their offers in the most clear and understandable way possible.
- We award credible centers with a Trusted Clinic Certificate. It confirms that a given clinic operates transparently and is open to patients’ needs.
- We build the community of patients and let them share experiences and reviews of clinics and treatment options.
- We encourage experts from all over the world to educate patients and help them understand details associated with in vitro with donor eggs.
- All what we do, we do to support the transparency of treatment and better services for patients.
EggDonationFriends.com was designed to help patients in making conscious decision when choosing IVF clinic. We provide information regarding both aspects of IVF treatment: substantive information and topics related to the process and costs of treatment. Our goal is to make patients aware and knowledgeable about possibility and potential of the treatments abroad.
We cooperate with IVF experts specializing in in vitro fertilasation from all over the world, among others:
Dr Maria Arquè
International Medical Director at Fertty International in Barcelona
She is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive medicine with experience in working in a few renowned IVF clinics in Europe and training in the USA. Her professional interests include preserving fertility for men and women, IVF and reproductive health research, fertility education for patients and the impact of lifestyle/diet on IVF with ICSI success rates. She is proficient in a few European languages: English, Italian, Spanish and Catalan and knows basic French.
Dr Laura Villar Torres
Gynecologist specialized in Reproductive Medicine at Unidad de Reproducción Ciudad de México
Dr Laura is a gynecologist specialized in Reproductive Medicine and works with international patients at Unidad de Reproducción Ciudad de México. She deals with female patients with low ovarian reserve on a daily basis. Dr Torres is a member of the Mexican Association of Reproduction Biology and has trained in at the Reproduction Unit from the Vistahermosa Clinic in Alicante, Spain. She holds Degree of Medicine and Surgery at “Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo”
Dr Alexandra Izquierdo
Medical Director at ProcreaTec International Fertility Clinic in Madrid, Spain
She holds degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Valencia and Masters in Human Assisted Reproduction at the Complutense University of Madrid. Research is one of dr Alexandra’s passions and she has published numerous papers and spoken at renowned conferences both in Spain and internationally. Her main lines of research is implantation failure and low ovarian reserve. What she loves most about her job is helping patients realize their dream of becoming parents.
M.D, Ph.D. Łukasz Sroka
Obstetrician and gynaecologist at InviMed Fertility Clinic
He is graduate of Poznan University of Medical Science where he completed his Ph.D. Dr Sroka is a member of the Polish Gynaecological Society. His professional interests include gynaecological endocrinology, reproductive medicine and endoscopic surgery. Currently he is working at InviMed Fertility Clinics that are a network of 5 fertility clinics located across Poland that are part of Medicover, a Swedish-owned medical group and the largest private healthcare provider in the Central and Eastern Europe.
Executive Vice President of California Cryobank
She has more than 25 years of healthcare experience and along with with Michael Levy, MD launched Donor Egg Bank USA – the first egg bank to ship successfully vitrified eggs from program to program in the United States and boasts more than 120 partners over two continents. Currently she run the Egg Bank Division of California Cryobank and not only knows the business of assisted reproductive therapies, she has personally experienced it. Heidi and her husband are the parents of three children and have built their family through adoption and donor egg treatment.
Dr Ioannis Koutoulakis
Consultant Gynecologist at fertility clinic Serum IVF in Greece
Serum IVF has been treating infertile female and male patients and guiding them during their infertility struggle since 1989. Dr Koutoulakis, with his experience working with patients after IVF failure and skill in recommending other solutions was a perfect match to clinic’s mission statement. Serum IVF experts believe egg/sperm donation and IVF are the solutions that can maximize the patients’ chances of getting pregnant regardless of their age or egg/sperm quality.
Dr Murat Önal
Medical Director, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at Gynolife IVF Center in Cyprus.
He has great experience not only in the field of infertility but specialize in X/Y chromosome linked diseases and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Dr Önal has been working for years with patients having concerns about genetic diseases connected with certain baby gender and has great knowledge in process of family planning, medical indications and the methods and techniques used.
Dr Robert Najdecki, MD, PhD,
Co-Founder and Scientific Director of Assisting Nature in Greece
He is Reproductive Gynaecology Specialist, skilled in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), PCOS, Clinical Research, Endometriosis with impressive working history in the medical practice industry. Dr Robert, graduate of University of Warsav, has great experience in diagnosis and treatment of fertility disorders, such as endoscopic surgery. His long and extensive practice includes more than 6000 stimulated cycles.
Head of Logistics Department at First Egg Bank
He is smart, multitasking, sociable and experienced IVF courier and logistics specialist. Peter is in charge of worldwide cryoshipments (frozen donor eggs, sperm, embryos) for intended parents or on demand for private fertility clinics and surrogacy agencies. His responsibilities are: complex delivery organisation, arranging issues between clinic representatives, where cells are stored, Air Security and Custom clearance. He has performed more than 100 cryoshipments during only a year.
Dr Natalia Szlarb
Medical Director – Gynaecologist at IVF Spain, fertility clinic in Alicante.
Dr Natalia worked in gynaecology and obstetrics at various hospitals in Germany after graduating in medicine in Poland. During her studies she undertook international internships in Brazil, Egypt and Poland and obtained her PhD in Immunology in the United States. She is part of the IVF Spain medical team since 2013. Dr. Szlarb understands that each patient is unique and, therefore, devotes time to explaining and assessing the different options available in any given situation.
Dr Joaquín Rueda
Director of the Genetics Unit at Hospital UR Vistahermosa in Spain
Professor Joaquín Rueda is the Director of the Genetics Unit at the Hospital Clínica Vistahermosa. His team is made up of geneticists who specialise in clinical genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics. Dr. Rueda is a physician, specialist in Clinical Genetics, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Alicante and the Scientific Director of the BioBank.
Dr Juan Carlos Castillo
Instituto Bernabeu Spain
Dr Castillo is a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics and Human Reproduction. He is also a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, author of over 50 articles in prestigious Spanish and international magazines about Assisted Human Reproduction and ultrasound diagnostics. Dr Juan Carlos wrote several chapters on Reproductive Medicineand he has been a speaker in several Spanish and international conferences on the subject. He joined Instituto Bernabeu in February 2013.
Dr Maria Khutorskaya
IVF specialist from GYNEM in Czech Republic
Dr Khutorskaya graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Samara University in Russia. She received certificate of recognition at Charles University in Prague and spent one year at University of Siena in Italy. Dr. Khutorskaya is a positive, communicative and stress free professional. Her personal hobbies include traveling, literature and sport and speaks fluent English, Russian and Italian.
Medical coordinator of the surrogacy program at Intersono IVF Clinic in Ukraine
She assists intended parents throughout their surrogacy journey and provides them with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the progress of their program. Kateryna also works with surrogate mothers starting from their examinations, through stimulation and during the pregnancy process. Being part of an amazing team at Intersono which makes couples’ dreams come true each and every day make her very happy.
Dr Uljana Dorofeyeva
Medical Director at Intersono IVF Clinic in Ukraine
Multi-talented, engaging and results-oriented fertility specialist with significant experience in the ART. She is trained in all aspects of andrology and reproductive endocrinology with exceptional knowledge in the areas of laboratory quality control, vitrification of oocytes, cryopreservation of gametes, embryos and unique ovarian tissue, micromanipulation of gametes including Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection and Assisted Hatching. Worth to mention that Dr Ulijana is member of ASRM and ESHRE (American and European Society of Reproductive Medicine).
Dr Carmen Avilés Salas
Gynecologist specializing in reproduction at the Reproduction Unit of Clínica Vistahermosa in Spain (PreGen)
She holds degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Miguel Hernández University in Alicante. Dr Carmen gained her experience working as a resident doctor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Hospital de Albacete and later on as a doctor specialized in assisted reproduction in various clinics of recognized prestige. Currently she is also an associate professor at the chair of Assisted Reproduction at the University Miguel Hernández.
An egg donor from USA
She is dedicated Paediatric Registered Nurse whose gift of egg donation resulted in four beautiful children and 2 happy completed families. Kelley decided to become open donor and knowning in person families that she has helped, has only reassured her in the decision that she took. She has become inspiration for other woman that are able to make infertile couples dream come true and proved how amazing it makes them feel.
An egg donor, from the UK
She is graduate from University who came into contact with inferitlity as a result of social campaign. Knowing how important for her is family, she felt right away how it may feel not being able to create happy home. Sharing her story can change anybodys perspective on young girls who decide to become donor – there is more to that than gaining extra funds.
Carmen Martinez Jover
Infertility Support Expert for more than 19 years
She became inspiration by sharing her two sides of life story: first one of a strugling with infertility woman and other of the mother to egg donated baby. With all the emotional fight on how to explain the details of the birth to her child and finally finding best possible way, she was able to help others who came through same not so common journey.
CLC Nina Leicht-Crist
She holds a baccalaureate degree in business management from University of Maryland University College. For more than two decades she has worked in various healthcare settings, specifically OB/GYN, L&D, and postpartum care in Germany and the United States of America. Since the birth of her rainbow baby in 2013, she concentrates on translating EN-DE/DE-EN written material, writing about infertility, motherhood, and maternal health and advocating for other (in)fertile couples. Nina is the author of her autobiography: “Love, Faith and Infertility – A Story of Hope and Special Forces” and has published numerous blogs and articles in America.