Making babies

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Making babies

We started 30 years ago with a steadfast and innovative approach.

Steadfast, as those 30 years guarantee the professionalism and the rigour of our work.

Innovative, as we are always one step ahead. In 1983 we inaugurated the first sperm bank of the Valencia region in Spain for the cryo-preservation of male gametes in order to use them for artificial insemination, or to cryo-preserve them for radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgery treatments.

This great experience has been determined by our ongoing commitment to training, teaching and research. These are the three pillars that have allowed us to develop the newest reproductive treatments and techniques.

 

What distinguishes us

  • Location in a Hospital

Our patients feel safer knowing that we are located within the Clínica Vistahermosa hospital. We don’t understand why any reproduction unit should exist outside of a hospital environment.

  • Quality of the processes

This is a priority in our work, and the reason why we have annual audits from official organisations and external audits.

  • Personal treatment

We don’t work with patients – we work with people. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible and answer all questions about our treatment because we realise how complex our work is.

  • Professional agreements

We have agreements with all the centres and reproduction professionals who entrust us with their patients. This improves our efficiency in coordinating and completing those necessary studies that are assessed together, to give diagnoses and counselling on the treatment.

  • Our own multidisciplinary team

Our team ismade up of gynaecologists, geneticists, embryologists, andrologists, anaesthetists, nurses, auxiliary nurses, administration staff and, of course, our international department.

  • Coordination

This issomething essential in our work as our team works together, avoiding delays or time wasted during a reproduction treatment, with consequent benefits for our patients.

  • Success rates

Our results are above the averages published in the Spanish Fertility Society.

Our professional team

The most important asset of any health structure should be the staff. At the Reproduction Unit at Vistahermosa, we are proud of our team and we have worked together for many years. Our rate of temporary employment is low, as all our colleagues feel happy with what they do and don’t wish to work anywhere else

This is essential in the field of reproduction as we deal with people. This is why it is important to work with a team which conveys confidence, experience and knowledge. Doctor López Gálvez, director and founder of the Unit, guides our team of gynaecologists, geneticists, embryologists, andrologists, anaesthetists, nurses, auxiliary nurses, administration stuff, psychologists and our personnel of international-external department.

Our aims

  • To guarantee the most effective treatment
  • To give a personal treatment
  • To reduce the level of anxiety
  • To transmit hospital safety
  • To act transparently and ethically
  • To innovate and evolve regularly

Our patients choose us because of our experience

 

The Reproduction Unit of Hospital Clínica Vistahermosa has more than 30 years’ experience in assisted reproduction.

 

  • This experience is, without doubt, extremely valuable for couples who want to have children and who can’t. Our commitment to training, investigation and teaching allows us to offer better than average results
  • Our location in one of the most advanced and modern hospitals in Spain makes our patients feel safer. We do not understand why any reproduction unit should exist outside of a hospital environment.
  • The commitment to quality is based on a personalised service.

We achieve this with the continued training of our team who work hard every day to improve and to achieve our patients’ dream of having a baby.

  • Our professional team covers different specialities: gynaecology, genetics, embryology, andrology, anaesthesia, nurse staff, medical assistance and admin. This team works in a coordinated manner with Doctor López Gálvez, studying each case so that the appropriate team can satisfy patients’ specific needs.
  • Our continued investment in the latest equipment enables us to carry out any assisted reproductive technique. We are specialists in the more complex procedures, such us pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and also in gamete donation (egg and sperm).
  • Our International Team, directed by Mrs Salomé López Garrido, deals with all international matters, including any necessary airport transfers and accommodation, so distance is not a problem, to, obviously, explaining and coordinating the medical treatments. This is guaranteed by many years of work and countless patients that came through this department.

Contact: Unidad de Reproducción Clínica Vistahermosa, Avda. de Denia, 103, Alicante, 03015, Spain

Tel.: +34 965 269 146 / +34 965 268 000

Go to: urvistahermosa.com/en

 

[INTERVIEW]

Dr. José Jesús López Gálvez, Director of the Reproduction Unit at Clínica Vistahermosa, and Salomé López Garrido, Director of the International Department at the Reproduction Unit of Clínica Vistahermosa talk to Pride Life about their work.

When was Clínica Vistahermosa founded?

The Hospital Clínica Vistahermosa was founded 50 years ago. It is the most important private hospital in the region of Alicante (urvistahermosa.com), including 100 private rooms with en suite bathroom. We offer the most advanced medical treatments and techniques.

In terms of assisted reproductive treatments what services do you offer?

We deal with all treatments permitted by Spanish law, being experts in embryo adoption, egg and sperm donation, fertility preservation through gametes (sperm and eggs), inseminations, in vitro fertilisation…

Are there any other services you provide either before or after the treatment?

Of course. We assist patients to book their accommodation as we collaborate with the best hotels and apartments of the city. We deal with their airport, clinic and hotel transfers in Alicante and any other service they may need while they stay here.

What services do you provide which are particularly suited to LGBT people?

We provide fertility preservation through gametes (both sperm and donation), donor insemination for single women or lesbian couples, and in vitro fertilisation with donor sperm. In case of a lesbian couple, we could fertilise the eggs of one of them with donor sperm and transfer the resulting embryos to the couple. Both of them will be biological mothers. We also collaborate with clinics for surrogate pregnancy in LGBT, where screenings and monitoring are carried out in our clinic, as in Spain it not permitted to carry out the complete treatment.

How are the Spanish laws on assisted reproductive treatment, particularly in regard to single women, different to those in the UK and Ireland?

Spanish law permits assisted reproduction treatment to single women, where donors are anonymous. It is not possible for the donors to have details of the recipients, neither if a pregnancy has been achieved. It is relevant to inform the readers that the DNA of all our donors is kept in the BIOBANK at our genetics unit for more peace of mind and tranquillity about the baby’s health.

 

How do you select egg and sperm donors?

Spanish law is very strict in the selection of donors. All of them must have a medical record, family tree, general screenings, metabolic, genetic and infections tests. Furthermore, the psychoemotional status is evaluated.

 

How long does the treatment take on average, and what is your success rate?

In the egg and sperm donation or embryo adoption, the treatment lasts between two and three months, from the initial screenings until the embryo transfer. When we speak about IVF or insemination, it lasts approximately twenty days. Patients will attend Ur Vistahermosa twice and spend between two and ten days in Alicante, depending on the treatment, as part of their treatment will be in their own country. The success rate in egg and sperm donation is approximately 80% in two cycles, 65% in three insemination cycles and 40% in one cycle of IVF/ICSI.

Where do the majority of your patients come from?

Most of the patients come from Europe, although patients from the United States, Australia or the Middle East are increasing.

 

How does one set about arranging a consultation? Does this have to be done in Spain?

Normally, we recommend that our patients come in for an initial consultation of one day, but it is also possible to arrange a Skype or telephone consultation. In this case, they should previously send some details about their medical history. We may request additional tests to achieve an accurate diagnosis and proceed with the most indicated treatment. Screenings can be carried out in our hospital or in their local clinic.

What sets Clínica Vistahermosa apart from other similar clinics?

We are a service located in a university hospital, where teaching and research are major pillars. This involves more professionalism and tranquillity for our patients. We have the most advanced technology in medicine and we can treat all medical cases together with our Genetics Unit. Effectiveness, rapidness and competitive prices are possible because we are a hospital and nothing is outsourced to other centres.