Fertility Support Services

It is widely accepted that fertility treatments are stressful for clients. To help support you during this journey Galway Fertility Clinic has linked in with some specialists to offer help and advice where necessary.

  • Galway Fertility Clinic’s Nursing Support
  • Counselling Service
  • National Infertility Support and Information Group (NISIG)
  • Dietician Service
  • Pregnancy Testing

The above list is not exhaustive of all support services on offer by Galway Fertility Clinic

 

Galway Fertility Clinic’s Nursing Support

Our nurses are all qualified midwives and are responsible for the co-ordination and management of client treatment plans as determined by our medical consultants, and strive to provide professional, compassionate, sensitive and understanding care to all our clients. The nurses are available to you at all stages of your treatment, to provide support as necessary.

 

Counselling Service

Fertility treatment can be challenging for some clients. The clinic nurses are available to you at all stages of your treatment, to provide support as necessary.

Our nurses are all qualified midwives and are responsible for the co-ordination and management of client treatment plans as determined by our medical consultants, and strive to provide professional, compassionate, sensitive and understanding care.

We also have a number of counsellors available to you, with a special interest in the area of infertility.

For some clients the support of a Professional Counsellor can be invaluable as they cope with their emotions with infertility, alone or as a couple. Some may wish to seek a counsellor in their own local area to avoid further undue travel.

However for any clients that are recommended for Sperm Donor Treatment or Egg Freezing, Galway Fertility Clinic refers such clients to a specialised fertility counsellor, to discuss the implications of these treatments and to explore any associated feelings. This is an essential step before these treatments can begin. Clients for ‘Sperm Donor Treatment’ or ‘Egg Freezing’ are referred to Pauline Whyte, M.I.A.C.P., Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling, R.G.N. R.M. and Fertility Counsellor (Mobile 087-9969256). Pauline also has in-depth knowledge in the area of fertility treatments with a background of working as a fertility nurse, prior to pursuing her counselling career.

Ireland has a patient support group forum known as – The National Infertility Support and Information Group (NISIG). They hold regular meetings and publish a newsletter which is available in our waiting room. Visit www.nisig.ie for more information.

 

NISIG

National Infertility Support and Information Group. This organisation provides a forum for discussion and support. (www.nisig.ie)

 

Dietician Service

Nutrition is very important to optimise your chance of having a baby. Galway Fertility Clinic can recommend a specialist with a keen interest in infertility and weight management. Specific support from a nutritionist can be very beneficial to getting the balance needed. See Glenville Nutrition Clinic and Maeve Gacquin – Nutrition Consulting.

 

Pregnancy Testing

A pregnancy test is always advised after a treatment of O.I. or IVF. Galway Fertility Clinic offers all clients undergoing IVF, the opportunity to have this recorded 2 weeks after the embryo transfer procedure. This is usually done on an early morning urine sample but occasionally may need verification with a blood test. Alternatively you may record the test at home using a kit provided by us.

Early pregnancy scans are performed approximately 3 weeks after a positive test. At this stage, we can confirm that a pregnancy is established, see a fetal heart, assess if it is a single or multiple pregnancy, and diagnose an ectopic. After this you can book with your local obstetrician or maternity hospital. If the treatment is unsuccessful, a review appointment is arranged with the consultant to discuss and address any questions you may have, and plan further care.