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The prestigious association Egg Donation Friends has revealed this week the winning clinics of its already recognized IVF CLINIC AWARDS 2019. These decorate reproduction centers which, with their inputs and treatments, have stood out somehow in the sector. Of the eight existing categories, Clínica Tambre has been worthy of two of the awards: Innovations, Egg Donation Program as well as the certificate for Treatment Transparency.
With the first distinction, the association has considered the more than 40 years of experience that support the clinic and its spirit of constant progress, in addition to the achievements. The use of cutting-edge technology and the quality of the service that Clínica Tambre provides to its patients making it a benchmark.
What makes Tambre different?
According to Egg Donation Friends, Clínica Tambre has an extremely advanced incubation equipment and stands out for its reliable technology for treating biological samples. Likewise, it is valued that the centre was the first in the Community of Madrid to use Fenomatch® technology, a software specialized in facial biometric recognition whose usefulness is to guarantee the similarity between an egg donor and the future mother.
Likewise, the excellence of our “Egg Donation Program” has been highlighted. The entity rewards that Tambre was the first Spanish clinic to have its own banks of egg and semen and, consequently, to promote the grouping of DNA samples rigorously according to their blood group and phenotypic characteristics.
When it came to assign the awards, granted to the best global-level assisted reproduction clinics, values have been considered with which we commune. Tambre is the only fertility centre in Madrid that has a Healthcare Ethics Committee, which promotes the ethical practice, empirical work and multidisciplinary decision-making. In this way, through professionalism and safe treatments, Tambre continues to maintain its notoriety.
It should be noted that Clínica Tambre has one of the lowest rates of multiple pregnancy in Spain, thanks to the protocol of implantation of a single embryo, which minimizes the risk to the patient and the baby. In addition, its overall success rates exceed the Spanish and European average.
We are very proud to have these certifications with us, as they motivate us to grow and improve our work day by day. Our aim is to help all those who want to have children and to intercede for those who want to do their bit by donating eggs or semen. Our mission is to support these people from the moment they enter our clinic for the first time until they finish their experience with us -and sometimes even later-.
Recognitions such as those granted by Egg Donation Friends are what motivate us as a pioneering assisted reproduction clinic to evolve and grow from a human, scientific and technological perspective.
As we know, Assisted Reproduction is a multidisciplinary branch. This means that its treatments often integrate complementary therapies. Today, we approach reflexology and, for this, we wanted to take advantage of Barbara Scott’s and her colleague Harriet Combe’s visit to solve a handful of queries.
How would you define reflexology?
Reflexology is a form of complementary therapy that has been in existence for many thousands of years, and is still frequently used in its originating countries of Egypt, China and India. I always explain it to my clients as working in a similar way to acupuncture, in that we are working with energy that flows through the body in what are called ‘meridians’. These ‘flows of energy’ become blocked and the relevant affected part of the body becomes unable to function as well as it should. In acupuncture terms, needles are placed directly into these ’flows of energy’ and with reflexology we access them by working with precise areas called ‘reflex points’ on the feet, hands or ears. It sounds a little strange but there are now increasing numbers of pieces of research that show how effective it can be.
Why do you think holistic therapies are important with respect to infertility?
Fertility issues are complex and varied and can have many causal factors. Holistic therapists have the luxury of being able to spend time with patients, this allows them to explore many avenues that may have been overlooked, including the impact of stress. We know that stress can have a detrimental effect upon both the endocrine and therefore the reproductive systems in both men and women, so even managing stress levels themselves can have a beneficial effect. Having time with patients also allows them to explore the emotional aspects that having difficulties with conceiving can cause and this is so important to address and can make their fertility journey easier.
What do you love most about your profession?
As Reproductive Reflexologists, we use an evidence-based approach, which means that we rely upon medical tests to help us to determine where the underlying issues may be and these help us to plan effective and appropriate treatment. These may include relevant blood tests and semen analysis, we also use repeat testing to help us to measure ongoing progress. I absolutely love my initial consultation with each client, particularly when working with men too. Using a forensic approach to allow us to bring together all of the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to find the ‘Aha’ moment, really makes my work worthwhile. And when we get a positive result, my heart sings for the patient.
We have been reading the several case studies you posted in your website and we noticed that you also encourage your patients to change their nutritional habits and lifestyle. Why are those aspects useful?
There is so much research that shows that nutrition and lifestyle can have both negative and positive effects upon fertility for both men and women. And we know that this is just as important for assisted conception and receiving donor eggs as much as for natural conception. I also feel that making small but significant changes can be very empowering for patients as they can feel that there is something constructive that they are able to do to help improve their chances of conceiving.
Do you often find people who do not “believe” in this set of methods?
We do tend to find that men are more sceptical than women about using any form of complementary therapy as part of their fertility journey. However, once we have met couples or singles at an initial consultation and they can see that we use a science-based approach we find that attitudes change. Although it can seem very strange to think that having your feet worked upon can have a beneficial effect upon the rest of your body, our data shows that 68% of patients conceived whilst using these techniques. That really speaks for itself!
How would you define your experience in Clinica Tambre during your visit?
I can only say how incredibly impressed I was with our visit, from beginning to end, everything has been carefully thought about. The clinic itself is patient-centred and provides a calm and thoughtful approach to ensure that stress levels are kept to a minimum. From the idea of providing individual ‘pods’ for the waiting area for patients to ensure privacy, through to the delightful ‘bedrooms’ for pre/post treatment was perfect. The thorough testing for each patient and an individualised approach to treatment speaks for itself in your success rates. As an organisation we have a passion for patient care and ensuring that the journey for each individual is as positive as possible, and it is evident that Clinica Tambre share that passion. I have no qualms at all in referring patients, knowing that they will be well taken care of.
The prestigious German television WDR came to our fertility clinic in Spain to accompany a couple on their way to parenthood.
Yesterday, we were honored to welcome the WDR at our facilities here at Tambre in Madrid. The documentary is supposed to accompany a German couple with the unfulfilled dream of conceiving a healthy baby.
This couple is Hilda (39) and Erik (40). Hilda is unfortunately suffering from a premature menopause. She was diagnosed at the age of 30. For her, that means that she needs an egg donation treatment to be able to get pregnant – probably the last and only chance for her to become a mother. However, since this procedure is not allowed in Germany, the couple is forced to go abroad to fulfill their goal of forming a family.
Why is this treatment prohibited in Germany?
In Germany, the so-called ‘law for Embryo Protection’ regulates the ART treatments that are carried out in specialised fertility centers. But critics claim that the law from 1990 has long been outdated and that a law reform is needed. Germany is one of the only countries in Europe where egg donation is still prohibited. This means that Hilda and Erik cannot undergo this treatment in their home country.
But they are not alone with this!
Every year thousands of German couples travel abroad to undergo a fertility treatment. Spain is the number one destination for these kind of procedures in Europe.
Pioneer clinic Tambre
One of the main Spanish references in this field is Fertility Clinic Tambre in Madrid. We welcome couples from all over Europe with a similar fate as Hilda’s and Erik’s daily at our clinic. Most of them come to us with last hope after not being able to find any help or solution to their fertility problem in their home country for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, we can help most of them to give birth to a healthy child. Our success rates are well above Spanish and European average. This is partly due to the many years of experience of our fertility experts, who have been practicing reproductive medicine for more than 40 years. Furthermore, we count on cutting-edge technologies for these procedures. Research and innovation has always been a priority to us at Tambre. As well as the personal and warm patient care that we offer to all our patients in their native language. That means that you will be informed about all details and facts of the treatment by health care professionals in your mother tongue to avoid any language barriers.
Stop taboos in Germany
The WDR documentary tells the full story of Hilda and Erik from the beginning of their journey, hopefully showing a positive pregnancy test until the birth of the baby. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of prejudices and lack of information and understanding against infertility in Germany, although so many people are affected by it. The goal of this documentary is to change this and break the taboos in the German society about fertility treatments. We hope that our participation will help to encourage other couples and show that they are not alone in this and that everyone has the right to become parents. The broadcast of the documentary is scheduled for May 2020.
If you have difficulties getting pregnant too, please contact us and let our fertility specialists help you.
As we wrote on our blog a few weeks ago, the British Egg Donation Friends platform announced the winning assisted reproduction centers of the IVF CLINIC AWARDS 2019. Clínica Tambre was awarded with two of the eight prizes that were distributed: One for our Innovations and the other one for our Egg Donation Program as well as the certification of Treatment Transparency.
Yesterday, just one year after Egg Donation Friends and Clínica Tambre began their collaboration, the organisation wanted to travel to Madrid to visit us at our facilities. During this visit, Jakub Dejewski (CEO of EDF) and Aleksander Wiecki (Marketing Director) have hand-delivered the diplomas of the awards received last April.
Which relationship do Egg Donation Friends and Clínica Tambre have?
Egg Donation Friends is a digital platform founded by three friends who once had to deal with infertility themselves. During the process they realised how stressful it could be on certain occasions and above all how big the lack of information about fertility treatments still was. So they started collaborating with clinics and other specialists in the sector to gather all the information and data needed for those who wish to start a family.
The association has specialised in helping people who consider transnational reproduction as an alternative and therefore, need a little more guidance along the way. According to international patients, Clínica Tambre is considered one of the leading clinics in Spain due to their remarkable success rates.
What EDF and our clinic have in common is the importance we give to personalising the treatment of our patients. People who undergo fertility treatments deserve that their situation is studied in a unique way and to be given the information they require at all times. Our duty as professionals of assisted reproduction is to be transparent and advocate for quality.
How was the meeting at the clinic’s headquarters?
According to Inge Kormelink, CEO of Clínica Tambre, the meeting has been rewarding as well as productive. Egg Donation Friends values the clinic’s more than 40 years of experience and its dedication to continuous development. Being pioneers in the sector and using the most cutting-edge technology, we are the winners of the category “Innovations”. In the same way, the excellence and quality of the egg donation treatments of Tambre have been taken into account. The certificate for the Best Egg Donation Program is one of the greatest motivations that a fertility clinic can receive and for us it is an honor to receive it from EDF. Several people from the clinic team, headed by Kormelink and Dr. Laura García de Miguel (Medical Director of Tambre), have received these awards wand have spent a pleasant time with them.
The meeting has also led to strengthening the relationship between both entities and to discuss the next steps they will take together in the next months. “We are very happy that Egg Donation Friends has given us these recognitions. For our part, we are committed to maintaining our level of quality in egg donation treatments and keep improving using the most innovative techniques”, said Inge Kormelink.
This April, our CEO, Inge Kormelink travelled to Utrecht, Netherlands for a very good and important reason.
The Dutch foundation, Wishing a Wonder, directed by Patricia Klaassen has given Clinica Tambre a certificate in which she evaluates us with 5 stars as an international fertility clinic.
This foundation aims to help Dutch people with fertility problems. It supports institutions that contribute to provide fertility solutions to couples or single women and help them to fulfill their dream of forming a family by making the process as simple as possible.
The main objective is that these people are supported and find the exact service they need, either in the Netherlands or abroad, since in this country there are still many restrictions regarding fertility treatments. For “Wishing a Wonder” it is a priority that people who are struggeling to have children always find a solution.
Clínica Tambre has been highlighted In the evaluation of international clinics that provide service to Dutch patients because of its work and the quality of the services.
Our long career in the world of reproductive medicine has allowed us to achieve the highest success rates inside and outside our country, which means that we are well above European average. More than 40 years of experience guarantee our professionalism. Being pioneers in assisted reproduction means that our patients have full confidence in us.
Not only do we give importance to the training and experience of our medical team, but it is a priority to us that patients feel at home, especially if they come from abroad. Therefore, a characteristic feature of Clínica Tambre is the warm and personalised care that we give to all our patients. Our patient care team accompanies them from their first visit and throughout the whole process, which gives them the peace of mind that is necessary to place their trust in us.
All this in combination with the fact that we use the most advanced technology in assisted reproduction such as NGS, Chip Fertile, ERA, Fenomatch and the fail safe lab system RI Witness makes us a leader in this field offering maximum innovation and scientific development.
These and many other reasons make it possible for us to offer a 5-star service to our patients.
We, from Clínica Tambre thank Patricia Klaassen for this recognition.