From application to treatment: a roadmap
Submitting your application for treatment and first contact
During this call, our Contact Center employee will also give you more information about the timing and stages of your pathway.
We ask you to fill in a questionnaire before scheduling an appointment for you in the following cases:
- As a single woman who wants to have a child
- In case of surrogacy
- In case of co-parenting
If you have already had tests done elsewhere or have undergone fertility treatment, please provide this information and the test results digitally in advance by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring your file with you for your first doctor’s appointment. That way, your doctor has access to all the available medical information during your appointment.
The psychologist and/or counsellor will support you with the psychological, financial and practical aspects and help you make an informed choice about your future and that of the future child. A fertility specialist maps your fertility to find out which treatments are possible.
The donor’s fertility will also be assessed if you are using donor oocytes or donor sperm. We also check that he/she does not suffer from any serious hereditary and/or infectious diseases.
In the case of pathways with high-tech surrogacy, we also screen the gestational carrier. We do this to estimate and maximise the chances of a healthy pregnancy, a healthy child, and the good health of the gestational carrier.
Confirmation of treatment
The procedure is more complex if there is currently no legal framework in Belgium for your pathway as prospective parents (e.g., co-parenthood with more than two parents or using surrogacy). We advise our patients to seek the assistance of a specialised lawyer and/or notary.
Prospective parents are always informed about whether their case gets the green light. If treatment cannot be started, you will always be informed of the reasons for this decision.
For the sake of medical confidentiality, prospective parents never receive information about the health status of a known donor or gestational carrier - and vice versa. If this information is at the root of any refusal, the parties involved are responsible for informing each other about this, if they wish to do so.
Start of treatment
We then schedule an appointment with a midwife-counsellor, who will review your treatment with you: the practical aspects, medication, procedures... They also discuss the cost of treatment and possible reimbursement with you. During this appointment, you fill out the necessary consent forms and contracts together.
You must collect the prescribed medication for your fertility treatment from Brussels IVF at the start of your treatment (IVF medication centre, route 985).
During treatment, the menstrual cycle of the woman undergoing treatment is monitored through blood tests and ultrasounds. Your first point of contact for further instructions and information is our Daily Monitoring team. They will call you or send you instructions through the Robin app.
We check whether the treatment was successful (pregnancy test) with a blood test. This is done approximately 14 days after insemination or 12 days after embryo transfer.
Although your gynaecologist monitors your pregnancy and takes care of any pre- and postnatal tests, we are interested in hearing how your pregnancy and the birth of your baby went. You will therefore be sent two questionnaires by email from email@example.com. Individual follow-up is very important to us, and for our future patients. This is part of the scientific research that we conduct on an ongoing basis into pregnancies and children born from fertility treatment. In so doing, we aim to continuously improve the quality of our treatments and identify the effects of certain changes (e.g., in stimulation medication).
After a successful fertility treatment with surrogacy or as part of a co-parenting project, we also offer an additional psychological follow-up in addition to the general follow-up. This is done through in-person and telephone consultations during the pregnancy (at around 7 weeks, 14 weeks, 22 weeks, and 34 weeks) and after delivery.
If you have chosen to work with a surrogate, you inform Brussels IVF yourself about the further progress and finalisation of the adoption procedure.
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