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VASUNDHARA HOSPITAL & FERTILITY RESEARCH CENTRE
When did you start Vasundhara Hospital & Fertility Research Centre? Founded in 1996 Vasundhara Hospital & Fertility Research Centre (A unit of Vasundhara Hospital Ltd.) is a pioneer centre in northern India, for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of infertility in a supportive, patient oriented setting. Our medical professionals are among the most accomplished and respected doctors in the field, and our centre has played a central role in many significant medical breakthroughs, including the first IVF pregnancy, first egg donor pregnancy, ICSI pregnancy in whole of the state of Rajasthan other than Jaipur.
How did you choose this particular branch of medicine? After our post-graduation we were very enthusiastic and wanted to do something different. ART cilinics were just starting at that time and there was so much to learn and do something great in this field. In our city, there was no IVF centre and the need was there… so we decided to go ahead with it.
How far do you think you have succeeded in your endeavour? There is no measure or end point of success and there is not 100 % result in any field, so also with ART. It’s a journey to be travelled and the smiling faces of our patients motivate us to ‘keep it up!’ The confidence and co-operation of our patients has helped us to achieve success rate at par with international standards. This is the only motivating force behind us which helped us to make this centre as the state of art centre fully equipped with the latest technology.
What was the status of ART centre’s in India when you started as compared to now? Terms like test tube babies, In vitro Fertilization, Surrogacy were not very popular and there were very few IVF clinics.& patients were reluctant to go for IVF.
What motivates you in this field? Success & the smiles of our patients motivate us in this field. Every new case ignites the same passion in our working as was when we had our first success 14 years ago.
Is IVF difficult to go through from a patient’s perspective? Obviously. It is a phase of great emotional & financial turmoil but if compassionate & advanced facilities are offered under one roof with good success track record then things become easier & worth trying for.
What is your idea of good patient care? For us, good patient care doesn’t mean just treatment. That’s because, unlike in other fields, people who walk in are not ill. They don’t have a disease that needs to be attended to immediately. First we need to create a rapport and then review their understanding of the tests they have undergone. It is very difficult to involve them in decision making. We access
their expectations and inform the couple of the medical side of the treatment. To get an understanding of their emotional health, we attempt to know the unified efforts a couple makes in dealing with the problem. We help them cope with the situation better.
What is the kind of care a patient can expect at Vasundhara Hospital & Fertility Research Centre? Our hospital is constantly striving to provide its customers the best of facilities and a healthy environment. The organization set up is fully customer oriented; the staff is trained to carry out their duties efficiently and to treat the patients & their attendants politely & with courtesy. The patient’s wellbeing & health is our first priority. We are dedicated to providing the most recent advances in reproductive medicine.
What are your memories of the first IVF baby you helped conceive? As our centre was the first IVF centre in our city and it created a sensation. We prayed to God that this pregnancy should be uneventful till term and God answered our prayers by blessing a full term baby to the couple.
Medical Research has taken great strides in the last three decades and there has been a tremendous and remarkable change in the technology that is used. Should patients be reassured by these developments? Very much. From the start of fertility treatments till date, there have been significant developments. Advances in the clinical as well as embryological fields have been phenomenal. Further, there’s extensive research happening towards developing safer and less intensive medications. Also, in the future, stem cell therapy may provide succor to women experiencing premature ovarian failure, research on making implantation more effective to improve pregnancy rates
What are the most important changes in technology in the last few years? The technologies keep changing from time to time. Major changes have occurred. Collection method of egg, media, reagents and equipments required to grow egg, sperm and embryo. The technique of fertilization, selection and handling of the best sperm and egg is also rapidly changing.
Do you believe the success rate would improve in view of such changes? Definitely, there is no doubt about it. Earlier the success rate was a mere 10% to 15% , but now it is almost 45% to 50%. All this is possible because of newer and better technologies and equipment. In future, we are sure these will certainly improve the pregnancy rate of IVF.
You have recently acquired the Embryoscope which very few centres can boast of. How does it help improve success? Embryoscope is an advanced miraculous incubator system for monitoring the embryo from the point of its fertilization to the moment it is transferred back to the uterus. Which makes it a powerful decision making tool for embryologist helping a leap of 8-12% in success rates.
What is the biggest hurdle of making ART available for the masses? It is our common religious belief that a child is God’s gift. People waste their important reproductive time waiting for the same and when they decide - the success rate becomes less than the failure rate. The second is the price. Because of the cost of ART treatment, a patient always feels uncomfortable because they have to shell out the cost from their own pockets as there is no insurance cover. The third is the misconception that IVF is something not natural and so people try to delay coming in for treatment.
Do you think the government should help infertile couples? Yes, government should try to help infertile couples. The government can reduce the taxes to make it more affordable for the common man. The government can also encourage and support research in this area to make it better and more effective. One can imagine the number of patients in India and many of them would not go for IVF because of the cost. In India not having a child is not merely a biological problem but an even bigger social problem.
What special facilities do you offer patients seeking ART procedures at Vasundhara Hospital & Fertility Research Centre? Proper counseling is the most important thing any centre can offer to a patient because, you have to really involve the couple in the details, explain to them in detail the barriers they are likely to encounter and the causes which are hampering their fertility and spell out the treatment options to them. We share all results, findings and progress with the patient and not indulge in any secrecy so that the patient is aware as to where they stand and where do their problems lie. We are providing all these facilities under one roof; it definitely helps in reducing the stress quotient of the patient - Medical Facilities, Nonmedical Facilities, Spa & holistic health Facilities
After helping so many distressed couples, how do you unwind to take on another challenging day? Having delicious food, listening to good music and going for long drives …and worth mentioning – our weekly bollywood dance class.
ON MEMORIES OF THEIR FIRST IVF BABY: As our centre was the first IVF centre in our city and it created a sensation. We prayed to God that this pregnancy should be uneventful till term and God answered our prayers by blessing a full term baby to the couple.
WE HAVE THE MOST ADVANCED NEO NATAL UNIT OF WESTERN RAJASTHAN
It is a one − stop facility offering a comprehensive range of services for the management of both male and female fertility problems. The medical expertise and modern facilities of Vasundhara Hospital & Fertility Research Centre (A unit of Vasundhara Hospital Ltd.) are equipped to support the wide range of service & high risk Pregnancy Management. Centre has 50 Indoor Beds with air Conditioned Rooms, Suites & Wards. Fully equipped Delivery Room & Neo Natal Room to handle High Risk Babies & four fully equipped Operation Theaters. Centre has gained reputation as a centre of medical excellence in the region with the support of Well-qualified & motivated staff & states of the Art facilities. Centre has a well planned cafeteria to cater indoor & outdoor patients. Patient lounge, ample parking space & a well maintained garden add comfort to your stay in hospital.
We have the best equipped facili es and therefore excellent success rates
WE ARE ALSO THE PIONEERS IN GYNAE-ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY IN THE STATE OF RAJASTHAN
OUR STATE-OF-THE-ART SPA & HEALTH CLUB IS ONE OF OUR HIGH POINTS. IT HELPS PATIENTS TO REDUCE THEIR STRESS QUOTIENT
DR. SANJAY MAKWANA
MS, Medical Director and Infertility Specialist
DR. RENU MAKWANA MS, Infertility Specialist and Obstetrician