“I had finally accepted the fact that I would not be a mother and I just came to Greece to visit my grandma …”

“I had finally accepted the fact that I would  not be a mother and I just came to Greece to visit my grandma …”

Marina P. Is second generation Greek American. Her grandmother lives in a small town in the Peloponnese along with 3 of her 10 children. And while everyone in the family has children, Marina at the age of 38 and after being married for ten years, was not able to become a mother.

“In the US IVF is considered a difficult decision and is extremely costly. Despite this I had it done twice. The first time was seven years ago and once more two years after that. Even thouh I was young and my hormone levels were normal, I couldn’t get pregnant naturally. Essentially there was no apparent medical reason …

When we came with my husband to Greece two years ago, we just wanted to go on vacation, visit my relatives and relax. A cousin of mine just had a baby using IVF and my grandmother insisted on sending me to see the doctor in Athens. With a normal cycle, without too much medication and in a completely relaxed mood my husband and I gave it a try. And we succeeded! Just like that! II’m grateful for my healthy twin boys which have fulflled my greatest dream by being born. I thank my doctor, Greece and my grandmother!»