My Fertility Specialist Did SO Much More Than Just Try & Get Me Knocked Up!

I’ve written a series of blog postings recently about surrender. You can read them here:


Learning How To Surrender

The concept of surrender never came to me from the depths of my own wisdom but rather from the very wise words of my fertility specialist – Dr Gobetz. His words to me were the turning point in my infertility journey. I was a newish patient at Vitalab having been at another clinic for a number of years prior and I was preparing for my 4 fresh IVF cycle which would also be my first IVF with Vitalab. Anyone who has experienced multiple failed IVF’s will know and understand how daunting the thought of facing another IVF can be. I was so afraid of facing the emotional and physical challenges of another IVF, never mind dealing with the emotional fall out, if, God forbid, it failed,  that we’d put off doing another for almost two years.


But under Dr G’s compassionate care I finally found the courage to try again and it was because of 4 little words he said to me when I’d voiced my fear of facing another IVF. I’ll never forget it… he spread his arms wide and in a soft voice full of compassion he said: “Just go with it!”

Those words have stayed with me and I’ve often thought about them and the more I’ve mulled them over the more I’ve gained a deeper understanding of what it truly means to “just go with it” and I’ve learned the art of surrender from those 4 words and have been able to apply them to many other area’s of my life.

Dr G and his team are one in a million in my humble opinion and I learned the importance of having an open relationship with easy access to my fertility specialist from the care I received at Vitalab. I was treated by all the Dr’s at Vitalab, Dr G was my go to man, he did my surgery that repaired all my internal issues which had remained previously undiagnosed and he worked out the protocol for my IVF that yielded the best results I’ve ever had from an IVF as well as my one and only BFP from fertility treatment. But I was also treated by Dr Jacobson who you can only but love, with the pet names he uses for all his patients and Dr Volschenk‘s soft spoken and calm manner he has when speaking with patients, even when they’re insane ones like me screaming at him to “FIND ANOTHER VEIN” during a particularly uncomfortable procedure.

I would, in a heartbeat, recommend the team at Vitalab for anyone, whether they be new to the infertility journey or seeking a 2nd opinion. And the really great news is that Vitalab have now joined the world of social media with the launch of their new Face Book page. I’d encourage anyone walking the infertility journey to like their page as it’s full of interesting information and articles on the latest news and views surrounding infertility and fertility treatments as well as information and dates on fertility talks and infertility support groups.

Vitalab are sponsoring an awesome give away for The Blessed Barrenness, all you need to is head on over and like the Vitalab Face Book page and you could win a R500 voucher from Wellness Warehouse  to spend on all kinds of treats for yourself including beauty treats, health foods and WINE glorious WINE!


Remember to leave me a comment letting me know that you have liked the Vitalab Face Book page. For extra entries, share this post on either Face Book or Twitter. Winners will be drawn on Wednesday, 12th September using and the competition is open to anyone residing inside South Africa.

Bought to you by Vitalab


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  • Reply Liz

    I’ve just recommended them to a friend in Joburg last week looking for a fertility clinic – I interviewed Dr Jacobson for an article and he was absolutely fantastic.

    I feel the same way about my clinic in Cape Town – Aevitas. Prof Siebert is my ‘go to’ doctor and he is the most compassionate, caring, brilliant man. I actually said to him after my last miscarriage that I am SO LUCKY that I was referred to him because he just makes every step of the long, painful process seem that little bit easier. His colleagues – Prof Kruger and Dr van der Merwe – are just as fantastic, and everyone from the receptionists to the accounts to the sisters seem to view what they do as a vocation rather than a job, which is amazing. I cannot stop singing their praises!

    September 6, 2012 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Lovely Light

    I “liked” Vitalab, posted on FB about it and Tweeted! Can’t wait to win!

    September 6, 2012 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Tori Hoffmann

    Liked the page on Facebook!

    September 6, 2012 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Coco

    Thanks Sharon I “liked” their FB page. Dr Gobetz is a teddybear, he did my first ET. Dr Jacobson did my ER and second ET, I was called “Poppet” and Dr Volschenk is my FS that patted my arm to calm me down until I haven fallen asleep with my lap. Undergoing IFV is extremely invasive, as you know, but the doctors and nurses tried their utmost to make things as bareable as possible.

    September 6, 2012 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Sian

    My old home! I heart VL!

    September 6, 2012 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Angela

    Oh I adore Dr V at VL, he is the reason I have
    my two gorgeous kiddies now. Def liked their

    September 6, 2012 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Daryl Faure

    Wish there was a Vitalab down here. Liked their page.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Beth

    I don’t want to enter the competition. The prize really should go to someone TTC. I remember the supplements we took before and during our IVF cost well over R1000 a month.

    When we were looking to do our IVF I phoned a couple of clinics. The responses I got were everything from down right rude to absolutely amazing. I remember the day so clearly chatting to Dr G. I was sitting in the car in my in-laws driveway. He was so kind and gentle, with just a few words he put to rest the trauma of the previous few months. I was so taken with him in that one phone call I wanted to rush out and see him ASAP.

    Other things resulted in me going to a different clinic but I will forever remember Dr G for his kindness and gentleness. He fixed a piece of my soul that had been ripped to pieces by another FS and for that I will forever be grateful.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Beth, you should like the VL page and enter anyway, the Wellness Warehouse are not giving away supplements there are THOUSANDS of awesome products on their websites to buy with your voucher!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Joni

    I “liked” and will always like and recommend Vitalab…..

    September 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Robyn

    I “liked” them, and always will. Dr G is the best! Still often think of him.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Mash

    Interesting, we both blogged about surrender today 🙂 I will take Dr G’s words and just go with it!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Wish I could enter because I love wine…LOL. Seriously though, Vitalab sounds like a great clinic.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Lisle

    I “liked” their page….

    Also want to add, that I am eternally grateful to all three those wonderful men and the vitalab team, for “giving” me my precious babies…… Words cannot express my gratitude…..

    September 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Liz

    (And in amidst my long comment I forget to say that I ‘liked’ their page!)

    September 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Susan

    I “liked” the page, but that’s not what’s important. Sharon, you did a lovely post on them! The doctors at Vitalab are awesome and so is the rest of the staff. We haven’t been successful yet, but I have mountains of respect for them. Especially Dr V, my FS, who I think is often misunderstood for being so serious and straightforward.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Tamlyn Dollie (@TammyDollie)

    Liked on facebook, tweeted and going to be tweeting till comp closes! Hope i win this one

    September 7, 2012 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Krystal

    I’ve ‘liked’ and tweeted. Yippeeeee!

    September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am
  • Reply CharlieW

    Liked and holding thumbs! x

    September 7, 2012 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Kate

    I liked the Vitalab FB page – thanks for another honest and great blog post

    September 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Lucelle

    Thank you so much for great blog and sharing post! I liked the page and must say I really like it! Now I know where to go when ttc for no 2 since my fs has moved to Nelspruit!

    September 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Saskia

    Liked and tweeted! Agree with every word you say about VL… the docs there are nothing short of miracle workers in my opinion and not to forget the support staff who are just as wonderful!

    September 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Claire

    Thanks for the post. I fully agree about Dr G. I have ‘liked’ the page on FB.

    September 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Ruweida

    I have liked the Vitalab Facebook page & tweeted about the competition (@princessruw). Holding thumbs 🙂

    September 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Lize Labuschagne

    We have been through a terrible journey of 3 IVF failures in Bloemfontein.A dr friend told us about Dr V and we visited him a few months ago. We’re set to start ICSI at the beginning of November…. so excited!!!!!! Dr V gave us hope.

    September 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm
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