Meet the Carrot Experts: Silvia Hecher

Area(s) of expertise: Assisted reproductive technology (ART) navigation, egg donation, cross-border care, fertility coaching, alternative medicine

Years of experience: 8

Qualifications: Master's degree in healthcare management (Eastern VA Medical School, USA; Danube University Krems, Austria); certified fertility coach (Kinderwunsch-Coaching Zurich, Switzerland); science communicator certificate (Danube University Krems, Austria)


What’s your favorite thing about your job?

What I love the most about my job is the moment when members who think they have done everything possible and feel stuck and lost find out about new options. We discuss the pros and cons, we talk about what feels right, and suddenly they have a path in front of them that makes sense.

What types of situations have you helped Carrot members navigate?

Being on the global team, I often help couples navigate cross-border care in Europe. That comes with a multitude of very specific questions concerning legal frameworks and access to care, age restrictions, and state-of-the art technologies that vary from country to country. For example, there is a different setup for egg donation in every European country regarding maternal age, anonymity, selection of donors, and waiting lists. It can be quite complicated and time consuming for a couple to gather all the facts to make an educated decision. Another topic is preimplantation diagnostics, which, again, is handled differently in most European countries.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love animals and spend a lot of time outdoors with my dog and my cats. I also love gardening, especially planting, growing, and harvesting vegetables.

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