Fathers, Infertility… and Crowd-Sourcing a Baby

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I am the proud mama of an almost 5 year old boy who was conceived with love and assisted reproductive technology (ART). This is my infertility story.

vancouver mom bloggerI have become a passionate advocate for families who are struggling with infertility and IVF and write about that under Infertility.

My most recent blog on this topic was an interview with my husband where he really opened up and spoke frankly about male infertility and fatherhood in Infertility Happens to Fathers Too.

There is such a rich community of moms and mothers to be speaking out about the roller coaster ride of infertility but few men. My husband’s answers were an eye opener even for me. I learned the value of communicating with and supporting our men throughout this journey and that they are there for us in ways we didn’t even realize.

There is also a recent story in our local paper The Vancouver Sun about an infertile man who didn’t have the money for IVF so he and his wife raised the money to afford just one attempt through friends, family and crowd-sourcing. This just breaks my heart. When will governments step up to make sure that families facing infertility have medical coverage for the costs so they have the same opportunity to have babies that everyone else has?

That’s my rant for the day. I don’t even know where that came from. To the couples out there dealing with infertility today, you are not alone.

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11 thoughts on “Fathers, Infertility… and Crowd-Sourcing a Baby

  1. Hi from ICLW! I try not to forget about my hubs during all this, but with all the doctor’s appointments, shots, and side effects, he gets lost in the shuffle. Plus, he does a great job at supporting me, that I admit, I am not the greatest at supporting him. Thanks for being such an inspiration in the infertility commnity!

  2. Hi there from ICLW,

    The government support for IF treatments is often wrongly directed or not reaching the ones who need it.

    Am glad you are so passionate in your IVF advocacy.


  3. Hi, and thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy ICLW. Heading off to read your husband-infertility post now. I encouraged my husband for a long time to write a post from his point of view on my blog but he never got around to it. Guess I should have just interviewed him instead!

  4. Hi there 🙂
    I’m the guy who crowdfunded IVF treatment. I just wanted to say hi and to keep up what you’re doing with the blog. In speaking about my infertility with the people I know, I know that a few eyes have been opened up a little more about this issue.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Nick – delighted to “meet you”. I was really touched by your story which hits way home given our history as well. Have you gone through your IVF treatment yet? Please keep me posted!

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