What would you do if you didn’t have a uterus and wanted a family more than anything? If you knew your only option for having a child was surrogacy – yet another infertility treatment involving IVF that costs thousands of dollars – and didn’t know how you would ever afford it? Would you give up your education? Would you work multiple jobs? Would you dare to dream you could find someone willing to carry your child?
This video features Alberta couple Taryn and Tyler who lived this real life story.
Taryn and Tyler have their beautiful son thanks to the generosity of a friend who was willing give them the gift of carrying their child and with some financial help from Generations of Hope.
According to their website, through the Generations of Hope Fertility Assistance Fund patients for whom IVF treatment is a challenging financial option can receive support for treatment at the Regional Fertility Program in Calgary.
This is an amazing program – I haven’t heard about anything like this before and it deserves the full support of the community.
Consider the fact that 1 in 6 couples in Canada are facing infertility and that only the governments of Quebec, and as recently announced, Ontario, are financially supporting families who are dealing with the prohibitive costs of IVF.
Consider that fact that the primary reason for infertility is a medical problem that needs medical intervention and ask yourself why this is.
Funding IVF makes sense because it saves health care dollars. When people are faced with the choice to pay $10,000 for infertility treatments, they are more likely to transfer multiple embryos leading to a higher number of multiple births. With multiple births comes a higher risk of complications and health conditions that will result in higher lifetime health care costs.
Public funding for IVF coupled with single embryo transfer has recently been added to the new guidelines for the Canadian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
There are so many reasons for our governments to support Canadians, like Taryn and Tyler and like myself, who dare to dream about having a family against all the odds.
But the truth is – it’s just the right thing to do.
This is a sponsored post and written from the heart in support of my fellow Canadians who are facing infertility. For more information about Generations of Hope, visit www.generationsofhope.ca or connect on Twitter @gensofhope<