When my husband and I got married all we wanted more than anything was to have a baby together. A child unites a family, bringing you closer to each other and creates a sense of unity that isn’t comparable to anything else.
I have a child from my previous marriage and so does my husband, yet when we tried to conceive it wasn’t easy for us. We knew that in vitro fertilization was an option if we couldn’t conceive but funding from the government wasn’t.
Our first attempt to have a baby ended in a loss.
Our second attempt ended in miscarriage after six months, losing our daughter.
Both of us were devastated, emotionally drained from trying and worried that like many other BC families we might never have the ability to conceive.
- 43% of British Columbians report being affected by infertility personally or through family, friend and acquaintances.
- in vitro fertilization can cost between $10 to $14,000 in Canada where health care is supposed to be covered.
- 70% believe that funding IVF will result in better health outcomes for mothers and children.
- 68% agree there should be an equal opportunity and access for British Columbians to build a family, regardless of their income or geography.
- 65% agree that British Columbian families should have some form of public coverage for fertility treatments.
- Fertility declines as early as age 28, an age when women in the workforce generally are not thinking about getting pregnant.
The holidays are a time for family, but not everyone is blessed with the precious gift of a child. In
Quebec became the first known province in 2010 in Canada to provide universal access to IVF through a policy that covers the cost of treatment and mandates only single embryo transfer, leading to a reduction in multiple births from 30% to 10%. This policy results in a better health outcome for both mother and child, with an estimated saving to the health care system of $30-$60 million dollars per year.
How Can You Help?
Public funding for IVF treatment is extremely important and more awareness is needed. So how can you help? There are several things you can do no matter what province you live in to help as the new year approaches to help make IVF funding with government support a
- If you are a blogger you can share this post with others on your social networks.
- You can write up one of your very own, sharing your experiences with getting pregnant.
- Tweet and follow @gensofhope and @ivf4bc and @OHIP4IVF using hashtags #ivf4bc and #bcpoli to get involved in the conversation.
- Get involved even if you don’t have infertility issues to show your support for a cause worth something. Like Conceivable Dreams on facebook and Generations of hope
- Pin your stories on both http://pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/pins/ and https://pinterest.com/gensofhopeab/
Like I said family is important. Family is the fabric that brings us together. It’s easy for some people to have kids, but it’s also not easy for others. Why should they be denied the right to be a part of the fabric (a quilt) of love that embosses the very foundation we strive to live and stand for, simply because there is not enough funding.
Please take the time to support in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and share your own stories online and with others.