A full 12% of married women have trouble getting pregnant and/or sustaining a pregnancy, and often look to infertility treatments for help. These IVF treatments can be exceptionally expensive, which is leading couples all over to nation to become creative.
This is where crowdfunding comes in. Crowdfunding is a way to raise money online for anything and everything under the sun, and more couples are utilizing this platform than ever before.
In fact, so many mothers and fathers to be have been turning towards crowdfunding to raise money for a baby that special websites have been created specifically for infertility. Youcaring.com and giveforward.com are two such websites, and they have helped IVF assistance become the number two most popular cause for donation this year, after adoption.
For couples looking to conceive, there are two fertility options to choose from. IUI, intrauterine insemination, is when sperm is inserted through a catheter directly into the uterus during ovulation. On average, each of these procedures cost about $1,000 a try.
If that doesn’t work, it is time for IVF, in vitro fertilization, which is when a doctor retrieves eggs from the ovary and fertilizes them with sperm by hand in the laboratory. Each attempt at IVF can cost anywhere between $15,000 to $20,000.
Since these procedures are expensive, not covered by insurance and not guaranteed, couples must make the decision whether to go into debt in their efforts to have a child. But asking family members and friends for a financial contribution in order to bring a child into this world is worth the potential embarrassment for many parents
And for some, who have had no problems becoming pregnant, it is a way to give back to families who aren’t as lucky.
“Watching their struggle for over a year, all while the medical bills rack up each month, it was heartbreaking,” Jesse Simpson, who gave $500 to her friend’s crowdfunding IVF campaign told Time. “That is the power of crowdfunding though — connect their story to your experiences and you want to melt in a puddle of tears and give them the shirt off your back.”