When I was trying to conceive my first child I joined a group online for women trying to conceive. I quickly became friends with these women, all who had the same dream as me. To this day I am still friends with many of them. Until I joined that group I had no idea how difficult it could be to get pregnant. Fortunately for me I got pregnant with my first child fairly quickly, however my second child took me more than 18 months.
While trying to get pregnant with my second child I had many thoughts of what if’s. I have known a couple of people who did in vitro Fertilization (IVF) and both had told me how it costs thousands of dollars to do. Now to me, I would pay all the money in the world to have a baby, unfortunately, I don’t have that much. So I knew that would never be an option, let alone it is not guaranteed to work. One lady I knew had it done twice, the first time it didn’t work but thankfully the second time it did, but she had to pay for both times. I’ve heard of others doing it multiple times and it still not working. It is almost like you have to have a big enough wallet in order to try it.The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lists the average price of one in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in the U.S. to be $12,400
I was happy to read this today:
Washington, DC—Today Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would establish a tax credit to improve access to medical treatment for infertility, a problem affecting millions of Americans. The Family Act of 2011 (HR 3522) is the first tax credit introduced in Congress to support those seeking to build a family through medical treatment for infertility. This important legislation offers a maximum lifetime tax credit of $13,360 to families who want children but must build their families through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
All I can say about this is, It’s about time! I would hate to see a couple not be able to have a child because they didn’t have thousands of dollars to try one time.
“Infertility is far more common than people believe. In factthere are nearly 200,000 people diagnosed with infertility in Georgia alone,” said Representative Lewis. “For too many of those people the cost of treatment will silence their dreams of having children forever. Insurance coverage is rare, so what should be a personal, intimate decision between couples is reduced to a financial calculation. Without this credit, access to all the advances of modern medicine and the ability to bear children, despite physical impediments, becomes, for average Americans, a luxury defined by the size of their wallets or the digits in their zip code. That’s not right, not fair or just. I believe that access to decent health care should be a fundamental right, not a privilege.”
Having a child on your own isn’t always a guarantee. The Family Act of 2011 could help so many couples fulfill their dreams of starting a family and that is an amazing thing.