Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying to conceive. It is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body’s ability to perform the basic function of reproduction. According to the most recent National Survey of Family Growth conducted by the CDC:
- 1 in 8 couples (12%) have trouble getting pregnant and suffer some form of infertility.
- Approximately 6.1% of all women under the age of 44 and 13.5% of all married, childless women under the age of 44 are infertile.
- Approximately 6.9 million (or 11.9%) of all women receive some form of infertility treatment in their lifetime.
Despite the significant impact of this disease, only 8 states (Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) require an employer to cover the cost of infertility treatment in their health insurance plans. As a result, approximately 85% of all infertility patients must have the financial resources necessary to cover the cost of treatment. Adding the significant emotional burden of infertility to the stresses of the financial burden, it’s not hard to realize that infertility is disease that places a heavy burden that is tough to overcome.
Parental Hope is a 100% voluntary organization operated by a group of individuals who have been personally impacted by infertility and want to help other couples battling infertility in three important ways:
- While infertility impacts a significant number of couples, it is still considered a taboo subject and lacks mainstream awareness. Parental Hope attempts to educate the community about infertility through events, social media, and traditional media.
- To help alleviate the roller-coaster of emotions caused by infertility, Parental Hope organizes support groups that focus on couples battling infertility.
- To help alleviate the financial burden of infertility, Parental Hope provides financial assistance to couples battling infertility by annually awarding one or more Parental Hope Family Grants. The Parental Hope Family Grant covers the cost of one round of IVF for the recipient couple at the Institute for Reproductive Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. Recipients of the Parental Hope Family Grant must have an infertility diagnosis and demonstrate a financial need. In 2016, two Parental Hope Family Grants were given to couples who needed financial assistance to achieve their dream of parenthood. Profiles of our grant recipients can be found here.
A donation to Parental Hope will directly support couples diagnosed as infertile who need financial support to achieve their dream of parenthood.