Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful times of your life -- but if you need help to conceive, it can swiftly become a staggeringly expensive undertaking. With the average cost of infertility treatments ranging from $35,000 to $85,000 in the United States (most of which is not covered by insurance companies), many women and couples find themselves having to make difficult choices about building their families.
Getting a grip on your finances is one of the few things you can do to regain control of this process. Infertility experts Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss have created the ultimate guide to ensuring the most cost-effective care with the highest chances for success. With anecdotes, interviews, and advice from both doctors and patients, you can easily apply these specific money-saving strategies to your own unique situation. Learn how to:
- Select a fertility clinic with a high rate of success
- Convince your insurance company to cover more of the costs
- Track down the most affordable fertility drugs
- Travel abroad for cheaper care or international surrogacy
- Avoid the scams and unnecessary expenses every step of the way
Personal and professional, Budgeting for Infertility is an invaluable resource that shows you how to pay for infertility treatment...and still have money in the bank for diapers and day care.
Evelina Weidman Sterling is a nationally-recognized expert and award-winning author on infertility. Currently, Sterling is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University, and holds a Master's degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University as well as a B.S. from the University of Mary Washington. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Angie Best-Boss is an accomplished freelance women's health writer. She holds a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in counseling from Union Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Sociology from Virginia Wesleyan College. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Indiana.
"Pregnancy and birth are 'big business' in the U.S. -- and it's women and their families who pay the financial price. This book gives parents the tools they need to control the costs of fertility treatments and take charge of their own treatment from the beginning." -- Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, The Business Of Being Born
"Raising children today is expensive. And one of the most unfair aspects of infertility is the financial burden imposed on couples before they even experience the joy of bringing home a baby. Thankfully, those seeking fertility treatment finally have a book to help guide them through the bewildering maze that the fertility industry has become." -- Toni Weschler, MPH, author of Taking Charge Of Your Fertility
"Budgeting For Infertility takes you through the maze of current treatments, with an emphasis that other experts are apparently too decorous to talk about: what it costs, and how you can make it cost less. A clear, comprehensive, and incredibly useful book." -- Robin Marantz Henig, author of Pandora's Baby; How The First Test-Tube Babies Sparked The Reproductive Revolution
"Baby lust can obscure your vision, muddle your brain, and drain your savings. Budgeting For Infertility can clear the path and save you money on the very scary and often overwhelming journey of infertility. -- Dawn Davenport, author of The Complete Book Of International Adoption and the host of the internet radio show "Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility and Adoption
"I know how much grit, fortitude, determination and courage it takes to pursue fertility treatments, but the payoff, literally, will be worth it. Budgeting For Infertility takes couples one big step closer to their dream." -- Kim Saunders, M.Ed., LPC, Licensed Fertility Counselor
"The authors analyze many aspects of infertility care as they relate to the health care system - from picking a doctor to dealing with insurance companies - in an unprecedented and supremely useful manner. Doctors and patients looking for advice on infertility should read this book." -- Joe B Massey MD, Infertility Specialist
"Evelina Sterling and Angie Boss deliver a much-needed navigation tool for all those who struggle to achieve their goals - their destinies - to become moms and dads." -- Beverly Barna, author of Infertility Sucks!
"This invaluable, overdue book is an excellent resource that can help take some of the stress out of a fertility process that can otherwise be emotionally and financially draining." -- Mikki Morrissette, author Choosing Single Motherhood
"I cannot recommend this book enough for those just starting out on the fertility treatment path as well as veterans of IVF who are looking for creative ways to fund their next cycle." -- Melissa Ford, founder of Stirrup Queens blog (http://stirrup-queens.blogspot.com)
"Having it in hand now makes me see how long overdue this book is. It is chock-full of useful and up-to-the minute information. " -- Catherine Corp, RN, BSN, MPH, President, International Premature Ovarian Failure Association