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Confessions of a National Infertility Awareness Week “Hater”

By Tracey Minella

April 27th, 2015 at 8:12 am

I hate infertility. I hate that people are so clueless… and their words and actions are so hurtful …that we have to raise their awareness of our pain and educate them about this disease. And I hate that NIAW is just a week long.

Then, in many ways, life just goes back “normal”. To the unacceptable normal. Starting now.

Sure, last week we certainly raised awareness in the community. We hosted a series of events including a seminar about the donor egg program and a fun fertile yoga class. We ended the week with Alternative Medicine and Holistic Approaches to Fertility Enhancement which included demos of fertility-focused acupuncture and Reiki, along with massage therapy, meditation and stress reduction techniques.

We bonded with patients from our own practice, as well as those from other practices, and they bonded with each other. We welcomed prospective patients, their parents and friends, and interested strangers. We fed them fertility-friendly trail mix, donned them with NIAW silicone bracelets, and sent them home with swag bags of fun and useful items and coupons from the participating service providers. We empowered them with therapies and activities they can use to take back some control over their fertility. They were thankful and such a pleasure to get to know. In short, we did some good. As did other infertility practices and organizations around the country.

But, now NIAW is over. And it’s kind of quiet.

How do we keep the momentum of NIAW going? How do we make sure the topic of infertility doesn’t get swept under the rug until next April?

One way is to move on swiftly and loudly to the next thing that keeps infertility in the news. Maybe that means joining thousands of infertility advocates by going to Washington D.C. for Advocacy Day on May 14, 2015. Or participating in Walks of Hope to raise infertility awareness. [For more info contact at RESOLVE http://www.resolve.org/ ]. Or seeking out charitable organizations that award grants to infertile folks, like the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, the BabyQuest Foundation, and others, some of which have grant application deadlines approaching soon.

As for Long Island IVF, we’re doing our part to keep infertility awareness front of mind…and donating a free IVF cycle as a door prize to one lucky winner…through a fun night at the Great South Bay Brewery on June 4, 2015.

Along with the Cade Foundation, Long Island IVF is happy to sponsor its “Brew for the Family” event, which includes a night of food, music, craft beer-sampling, brewery tours, souvenir glasses, a silent auction and more…plus a chance (or 2 chances for VIP ticket holders) to win the free IVF cycle door prize. Regular tickets cost $55, date night tickets for two cost $100, and VIP tickets cost $90. The free IVF cycle door prize is transferable in accordance with the contest rules, so bring your generous fertile friends and family down to increase your chances to win.

To get more information on the event and purchase tickets go here: http://bit.ly/1yvDBit or to go directly to ticket sales click here: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com

Let’s keep the conversations about infertility going…

 

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Will you be there?

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Long Island “Brew For the Family” Event- June 4, 2015

Would winning a FREE IVF Cycle door prize help you or a loved one build a family?

Join us on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 from 7:30-10PM at the Long Island Brew for the Family event hosted in partnership with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation.

We have come together to spread the message that infertility can be overcome! Enjoy a night out and forget the stress of infertility as we sample craft beers at one of Long Island’s premier microbreweries, The Great South Bay Brewery. The evening will include a sampling of 6 beers, guided brewery tours with a master brewer, great food, music, and a silent auction.

Each admission ticket will include one entry into the drawing for a FREE IVF CYCLE* door prize. Be sure to invite your family and friends for even more chances to win, as the prize is transferrable.

To purchase tickets and learn more about this event please visit: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com.

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 contest.

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so proud of this honor and so thankful to every one of you who took the time to vote. From the moms juggling LIIVF babies… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 27 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help.

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Long Island IVF’s Fertility Grants Guide

By Tracey Minella

July 9th, 2014 at 9:00 am

credit: StuartMiles/freedigital photos.net

 

Financing…or lack thereof…is the number one obstacle to family-building for the majority of those suffering from infertility. Most insurance companies cover little (if any) of the costs of infertility treatment, especially advanced assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF). Even the medications for such treatment can be expensive.

Long Island IVF makes infertility treatments more affordable for patients through maximizing insurance benefit coverage as well as by offering specialized programs, such as our IVF Grant Program, Single Embryo Transfer Program, IVF Financial Share Program or Fertility Preservation Programs. For more information on these programs, see: http://www.longislandivf.com/payment_options.cfm  We also provide each patient with a personal financial counselor to help navigate the available options.

In addition to all the internal financial grant and related assistance offerings, we’d like to share other external grant funding sources which may be available to patients to assist with their infertility treatments. These organizations include:

The Cade Foundation & Long Island IVF

Long Island IVF actively supports the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation as our practice’s philanthropy. Next month, Long Island IVF will host a unique fund-raising event for the Cade Foundation on August 23rd at the Dance With Me Studio in Glen Head, Long Island, home of the Chmerkowsky Brothers and Tony Dovolani from Dancing With the Stars.

The Dancing for the Family event costs only $65 per ticket for a night of dance lessons, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, a silent auction and a chance to win a fabulous door prize: A Free IVF cycle donated by Long Island IVF!

Tickets are limited and can be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-island-dancing-for-the-family-hosted-by-long-island-ivf-tickets-10690187639 The Free IVF cycle is transferrable once (subject to certain restrictions) so here’s a real chance for your fertile friends and family…who wish they could help you… to come out for a fun night and maybe they’ll win the prize for you!

The Cade Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness of infertility and serve the needs of couples struggling with infertility by providing educational resources and financial assistance for helping them grow their families. Each year, the Cade Foundation provides grants of up to $10,000 to infertile families to assist them with the cost of infertility treatment or domestic adoption.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants must have documented infertility, be legal, permanent residents of the United States, and submit the grant application (processing fees apply).

Application Process: The application must also include a detailed plan on how the applicants will contribute financially to their fertility treatments. Grant awards are made once per year.

For more information and to obtain an application, go to: www.cadefoundation.org

 

The NY State Infertility Demonstration Grant & Long Island IVF

Based on meeting high standards of IVF success rates, Long Island IVF is among the select programs chosen to participate in the infertility grant funded by New York State. The amount of treatment funding is based on the patient’s or couple’s combined household income; coverage can range from 2.5% up to 97.5% of IVF treatment costs.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 44 years, have documented infertility and meet clinical criteria, be residents of New York State, have medical insurance coverage but either be uninsured for fertility or IVF treatments or have exhausted their benefits and have a combined household income of less than $195k annually.

Application Process: Qualified, interested patients may apply through their Long Island IVF Financial Counselor.  Although there is no required application form, applicants must submit proof of NY State residency and income. Grant awards are made during the award period based on availability of grant funding from the State.

For more information on the NY State Infertility Demonstration Program at Long Island IVF and to review the participation criteria, go to: www.longislandivf.com/doh_ivf_grant.cfm

 

Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation

The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation selects applicants who are uninsured for fertility treatment. Candidates may use their awarded partial or full grant for: IVF, donor eggs or embryo adoption.  Applicants must be under the age of 40 to qualify, unless using donor eggs or embryo adoption.  Although surrogate expenses are not available for funding, the IVF treatment for the preparation of a surrogate pregnancy may be funded.  Funds are paid directly to the clinical program.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants must have documented infertility, be legal, permanent residents of the United States, have medical insurance coverage but be uninsured for fertility or IVF treatments, demonstrate financial need and submit a grant application (processing fees apply).

Application Process: The grant application requires in depth financial information and physician diagnosed infertility.  Grants are awarded several times each year coinciding with Board meetings.

For more information and to obtain an application, go to: www.payitforwardfertility.org

 

BabyQuest Foundation – IVF Grant

Baby Quest Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to grant financial assistance to those who cannot afford infertility treatments. Funding can be used for a range of procedures including egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, artificial insemination, IVF, embryo adoption and surrogacy.  

Eligibility:  Applicants must reside in the United States. They must demonstrate financial need, submit required medical documentation and a description of their infertility history as well as the grant application (processing fees apply).

Application Process: Grants are given out two times yearly.

For more information and to obtain an application, go to: www.babyquestfoundation.org

 

Long Island IVF is committed to helping couples build their families and is providing this list for informational purposes only, as a courtesy to help those who may qualify for these programs. Long Island IVF makes no representations regarding the eligibility requirements or continued availability of any of these programs. This list is not exhaustive of all the potential grant and financial servicing options available and patients are encouraged to do their own research into these and other programs.

Wishing you a fast and successful journey to the crib.

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Photo credit: Stuart Miles/freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

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