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How Far Would You…Literally… Go To Have a Baby?

By Tracey Minella

January 31st, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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If you ask an infertile couple what they’d be willing to do to have a baby, they’d probably say “Anything”. What would they be willing to spend? “Every last dime”. What would they sacrifice? “Whatever they need to”.

How far would they be willing to go to have a baby? “The ends of the earth”.

No, I don’t mean that philosophically. I mean it literally.

How far would you be willing to physically travel on your infertility journey?

If you live in a very rural or remote area, you have no choice but to travel extensively just to get to the nearest infertility clinic. Maybe it’s an hour or two in each direction. Many days per week, when cycling. And that’s just to access the nearest reproductive endocrinologist, not necessarily the best one.

Did location factor in to your decision for an R.E.? Did you choose the closest? Are you willing to travel farther for a clinic with the best reputation and success rates? If so, how far would you be willing to go? An hour? Two?

And on a related note, would you… or have you…relocated to another state to pursue IVF?

If the state you live in is not one of the 15 states that mandates some level of infertility coverage, and you do not have private medical insurance for infertility treatment, would you move to a state that does in order to pursue treatment? Here is a list of the states which do mandate some level of infertility coverage:

This list, provided by RESOLVE, is an invaluable asset for anyone willing to consider relocating, especially due to a job transfer or new employment opportunity. There are many variables, conditions, limitations, and exclusions on the coverage. Some states cover diagnostic testing only, others will allow certain treatments but exclude IVF, and some cover IVF but limit the number of cycles. Massachusetts has a very generous mandate which would certainly tempt infertile couples to consider relocating under the right circumstances. But it’s important to do your research since, even in Massachusetts, employers who self-insure are exempt.

Long Island IVF has treated patients who have traveled here from distant states and other countries, attracted by success rates and/or programs like our Micro-IVF and Donor Egg programs.

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Would you…or have you… traveled far, or even relocated to another state to pursue your dream of having a baby?


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