Let me begin by saying that what we are about to discuss is neither,
taboo or a bad word. IVF (in-vitro fertilization) is a medical procedure whose sole purpose is to make people who want to
have a child of their own, be parents.
something that I personally have struggled with. There was a time in the beginning, when we decided to start our own family
that I said to myself, why am I not already pregnant? We had been trying for about 12 months. The self doubt began to creep
in; is there something wrong with me. We met with our family Doctor and he was going to set up a specialist appointment for
us, presto we finally conceived. Trying for the second baby was very challenging, as we suffered a miscarriage and shortly
after that they discovered a cyst that needed to be surgically removed. Finally after waiting a month post surgery we conceived
our second baby. Four years after our first child. We did not need IVF, but I have many friends that have struggled emotionally
Conceivable Dreams is an organization whose sole purpose is to lobby the government in hopes of garnering funding coverage
through OHIP to have IVF covered. This process is one that can break a couple financially and mentally with absolutely no
assurances of ever becoming pregnant.
Last week they
challenged the three provincial political parties to demonstrate a true commitment to families, leadership in healthcare and
fiscal prudence by supporting IVF treatments, a policy they say has proven successful in other areas of the country.
Support for the working families, healthcare and the economy are emerging
as the major themes of this election and OHIP coverage of IVF supports all three.
I can tell you about friends of ours who have suffered through this struggle for almost 15 years.
They were married shortly after my husband and I were. Everyone who knows them would agree that there is no one who deserves
a child of their very own more than these two. Consultation with Doctors and Specialists lead them to try IVF. Luckily for
them, they are financially secure and they can afford to pay for the treatments without suffering any great hardships. That
says nothing about the emotional ones they must go through every time the treatment is not successful. That is another story
all it's own.
There are other family members who have
had a great amount of success with IVF. We have a nephew who without this wonderful treatment would not be here to make us
laugh and cry with all his crazy antics.
I am more than
happy to assist Conceivable Dreams in getting the word out to our WonderMoms family. There are probably many of you out there who either don't want to
talk about it or just can't.
In Ontario, where the
cost of IVF is not covered by OHIP, most couples choose to transfer multiple embryos rather than a single embryo. As a result,
the rate of multiple births from IVF in Ontario is roughly 28% compared to 10% in other jurisdictions. All these couples
want is to become parents. Loving, caring, people with something to give back. Multiple births are more likely to be born
pre-term and may require additional medical care to the infant in order to help them get started.
A panel was convened in 2009 with a goal of determining whether or not to cover the costs
associated with IVF treatment. The results came back and recommended that the province of Ontario cover up to 3 cycles of
IVF and adopt policies that reduce the number of multiple pregnancies through IVF. The panel estimated that the savings to
the healthcare system through a reduction in the number of multiple births through IVF would be between $400 million to and
In August 2010, the province of Quebec
became the first jurisdiction in Canada to publicly fund comprehensive IVF treatments. One year later, it has become a leader
in the reduction of multiple pregnancies by bringing the rate down from 27.2 % to 5.2%. The results are there for our provincial
leaders to soak up. It works!
I challenge any provincial
politician who has suffered through the agonizing times of trying to get pregnant and failing to look deep inside and make
the right decision. We are at a point in our existence where we should really be a leader in everything we can, and that
includes the funding of IVF.
Surveys have been conducted
recently by Leger Marketing and 73% of Ontarians agree that we should follow the leadership shown in the Province of Quebec
and make the funds available to those, who only wish to become parents.
Now with 1 in 6 Ontarians struggle with infertility, do you think we need a change?