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Building Families Alliance

1 in 8 individuals or couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Infertility does not discriminate – it cuts across all socioeconomic levels, and all racial, ethnic and religious lines. The ability to build a family is fundamental and being unable to have a child affects people physically, emotionally, and financially.  

In Wisconsin, doctors, patients, and advocacy organizations are already connecting to discuss ways to introduce and pass model legislation that would make modern, very effective fertility treatments affordable and accessible through required insurance coverage.

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"My husband and I have known each other since we were 15 years old. We both came from large families, where I was the eldest of six and he was the eldest of four. So, when we were diagnosed with unexplained infertility in 2011, we found ourselves baffled. We always assumed we could and would have kids. Not having insurance coverage for fertility treatment coupled with the reality that our diagnosis was ‘unexplained’ we felt it was too big of a gamble to pay out-of-pocket for a treatment that may not work. We looked instead to domestic adoption to build our family. While still not a guarantee, we liked our odds better. And in 2019, we finally met and held our infant daughter who was born in Stevens Point, WI. While it cost us, roughly $34,000 to adopt in the state of Wisconsin, as we weighed it against other out-of-pocket options it seemed like the safer bet. Today, I can’t imagine building my family any other way. But I often think back to those first few years when you are trying to come to terms with an infertility diagnosis, trying to weigh the options, trying to make the best choice ‘to increase the odds’ to have a family. No one should have to try and weigh the options to have a family in Wisconsin. No one should feel a financial burden just to welcome a child into the world. No one should have to feel as if they need to gamble or ‘increase the odds’ on their fertility." - Maria Novotny, PhD

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