i honestly don’t know where this post is going, all i know is that i need to write and i need to write it here. i don’t know if anyone else needs to read this, or if it’s just me needing to vent to the internet. idk. but honestly, i’ve had a really hard time figuring out where i stand in the worlds of motherhood and infertility.
IVF is a tricky treatment. The cost can vary greatly depending on which clinic you go to. There are grants available. Sometimes insurance covers stuff, but more than likely it doesn’t. Clinical studies can lower costs, but you have to qualify for the study and they have specific terms that you have to agree to. Anyway, the cost varies. That’s what I was getting at. And no matter how you slice it, it’s just expensive. For most clinics, there aren’t money back guarantees (I’ve seen MBGs but you paid for multiple rounds of IVF at once and were a PRETTY penny), so if a round fails, you’re just out that money. Honestly, it’s pretty terrifying, but if it works, then it’s totally worth it. But let’s get to the meat of this post: how to actually cover the costs of IVF.
When we were gearing up for Berkeley’s arrival, we looked into many different options for natural products for her to use as well. We want to make sure that we take the best care of Berkeley that we can! So when Mum & You reached out about working together to promote their products, it was a no-brainer!
The photos in this post were taken by our favorite photographer, Alice from Alice Shoots People. On December 30, 2019, I was doing exactly what I had been doing for the prior 10 weeks-- resting and taking it easy. I had my 36 week check-up the next day and so I spent most of the day watching TV and scrolling through Instagram. My phone rang and it was my Doctor’s office. They asked me if I would be willing to come in that day rather than the next day. I didn’t have anything else to do, so I said I could make it work. The car at home isn’t my favorite to drive in colder weather, so I called Parker and let him know I would be coming to trade him cars so I could go to my new appointment. I drove over to Parker’s work, parked the car and started walking over to Parker’s car. I got to the door of the car, went to open it and suddenly felt a gush of fluid.
This week we hit our big goal mark: 35 weeks! At 26 weeks when I was first having pre-term labor symptoms, 35 weeks felt sooooo far away!! (I mean that IS 9 weeks!) I was really nervous we wouldn't make it. But here we are! 35.5 weeks, just barely celebrated Christmas and now, anxiously waiting for the arrival of our sweet baby girl.