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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Does crowdfunding for surrogacy or fertility treatment work?

Couple set up crowdfunding page to raise money for surrogate pregnancy

A London couple have created a crowdfunding page on the site in an attempt to raise the £5,000 they need to make their dream of becoming parents together a reality.
Lauren Marchant already has a three-year-old son Logan from a previous relationship but to complete their family she and her husband Ben are desperate to have a child together. When Lauren gave birth to Logan she had a difficult C-section during which she haemorrhaged and was put on life support, which resulted in a hysterectomy.

Lauren's aunt has stepped forward to be a surrogate but, because Lauren already has a child, the NHS will not fund the fertility treatment she needs to complete the process and give Ben a biological child. The total cost is around £20,000 and the couple still need to raise £5,000.

It seems that crowdfunding for fertility treatment and surrogacy costs is something that we're going to see more of but how willing are people to donate money to strangers so they can have a child?

Another U.K. couple, Jo and James Hilton, have also been crowdfunding for a surrogate pregnancy for over 18 months but have only reached just over £2,000 of their £15,000 target. Jo, 34, has had fertility problems for over 15 years, including more than one ectopic pregnancy, half a dozen miscarriages and a radical hysterectomy. She has also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, osteoarthritis, Polycystic ovary syndrome and PTSD resulting from the loss of her pregnancies. Jo says that because she is on morphine-based medication she and James have been turned down for adoption, leaving surrogacy their only option. But they are still a long way from paying for their dream.

An increasing number of couples are also choosing to crowdfund for IVF treatment but it seems equally difficult to get the public to donate to the cause. American couple Deirdre and Harold Alby, who have been struggling with infertility for three years, started their crowdfunded fertility mission in May 2014 and 11 months later their total (currently $5,379) falls far short of their $32,000 target.


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