How Much Should it Cost to Make a Baby?

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As a former infertility patient, I know first-hand how bumpy that roller-coaster infertility ride can be. For me, infertility represented shame (I was less than a woman), anger (my body betrayed me) and depression (I was unworthy). I never once considered conceiving through IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) because as an OBGYN physician, I was fully aware of the inherent risks. I eventually became a mother through the gift of adoption, and I couldn’t imagine life without my sons.

 Unlike me, many women opt to have IVF but even in medical school and during residency training, no one ever mentioned the sticker price. The New York Times recently published several vignettes about what families paid for IVF or surrogates which I found both fascinating and sad.

-How much should families pay to make a baby? Please let me know what you think.





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