June 29, 2017

Parental Hope reduces financial impact of infertility

For David and Jen Bross, providing financial support to hopeful couples battling infertility is a personal mission

What is infertility? Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most people and six months in certain circumstances. Infertility affects 10-15% of couples in the United States.

The cause of infertility can be difficult to determine but may include inadequate levels of certain hormones in both men and women, and trouble with ovulation in women. The main symptom is an inability to get pregnant. In many cases, there are no additional symptoms. Since there are no visible signs, it may be impossible to tell who is struggling with the emotional and physical effects of not being able to conceive a child without treatment. Treatment can be very costly, and emotionally exhausting.

For David and Jen Bross, the subject is very personal:

david_jen_bross“We were told that the combination of both of our infertility diagnoses made getting pregnant without IVF virtually impossible.  Fortunately, Jen worked for an employer based in Illinois, which is one of only eight states that mandate employers provide health coverage that covers IVF.  As a result, we did not have to undertake the financial battle.  After the birth of our twins, we wanted to find ways to give back and help others battle and overcome infertility.  We first donated our last two embryos to a couple that had done many rounds of IVF, but could not produce embryos strong enough for the IVF to be successful.  We donated our last two embryos to this couple and they are now due with one child this summer.  The feeling we got from the success of the embryo donation fueled our desire to give back, so we began to research non-profits that provide financial assistance to those battling infertility.  We were shocked to find that there was only a handful nationwide that promoted this cause.  As a result, we formed Parental Hope.” – David Bross

Parental Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to raise infertility awareness and provide financial assistance to those battling infertility. The organization has an exclusive partnership with the Institute for Reproductive Health in Cincinnati, Ohio (IRH) to support its mission to alleviate the financial burden of IVF by awarding the Parental Hope Family Grant.   Parental Hope is a 100% voluntary organization (no salaries!) to ensure as much money raised and contributed to Parental Hope is given to those individuals who need it the most.

The Parental Hope story has captured the attention of many in our community, including Josh and Melissa Gerth:

“I read about Parental Hope with great intrigue for two reasons. 1) As an Anderson Township Trustee, anytime our local residents get recognized for doing great things, it reaffirms my faith in our community and the people I serve. And, 2) Thanks to the miracle of IVF (&Dr. Awadalla), my wife and I have 3 beautiful children, Reagan (10), Garrett (6) and Holden (6). Our journey took 6 years, 12 rounds of IVF, and I can’t tell you how many shots!

“I think I speak for my wife (shots aside) that we wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. We were one of the lucky ones.” – Josh Gerth, Anderson Township Trustee

Their mission, to provide financial support to couples battling infertility, is achieved by providing grants for infertility treatment at the Institute for Reproductive Health in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The first Parental Hope Family Grant(s) will be awarded in December 2016.

Donations to support Parental Hope can be made here.

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Sources include:

David and Jennifer Bross, Parental Hope
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Reproductive Health and Infertility
University of Cincinnati Center for Reproductive Health