Health Team

Raleigh foundation helps couples dealing with infertility

Posted April 28, 2010 5:40 p.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2010 6:29 p.m. EDT

— The costs for in vitro fertilization can be daunting, but a local foundation is offering couples information and financial assistance for the process.

“I feel for women out there because I was the woman sitting in the clinic saying, ‘This is not me. This can't be happening. I don't want to be that woman who feels broke and who feels that there's something wrong with me,’” said Lori Moscato, co-founder of Pay It Forward Fertility.

Moscato and her husband turned to in vitro fertilization and now have two healthy children.

They started the Raleigh-based foundation to help other infertile couples deal with the high costs of IVF procedures and medications.

“You are looking at roughly between $8,000 and $10,000 in procedures and, believe it or not, it's the medicine that also makes up almost the same amount of money, so you're looking at about $10,000 to $15,000,” she said.

Most employer insurance does not cover IVF procedures or other costs, so Moscato says many couples max out credit cards or take out large medical loans.

“So it's heart wrenching to see these people reach so deep into their accounts to try and afford these costly procedures,” she said.

The organization is currently helping four couples who have been dealing with infertility. To qualify for the program, the coupled needed to meet certain criteria based on need and lack of insurance coverage.

Moscato’s organization has been able to cover 80 percent of the costs for each couple. Pay It Forward Fertility also works with fertility pharmacies who donate some of the necessary medicines.

The foundation is hosting a forum on Saturday, May 8, to provide information about infertility clinics and options. The forum is being held at the Crabtree Marriott Hotel in Raleigh.