Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 17, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful times of your life -- but if you need help to conceive, it can swiftly become a staggeringly expensive undertaking. With the average cost of infertility treatments ranging from $35,000 to $85,000 in the United States (most of which is not covered by insurance companies), many women and couples find themselves having to make difficult choices about building their families.

Getting a grip on your finances is one of the few things you can do to regain control of this process. Infertility experts Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss have created the ultimate guide to ensuring the most cost-effective care with the highest chances for success. With anecdotes, interviews, and advice from both doctors and patients, you can easily apply these specific money-saving strategies to your own unique situation. Learn how to:

- Select a fertility clinic with a high rate of success

- Convince your insurance company to cover more of the costs

- Track down the most affordable fertility drugs

- Travel abroad for cheaper care or international surrogacy

- Avoid the scams and unnecessary expenses every step of the way

Personal and professional, Budgeting for Infertility is an invaluable resource that shows you how to pay for infertility treatment...and still have money in the bank for diapers and day care.
 

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Contents

BabyMakingBasics Increase Your Chancesfrom the Start
17
Finding the Best Care Select a Fertility Clinic
30
You Are NotAlone Create a Team That Worksfor You
51
So Many Choices Start a Treatment Plan
74
Expecting the Unexpected The Move to Assisted Reproductive
89
Its Easy to Get Lost Navigate the Insurance Maze
107
The Medicine Cabinet Track Down Affordable Fertility
132
Dont Settlefor No Be Your Own Advocate
154
Ill TryAnything Investigate Creative Alternatives
179
Broaden Your Horizons Travelfor Treatment
195
Dont End Up Broke Understand Your Financing Options
211
Beyond Treatment Explore Adoption
228
Breaking Down Barriers Final Thoughts
243
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Evelina Weidman Sterling is a nationally-recognized expert and award-winning author on infertility. Currently, Sterling is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University, and holds a Master's degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University as well as a B.S. from the University of Mary Washington. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.

Angie Best-Boss is an accomplished freelance women's health writer. She holds a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in counseling from Union Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Sociology from Virginia Wesleyan College. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Indiana.

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