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Bethany Buus: Legislature can help families overcome infertility

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Never when dreaming of starting your future family do you consider the possibility of not being able to have one. This became our reality when our first pregnancy ended early and fertility testing revealed female factor infertility with a very small percentage of conceiving naturally, along with a higher risk of miscarriage.

At the age of 30 I was told that my only chance for sustaining and carrying a pregnancy was through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Motherhood was so central to my identity that I was willing to do anything to achieve it, and I very much wanted the chance to be able to experience pregnancy and birth.

Our journey to our first daughter’s birth took three years. For an entire year, we had to put all medical treatments on hold because my insurance through the public schools didn’t cover anything beyond fertility testing.

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