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***DATE CHANGE*** Conceivable Dreams–Keeping the Conversation going on Infertility (IVF) funding in Ontario–Twitter Party Thurs. Oct. 1, 2015

Doctor Consults A Young Couple

I am reminded yet again the beauty of being part of a family.  With the kids starting to get settled into their routines, I am reminded how much I love being a mom.  I am blessed to have three children that bring nothing but joy to my life.  I really cannot remember a time that I did not want to be a mom.  I never considered a life without children.  It perplexes me when people don’t want to have children and it saddens me when I meet people that do want to have children and cannot.  I have come to understand a few truths: dealing with infertility is not about ‘making the wrong choices’ or ‘delaying the decision’.  Often infertility is due to other causes like cancer treatment, PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) or endometriosis.  Couples don’t choose to go the long road. It still amazes me to know that 1 in 6 couples struggles with infertility and there are thousands of women and men who have been unable to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments they need due to inequitable of often prohibitive funding barriers.

As an supporter of those Canadians seeking help with IVF treatment, it’s important to see that some of the milestones in the progress to get public funding continue.  We, as a country, are new to the publicly funded formula of to help with infertility treatment. Acknowledging that infertility  is a legitimate health issue and medical condition, is a step in the right direction for publicly funded IVF solutions.  Infertility treatment In Canada is mostly privately funded with people having to pay between $10,000 –13,000 per round of treatment.  This can be taxing on any couple or young family so the need to have a publicly funded program continues to be a priority for both patients, doctors and clinicians. Currently, New Brunswick has some funding ($5,000 grant), Manitoba has a tax credit and Quebec still has a plan (although it is under review and likely to be dramatically altered). Over a year ago, the Government of Ontario had promised a program and we anxiously await the announcement of what that will look like in the near future.  As Canadians we need to ensure that there is a continued dialog to create funding for infertility treatment across the board.  If you want to further understand where we are in this landscape nationally, I encourage you to read this great post by Paula Schuck at Thriftymomma’s Tips.  She gives you a better perspective on where each province is in this mouse trap.

Continued advocacy from patient groups, like Conceivable Dreams gives us hope that the input that they were able to give during the building process of the Ontario Infertility program is time well spent.  It is not easy to put together a comprehensive programs that will be beneficial and equitable.  We do know that experience from around the world show that established IVF funding programs provide consistent health and safety standards, positively impact the mental and physical health of those affected by infertility  and significantly reduce the rate of higher multiple births. This leads to improved health for mom and babies and will also reduce the cost to the healthcare system.

Important Events in the next Two Weeks

  • In the next two weeks there are events bringing greater awareness in the infertility world.  The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) annual meeting/ conference takes place Oct. 1-4 .  The CFAS is the recognized Canadian multidisciplinary authority in reproductive science and medicine.  They will be discussing is the merits of public funding for IVF.
  • At the conference (in conjunction with IAAC) the Family Matters Challenge will take place.   For the last two years, IAAC supporters have been successful in raising their voices to say that family does matter.  You can join in as they are still looking for volunteers.

 

  • IAAC  is also launching a new web site (they are the national support for infertility patients.) They will now be called Fertility Matters.  You can follow them on twitter @FertilityMattrs.

It’s time to take stock of what’s happening for infertility patients in Canada.  Please join Conceivable Dreams, the Ontario Infertility Patient Advocacy Group,(@IVF4ON), Paula Schuck (@Inkscrblr), myself (@DownshiftingPRO) and our @LinkedMoms community for a Twitter Party on Wednesday, September 30 at 8 pm ET

Website: Conceivable Dreams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConceivableDreams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IVF4ON

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/

DATE:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015

TIME:

8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:

@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @IVF4ON

LinkedMoms website

HASHTAGS: #IVF40N #ONPOLI

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck

@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott

Conceivable Dreams Twitter Party–What’s Next? Looking to support our efforts #OHIP4IVF #ONPOLI

Close-up of baby's hand holding mother's finger

 

Spring has sprung. The flowers are in bloom. It’s a beautiful day to have a baby!  It seems that on my Facebook feed there is an ever present feed of baby announcements, baby sonogram pictures and baby arrivals.  Its is the time of year that we think of birth, re-creation and celebration.  It is the time of year that we look at life with the glass half full.  That is what so many of us see but for many, this particular time of year when we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, can be difficult if you are a couple waiting to conceive your bundle of joy.  You have been counting the days since that historic announcement.  The joy of celebrating is diminished by the fact that you have patiently been waiting for the Government of Ontario to roll out their plan for IVF treatment.  What is it going to look like? Who will be able to access the services? What do those services and treatments look like?

In 2014 budget the Government of Ontario committed $50 million dollars to patients seeking infertility treatment.  Promising patients access to one round of IVF with a single embryo transfer funded by OHIP. 

As we wait for the roll-out many are frustrated with the delay in program details and implementation.  Although there has been consultation with medical and patient groups, it is important that we get this funding model right.  There are lessons to be learned from other provincial programs that were not as successful.  As we review the Quebec government-funded IVF model, we can see the demise of the original program (and, currently, its almost unattainable requirements to qualify for treatment) are pitfalls that we need to avoid here in Ontario. 

We must ensure that the Ontario model is manageable and sustainable for all patients.  We do not want this to be a one-shot deal that cannot be renewed because the costs were too much over the long haul.  Consultation is necessary so that we can plan better and continue to keep IVF at the top of mind as a means to save tax-payers money. 

As you well know, if you read my blog and that of Paula Schuck (community manager for Conceivable Dreams), you are aware that proceeding with IVF treatment and dealing with the possibility of multiple births creates a greater strain on our healthcare system. Taking care of mom and multiple babies can be a high-risk affair not to mention the increased chance of pre-mature birth. All very costly. We need to continue to support IVF funding in Ontario BUT it needs to be rolled out correctly with proper consultation. 

We want to ensure that the patient groups are covered throughout the program and not just for short period time.  The future of the program depends on the success of families.  It’s important that we continue to share our stories of creating Ontario families with the help of IVF. 

How can we help?  We need to support the MPPs and let them know we appreciate the efforts that they put forward for the benefit of families in Ontario. The Ontario patient group continues to be really active and success based.  We need to continue to share the success of IVF treatment and not just the frustration with the roll out.   

We have to talk about what we should be looking for in the latter part of 2015 and then 2016.  We are hosting another Twitter Party to talk about the role for the patient group in Ontario.  How do we keep the group relevant.  Strategies on how to keep the role for infertility patients in 2016.   We can look to see how we can remain focused, positive and supportive.  We need to continue to be engaged while understanding that programs like these must be accessible to as many patients as possible. 

Join us this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST when we discuss ways that we can support our patient groups during this waiting period.  All patients in Ontario need to be here for this special twitter party event.

  Please be sure and follow Conceivable Dreams on: Twitter and Facebook.  Join the conversation using the #OHIP4IVF hashtag.

Website: Conceivable Dreams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConceivableDreams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OHIP4IVF

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/conceivablebooks/

Please join us for this very important hour on #OHIP4IVF:

DATE:


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015

TIME:


8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:

@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

LinkedMoms website

HASHTAGS: #OHIP4IVF #ONPOLI

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr  on Facebook
@inkscrblr  on Instagram
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook

@DownshiftingPRO on Instagram
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

LinkedMoms & Conceivable Dreams continues the Conversation #OHIP4IVF #onpoli #Infertility

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In February we are lucky enough to be able to share a weekend with our Families.  Family Day has become a tradition of focusing on the family.  It is a time that we get to go tobogganing, skiing, play indoor games or just spend some special time together.  It is a time that many provinces and territories throughout Canada have set aside to celebrate our most important resource: our children.  For LinkedMoms nothing is more important to us than having the joy of bring up our families. 

I have three teenaged children and Paula has two tweens that are the joy of our lives.  One of the reasons we enjoy blogging and working from home is that we have the opportunity of working from home and spending time watching them grow and develop into outstanding human beings.

We know that we have been lucky to be blessed with children but it was not easy.   Paula has been candid about how she brought together her sweet, sweet family.  There was waiting involved and that is never easy.

I too had some difficulty but I have found out that there are thousands Canadians (one in six actually) that struggle with some sort of infertility issue.

Last spring we were overjoyed to hear that the Ontario Provincial government had allocated $50 million per year in 2015 towards IVF funding program. That should help 4,000 patients in the province.  As many anxiously await the green light to go ahead, they have also put there plans on hold until funding does occur.   It is important to heed the words that Dr. Marjorie Dixon said late last fall:

Our conversation continues…

Join us this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST when we ask what should we expect next from provincial IVF funding ? Is there any new information? Can we afford to wait? We invite all patients in Ontario to add to the conversation tonight at this special twitter party event.

Please be sure and follow Conceivable Dreams on: Twitter and Facebook.  Join the conversation using the #OHIP4IVF hashtag.

Website: Conceivable Dreams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConceivableDreams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OHIP4IVF

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/conceivablebooks/

Please join us for this very important and fact filled hour on #OHIP4IVF:

DATE:


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014

TIME:


8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:

@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

LinkedMoms website

 

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr  on Facebook
@inkscrblr  on Instagram
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook

@DownshiftingPRO on Instagram
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

 

Public funding 4 IVF will help deliver health, social and fiscal benefits well into the future. #ohip4ivf #onpoli


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Help Advocate for Public Funding of IVF #ABHC4IVF #ABpoli–Join the Conversation on LinkedMoms Wed. Oct. 8 at 8 pm

In the last year, #Linkedmoms has been an active advocate on helping public funding for IVF be a part of the conversation in Canada.  One in six people is affected by Infertility in our country.  One of the most important messages that I made last year during the OHIP4IVF campaign is that YOU may not have been affected by infertility issues but infertility issues affects us all. A report by the University of Alberta (The Assisted Reproductive Technologies report)  found that the province of Alberta can save up to $97 million by coupling public funding with single embryo transfer for those who need IVF.

IVF4ABHC

Last spring we were happy to see that public funding for IVF was added to the Ontario provincial budget.  Ontario has joined Quebec and Manitoba in funding partial or providing a tax credits.  We are continuing to support the conversation of publicly supported infertility treatments and look to Alberta to be the next province that will join the movement to create healthy families in Canada.

Generations of Hope #ABHC4IVF #ABPOLI

On Wednesday, October 8th at 8 pm, Linkedmoms chat will focus on how you can become an advocate for public funding for IVF.  Hosted by Generations of Hope, during the chat, we will be illustrating ways that you can keep the conversation going.  We want to help you advocate and petition your MLA.  You can read Paula Schuck’s and Brooke Berry’s post on how you can take steps to advocate for Invitro Fertilization treatment in Alberta.

Join the conversation using the

#ABHC4IVF and #ABPOLI hashtags.

Website: Generations of Hope

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/generationsofhope

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gensofhoope

Please join us for this very important hour on how to advocate for public funding of IVF in Alberta:

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014

HASHTAGS: #ABHC4IVF and #abpoli

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms and Generations of Hope @gensofhope

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

EEVA IVF BC – Twitter Event with Kobo Giveaway ~ #EEVA1STBC #LinkedMoms

EEVA_IVF
EEVA in action

Did you know that one in six people of reproductive age struggle with infertility? Of that group, some will be advised medically that their only option to conceive is in vitro fertilization. So where do you go to have IVF done? In looking at clinics you will likely contemplate several things – geography, pregnancy success rates, advancements.  IVF is a personal and emotional event. You want the best.

If you live in British Columbia, you have some remarkable fertility clinics to choose from and some amazing talented award-winning doctors like Dr. Sonya Kashyap, medical director of @GenesisIVFBC. Kashyap was mentored by Celine Dion’s fertility doctor, Dr. Zev Rosenwaks during her competitive fellowship in reproductive medicine at Cornell. On Wednesday night we will be chatting with Dr. Kashyap all about Genesis Fertility Centre BC and their ground-breaking new technology called EEVA.

9d50e-681495006175Join us to learn more about the procedure itself. Also RSVP here. One Kobo Arc 7 will be given away to one participant at the party. But you can’t win if you don’t RSVP. Make note of a few key facts here. You may be asked to answer them during the Linked Moms twitter event at 10 p.m. EST, or 7 p.m. PT. Read my first #EEVA1stBC post here about the technology and why it is so ground-breaking.

This twitter party will be extremely relevant to anyone who is struggling with infertility.

EEVA’s (early embryo viability assessment) a test that helps verify which embryos have the highest development potential. EEVA takes video images of your embryos, which are then analyzed. EEVA, designed by Auxogyn Inc., can help improve IVF outcomes by providing information that helps doctors predict which embryo is most likely develop with a higher level of accuracy. In North America, Genesis Fertility Clinic BC, is the first commercial clinic in North America to offer EEVA. This smart technology may optimize chances for a successful pregnancy. Register now to attend this open house next week to learn more.

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The Open House details:
Genesis Fertility Centre Open House
Time: Tuesday, February 25th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Address: 300 – 1367 West Broadway Ave., Vancouver, BC V6H 4A7 (close to Hemlock and West Broadway)
Phone: 604-879-3032

Registration Page: http://genesis-fertility.com/open-house/

Attend our LinkedMoms Twitter Party Event: Feb. 19th at 10 pm ET and 7 pm PT to learn more. RSVP below for a chance to win a Kobo Arc 7.

To participate please follow your hosts:
@linkedmoms
@inkscrblr
@downshiftingpro

We will be learning more about EEVA from Dr. Sonya Kashyap.
and cohosts  Lori McGrath and Danielle Christopher.
@thewritemama
@danielleasigne

Follow Genesis on Facebook and Genesis on Twitter.
Follow EEVA on Facebook and EEVA on Twitter.
Follow @auxogyn on Twitter too.

Follow Twitter Party on Twubs #EEVA1STBC

RSVP on Thrifty Momma’s Tips – The Rules for this event are such: you must have a Canadian mailing address to win. You must RSVP here. You must be present at the twitter party and make an attempt to answer each question. Winners have 15 minutes after the party to respond or the prize is forfeited.

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