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Deanna Baker wanted to wait to have children. “I thought how unfulfilling, and how empty my life might be without watching kids grow up.”

She wanted to build a successful career and find the right guy. She was 36-years-old when she started trying.

“The first time I tried, I walked in and the doctor said, well, you’re 36. You have old eggs, so this may not work. Or your percentages will, they’ll be lower than somebody that is younger than you.”

With the odds stacked against her, Baker started her long journey with in-vitro fertilization. She opened up to the I-Team about her struggle.

“You wait, and wait, and wait. And they tell you yes or no. And the majority is failure before you get success.”

After multiple attempts and miscarriages it started to wear on her marriage and the couple got a divorce.

It wasn’t until years later, when she was 40-years-old that she was remarried and ready to start again. Still no luck, and the future looked bleak.

“Terrible, it’s the worst thing you could feel. When you want children, and you look around and everyone else has kids and you don’t. It’s just a huge emotional roller coaster that you go on.”

Doctor Mostafa Abuzeid with the IVF of Michigan says Deanna’s story is very common. He says it all relates to Deanna’s reproductive age, which has a huge impact on her chances of conceiving.

“Once a female reaches the age of 35, which is not old at all. But the chances of conceiving is now going down at a fast rate. They reach 40, the chances go very, very down.”

You may think it would be easy to start a family in your late teens or early 20’s, but not always.

Katie Head told us about her painful and emotional journey.

“We got married when I was 19. And then about 6 months later, we did what a lot of couples do. Where you’re not exactly trying, but we were not preventing either. So we did that for about 6 months, and then I knew things weren’t going by the book. And we were probably going to have some problems.”

Head was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. A medical condition that prevents ovulation.

“It was probably the hardest point that I think I reached. And you kinda take for granted growing up, wanting to get married and have this family. And especially since we had only been married about six months, and then this big obstacles came up that we were going to have to face together.”

Head says one of the biggest challenges with IVF is cost.

Treatments are often thousands of dollars and that’s not with a guarantee you’ll ever have a baby.

Baker says IVF cost her more than $50,000.

Doctor Mostafa says insurance rarely covers anything, and that couples are forced to somehow come up with the money some other way. He says this isn’t the way it should be.

“A lot of them have insurance, they are paying their dues and their only illness is infertility. And when it comes to treatment they are denied, which I don’t think that’s right.”

Two women, two stories, a common battle. That’s both emotionally and financially draining.

“Every single day you just wake up and hope and pray it will work today,” said Baker.

“It’s heartbreaking and you really think, that with a medical condition, you know, I would really wish that insurance companies would do more to help with it,” said Head.

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