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“It hurts us financially. We would like to start a nest egg and start putting more aside. It’s sad we have to choose between having more financial security or having another baby. It’s not happening on its own,” Katie Head said.

For many women the cost of becoming a mother is a lot higher than just diapers and formula. Just getting pregnant can be astronomical.

“They hand you a folder of what this entails. It comes with a cost list and it’s jaw dropping. It’s so expensive,” Deanna Baker said.

Baker tried for years to have children and paid thousands of dollars for in vitro fertilization. Luckily, she said her insurance covered some of her preliminary treatments and medications, but it didn’t cover in vitro.

“I don’t know of any insurance that will actually pay for the procedure itself. Where they retrieve the eggs and put them back into you and that is $16,000 right there,” Baker said.

Dr. Mostafa Abuzeid of IVF of Michigan said the odds of successfully becoming pregnant from in vitro fertilization has dramatically improved in recent years. However, most insurance policies still won’t cover it.

“I wish that health insurance could cover these procedures. Whether it’s freezing the eggs or the needed in vitro fertilization procedure execution. Unfortunately, after more than 30 years of the first baby born in England from in vitro, still insurance - in the majority of the states in this country – they do not cover that service. Which puts a lot of pressure on the couples,” Abuzeid said.

Due to the high cost some couples try to raise money through crowd funding or even take out credit cards or home equity loans. While some look at other avenues of parenthood altogether, like adoption.

Fortunately for Head, the treatments paid off and at 22-year-old she said she was blessed with her baby girl Serenity.

“She is just, wow, she’s amazing, everything. She confirms everything of why I wanted it so passionately. She’s the reason and we just got done with our second round of IVF and we are pregnant again and this time we are having a little boy and his name is going to be Wesley,” Head said.

Baker got even more than she asked for. At 44, Baker gave birth to twin girls – Chloe and Phoebe.

“I didn’t believe I was having kids. After you go through so many failures, you just don’t believe that it happened and it’s true. So it wasn’t until we had them that I said, ‘oh my God. This is real.’ And I cried and I cried and cried just because they are so beautiful. They are so real,” Baker said.

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