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SOURCE: Fertility Centers of New England
Maine couple won IVF cycle through a Facebook contest after cancer treatments hurt chances for conception.
Reading, MA (PRWEB) March 07, 2013
Who says Facebook is a waste of time?
Kim and Ben Woods of South Berwick, ME are expecting in September, following a free In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment cycle the couple won in a Facebook contest run by Fertility Centers of New England.
“In all honesty, I didn't hold much hope because we never, ever win anything,” Kim said. “We have been through so much over the past few years that you get in this mode of ‘Yeah right, that'll never happen.’”
When Kim and Ben, both in their 30s, decided to try for a baby in 2012, they knew conception might be challenging. Ben, a tugboat captain, has battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma twice since 2009.
A stem cell transplant helped him to be cancer-free since May 2011, for which the couple feels eternally fortunate. But cancer treatments often reduce chances of conception success.
“We knew what were facing in trying to conceive,” said Kim. “After Ben went through his illness not once but twice, we were advised to wait a period of time before trying. We were also told that there was a high probability that we wouldn't be able to conceive naturally.”
The couple decided IVF was their best option to have a baby, but the financial hurdles for such treatments can be daunting. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates that a single IVF cycle costs $12,400. However, The Fertility Centers of New England charges $6,800 for their IVF Assist program. When Kim stumbled upon the Facebook contest for a free IVF cycle from Reading, MA-based Fertility Centers of New England, she figured it couldn’t hurt to try.
Fertility Centers of New England, which has seven locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, offered the contest to their Facebook fans as a way to promote their new online presence and to try to make a real difference in the life of one of their patients.
“There is never a guarantee that an IVF cycle will result in conception,” Fertility Centers of New England President and CEO Joseph A. Hill, MD said. “To have a couple like this get an opportunity at conception and have success is genuinely rewarding for all of us at Fertility Centers of New England.”
The contest ran throughout the summer of 2012 and drew hundreds of entries. Ben and Kim were able to begin IVF treatments soon after learning they were selected. By December, they were expecting and anticipate the arrival of their baby in September 2013.
Kim sent out special Valentine’s Day-themed announcements with a picture of her sonogram to announce that she and Ben are expecting. She also is now chronicling her journey on a special blog FCNE has set up on its website. http://www.fertilitycenter.com/affording_treatment/ivf_cycle_contest
Fertility Centers of New England
The Fertility Centers of New England is an international leader in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of infertility. We combine advanced reproductive technologies with a comforting, supportive environment to give patients the personal care they deserve. The Fertility Centers of New England has seven convenient locations for treatment and cycle monitoring throughout New England. We accept all insurance plans and offer a range of options for self-pay patients, including donor oocyte cycles. Patients interested in obtaining additional information about the Fertility Centers of New England may call our center at 877-877-9901 or visit us at http://www.fertilitycenter.com.
Please contact Brian E. Miller, Ph.D. at [millerb(at)fertilitycenter(dot)com or 781-942-7000 Ext. 631.
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