B.U.M.P.S, Inc.: Issuing Grants for Fertility Related Medical Treatments
Posted May 18 2009 10:15pm
Finding a grant for fertility treatments can be near impossible. B.U.M.P.S. is a non-profit that you might like to check out. The discription below was taken off of their main page. If you have any experience with fertility treatment grants, good or bad, and would like to share those with my readers, please send me your comments and I will be sure to highlight them.
B.U.M.P.S, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Florida licensed, federally tax-exempt charitable organization. B.U.M.P.S assists couples who face difficulty conceiving by issuing grants for fertility related medical treatments.
Today, one out of every six couples worldwide experience difficulties conceiving. There are at least five million infertile couples in the United States alone. As a society in general, women are postponing motherhood until later in life to further pursue their careers, acquire financial stability, and gain more life experience. The average age for women to have their first baby has risen from 24 to 29 in the last ten years. As women continue to delay childbearing, a higher percentage of couples begin to experience difficulty conceiving due to decreased ovarian reserve, diminished quality of eggs and other problems that become more prevalent as women age. That is not to say, however, that infertility is a female factor alone. Male factor plays a significant role in this as well.
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has been used in the United States since 1981 to help women become pregnant, most commonly through the transfer of fertilized human eggs into a woman’s uterus (in vitro fertilization). In 2005, more than 52,000 infants were born from ART treatment. As fantastic as that may sound, IVF is still considered a taboo in many cultures and households. While more women are undergoing treatment, fewer women are talking about it; by doing so, these women are depriving others of something they have benefited from.
Fertility treatments can be emotionally and monetarily burdensome. An IVF treatment can range in cost between $10,000 and $18,000 per couple. B.U.M.P.S, Inc was created with the interest to help prospective parents minimize the financial challenges associated with fertility treatments.