Waiting for Baby: $55,000 and Counting
In the latest issue of Money, we meet Carrie and Dan Zampich. Five years ago, the Zampiches visited a fertility clinic after trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for 9 months. The Atlanta couple, then 36 and 41, were shocked by the specialist's diagnosis: they had less than a 1% chance of having a baby naturally.
That moment marked the beginning of the couple's long struggle to conceive which, in addition to exacting an enormous emotional toll, has drained their finances. Money reports:
The Zampich family's story is not unique. One in five couples in the United States has trouble conceiving (make that one in three if the couple is older than 35). A single round of IVF costs $12,600 on average, and it often takes three or four cycles to work. And just 25% of health care plans cover infertility treatments.
As their debt accumulates and their biological clock keeps ticking, the Zampiches remain hopeful. Read more about their infertility journey on Money.com.