Granting financial help for
infertility treatments …fulfilling dreams….building families
NICOLE LAWSON – CO-FOUNDER
many young females, I pictured myself going to college,
beginning a career, meeting a great partner, planning a
storybook wedding, and eventually having children. At 28, I
was well on my way, having become a television executive
with a wonderful husband and living in a cute, modest house
with a white picket fence. My plans were on schedule until I
tried to have a baby.
Three years later, my body was riddled with hormones and
fatigued from several IUI (artificial insemination)
attempts, three successful IVF’s each ending with a
miscarriage, and two invasive uterine surgeries. I was then
confronted with the ugly truth: I had a uterus that would
most likely not allow me to carry the one thing I wanted so
badly in the world. Years of tears and anguish had left my
husband and me frustrated and without savings to continue
Our desperate journey then took a positive turn. With
financial support from parents, my husband and I hired a
surrogate to carry our biological child. Today as I look at
our beautiful daughter, I realize we were the lucky ones.
With money, we escaped our nightmare.
For me, the fulfillment of my dream – as sweet as it may be
– is also unsettling. I understand the anguish felt by so
many who cannot afford to pursue even the initial fertility
procedures that could aid conception.
In my current work, both as a case worker for a Los Angeles
based surrogacy agency and as co-founder of Baby Quest, I
understand the necessity of making advanced procedures a
reality rather than a dream.
PAMELA HIRSCH – CO-FOUNDER
For nearly three years, I watched my daughter endure
countless procedures – successful IVF’s ending in
miscarriage, uterine surgeries, and hormone injections. Each
attempt ended in heartbreak. Our story has a happy ending,
however, because we were able to help with the cost of
hiring a surrogate. I think of how fortunate we are each
time I set my eyes on our adorable granddaughter.
Then one morning late in 2011, I woke up suddenly and had a
troubled thought. Suppose we couldn’t have helped Nicole and
Josh financially? How would I have dealt with the inability
of my daughter to have her own child simply because the
procedures were too costly and not covered by insurance?
This would not be acceptable. And…..therefore, Baby Quest
It is not easy to battle the demon of infertility. We are up
against insurance companies who refuse to cover procedures
and drug companies whose prices are astronomical. Whereas
there are private groups and governmental agencies that deal
with adoption and foster children, there are few companies,
if any, that fund procedures for physical intervention in
If you know someone who has been touched by infertility or
if you cannot imagine life without your children or
grandchildren, I hope you will support us with a