Personal story #2 – Francis

“Hi, I’m 38 years of age and have been trying to have a baby for 7 years. When I say trying, what I mean to say is I have been trying to stop losing my babies for 7 years. This year, I lost my twins at 8 weeks and was confronted to find that the doctors asked me to stop trying.

I cried and cried. I simply couldn’t let go of the thought of having children, yet I had a blood clot in my hip that was 15 cms long – and when we went over my medical history – yep! Every time I was pregnant I had huge blood clots. There are only a few things that kill you instantly – and some of those are blood clots to the brain, lungs or heart. So I listened to their caution.

As I have no children the only option for me is surrogacy. What I find really annoying about this obvious oversight in terms of Medicare legislation is that surrogacy is legal but they have not updated the legislation for apparently no reason whatsoever.

The discrimination doesn’t end at the IVF clinic – this is just the first hurdle. And what a giant financial and emotional hurdle that is!! No….because Medicare doesn’t cover surrogacy at all, when it comes to the birth of the baby – the intended parent (that’s me!) isn’t covered to be at the hospital either. Not by Medicare, and not by private health.

I don’t yet know all the other incredible costs that will pop up due to this oversight in not updating the Medicare legislation. All I know is that my pockets are not that deep. I am an ordinary citizen, trying to have a family the only way I can.”

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