Raise Your Infertility Voice for Advocacy Day!

Keiko Advocacy Day 2012

For the past two years, I've headed to Capitol Hill to speak up for the infertility community, courtesy of RESOLVE. For a whirlwind 24 hours, I walked all over Capitol Hill spreading the message that infertility is a disease and that the needs of infertility patients matter. I got to meet my elected officials in person. Hell, I even got a photo ... [Read on...]

Act Now to Help The Family Act & The Adoption Tax Credit

I've Called, Have You?

Congress is back in session, after their nice long holiday break. Now is the perfect time to call them up and let them know that hey: infertility matters and the 7.3 million Americans living with infertility could use their legislative help."But Keiko," I hear you saying, "It's a lame duck session."True. But just because a good chunk of ... [Read on...]

CD5: Time to act.

The Family Act of 2011 Needs Your Help

Hey, did you know fertility treatments are expensive?Let me clue you in our a little scenario that's been eating away at us. So, we live in this great Commonwealth of Massachusetts and my fertility treatments are covered by my insurance, as mandated by state law. Piece. O. Cake. Right?Ha ha ha, no.The Massachusetts insurance mandate ... [Read on...]

Buy Buy Baby

Buy Buy Baby

  When I made my "What IF" video two years ago, I included this question:What if I can't counter the thought I had to "buy" a baby?To this day, that question still eats at me. I'm not sure what bothers me more: how much we'll have to pay all told, or the fact that I have to pay anything at all for something that comes "free" to so ... [Read on...]

Welcome to November’s ICLW!

It's been a while since I participated in an ICLW, so I figured it was time to jump back in. (Don't know what ICLW is? Find out here.) Not like I'm already doing NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo at the same time or anything this month. I also realized I've picked up more new readers in the last few months, so I thought this would be a good time to stop and ... [Read on...]

Bracing Myself

The vote on Mississippi Initiative 26 happens tomorrow.I have already written about what this means for infertility patients. But I need to talk about what this means for women.It's not just about outlawing abortion. MS 26 outlaws women in Mississippi from making informed decisions about their own bodies and lives. There are states just waiting ... [Read on...]

2011 RESOLVE of New England Conference Live Blog

Welcome to the 2011 RESOLVE of New England Infertility & Adoption Conference Live Blog! I'll be posting throughout the day with the most recent updates at the top of this post. I'll also be live-tweeting from both @miriamshope & @ResolveNewEng with hashtag #RNE2011. Follow along with me today as I share gems and insights from the largest fertility ... [Read on...]

Mississippi Initiative 26 Threatens Infertility Treatment for All

Folks, it's happening again. Conservative legislators have decided that a) women apparently don't know what's best for their bodies and b) are threatening access to vital healthcare services and procedures for women.Allow me to present to you: Mississippi Ballot Initiative #26 (emphasis mine): "Be it Enacted by the People of the State of ... [Read on...]

RESOLVE of New England Conference is This Saturday!

It's that time of year again... time for the Annual Fertility Treatment, Donor Choices, and Adoption Conference hosted by RESOLVE of New England this Saturday, November 5, 2011!Last year I live-blogged the event. This year I'll be live-tweeting the event (along with a host of others). You can join in virtually on all the fun by following ... [Read on...]

Tell Kathleen Sebelius that Infertility Matters!

Here's your quick moment of advocacy for a slow Friday: go sign RESOLVE's petition to the Secretary of Health & Human Services to demand that infertility treatments be included as essential benefits under The Affordable Care Act.Seriously? It literally takes about 40 seconds to sign this petition, and your support is vital.Go sign it right ... [Read on...]