Family Day in Ontario– Blessing for a Happy Healthy Family– Conceivable Dreams and #OHIP4IVF
I am blessed.
My family is blessed.
I am forever grateful to my parents for choosing Canada so many years ago. Although I grew up in Quebec, I am grateful to be living in Ontario.
As I reflect back on this Family Day long weekend, I realize that I have many things to be grateful for and I have to say, I am forever blessed to be living in Canada and in Ontario to be exact. I have been here for the last 16 years. We arrived here from Alberta where my husband and I started our married life and our family. We lived in that wonderful province for six years. There are many things that I love about Alberta and a few that I really dislike (okay, only one really: the bitter long, cold winter). Easy accessibility to good health care was one of the bonuses.
We came to Ontario 16 years ago because my family was faced with a medical crisis that would impact all of us: my older sister was diagnosed with Leukemia. With the odds at first not looking in her favour, we decided to pack up our young family and move to London, Ontario to be closer to her, her family, my parents and the rest of my extended family.
Anyone, anyone facing a serious medical illness will never think twice about helping their family members. Whether that means driving them to doctor’s appointments, taking their kids overnight or simply showing up with a hot meal. I was brought up to stay close and support your family. This is a lesson I want my children to learn and a lesson that they actually see in practice. It is how we want to bring them up.
As a family I also realize that the ability to be surrounded by my family is at times a privilege. By being closer to one, I am farther away from another and there are times that this can be so very hard. I want my children to continue to have a strong bond with my in-laws but they live clear across the country. This means that we need to keep in touch and we try and have them come to visit (or we try to visit) at least once a year. It is never enough. Never enough time, resources or money to just hop on a plane and see them more often. We miss them more than they know and I know that my in-laws would love to see the children regularly.
We are blessed.
We are fortunate that we had the opportunity to build our strong little family when we could. We had a few hiccups at the beginning but we managed to stay the course and build the family that we celebrate on Family Day. We were lucky. Not all families are created as easily as ours.
In my quest to bring greater awareness to those living with infertility issues in Canada I have been worked with the Conceivable Dreams blogger outreach program to help bring IVF funding to Ontario. In last year’s election the government agreed to fund IVF treatment for Ontario families:
The government will provide additional support for people in this province who want to become parents by expanding coverage of infertility services for one cycle of in vitro fertilization per patient per lifetime for all causes of eligible infertility. Enhancing coverage makes infertility services more affordable and increases access to more than 4,000 additional patients annually. The government is also committed to developing a stronger quality and regulatory framework for those providing infertility services to ensure patients receive safe, high-quality care.
Excerpt from the Ontario Budget 2014.Providing Support for FamilyBuilding in Ontario — Funding for Infertility Services
In Ontario, we now have a commitment to funding IVF with single embryo transfer. The government has pledged $50 million annually to build the IVF funding program. We are happy, an anxiously anticipate that the IVF funding program is expected to be ready some time this year. As the IVF funding program is currently being developed with patient input (members of Conceivable Dreams are on the advisory panel – yeah!). The has been strong support for IVF funding from many advocacy groups, the IVF funding with SET is a policy supported by many experts including the SOGC (Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada).
Why the support? Simply put, single embryo transfer (SET) gives the best possible health outcome for mother and baby. Multiple birth babies carry greater lifetime health care costs. Multiples are 17 times more likely to be born prematurely, require a C-section and have greater lifetime health care needs. Public funding coupled with SET saves money.
I continue to support the need for publicly funded infertility treatments throughout Canada. It is accessible in Quebec and soon in Ontario. We need to continue this progressive train of thought and support to build a greater nation. Its just that simple. I hope that with programs like these we will continue to celebrate Family Day with more and more happy, healthy Canadian families!
I wanted to remind you to follow http://www.twitter.com/ohip4ivf for more news. If you want more information about the Ontario IVF Funding you can find a comprehensive post by Paula Schuck of ThriftyMomma’s Tips right here.