By Global IVF & INCIID
Global IVF works to help make your fertility journey less stressful and more successful. We understand that a major stress for many intended parents is the high cost of fertility treatments and we strive to bring to light many different options of support and financial resources. INCIID (The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination) is an inspirational organization which offers support, resources, and IVF Scholarships to intended parents. Global IVF recently touched base with Nancy P. Hemenway, the Executive Director and original co-founder of INCIID, in order to find out more about INCIID’s services. Join us for the interview…
Q: What is INCIID? Who can join?
A: The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced “inside”) is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles. Anyone with an interest can join for free. Those who join at the Bronze level or higher ($55 annual donation) are eligible for the scholarship program. To join the community:http://www.inciid.org/forum/register.php
Q: What inspired you to start INCIID, and how long has INCIID been in existence?
A: In the early 90’s three professional women began a close online relationship with each other. Between the women there was a 16-year infertility history including 12 miscarriages. The three women soon began to realize that there was a great need for a comprehensive online support resource – one with information on cutting-edge technologies and treatments for those suffering with reproductive failure. During National Infertility Awareness Week in October 1994, they had their first telephone conference and by February of 1995, the first formal INCIID board meeting was held.
INCIID’s web site was launched in March, 1995 and became the Internet’s first nonprofit site dedicated to advocacy for those with reproductive failure. As fate would have it, within days of creating INCIID, all three women became pregnant and carried their babies to term the following summer. The original three INCIID babies will be 16 this summer.
Q: What is the INCIID IVF Scholarship program? How does one apply for a scholarship?
A: In April of 2004, executive director and original co-founder, Nancy Hemenway created and launched the first and only National IVF Scholarship Program for those who have medical need for IVF but who are without financial resources and insurance making the procedure out of their reach. The “From INCIID the Heart” IVF scholarship offers a free donated IVF cycle to those with medical infertility, no insurance covering the process and financial need. Find out more about the scholarship including the application process click the link here:http://www.inciid.org/faq.php?cat=infertility101&id=22
Q: How many applications for the scholarship program does INCIID receive per year? How many people are selected, and how does the selection process work?
A: I am sorry to say I don’t really have the statistics on this at this time.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone planning on applying for an IVF Scholarship?
A: Read the application FAQ carefully. After reading the FAQ, call INCIID with questions and to discuss specific circumstances. This is the best way to make sure you are comfortable with the requirements and criteria and that it fits your lifestyle and situation.
Q: About how many IVF Scholarships has INCIID given since its founding? Has there been follow up with the scholarship recipients? Do you know of scholarship recipients who have become pregnant? Had babies?
A: Approximately 140 scholarships have been awarded in a little over 5 years. Yes, many of the scholarship recipients have had babies. The first “Heart Baby” was born on Halloween Oct 31, 2005. There were two recipients of the scholarship that had babies close together – their pictures are in the December 2005 People Magazine “Baby Love” edition. You can see some of the photos of the babies born in the program on our Facebook page.
Q: Besides the IVF Scholarship, what other resources are provided on INCIID’s website?
A: Many articles are available written by physicians. A newsletter (electronic) going out once a month usually – with articles of interest written by professionals in the field. There are medical forums with professionals who answer patient questions daily on almost any fertility topic.
Q: What is your favorite part of your work?
A: My favorite part of the work is talking to the scholarship recipients and helping those without resources find the treatment they need to help them resolve their infertility – that includes helping couples find the right information if they choose to adopt.