Media Advisory/Photo Op - Hundreds of Would-Be Moms Push Empty Baby Strollers to Raise Awareness of Infertility



    Cost of IVF prohibits many couples from having a family

    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ -

    
    What:     Conceivable Dreams - the OHIP for IVF Coalition is hosting a
              Pram Push on Mother's Day to raise awareness of infertility and
              to lobby the Ontario government to expand OHIP coverage for in-
              vitro fertilization (IVF).

              The Pram Push for IVF Funding will mark the first time in
              Ontario that infertility sufferers, their loved ones and
              supporters will march together to let the Ontario government
              know they will no longer endure the emotional, physical and
              economic burden of infertility in silence.

              One in six Canadian couples struggle with infertility. Many
              could conceive through the use of IVF however the cost is
              beyond the financial reach of most Ontario families.

    Photo Op: Hundreds of would-be mothers pushing empty baby strollers
              illustrating the babies they have been unable to conceive.

    Who:      Conceivable Dreams - the OHIP for IVF Coalition is a grassroots
              organization founded by three infertility patients. The
              Coalition currently has 800 members.

    Speakers: April Hoyt, a parent who adopted a child due to her inability
              to afford IVF treatments. April is still attempting to get
              pregnant, but cannot afford the high costs of IVF.

              Dr. Ellen Greenblatt, Head of the Division of Reproductive
              Sciences, Department of Ob/Gyn and the Medical Director of
              Fertility and IVF services for Mount Sinai Hospital.

              Jan Silverman, Fertility Program Specialist and Health Educator
              for Women's College Hospital. She is also a member of the
              Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption.

    When:     Mother's Day, Sunday May 10, 2009, starting at 10:15 a.m.

    Where:    South end of Nathan Phillips Square (near the fountain).
              It will proceed up University Avenue ending at Queen's Park
              where a rally will take place.
    





For further information:

For further information: Joanne Horibe, co-founder of Conceivable
Dreams, jhoribe@hotmail.com, (416) 624-4590

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