Baby Steps Infertility Awareness 5k took place at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Saturday, Nov. 22. In an effort to support 1 in 8 couples who struggle with fertility, Dr. Bobby Webster, MD and Sarah Laughter gave one lucky couple one round of In-Vetro Fertilization at no cost.
“After several failed IUI’s, we are currently on a break as we prepare for our next step of treatment, our last option for a biological child, IVF,” Mary-Claire Doe said. Intrauterine insemination is a form of fertility treatment where fertilization happens inside of the mother, where as fertilization happens outside of the mother in IVF.
Every person who registered for the walk/run received a ticket that allowed him or her to enter into the drawing the day of the race. For those who could not physically attend the race, they could still register online to support their loved ones. Those who attended to support their loved ones and did not need an IVF cycle were able to donate their ticket to an eligible couple, giving them multiple tickets in the drawing.
“Louisiana is just one of many states that infertility is not covered by insurance,” said Will Doe.
The walk began at 9 a.m. and the anxious couples along with their supporters crossed the start line. Men and women who had never met before the race found themselves bonding with other couples.
“I have met so many inspiring women who have been trying longer than me and my husband and their positivity gives me hope. I plan on keeping in touch with a few,” said Mrs. Doe.
As the one lucky couple was announced, a conglomeration of emotions overcame Team Doe. Their fight to conceive a biological child is not over. The couple plans to attend and host fundraisers and educate those they can.
Mr. and Mrs. Doe have kept this struggle extremely personal for over two years before sharing their pain with extended family and friends. As they looked around to see everyone who came to support them, including their parents and siblings, they knew that opening up about their pain was the right thing to do.
“We have our good days and we have our bad days, but we need the people around us to stay strong and keep us busy,” said Mr. Doe.