Apr 16, 2012 10:45 AM by News

The Gift of Hope 2012

Infertile couples interested in the Gift of Hope have until April 27, 2012 to completre an application. The GIFT of HOPE is a joint charitable program launched by Fertility & Women's Health Center of Louisiana, Women's & Children's Hospital, and Sheridan Healthcare to help one infertile couple each year overcome the financial barriers to building their family through the gift of one in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. The combined value of this donated IVF cycle is estimated at $15,000.

An couples interested in applying for the GIFT of HOPE 2012 must meet the following criteria:
-Have a documented medical need for in vitro fertilization. A letter explaining this need is required, on letterhead, from their reproductive endocrinologist or gynecologic professional;
-Have a combined gross income of $80,000 a year or less before taxes;
-Are Louisiana residents;
-Have medical insurance coverage which includes prenatal care but does not include coverage for in vitro fertilization.

There must also be a letter describing in their own words the compelling nature of their need for fertility treatment.

Since its creation in 2006, eight couples have been awarded the GIFT of HOPE. Each couple was chosen based on their medical needs for in vitro fertilization, and their lack of financial means to pay for it. As a result of the GIFT of HOPE, to date, three children have been born. To see their stories and pictures, please visit

More information and a downloadable application can be found at or calling 337-989-8795.



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