Lesbian couple picked by ‘Race to Parenthood’ for the first time, will receive financial support for fertility treatment
Ana and April Poland met online back in 2007. A number of email exchanges and phone conversations finally lead to a Niagara Falls, Ontario wedding in 2009.
“The rest was history,” said Ana. And marriage wasn’t the only wish the couple had. “Getting married and becoming a mother was the only real dream I’ve ever had.”
But the smart couple realized they needed to get their own lives in order before bringing another life into the world. They bought a house, grew their careers, and became closer as a couple.
Then, in 2012, the two decided it was time to grow their family as well.
Being a same-sex couple makes it pretty hard to have a baby to begin with, but at 19, Ana was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome, leaving the odds stacked against her for ever carrying a child.
Despite those concerns, the Poland’s started sorting through sperm donors, searching for “the one,” and a couple months later they had their first intrauterine insemination.
The procedure didn’t take.
“We were crushed,” said Ana, “but we knew it was a long shot for it to work the first try. We picked ourselves back up and got ready for round two.”
Sadly, this cycle endlessly repeated – getting their hopes up, only to be disappointed when the expensive process failed.
This process lasted for two years.
They changed donors, eating habits, everything they could think of to help the process along, but it never paid off.
“We’ve tried most everything we can afford to make our IUI cycles more likely to succeed,” she said. “But have yet to have those two beautiful pink lines come up on a pregnancy test.”
Then they heard about the Race to Parenthood, a non-profit 5K which raises funds for infertile couples trying to have a baby.
Jen Nixon is the Founder and organizer of the Race to Parenthood. Nixon herself had issues with pregnancy, and thats why she worked with other infertile mothers to help get the event started.
“Many couples require additional financial assistance to pay for IVF, IUI, adoption, or surrogacy,” read’s the race’s website. “Our organization seeks to provide a way to help those who cannot afford to fund their path to parenthood.”
The Virginia IVF & Andrology Center foots the bill for the race’s logistics, so all money raised by each family goes directly to the them.
Ana and April applied to be one of the race recipients, and Nixon said their story was too powerful to ignore.
“The path to parenthood and infertility isn’t about a heterosexual couple not being able to get pregnant, this happens to everybody – all different families, all different people,” said Nixon. “And this is about people being able to make a family.”
Though this is only the second year of the race, Nixon was excited to bring a same-sex couple into the fold.
April and Ana said they were floored when they were chosen. They had all but given up hope, and they see the money which could come in from this event as a chance to try some of the more expensive alternatives, including adoption.
“We’ve been blessed with lots of family members and friend’s children being a big part our lives, but we cannot wait to have a child of our own,” said Ana. “No matter how a child comes into our family, we will be the luckiest people on Earth.”
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