Powered by Mom Blog & Family had their first “Family Day” in BC!
We think everyone should have the opportunity to have a “Family Day”
Today marked the very first official “Family Day” now a statutory holiday in British Columbia. We now have joined the ranks of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan who have had “Family Day” for years before us and just to be different BC of course has to have ours on a different day from the other provinces :). We are ever so grateful to have this day and to specifically earmark it to spend with our family as sometimes we all get so busy that we don’t make enough time. I couldn’t resist the picture below which is my daughter at the age of 2 (she’s now 11) on a camping trip where we gave her felts and paper to occupy her during the drive, she obviously decided the paper wasn’t the canvas she wanted to colour :).
Our Family Day didn’t turn out quite the way we wanted as our daughter ended up getting sick on Saturday and she’s still recovering but we were all together and that’s what counts. In between taking care of my daughter by cozying up to watch a movie, make her hot chocolate etc… I started to think about couples (some I’ve known) who have desperately wanted children of their own but for various medical reasons haven’t been blessed. Many would like to do In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) but sadly the only province in Canada to date is Quebec that provides funding for couples wanting to do IVF. It is an expensive procedure that very few can afford.
Here are some very interesting statistics from a report released earlier this month:
- BC has one of the highest multiple birth rates, approximately 28%. In Quebec, the multiple-birth rate has declined to between 5-8% with the introduction of public funding for IVF treatments.
- Multiple births are 17 times more likely to pre-term births; as a result the ensuing expense is high along with higher rates of physical ad learning disabilities which would also have high care expenses.
- By having IVF funded as stated in the same report it would save BC $12-13 million in perinatal hospitalization costs AND $7-8 million in post-natal costs as they relate to first-year care of surviving low-birth-weight babies,
- BC would also save $22-27 million in long-term health and social services costs as a result of permanent disabilities for pre-term births. That is simply astounding!
I support IVF funding 100% as I believe every couple who wants to be parents should have the opportunity to experience the joys (and yes the tribulations but they’re part of the joy too) of parenthood and that the high cost of IVF should not be what prevents them to be parents. Don’t we all deserve to have a “Family Day” with our children and those we love?
What can you do to support #ivf4b? (Thanks to fellow supporting BC blogger Rants n Rascals for this idea)
- Tweet this post and make sure to use hashtags ##ivf4bc #bcpoli or copy & paste the title of the post which has both.
- Share this post on FB and Google Plus by using the share buttons at the bottom of the post
- Write to our government and let them know you support IVF funding
Here is a wonderful article from the Province newspaper that you can see HERE.
Feel free to comment and share this post even if you’re not in BC share it and let’s support IVF funding here in BC!