Almost 11% of women ages 15-44 have fertility issues (CDC 2014). In-vitro fertilization has given many women the chance to have a child. This was the case for Stephanie Looney. Stephanie, and her husband Reis O’Brien, were thrilled when they finally conceived a little girl early this year. Taking to social media to spread the news, the Looney-O’Brien’s were met with the overwhelming support of family and friends who were aware of everything that had been done to make this pregnancy happen. Sadly, Stephanie lost her little girl at 41/2 months due to an incompetent (you read it correctly), cervix. Stephanie’s doctors have determined that Stephanie absolutely has the ability to carry a child to term, but it will require some medical procedures; and six months of bed-rest once pregnant. While this is good news, the Looney-O’Brien’s were stumped as to how to move forward. They had spent their life savings getting pregnant the first time, and to do it again would be even more expensive; due to Stephanie needing to stay in bed to keep a potential baby healthy.
In today’s modern world, why not start a GoFundMe campaign? Look through online fundraisers, and you’ll see some campaigns that will make you scratch your head. One man’s campaign to make potato salad has raised 53,000 to date. People want to feel connected, and will contribute to someone’s mayonnaise budget to feel like they helped build something. Reis O’Brien has taken this idea and run with it, inviting the world to help him and Stephanie make a baby. It’s a unique solution to a problem facing so many couples in this country.
To read more about Reis and Stephanie, and their campaign; please check out their GoFundMe page.