Haleiwa couple use crowdfunding in hopes of conceiving baby

Haleiwa couple use crowdfunding in hopes of conceiving baby

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Most people don't have an extra $10,000 to spend on fertility treatments. That's why thousands of couples are turning to crowd funding websites like Go Fund Me in hopes of starting a family.

A basket filled with crocheted blankets and quilts sits at the home of Amy and Nathan Reed. Amy started setting them aside them soon after she and her husband got married three years ago.

"I wanted my children to have the same kind of blankets I grew up with," said Amy Reed.

If it were up to the couple, they would be tending to a toddler by now. But medical complications threw a wrench in their family planning.

"Spent a lot of nights crying. It's tough," said Nathan Reed.

In an effort to better their chances of conception the couple underwent their first round of In Vitro Fertilization in April. They told only family and close friends.

"We never thought there was a chance we wouldn't get pregnant," said Amy Reed.

But when the pricey procedure didn't take they decided to make their personal life very public by sharing their fertility issues online.

"Even though we were encouraged by a lot of people to do it we thought we'd be lucky even if we got one person to donate," said Amy Reed.

To their surprise, donations have poured in. Some were from people they know while others have been from complete strangers.

Since the Go Fund Me website launched five years ago, more than $1.1 million has been raised in it's babies, kids and family category. Many of the pages are dedicated to fertility and adoption and the amount of money raised is growing every year.

With insurance only covering part of the medical expenses, the Reeds are still well short of what they need. The couple says they are also looking at adoption.

"I think we're just taking it day by day and if this round doesn't work, we're going to explore that even further," said Amy Reed.

If you would like to help the Reeds click here.

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