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Mother's Day is difficult reminder for some families coping with infertility

Seattle’s Reggie and Mike Pope have tried to have a child for nearly five years. But called off their plans after two failed pregnancies and unsuccessful attempts at in vitro fertilization. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - Many families will celebrate Mother’s Day with cards and cakes on Sunday. But for others, Mother’s Day is a reminder of what is missing.

One in eight couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy, according to the National Survey of Family Growth.

Seattle’s Reggie and Mike Pope have tried to have a child for nearly five years.

After two failed pregnancies, the two tried in vitro fertilization. However, after multiple unsuccessful cycles, they called it off.

“All the stars were aligned,” said Reggie Pope. “It seemed like everything was perfect. But, I don’t know, bad luck.”

While the Popes are not alone in their heartache, statistics show that infertility treatment enhances a woman’s chance of pregnancy.

Approximately 44 percent of women with infertility have sought medical assistance, per a 1997 study. And of those that seek treatment, approximately 65 percent give birth.

In Washington, insurance companies are not mandated to cover infertility treatments.

Dr. Amy Criniti of Seattle Reproductive Medicine said nearly 70 percent of the patients she sees are not covered by insurance.

Reggie Pope hopes that sharing her story will help bring awareness to the reality of infertility and the challenges it brings.

“My hope is I can help someone who’s going through a similar joining who’s starting out and doesn’t know how to cope," he said.

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