Warrenton resident Aren Dodge could use a signal boost.
She and her family made it to the top five finalists in a national video contest to highlight the struggle of infertility.
In the video, available on Ferring Reproductive Health's 2013 Heart to Heart Contest page
, Dodge and her husband Jeff hold up signs in a candid, wordless conversation about a fight that most couples with fertility issues endure in silence.
Their story has a happy ending. While Christina Perri's “A Thousand Years” plays in the background of their video, the viewer can see the Dodge family's miracle – Alison June Dodge, not quite a year old, flapping her arms in a yellow dress.
The Dodge family made their video because it gives them a shot at a $15,000 scholarship for baby Alison – but also to start conversations that need to take place, Dodge said.
If more people open up about infertility, she said, then the stigma that surrounds infertility will recede. And more importantly, more health care providers might shoulder the cost of treatments, so that more affected couples can afford to have a chance at childbirth.
“If it's one in eight couples, there's a chance that someone you know is having trouble conceiving,” Dodge said.
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