Wednesday, October 12

winning a baby... or a chance at a baby


I don't love the radio... I mean I like the music but loath the chit chat... especially the morning shows.  I mean really, it should be illegal to be that perky that early and this is coming from someone who likes mornings and does not require caffeine to do so.  We have a local radio station that often puts out big contests... you know the type of thing they advertise at least five times an hour.  Normally these contests involve some big obscure challenge and normally I don't pay any attention to them.

Well a few weeks back I started to hear about a win a baby contest.  My immediate reaction was that they should never call the contest win a baby.  I mean you can't win a baby.  If you have trouble conceiving a child you can't just magically get one.  Life would be so much easier if it worked that way.

This contest should have been called win a chance at a baby, or win medical help to conceive a child or win hope.  So I have an issue with the name... but I think it is great that they created this contest in the first place.  So many people are so blissfully unaware (I was one of such people) that so many of us go through infertility struggles and that these struggles can cost a lot of money and even then there is no guarantee that you will be granted your wish, to conceive a child (or two).  I have to admit that I really didn't follow along with all of the hype leading up to the winning announcement only because I usually change the radio station when someone starts talking (yes I am an advertiser's nightmare), however I was drawn to the winning replay online through facebook.

It made me cry.

Yes I can put on a great mask of indifference but when it comes to this topic, that is way to close to home, I get all emotional and wonder who is this person, crying about a radio contest winning announcement replay?

There were five finalists that you apparently could vote for online.  They all won.

I am cheering for these five couples, hoping this win actually does amount to a real live baby.  I am also silently cheering for the station, for putting this out there, making people realize that just relaxing does not always get you pregnant.

Want a good cry?  Take a listen... win a baby replay

Newborn Feet by cherylzibisky via etsy

10 comments:

  1. I also heard of this a few weeks ago. I'm in Kingston but have many friends and family in Ottawa so word had traveled our way about this Win a Baby contest... Which I also had a problem with the name.

    I hadn't heard the results, so thats pretty exciting that all five couples ended up winning this opportunity. Are they giving them any opportunity to provide a follow up later? I don't think it should be mandatory (in case it doesn't work) but it would be kinda sweet to hear about how many of these babies were successfully conceived. Hopefully they do the contest again.

    Thanks for posting this! Good to know what happened. :)

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  2. i just read about this, this morning! i also heard they made the contest to raise awareness. Quebec is now publicly funding IVF but Ontario is not.....

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  3. I definitely cried like a baby for this that's so wonderful that they spread awareness and all of the coupleswon!!!

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  4. @MrsV - I'm not sure if they will do follow ups but it would be great if they did. Congrats on your pregnancy as well!

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  5. @Melissa - yes I know that Quebec is funded. I think it's great but have some issues with the fact that they will only allow you to transfer one embryo if you are under 35 (at least that is my understanding). Going through all of the process takes such a physical toll I know personally I would want to be able to make that decision for myself.

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  6. Wow - That is really incredible. I couldn't have imagined being one of the five who didn't win - it would have been REALLY hard to get my hopes up and then have them crushed like that. And what a great way to raise awareness too!

    The other thought that I had was how giving one couple treatment is like winning 'a chance at a baby'. it is misleading and supports this idea that ivf always works...We all know too well that it doesn't... Giving all five couples treatment means a much better chance that a couple (at least 1) will actually 'win their baby'.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    And I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of the pics of your girls too. They are so beautiful and perfect. congratulations again :)

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  7. That's awesome! It does seem like an odd radio contest to do, but the radio show I listen to, one of the hosts has her miracle baby after IVF and talks a lot about it and I really appreciate her bringing it to light. This show just took it to the next level. Thanks for posting!

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  8. seriously, that was amazing.
    Thank you for sharing...I am going to email you shortly.
    Michelle...xoxo

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