Budgeting for Infertility By Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss

New on the bookshelf: "Budgeting for Infertility"

Monday, March 23, 2009

Title: "Budgeting for Infertility"

Subtitle: "How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank"

The details:By Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss. Fireside/Simon & Schuster

What it's about: Talk about a buzz kill -- a book with fertility treatment and budgeting in the title. But as the authors note, fertility problems can drain finances almost as quickly as they drain romance. Sterling is described as a researcher and educator specializing in fertility and women's health issues. Best-Boss is a writer. In this volume, they put the economics of conception front and center. So, along with tips on preserving fertility and picking a doctor, they include advice on creating a budget and sample letters for filing insurance appeals. There are also chapters on international options and tracking down lower-cost medicines. Each chapter ends with practical advice under the heading: "Five things you can do right now."

Worth noting: "Creating your (fertility) plan means not just deciding how far you can go financially, but reviewing your emotional, spiritual and physical limits as well."

-- Mary Powers