What are the steps needed for legal protection in a single-parent family? What legal, financial and insurance steps do we need to take? This is an essential aspect of the responsible Choice Mom journey, and one we should pay as much attention to, prior to becoming a family, as we do in picking a donor or making an…
A woman on a Choice Mom discussion board asked: is sperm considered one of the tax deductible fertility expenses in the United States? Carla-Elaine, a Choice Mom who is a tax agent, responded: yes, sperm is considered a fertility medical expense. “You can also include medical mileage, doctors appointments, IVF/IUI fees, psychologist fees, etc. For…
A new thread on one of the Choice Mom discussion boards begs this question: did you have good health insurance coverage for fertility treatments, or not? And… name names…
At our recent networking event in Toronto, noted money management expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade offered in the raffle a copy of her book Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life. Here’s an excerpt.
This is a good NPR story that lists some of the resources available to help fund IVF.
We can’t all be prepared. We lose our job. Emergencies tap our reserves. We find ourselves accidentally pregnant and not quite ready for the daunting responsibility we embrace. Here’s one resource that is reaching out to offer help.
I recently discovered a great book by Kara Stefan titled "Head of Household: Money Management for Single Parents." It covers budgeting, childcare, credit, healthcare, housing, insurance and more.
I have managed to go 11 years without holding a full-time job. I am Choice Mom of two kids, own a large home, and am self-employed with ChoiceMoms.org now as my primary source of income. So…how have I managed to do that?
Uber organized Jessica, a Choice Mom in every way, will deliver her first child in a few months. While she was in the Thinking process — preceding a long Trying phase — she developed a worksheet that calculated how much she would need to spend trying to conceive, for prenatal care, for newborn items, and for post-delivery childcare expenses for a year. Here are the numbers she came up with.
Dawn Davenport at Creating a Family is the source I trust for up-to-date adoption information. Here is some of what she’s compiled about the various costs of adoption.