Our Mission

To provide a path towards parenthood by educating, inspiring, and providing fertility grants to couples and individuals struggling with infertility across the world.

A Message From The Board

At Gift of Parenthood, we know that becoming a parent is not an easy journey for everyone. We hear the struggles, the pain, and the frustrations from our community members and strive to be an organization that spreads hope and awareness about infertility. We do this by educating, inspiring, and providing grants to couples and individuals across the world that struggle with infertility. Whether you are a single gay man longing to be a father or a married couple seeking your missing puzzle piece, we see you and want you to know that you are not alone.

Our collective desire to spread hope is deeply rooted in all of us on the board, and our grants help us answer the call by providing the financial means necessary for advanced fertility treatments such as IUI, IVF, egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, and surrogacy. Our culturally and socio-economically diverse board members are comprised of fertility specialists, financial advisers, surrogacy attorneys, clinical psychologists, and others who have personally dealt with infertility. Though we cannot fund every applicant, our recipients are thoughtfully selected with compassion and inclusivity in mind.

We are so thankful for those that have donated, applied, or shared our message with others. We could not do what we do without each and every one of you. If you have not already, we encourage you to apply for a grant, donate, or join us in spreading our message in-person and online.

Sending love and hope your way.

My Journey to Hope: A Message from our Founder

I could never imagine myself not being a mother. I always wanted a large family of my own. I’m one of seven children, my mother is one of nine, and her mother was one of 13. When I met my husband Michael and we settled into our life together more than 12 years ago, we expected our family would grow, and we were thrilled when I became pregnant.

As we prepared for the baby, a fire destroyed our home. Michael and I were sitting in our charred bedroom deciding how we were going to repair everything before the baby arrived, when the phone rang. I heard the nurse say, “I’m sorry but your numbers have actually dropped.” I was looking over at my husband when I responded, “Oh they have…?” She continued “Your pregnancy is terminating..” and asked that I come back for another blood test. I handed the phone to my husband and tears rolled down my face. I could not breath… I don’t remember much else of our conversation other than hearing the words “miscarriage” and “heavy bleeding in the coming days.” Because from the moment I heard her voice, everything, including the days after, became a blur.

My journey with infertility continued for the next 12 years. I experienced fertility drugs, in vitro fertilization, miscarriages, and more. So much more. The extraordinary costs, the pain, the stress and the loneliness. As I went through my highs and lows, I found myself inspired as I reached out to and supported others who were struggling.

I had found my passion. In 2019, Michael and I formed the Gift of Parenthood to help families and individuals overcome infertility through fertility assistance grants. I am absolutely dedicated to taking away the financial strain of infertility treatments, while also offering support and resources to those who are struggling. Women – and men – need to know they are not alone, and that there is help and support.

You can learn more about our past grant recipients here:

Want to get involved?

The Gift of Parenthood organization works diligently to support couples and individuals on their unique path to parenthood. We do this by raising awareness and fundraising to assist those battling infertility with advanced fertility treatments and gestational surrogacy. We are 1 in 8. By contributing to our mission, you are giving a glimmer of hope to your friend, relative, or co-worker in addition to thousands of souls across the globe.

Here are some steps you can take that would be most impactful:

1. If you are able to contribute financially, begin by setting up a donation in the amount of your choosing. You can even setup a small monthly recurring donation. 

2. Share our mission with your friends and family by posting about our cause online, “liking” our page, or e-mailing someone who may want to further our cause.

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3. Share your story with us!

We love hearing real stories and we know there are many. Each one of us goes through our own individual journey and we look to our friends in the community to share and relate to get us through the dark time. So send us your stories and let us know if we can feature them in our weekly Real Stories Highlight by tagging @GiftofParenthood on Instagram and hash tagging #RealStories!

Love & Blessings,

Gift of Parenthood

About Gift of Parenthood

Founded by Teresa Barbosa in 2019, Gift of Parenthood is a non-profit driven by a simple mission – to help families and individuals overcome infertility through education, awareness and fertility assistance grants. We provide grants to couples and individuals at least four times a year.

Help us spread hope by sharing online, “liking” our page, or e-mailing someone who may want to further our cause.

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Help spread the word!

We know that money is tight for everyone right now, so we don’t make this request lightly. If you are in a position to help, please do. If not, please spread the word.

-Gift of Parenthood

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