OPERATION BABY YATES 2023
OPERATION BABY YATES 2023
23Days to go
Kimberly Yates is organizing this fundraiser.
Hello Dear Friends and Family,
For my 5th birthday, I got a Dr. Seuss “My Book About Me.” In the “what do you want to be when you grow up” section, I wrote, checked, circled and underlined, “Mother.” I checked a few other career options and scratched out the choices that I clearly wanted nothing to do with, but Mother was the option that got the most attention.
Several years ago I froze my eggs (which is the trickier part of the process). I am so grateful and blessed that part was a success. After years of thinking, praying and planning, now is the time to put them back in! Doctors, family, friends, pastors, mentors and advisors are all in agreement.
It’s breathtaking how supportive yet realistic people have been with me in this pursuit of a non traditional path. My primary care physician put his clip board down and said “off the record, if anyone can do this and should do this it’s you.” My pastors are in support of it. My family is thrilled. The few friends I’ve shared this with, have helped me negotiate the myriad of decisions that have to be made.
I’m not one to rush into things, so the past few years I’ve been building a network of support and strategies for parenthood. It DOES take a village.
I’m fortunate to have an affordable 2 bedroom apartment in the middle of Manhattan with babysitters/”framily” within walking distance. Many of my friends have babies or toddlers of their own. As soon as I graduated with my second master’s degree this May, I re-entered the work force full throttle. June 1st, I started getting all the tests I needed to make sure my body is ready to handle pregnancy. I even went to the dentist, which is not required, but hey, I’m thorough (and now I know what to do to avoid enamel loss).
This week I received the final “medical all clear” to move forward. I can start the process as early as Nov. 4th.
The next step is “financial clearance,” which means I hand over a giant payment to transfer my eggs from storage to the surgeon’s office.
While freezing my eggs, I kept the process fairly quiet (though not a secret) and I ended up doing most of it alone. My first shot was alone and most of the rest of them were alone. Once I walked out of the retrieval center after surgery alone (even though you are supposed to have someone sign you out). I even dealt with a ruptured follicle all night alone (THE MOST PAINFUL experience I’ve ever had.)
It’s funny what happens to you when you think about a new life – a child that will depend on you. Suddenly pride and privacy goes out the window. I don’t want to do this round alone. If there are set backs (as often happens in a fertility journey), I want to be able to share those. When there is good news, I also want to celebrate that with a village.
I paid for the first half of the process out of pocket. This time, if any of you are willing and able, I’m asking for help with the financial part for this second half. I have great insurance that will cover all my prenatal and a child, but doesn’t cover any IVF for me (since I don’t have an infertility diagnosis and can’t get one). There are many variables in the cost depending on how the process plays out, but this is an estimate of what it would cost to cover three rounds of the process (the first is the most expensive due to transport/thawing/fertilization costs). If I get fortunate on the first or second rounds, the rest will be put in a college fund.
Most of all, I need your prayers and your love to Welcome Baby Yates 2023. It’s time.
|Dwight Wells||$50.00||September 04, 2023|
|Sal Romeo||$100.00||November 05, 2022|
|Jenny Zerke||$100.00||October 31, 2022|
|Kimberly Johnson||$500.00||October 29, 2022|
|Jeff Yates||$1,000.00||October 28, 2022|
|Susan Galloway||$50.00||October 26, 2022|
|Mikelle Adgate||$150.00||October 23, 2022|
|Bryan Clark||$100.00||October 21, 2022|
|Arlene Markowski||$50.00||October 21, 2022|
|Julie Parker||$100.00||October 20, 2022|
|natalya fisher||$200.00||October 19, 2022|
|Elisa Alemparte||$25.00||October 18, 2022|
|Walter Hoffman||$50.00||October 18, 2022|
|Tuija Walsh||$100.00||October 18, 2022|
|Anonymous||$500.00||October 18, 2022|
|Sharon & Rich Price||$100.00||October 17, 2022|
|Marianne Matthews||$50.00||October 16, 2022|
|Donna Lynn||$25.00||October 16, 2022|
|Amber Yates||$500.00||October 16, 2022|
|Minerva Vier||$50.00||October 16, 2022|
|Elyse Steinhaus||$100.00||October 15, 2022|
|Zoe Anastassiou||$25.00||October 15, 2022|
|Laura Rohrman||$25.00||October 15, 2022|
|Mara Davi Gaines||$100.00||October 15, 2022|
|Sharon Alexion||$100.00||October 15, 2022|
|Tamara Braun||$100.00||October 15, 2022|
|Ronnie Yates||$250.00||October 15, 2022|