Crowdfunding a baby: Couples turning to strangers to help with expensive fertility treatments

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma couples are turning to strangers in the crowdfunding world to help with their expensive fertility treatments.

These days there are many options for infertile couples who want a family: intra-uterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization, adoption and more.

But, they are all expensive; ranging from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

One in ten couples have trouble conceiving a baby. That's almost seven million american families with fertility challenges.

Carl and Nicky Britton have tried it all. They've spent more than $6000 diagnosing their infertility.

"We've been trying to get pregnant since may of 2010." said Nicky. "It is very exhausting, emotionally."

The couple is saving now to start invitro fertilization (IVF) next year, and they're asking for financial help on the crowdfunding website,

"It's difficult for me to talk about it. So I can kind of put my journey on there, on the page. People have been able to read that, and I don't have to emotionally go through that topic several times with multiple people." Nicky said. "They can read my page and understand. If they donate that's just a bonus on top of it."

"We were just completely completely floored with the amount of people who are giving and the amount they are giving. It's just been amazing." said Carl.

CLICK: The Brittons' Baby Fundraiser

Stephen and Audrey Poole did IVF already. That's how they had their daughter, Lilly.

Now they want another baby. Their frozen embryos are waiting.

"We actually might need that help to get the ball rolling, to be able to have another kid." said Stephen.

Since Audrey stays at home with Lilly now, there's just no extra in the budget for high dollar fertility treatments.

"It could take us years and years and years to be able to do IVF again. So we've kind of swallowed our pride and are asking people to help us out." said Audrey. "We've done it for years on our own but we're at the point where we just need some help to grow our family."

CLICK: Pooles' IVF Treatment fundraiser

Go fund me is one of the worlds largest fundraising sites with 6500 new campaigns started each day. Donations to in the category for fertility treatments are up 30 percent. Volume for IVF surpassed $1 million this year.

After years of trying  Jennie Overbey finally got pregnant with the help of a fertility specialist and

Her daughter Harper came early, and those crowdfunding dollars were there to help with unexpected medical expenses.

"Without people's help I don't know if we'd be here." said Overbey. "It's all worth it."

CLICK: Jennie Overbey IVF/Adoption fundraiser

Many couples try several rounds of fertility treatments before they get pregnant.

Several couples we spoke to say they will spend their crowdfunding money on adoption if fertility treatments are unsuccessful.

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