PODCAST: Pamela Hirsch, founder of Baby Quest Foundation to provide financial assistance for fertility treatments


As one of the owners of The Princeton Review, an  educational test prep company, Pamela Hirsch’s area of "expertise" was quite removed from anything to do with infertility and the non-profit world as a whole. It was not until her younger daughter experienced over three years of grueling infertility treatments that she learned about the anguish caused by this condition that affects nearly 7.3 million Americans yearly. While being fortunate to be able to help her daughter and son-in-law have two daughters each via a surrogate, she could not imagine the utter frustration many couples feel when confronted with the costs of procedures such as in vitro and surrogacy.  So Pamela and her daughter created Baby Quest Foundation, a non-profit charity formed to grant financial assistance to those who cannot afford the high cost of procedures such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and gestational surrogacy. Since its establishment in 2011, Baby Quest has granted 17 awards with 3 babies born, 3 current pregnancies, and several more future hopefuls to undergo procedures shortly.

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

  • Not having enough money to continue fertility treatments

Misconception about fertility

  • Being aware of warning signs early

  • Getting 2nd opinion

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

  • Acupuncture

  • Nutrition

  • Getting appropriate medical attention if there is a warning

  • Being aware

Fertility Resource

  • Have a good plan with different options

What's Upcoming?

Hush: Monologues & Music from the Waiting Womb - A series of readings: scenes, songs, and humor on the misconceptions of conception. Tales of courage, resilience, & inspiration in the quest towards parenthood.

February 25, 2014 7:30pm – Hollywood, CA

Parting Advice

  • Don’t wait!  Come in early, get educated, and take your time to make the best decisions for you.

Guest contact info

Pamela Hirsch