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SOUTH JERSEY-Becoming a parent is a dream for so many. So what do you do when achieving that dream becomes too costly?

FOX 29's Jennifer Joyce shares one couple's story.

“As a little girl I always dreamt about growing up and getting married and having children, then I met Tom and we talked about marriage right away,” said Nicole Speigel.

First came love, then came marriage for Nicole and Tom Speigel of South Jersey. However, 5 years and several rounds of fertility treatments and 3 miscarriages later, there's still no baby in the picture.

“Actually, the 3rd time they said you can go out and celebrate, this is it. And then at 8 weeks, we went back and they said there was no heartbeat,” said Nicole.

“More heartbreak, more discouraging thoughts,” said Tom.

30-year-old Nicole has been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The last 5 years have taken a toll on the couple physically, mentally, and financially.

“We've depleted our savings account and maxed out some credit cards,” said Nicole.

Fertility treatments, including three rounds of in-vitro fertilization have cost the couple in excess of $45,000.

The pair say its keeping all options open moving forward. In the meantime, the couple has turned to social media. They created a GoFundMe site to raise money to help cover some of the medical costs associated with infertility.

“I don't think people understand that it's a disease, and that most insurances don't cover infertility,” said Nicole.

So far, the couple has raised more than $2,000, and more importantly for them, increased awareness.

“I don't think a lot of people really understand or know what infertility is,” said Tom. “They'll think take a few shots, few pills and you'll get pregnant. It's not that easy.”

The website has also inadvertently developed a support network for people with similar struggles.

“I had people emailing me and call me with different ideas like 'Hey, I heard about this" or "Have you tried this?' I've learned a lot from it too,” said Nicole.

The couple's fertility doctor, Jerome Check of the Cooper Institute for Reproductive and Hormonal Disorders, says there is nothing wrong with Nicole to prevent her from having a baby. He says it's just a matter of finding the right combination of treatment

“We have all kinds of tricks, so I'm confident she'll get pregnant,” said Dr. Check.

Although it may take more time, more patience, and more money.

“It's very stressful, but this is my main priority,” said Nicole.

The Speigel's are up for the challenge with hope in their hearts that one way or another they will have a baby.

“Whether it's mine or from adoption or surrogacy,” said Nicole.

They say they will fulfill their lifelong dream of becoming parents.

“It's something I want more than anything in the world so you have to go for it,” said Nicole.

If you wish to donate, please visit the couple's GoFundMe site.
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