Pamela Hirsch, Theta - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pamela Hirsch, an alumna from the Theta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the founder of Baby Quest, a non-profit organization that provides grants to families going through procedures related to assisted reproduction.

October 22, 2015


For nearly three years, Pamela Hirsch watched her 28-year-old daughter endure countless, unsuccessful, in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. Her story finally had a happy ending when she was able to help her daughter with the cost of hiring a surrogate… twice! However, one night Pamela had a troubled thought, “Suppose we couldn’t have helped Nicole and Josh? How would I have dealt with the inability of my daughter to have her own child, simply because the procedures were too costly and not covered by insurance?” Therefore, Baby Quest was born.


Pamela founded Baby Quest with her daughter as an attempt to raise money to provide grants to families undergoing similar assisted reproduction procedures, including IVF, gestational surrogacy, as well as egg and sperm donation. Since March 2012, the non-profit organization has awarded 38 grants totaling more than $400,000 in cash, negotiated doctor discounts and legal fees.

There are now 15 Baby Quest babies throughout the United States, with five more on the way! Several others will undergo procedures very soon, and Pamela hopes to help even more. 

Pamela and her family will be featured on the "Today" show on November 4, to spread awareness about the organization.


Pamela will also be attending a media/book tour this fall with an author who donated half of the royalties from her fiction book about infertility to Baby Quest. During the tour, she will have the opportunity to meet with some of the families who have received the Baby Quest grants.


The next grant cycle ends on November 18. Grants from this cycle will be awarded in May 2016.


For more information about Baby Quest, visit the website:

 Learn more about the Baby Quest Foundation by watching this promo: 



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