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Win a baby contest?


A radio station in Ottawa Hot 89.9 launched a 'Win A Baby' contest- to give infertile couples a round of IVF treatments. They had couples write essays on why they deserved to win this contest, chose 5 finalists and then announced that these five couples had all won the prize. 

On the one hand- the radio station has given a great gift to these couples. IVF treatments are expensive and I am sure that this will greatly help the couples who have all really wanted a child.  

You can listen to a recording of the couples finding out they have won over here

On the other hand though, it seems a bit unethical and exploitive. What do you think? 
Would you ever enter in a contest like this? 

(read more at news.blogs.cnn.com
Oct 12, 2011 @ 09:48 am

11 Replies


on the fence

I guess it isn't that different from awarding someone an all-expenses-paid wedding or a trip of a lifetime for a sick child. But yes - the fact that this is an infant they're "awarding" does kind of sit wrong with me.

I think ultimately though, if you're struggling with infertility, you'd be eager to enter this contest. In the end, we're talking about a baby that is wanted-- a pregnancy that won't end in abortion, and the opportunity to experience one of life's greatest joys for a couple who perhaps will never have the chance otherwise.

Lots of people might say "just adopt", but adoption carries a price: both in terms of money (it can be expensive!) and in terms of hard questions and difficult issues down the road. A friend of mine adopted a bi-racial child and they get no end of impertinent questions from strangers (the couple is Caucasian). The birth father is also in jail and wants to establish contact, but adoptive mom & dad are understandably worried about that.

Adoption is a beautiful thing and something I'd consider. However, having a biological child is an intense experience, so I can fully understand why some couples would do anything to have that treasure.
Oct 12, 2011 @ 09:58 am

I like it

I'm from Ottawa. I listen to this station every morning.

The couples were annoymous until the very end. It was the couples choice to be identified as the winners.

I realize that giving these couples this gift as part of a "contest" is somewhat gimmicky, but I can imagine that it is one of the best gifts they could ever receive.

It makes me sad to see couples have children who aren't equipped to properly care for them, and then couples who are ready and cannot conceive.

I wish that more good things could be done for couples like this.

I do understand that adoption is another route, and maybe these couples will adopt after they have children. There is something special about creating your own child.

All in all, I love that these 5 couples have an opportunitiy to experience something that alot of people take for granted!

Yaaay Hot 89.9!!
Oct 13, 2011 @ 08:54 am

I agree

"It makes me sad to see couples have children who aren't equipped to properly care for them, and then couples who are ready and cannot conceive."

Amen, sister!
Oct 13, 2011 @ 09:07 am


I think that's awesome! Putting myself in that position, I'd be thrilled to have that opportunity and any way that can happen would be so exciting. I'm sure those couples are all beyond thrilled! In the picture, it looks like one of the men is in a wheel chair. So this is an awesome gift!
Oct 18, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

More tasteful than tacky

I do like the fact that the couples weren't put into ridiculous, silly competitions like other radio contests- it was strictly essay writing.

I do worry about the fact that the radio station knows nothing about these couples- how do they know they will be good parents? However, I am speaking on solely my opinion and thoughts and knowledge so maybe they did background checks etc. but I'd still be wary of this.
Oct 18, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

I'm all for it!

I think this contest is great! I know many are worried that these people might not be good parents but by entering in this contest and writing an essay (which I assumed took a lot of effort and time), shows at least some commitment.

You can easily argue the same thing for people paying to have these treatments done. All you really need is money, so fertility doctors will not know anything about those parents either.
Oct 18, 2011 @ 04:32 pm

It has been confirmed....

It was confirmed a few weeks ago that one of the couples is indeed expecting....Congrats to them....
May 25, 2012 @ 07:13 pm


They aren't giving away a baby, they were giving the winners the "opportunity" to have a very expensive procedure, IVF, free.
I think the title just ensured they get folks to see what it was about, the shock value angle.
May 26, 2012 @ 07:26 pm
Lynn hall

we still have a long way to go

wow!!! I am really suprised to see people on here talking about ethics, these couples that have entered this contest have probably suffered in silence for quite some time and now they are getting a chance to get medical treatment paid for!! i think its an amazing contest, and i feel that people who feel differently need to put themselves in the couples shoes! Infertility treatments are expensive, and grueling both mentally and physically. I cant believe the question of if these people will be good parents is even being asked!! When you get a positive pregnancy test at the dr do you have to fill out a questionaire? no you dont and if you did, i think we would be suprised how many would fail!! Im quite sure that those seeking fertility treatments are sure thats what they want!!! Maybe we should be more focused on the amount of children(conceived naturally) that are neglected and abused, and try and help them rather that even voicing a negative opinion on those who cannot conceive and would like a little help paying for treatments!
Aug 28, 2012 @ 07:48 pm


a radio station where i live had a contest a while ago "win a daddy" it was for a test to find out who the daddy is. don't know what to think about that, but the baby thing is great.

Aug 28, 2012 @ 08:28 pm

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