Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

UK – Gay couple ‘have the right’ to use surrogate mother and want law change

Source BBC News

Darren and Ben Tudor-Green with Darren’s mother at their wedding in October 2016

A married gay couple from Devon say they have the right to have a child of their own, “despite their sexuality”.

Darren and Ben Tudor-Green have been speaking out after Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black received abuse after their baby announcement.

“Some people’s mentality leaves a lot to be desired,” said Darren. “This is about creating life. It shouldn’t matter what sexuality you are.”

The couple are using a surrogate mother called Mel from the north of England.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law

Washington State Flips Its Anti-Surrogacy Stance

Source Above The Law

Washingtonians should pop the champagne bottles and celebrate — unless you are already trying to become pregnant as a surrogate.

In the last few years, several countries have either banned or severely limited access to surrogacy. These laws often come on the heels of some crazy surrogacy scandals, including the Japanese man with the 13 surro-babies, or the twin baby left behind in Thailand. Fortunately, the United States has gone the other direction. Last year, Washington, D.C. reversed its prior law that actually made surrogacy a criminal offense, and instead passed a comprehensive new statute that permits and provides safeguards around surrogacy arrangements. The statute permits both the more popular type, known as gestational surrogacy — that’s where the surrogate isn’t genetically related to the child being carried — as well as the less common form of surrogacy, now called “genetic” surrogacy — previously known as “traditional” surrogacy — where the surrogate is also genetically related to the child.

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Assisted Reproductive Technology, Commercial Surrogacy, India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Cabinet Approves Amendments to Surrogacy Bill

Source: India West

Twenty-eight-year-old Indian surrogate mother, Manu Kani poses at the Surrogacy Center India clinic in New Delhi, Nov. 3, 2015. The Union Cabinet March 21 approved amending the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, March 21 approved amending the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 to provide for rights of a child born through surrogacy equal to those of a natural or biological child, and mandate the registration of surrogacy clinics with the appropriate state authorities.

The amendments also seek 16 months of extended insurance coverage for surrogate mothers to cover all complications, as well as a strict clause to safeguard the surrogate mother from exploitation, the Union Health Ministry said.

Also, Assisted Reproductive Technology has been kept out of the Bill’s purview, it added.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

Grandma who loves being pregnant becomes surrogate mum to twins


Sue Fisher holds twins Marnie and Dexter (Picture: Caters)

A grandmother enjoyed being pregnant so much that she decided to become a surrogate mum in her 50s. Sue Fisher is thought to be the oldest woman in the UK to become a surrogate for strangers.

After a divorce from her husband of 30 years and with her children grown up, Sue, now 55, decided she wanted to help another couple experience the joy of childbirth. Despite initially worrying that no one would pick her due to her age, she clicked with a gay couple desperate to have kids.

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breastfeeding, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Can You Breastfeed If You Have a Surrogate? The Answer Will Definitely Surprise You

Source: Care HQ

While surrogacy isn’t necessarily commonplace, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Tyra Banks have been candid about their experiences, helping to make it a more normal part of motherhood conversations. And since many new moms choose to breastfeed their babies for both the many benefits and bonding experience, it’s normal to wonder if it’s even possible for the moms who haven’t actually given birth. So, can they?

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Adoption, Egg Freezing, Embryo Preservation, Fertility Benefits, Infertility, IVF, Sperm Freezing, Surrogacy, Uncategorized

Planning your fertility – with your company’s help

Source: Island News KITV

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Time to think about family planning. You, your body, and … your employer?

Facebook made headlines when it first began comping employees for freezing their eggs, but now more companies are taking an active role in helping their workers plan and research their fertility.

Employers like Google and Apple offer full financial assistance for egg freezing. Spotify funds unlimited in-vitro fertilization. Patagonia offers childcare and family support services, opening the door for companies to take an active role in their employees’ children’s lives – from the (literal) very beginnings all the way through Pre-K and beyond.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – ‘My online surrogate is now my best friend’: Mum reveals incredible bond after birth of twins

Source: Mirror

Elouise King and Jenny Robinson became best pals after talking online (Image: Sunday Mirror)

Online pals Elouise King and Jenny Robinson were nervous about their first face-to-face meeting – yet it would seal the mother of all friendships.

The pair had exchanged messages on a surrogacy forum but didn’t know if they would click in person.

That first meeting was in a pub. Fitting really, for just 18 months later they would be wetting the baby’s head not once, but twice, after Jen gave birth to Elouise and hubby Paul’s TWINS .

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Egg Donor, Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, Uncategorized

‘It’s such a crude and jarring process’: Gay couple reveals the REAL cost of having kids via surrogacy, detailing how they paid $171,000 to become parents to their twins

Source: Daily Mail

A gay father of twins has revealed that he and his partner paid a total of $171,000 to have to have the children via a surrogate.

Speaking to The Cut as part of its How I Got This Baby series, a 36-year-old man named Brad from Indiana detailed the lengths he and his husband had to go to when they decided to have children.

Six months after they got married, the couple started the process of finding an egg donor even though Brad initially thought adoption was the only way he could even becoming a dad.

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breastfeeding, Gestational surrogacy, intended parents, New Zealand, Surrogacy

Pioneering London initiative teaches surrogate mothers to breastfeed

Source: Evening Standard

Justine White received an award from the British Journal of Midwifery for her work with mothers

Women who become mothers via a surrogate are being taught how to breastfeed their baby in a pioneering London initiative.

Justine White, a breastfeeding adviser, has helped three women to feed — even though they had not given birth.

She was inspired by tribesmen in the Congo who allow babies to suck on their nipples to comfort them while the mothers hunt.

Enabling women who have not given birth to breastfeed is practised in North America but is not widely known about in this country.

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Gestational carrier agreements, Gestational surrogacy, Infertility, intended parents, Parental rights, Singapore, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, surrogate children, Surrogate Mother

6 Legal Issues Singaporean Couples Should Consider Before Hiring a Surrogate

Source: Yahoo Finance

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), surrogacy refers to the arrangement where “a woman is artificially impregnated, whether for monetary compensation or not, with the intention that the child is to be the social child of some other person or couple”.

Commercial surrogacy often involves a fee paid to the surrogate mother. By hiring a surrogate mother, you are essentially hiring a woman to carry and deliver a child for you.

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Law, Parental rights, Surrogacy, surrogate children, Surrogate Mother

‘Platonic’ couple can be joint parents

Source: The Times

Sir James Munby, the leading judge, said that a sexual relationship was not necessary for a marriage to be valid

A married couple in a sexless marriage because one of them is gay have been given the go ahead to be joint parents to a surrogate baby.

Britain’s leading Family Court judge, Sir James Munby, said it did not matter that the marriage was “platonic” or that they had separate homes.

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intended parents, Parental rights, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, UK

UK – Surrogacy abroad: how to get started

Source: Lexology

With more people facing fertility issues and couples increasingly seeking alternative routes to have children, there is a growing number of UK families created through surrogacy.

In the last three years, the number of children being born through surrogacy has almost tripled according to figures from the Ministry of Justice Family Court.

Surrogacy is no longer a taboo – along with adoption it has become an accepted alternative to traditional child birth. It has even recently featured in the Archers on Radio 4 and has been put into the headlines by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West who have recently used a surrogate to have their baby, Chicago.

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Gay Parenting, intended parents, Law, Parental rights, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Washington’s Uniform Parentage Act Signed Into Law

Source: The Seattle Lesbian

Law Bolsters Legal Protections for LGBTQ and Non-Biological Parents, Repeals Ban on Compensated Surrogacy, and Allows Regulated Surrogacy Agreements

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law Senate Bill 6037, which substantially updates and improves Washington’s version of the Uniform Parentage Act (UPA).

The UPA is the law that addresses how people are legally recognized as parents. This update strengthens protections for LGBTQ parents and non-biological parents, while maintaining the protections for rape survivors created by the 2017 Rape Survivor Safety Act.

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intended parents, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Surrogacy laws in Western Australia set to change

Source: 9 News

It’s the ultimate gift – bringing a baby into the world through surrogacy. 

However, in Western Australia, only 10 babies have been born through a surrogate in the last decade because the state’s laws are so tough. 

The process often takes up to a year and costs roughly $80,000. 

That makes Robina and her husband Ryan’s one year old son, Raphael, a rare baby. 

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Infertility, intended parents, sister surrogate mother, Surrogacy, Uncategorized

2C Spotlight: Andrea Friesen carries twins for younger sister

Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

Casey and Kim Richardson hug Kim’s sister Andrea Friesen, center, after Friesen delivered the couple’s twins on Dec. 27.

Andrea Friesen of Nampa said three of the hardest phone calls she’s ever had to make were to call her younger sister, Kim Richardson, each time she got pregnant.

Friesen had three successful pregnancies. During those years, Richardson and her husband, Casey, longed to have children but faced painful infertility hurdles and miscarriages.

“It’s hard to see these guys want that so badly and try and not get that — when it has been so easy for me,” Friesen said.

So, Friesen and her husband, Dan, made a proposal: What if Andrea carried the baby for Kim and Casey?

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No uterus, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Woman born without a womb to finally become a mum after workmate makes incredible offer to be surrogate

Source: Daily Record

Proud parents-to-be Natasha and Peter with the scan of their new baby (Image: Daily Record)

Natasha Hutcheon and her childhood sweetheart will finally become parents after colleague Katie Beardal agreed to be their surrogate.

It was a dream they feared would never be realised after a series of heartbreaking setbacks.

But now a couple will finally become parents after a work colleague agreed to be a surrogate mum.

Natasha Hutcheon and childhood sweetheart Peter Walker, both 31, have dreamed of having a baby together since they met as teenagers.

They thought their hopes were dashed when Natasha discovered she was unable to have children.

Now, after 89 hospital visits and two miscarriages in eight years, Natasha’s co-worker Katie Beardal is expecting their baby in September.

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intended parents, Parental rights, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Surrogacy and HFEA Update (March 2018)

Source: Family Law Week

Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law, including new guidance, as well as the latest cases concerning administrative errors and the HFEA.

H (A Child: Surrogacy Breakdown) [2017] EWCA Civ 1798 (17 November 2017)
Like so many of the reported surrogacy cases in this jurisdiction, in H (A child: Surrogacy breakdown) [2017] EWCA Civ 1798 the court – on this occasion, the Court of Appeal – highlights once more some of the complexities of surrogacy in the absence of any form of regulation.

The facts of this case can be summarised as follows. A and B were a male same-sex couple who entered into a surrogacy agreement with C and D who were a heterosexual married couple. A’s sperm and a donor egg resulted in C’s pregnancy with H. The parties’ relationship broke down subsequently and communication between them ceased. After the birth, the solicitors representing C and D wrote to A and B to inform them that they no longer wished to follow the terms of the agreement and would not provide their consent to the making of a parental order (one of the essential ingredients under s54 of the HFEA 2008).

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conception, intended parents, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Infertility treatments that could help women get pregnant despite the odds

Source: The Health Site

The last two decades have been revolutionary in terms of fertility management and triumphing challenges posed by infertility. To the couple experiencing difficulty in getting pregnant, there is plenty of hope today. It is not a lost battle like it was in the past. Besides, almost every hurdle can be overcome with the help of scientific and technologically advanced options. For example, a woman without a uterus can still have her own child by borrowing another’s womb! This makes experts believe that every woman how chooses to become pregnant can be blessed.

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