India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Central Government Approves Maternity Leave For Employees Opting For Surrogacy


For babies born through surrogacy, commissioning mothers can avail paid maternity leave

New Delhi: Central government’s women employees, whose children are born through surrogacy, will now be entitled to maternity leave, according to an official order of the personnel ministry.

The employees can avail of paid maternity leaves up to 26 weeks (about 180 days).

The ministry has written to all central government departments about a 2015 Delhi High Court order on this issue.

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Infertility, Law, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

After courts started allowing gay couples to use surrogates, a Utah senator wants to repeal the law he once championed

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) l-r Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan listens as Sarah Tuttle gives reasons not to repeal SB126 regarding surrogacy Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at the Capitol. “I would’ve given anything to have been able to carry my own children,” said Tuttle who now has two daughters thanks to a surrogate, Kara Ford, who is now her best friend.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

Sen. Lyle Hillyard sat in his chair as Lisa Candie Barlow asked him not to repeal the law that provides her legal protections while she carries her brother’s child.

Barlow is 14 weeks pregnant with a baby that she’ll give back to her brother upon delivery.

She was one of dozens of mothers, fathers and surrogates – including Abby Cox, who is married to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox – who pleaded with a committee on Wednesday to block Hillyard’s SB126.

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Female employees having child by surrogacy to get maternity leave

Source: Times of India

NEW DELHI: The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has instructed all Central ministries and departments to implement a 2015 order of the Delhi High Court for granting maternity leave to female employees who chooses to have a child by commissioning a surrogacy. Such leave would include both the pre-natal and post-natal period.

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Embryo, Hysterectomy, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

This woman was her own son and daughter-in-law’s surrogate, and whoa

Source: Hello Giggles

While still not often discussed, fertility issues affect so many women and families in our culture. And Kayla Jones, 29, knew conceiving would be impossible after receiving a partial hysterectomy as a teenager.

But while Kayla’s uterus was removed, her ovaries weren’t — meaning she could still potentially have a child that was biologically hers with the help of a gestational surrogate. And that’s where her mother-in-law, 50-year-old Patty Resecker, came in.

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Gestational carrier agreements, Law, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Lawmakers Hope Third Time’s a Charm on Surrogacy Contract Legislation

Ultrasound-Keepsake (Photo: Jodi Jacobson/

Source: New Jersey Law Journal

A committee of the New Jersey Legislature has recommended approval of a bill—identical to one previously vetoed—that would permit legally binding gestational carrier agreements.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

I Carried a Baby for Another Couple, and I’d Do It Again in a Heartbeat

Source: Glamour

On February 16, 2017, Cheryl Flynn of Fillmore, Utah, gave birth to a healthy baby boy—though the child’s parents lived across the country, in New Jersey. Flynn was their surrogate. A mother of three already, Flynn and the baby’s parents found each other through Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey—which works with 80 to 100 gestational surrogates every year—and it went so well that Flynn plans to act as a surrogate for the same couple again as soon as she is able (her doctor at RMANJ, Rita Gulati, M.D., FACOG, explains that gestational surrogates have to wait a full 12 months after delivery before attempting another pregnancy). “I am wishing Cheryl and the intended parents anther smooth and successful journey,” Dr. Gulati told Glamour. “This is definitely an exciting time.” While Flynn did not discuss her fee, being a gestational surrogate can generate anywhere from $25,000 to $240,000 and up for the woman carrying the pregnancy. Here, Flynn tells us in her own words what it’s like to be a gestational surrogate.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

It’s time to talk about surrogacy. British law leaves potential parents in legal limbo

Source: Little Atoms

The surrogate birth of Chicago, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s youngest child, has brought the issue of surrogacy into the public focus. Many couples here, unable to have children themselves, may look on at the apparent ease by which Kim and Kanye entered into surrogacy arrangement with some envy. For many in the UK, hoping to engage a surrogate and fulfill their dream of having a child, the prospects are bleak.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Strict surrogacy law bans financial gain

Source: National

Thai nationals eligible to apply for board approval for assisted pregnancies in cases related to medical conditions.

To protect children born via surrogates and prevent problems similar to those that have made recent headlines, authorities have set up strict rules for couples who wished to have a child via surrogacy due to difficulty conceiving a child naturally, and those wishing to provide that service.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, Turkey

Number of Turkish women illegally seeking surrogate mothers online, abroad on rise: Report

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

The number of Turkish women illegally seeking surrogate mothers abroad, especially in countries where the practice is common and legal, such as in Greek Cyprus, Georgia and the United States, or women offering to become surrogates for money has been on the rise, daily Habertürk reported on Feb. 5.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Williston woman gives birth to another couple’s baby

Source: Bismarck Tribune

Tabatha Ballein, of Williston, gave birth to the daughter of Shannon Mouser and Seth Paskin, of Austin, Texas on Thursday at 6:45 a.m. Sky Eloise Paskin, was born at 6 pounds, 1 ounce and 19 inches long.

Shannon Mouser and Seth Paskin, of Austin, Texas, have desperately been trying to have a child of their own.

The couple married in 2014 and immediately tried various methods to get pregnant, including vitro fertilization, which involves combining sperm and an egg outside of the body, and artificial insemination. For years, they had no luck.

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IVF, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Selfless surrogate gives birth to twins for couple who endured seven failed rounds of IVF treatment in 18 months

Source: Daily Mail

Elouise and Paul King thought their dreams of having a child were over after seven failed rounds of IVF treatment, but after finding a surrogate the pair now have twins (pictured: surrogate Jen Taylor holding the twins, with Elouise and Paul)

A couple who went through seven failed rounds of IVF treatment before finally having twins through a surrogate have said they will ‘never know how to repay’ her kindness. Elouise King and her husband Paul, from Solihull in the West Midlands, thought their dream of becoming parents was over after a miscarriage in 2013 led to complications. Mrs King had undergone a surgical procedure to remove the foetus, but afterwards she was struck down with a rare condition known as Asherman syndrome which causes scarring of the cervix and uterus.

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Embryo, Infertility, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Following years of loss and infertility, Nampa woman steps in to carry twins for younger sister

Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“That’s my son,” Richardson remembers thinking. “I just caught my son.” Her sister, Andrea Friesen, laid her head back on the hospital bed and sobbed with relief. “Every single nurse, doctor, everybody in there had tears in their eyes,” the sisters’ father, Don Larson, said. “And it was just that final relief of, oh my goodness, it’s finally over, and it was successful.”

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Experience: I was a surrogate at 51

Source:  The Guardian

I had children in my teens and became a grandmother two decades ago. I’ve always thought how lucky I was to get pregnant so easily, and how heartbreaking it is for people who can’t. I liked the idea of being a surrogate, but my husband wasn’t keen. By 2012, we had divorced, and I’d taken care of my parents and older brother, who sadly passed away. I’d turned 50 and thought, if I’m going to do this, it needs to be now.

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Cambodia, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Cambodia – Only half of surrogate paperwork approved

Source:  Phnom Penh Post

A surrogate mother pictured in a poor Cambodian neighbourhood in 2016. Just six applications have been approved by the court to allow foreign parents to leave the country with their babies. Eliah Lillis

Just half of an estimated dozen applications by parents trying to prove their DNA link to their baby born via a Cambodian surrogate have so far been approved by the Phnom Penh Municipal court, officials said yesterday.

Following an outright ban on the fraught practice of commercial surrogacy in Cambodia, where hundreds of babies are estimated to have been born to foreign couples, the Kingdom laid out guidelines in July last year, requiring intended parents to get DNA tests, have their paternity status verified by the courts and apply for exit visas through their embassies in order to legally take their babies home.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

One Big Family: Tolland Woman Gives Birth To Sister’s Child

Source: Hartford Courant

Anna Howat offered to carry her sister Beth Gaudino’s baby after Gaudino and her husband, Justin, lost twins at 20 weeks. Charlotte Grace was born on Tuesday at Hartford Hospital fulfilling the Gaudino’s dream of becoming parents. Both families live in Tolland.

In a sixth-floor room at Hartford Hospital, Anna Howat cradled the niece she gave birth to Tuesday.

For the last nine months, Anna, 29, has carried the biological child of her sister and brother-in-law, who tried without success to have a child for years. And on Jan. 23, at 9:33 p.m., Charlotte Grace Gaudino came out of her aunt’s womb and screaming into the world.

Last April, Anna came to her sister, Beth Gaudino, with a proposition: Anna, who had struggled herself with fertility issues before giving birth to a daughter in 2015, was willing to carry her sister’s child.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

What Is Surrogacy, and What Does It Actually Involve?

Source My Domaine

The birth of Kim Kardashian West’s third child didn’t just prompt conversations about the choice of the baby’s name, Chicago—it also ignited new discussions about surrogacy. West’s surrogacy story is hardly indicative of the norm (sources say she was “pampered” by the couple during pregnancy), but her decision to give birth via surrogate is certainly in line with modern parenting trends. While it has been around for more than 30 years, gestational surrogacy transfers have nearly doubled since 2015.

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Law, South Africa, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

South Africa – Surrogacy – too much to bear?

Source: Lexology

Surrogacy – a word recently dragged kicking and screaming into the limelight by the pop-couple Kardashian-West. What caused the outcry? Kim’s decision: the mother of two would not bear their third child herself. Worldwide the topic of surrogacy sparks debate. Leaving ethics aside for a moment, should the legal aspects of surrogacy be influenced by social, political or geographical factors?

Surrogacy is not a concept or practice foreign to South Africa. The Children’s Act of 2005 prescribes that all surrogacy arrangements are to be governed by a “surrogacy motherhood agreement” (SMA), the validity of which must be confirmed by a court. A recent decision handed down by the Johannesburg High Court highlighted a few requirements for such confirmation. The judgment arguably opens the door to social, political and or geographical discrimination.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – A surrogate mum’s story: ‘I was just the oven at the end’

Source: BBC

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have spoken of their happiness about having a daughter by a surrogate.

And for some surrogate mums, the experience of carrying another family’s baby is just as joyful.

Chloe is 28, a mum of three, and she gave birth to her first surrogate child in August 2017.

She’s been talking to Newsbeat about why she decided to become a surrogate after having her three children.

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New Zealand, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

New Zealand – Woman dies before meeting baby, carried by best friend

Source: Newshub

A mother died before she was able to meet her surrogate baby, who will now be raised by a solo father.

Bec Arena passed away in September and earlier this month, son Rixon was born – carried by her best friend Jessica Brockie.

Ms Brockie was a surrogate for Ms Arena, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, and husband Gareth.

A GoFundMe page has been started in Ms Arena’s honour, to help Mr Arena raise the child and pay for the surrogacy process.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – High Court considers costs in surrogacy dispute

Source: Stowe

The circumstances surrounding an application for costs in a surrogacy dispute must be considered, a Family Court Judge has ruled.

The surrogacy arrangement had been made by a former same sex couple. The resulting child, a daughter, was born in the United States and now lives in New York with her biological father, ‘Y’.

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