Egg Donor, No uterus, UK

UK – BABY BID A woman who started going through the menopause aged just 23 is desperately trying to raise £5,000 to pay for donor eggs

Source: The Sun

Hayley Gumble, 25, was diagnosed with a rare condition which causes a woman’s ovaries not to work properly and often results in infertility, two years ago.

The nursery nurse, who grew up in a foster family and has always dreamed of being a mum, was left devastated by the news after suffering two miscarriages.

Doctors said her condition – premature ovarian failure (POF) – meant she only had a five per cent chance of conceiving.

But determined not to take the news lying down, Hayley decided to try a course of IVF on the NHS.

Hayley, of Stevenage, Herts, said: “I am so desperate to be a mother and have a child with my husband.”

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Commercial Surrogacy, compensation, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, UK

UK – Government Advises Openness, Confidence, And Transparency (In Surrogacy)

Source Above The Law

The UK — not the US, sorry — has a very thoughtful and vocal stance on surrogacy.

Last month, the government issued thoughtful guidance on best practices for citizens considering entering into a surrogacy arrangement. Our government? No, no, sorry for any confusion. I am talking about the United Kingdom. The United States continues to maintain a patchwork of (mostly positive) surrogacy laws, or in many cases, no law at all. But the UK’s government, and more specifically, the Department of Health and Social Care, recently issued official guidance for intended parents and surrogates entering into surrogacy arrangements in England and Wales.

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Gay Parenting, Gestational carrier agreements, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, surrogate children, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK government launches surrogacy guidance for gay parents after Tom Daley baby news

Source PinkNews

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

The UK government has said it “supports surrogacy” for “LGBT+ parents wanting to create a family”, issuing guidance on the issue for the first time after British Olympic diver Tom Daley announced he is expecting a child via surrogate.

Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black announced earlier this month that they are expecting their first child together. Though they have not spoken about their route to parenthood, it is believed the pair are using a surrogate, whose identity has not been made public.

Following the news, this week the UK government for the first time published guidance on surrogacy for prospective parents.

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No uterus, Surrogacy, UK

Irish woman born with no vagina, cervix or uterus has two rounds of reconstructive surgery and says it won’t stop her being a mum

Source The Sun

AN Irish woman has told of her heartbreak at discovering she had been born without a vagina, cervix or uterus when she was just 18.

While she was growing up, Rebekah Knight, now 25, from Ballymoney in Antrim, thought she would start her period in her early teens like the rest of her friends.

Rebekah has now written a book to try and help others

But, when she turned 17 and was still waiting, she began to worry that something wasn’t right.

After a string of tests, doctors told her she had a rare condition called Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, meaning she was born without a vagina, cervix and uterus.

Rebekah, who works as an events steward, said: “As you can imagine, I was very heartbroken and shocked. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me.

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Egg Donation, UK

Egg donor’s ‘selfless act gave me greatest gift’

Source BBC

One mother says egg donation gave her the “greatest gift” as figures show a rise in the number of women using the method to start a family.

Amanda Mitcheson, 49, from Doncaster, began trying for a baby at 38 but struggled to conceive and was told she had no egg reserves

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Egg Donor, HFEA, intended parents, IVF, UK

UK – IVF egg donor use rises sharply, HFEA figures show

Source: BBC

The number of women using donated eggs has risen sharply in the past 10 years, latest figures show.

In 2006 1,912 women had IVF using a donor egg, compared with 3,924 in 2016, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said.

It attributed the rise to a greater awareness of donation as an option, more donors, and more same sex couples, single and older women using them.

The number of women donating their eggs is also on the increase.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

Grandma who loves being pregnant becomes surrogate mum to twins

Source: Metro.co.uk

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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Donor Egg Registry, Sperm Donor Registry, UK

UK – Donor Conceived Register to close as HFEA ends funding

Source: BioNews

The UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has said that it will halt funding for the Donor Conceived Register from the end of May.

The register has facilitated voluntary contact between people in the UK conceived through donated sperm or egg before 1991 and their donors, allowing them to exchange information or get in touch if they wish.

‘We have carefully considered the options and on reflection, we now feel there are alternative ways in which support groups can form, removing the requirement for a central body to coordinate the group,’ the HFEA wrote in a letter to the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), the charity that runs the register.

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Infertility, IVF, UK

UK – IVF more successful than ever, says major UK report

Source: BioNews

Fertility treatment in the UK is more successful and safer than ever before, according to a report from the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).

IVF is now 85 percent more likely to succeed than when records first began in 1991, said the regulator. Over 20,000 babies were born in 2016 as a result of more than 68,000 IVF treatments, an increase of four percent from 2015. The HFEA’s new report covers fertility treatment trends and success rates for the 2014-2016 period.

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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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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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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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compensation, intended parents, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – First surrogacy guidelines for England and Wales released

Source BioNews

Appeared in BioNews 940

Government guidance has been issued for couples considering surrogacy in England and Wales, for the first time.

Two sets of guidelines have been released, one for surrogates and intended parents, and the other for healthcare professionals working with them.

Couples planning to enter into an agreement with a surrogate are recommended to use written agreements covering conception, expenses and any planned relationship between the surrogate and the child. They are also encouraged to use established surrogacy organisations in the UK to find a surrogate, rather than travelling abroad to clinics or using informal arrangements.

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Same Sex, Sperm Donor, UK

How it feels to … be a sperm donor baby and have three mothers

Source The Sunday Times

Raised by three lesbian parents, Jordan Waller had just a brief description of his biological father. Despite being bullied as a child, the actor says his upbringing has been a blessing

Supporting roles: Waller, 25, says his unconventional family has informed his acting career

I know about my dad is that he is a 6ft-tall doctor with brown hair and green eyes. My parents chose him from a list at a sperm bank in Bristol, and from the moment I was old enough to understand, they were open with me that I was born via artificial sperm donor insemination to my biological mum, Miranda.

The donor was chosen to match mum’s partner, Dawn, in terms of her physical characteristics, so on paper I should have been tall and dark, but I turned out to be blond and blue-eyed. My mum likes to joke that they must have mixed up the sperm

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Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Lawyers attack new surrogacy bill

Source: The Sunday Times

Sam Everingham, right, with his partner Phil Copland and their two surrogate daughters

Surrogacy support groups and family lawyers have criticised the government’s planned new laws on surrogacy, which they say will force 80 couples a year to go abroad to have children.

The government’s deadline for submissions on the planned Assisted Human Reproduction Bill, which will set up a new regulatory regime for surrogacy and other forms of assisted reproduction, closed last week.

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Cancer, Embryo Freezing, Gestational surrogacy, Infertility, Surrogate Mother, UK

Selfless surrogate delivers her own niece after her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer months after dream wedding despite having no symptoms

Source: Daily Mail

Randi Fishman was 28, newly married, and ready to start a family when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011.

The crushing news was made all the more painful when her Maryland doctors said that, even if she overcame the disease, carrying children could be a risk that could cost Randi her life.

She immediately got her eggs frozen, and along with husband Zach, then also 28, started the lengthy and expensive process to find a surrogate to carry their embryos fertilized by IVF.

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Egg Freezing, Frozen Eggs, Sperm Donor, UK

UK – Single Lady Victoria Hervey, 41, is planning to become a mother with a ‘friend’ who is willing to donate his sperm – as she admits ‘time is ticking’

Source: Daily Mail

Lady Victoria Hervey is planning to have a child with a male friend after admitting ‘time is ticking’.

The 41-year-old former It girl, who recently had six of her eggs frozen at a clinic in the US, revealed during an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine that a close friend had offered to donate his sperm.

‘Right now I have a friend who is willing to be the father. I am really considering I am going to do that,’ she explained on the daytime TV show.

The socialite has not hidden her desire to become a mother, opening up in a Mail on Sunday column that she hoped having a baby would ‘fill what has become rather a hole in my life’.

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Egg Donation, Embryo Freezing, Frozen Eggs, ICSI, Infertility, UK

UK – Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre moving to new home

Source: Shropshire Star
For more than a quarter of a century, it has been helping thousands of couples realise their dreams of becoming parents.

An embryologist at The Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility

The Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre is one of the top IVF clinics in the UK.

But it has outgrown its current home at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and is now set to move to a new facility on the outskirts of Shrewsbury.

From this summer, the centre will be operating from Severn Fields Health Village in Sundorne.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the facility, says it will mean better facilities for patients and the multi-professional fertility team.
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Donor Eggs, Egg Donation, Egg Donor, Egg Freezing, IVF, UK

‘TOLD I’D NEVER BE A MUM’Mum reveals how her miracle baby defied doctors who told her she’d never be a parent after going through the menopause at 11-years-old

Source: The Sun

Amanda Lewis is pregnant with the baby that doctors told her she’d never have after going through the menopause at just 11

But now, 17 years on, pole dance and fitness instructor Amanda is 13 weeks pregnant, thanks to an egg donor.

However, after she gives birth she will have to go through “the change”, again.

Amanda, 30, from Nuneaton, Warks, says: “From the day I was told I was going through the menopause, I grew up quickly.

“I’d started my periods when I was ten but I hadn’t had any since I was 11.

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