IVF, Semen, Sperm Donor, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

India – Using late son’s preserved semen, couple gets twin grandkids through IVF, surrogacy

Source: Nyooz

Pune: The parents of a 27-year-old man, who died of brain tumour two years ago, used their unmarried son’s cryopreserved semen extracted long before his death to have grandchildren. Fusing the semen with eggs of a matching donor, doctors created embryos and transferred them into a surrogate mother’s womb.

The woman, who incidentally is the man’s aunt, delivered healthy twin baby boys two days ago. Experts, however, have raised questions about the ethics behind the procedure. The man was diagnosed with brain tumour in 2013 while pursuing higher education in Germany.

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Australia, Sperm Donor

Australia – Couple slammed for seeking sperm donor online

Source: Daily Mercury

A couple who can’t conceive took to ‘Mackay, Buy, Swap and Sell’ on Facebook to find a sperm donor, only to be left hurt and embarrassed.

A MARIAN couple who can’t conceive posted in the Mackay, Buy, Swap and Sell Facebook page seeking a sperm donor, only to be left feeling hurt and devastated.

The 38-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, said she had tried for a baby for almost 10 years with her husband and was running out of affordable options before it was too late.

They couldn’t afford IVF, she said, so she and her partner had been tested a couple of years ago and discovered his sperm were “dead”.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, Ukraine

The reasons behind the surrogacy boom in Ukraine

Source: NewsByte

Ukraine is in news again but for reasons apolitical. The European nation has become the go-to place for people wanting to have children via surrogacy.

Despite regional, cultural and bureaucratic barriers, what unites prospective parents and surrogate mothers is desperate need. One party needs a child, the other, money.

Here, we look at how surrogacy is making a few dreams come true in Ukraine.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Surrogate mothers could be paid more than their expenses under Senate bill

Source: The Witachee Times

SPOKANE —Surrogate mothers could be paid for carrying a child for another couple under a bill that passed the Senate despite criticism that it could turn babies into “commodities like a bushel of wheat or widgets.”

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Sperm Donor

A Georgia sperm bank, a troubled donor, and the secretive business of babymaking

Source: Atlanta Magazine

When customers of Xytex uncovered the truth about one of its sperm donors, the disclosure set off more than a dozen lawsuits—exposing an industry that can shatter lives while helping to create them

In first grade, when John drew a picture of his family, there was no dad because he knew his biological father was a sperm donor. His two mothers had always been open about that. In the drawing, his birth mother, Wendy Norman, bounces on a trampoline. Janet Norman, his other mom, grades papers inside. His older brother, Kevin, plays video games. John stands alone at the top of the stairs. About a year later, he would threaten to throw himself down them.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, Ukraine

Ukraine Has Unintentionally Become A Hotbed For Surrogacy Tourism

Source: Grazia

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Finding a surrogate in the UK can be a difficult pursuit, with laws around surrogacy giving the majority of rights to the surrogate. Legal contracts cannot be enforced, and surrogates cannot be paid except for reasonable expenses, which means that upon having the baby the surrogate has full maternal rights to the child even if she has no biological connection to it. With surrogacy legislation so complicated in the UK, many couples choose to go abroad to look for a surrogate.

While surrogacy tourism has been banned in India, Nepal and Thailand – former hotspots for the industry – amidst exploitation claims, other countries have slowly popped up to take their place. One surprising example is Ukraine, where a series of liberal laws has unintentionally created a thriving surrogacy industry.

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Insurance, IVF

Made In Chicago: The Life Foundation

Source: CBS Chicago

Tracy and John Papach with Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron. (Photo: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Tracy and John Papach of Evergreen Park have been married for 10 years. They’ve spent nine of them trying to have a child.

“Nothing was working for us,” Tracy recalled.

After several rounds of failed intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF), they’ve already spent upwards of $25,000, and without health insurance, it’s been out of pocket.

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India, Infertility, IVF, Surrogacy

India – Surrogacy and Adoption: An insight

Source: Times of India

Every couple hopes to hear their child giggling in the house, but sometimes their dream seems to slowly fade to a point that it starts to feel far-fetched. Science is offering many Assisted Reproductive Techniques but seldom medical issues with the couple obstruct the way, even after options like IVF, IUI, and ICSI etc. When these techniques fail, a couple has two final options left: Adoption and Surrogacy.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

The Ethics of a Surrogate Mother: What is Surrogacy’s Social Responsibility?

Source: Pharmiweb

The Ethics of a Surrogate Mother: What is Surrogacy’s Social Responsibility? Gestational Surrogates earn more than most new teachers in the US — so why call them victims? William Houghton, director of Sensible Surrogacy, presents the pro-surrogacy perspective in a new interview.

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Law, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

SB126: Bill to limit surrogate births stalls in committee

Source: The Daily Universe

SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers appeared to be swayed by Utah families — many with babes in arms — who urged lawmakers to reject changes to Utah’s surrogate birth laws. SB126, which would repeal protections and requirements for surrogate births in Utah, was stalled in committee on Feb. 7 The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, sponsored legislation passed in 2005 making surrogate birth legal in Utah under certain conditions. Hillyard is sponsoring SB126 to repeal specifications and protections for surrogate births.

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Europe, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Surrogacy convention – let’s not forget human rights are for all

Source:  Euractiv

A photo made available on 08 August 2014 shows Thai nannies holding nine suspected surrogate babies after a police raid at a residential apartment on 5 August 2014. [EPA/STR]
An international conference is currently trying to regulate surrogacy, a global business estimated to be worth roughly $5 billion a year, and the EU should weigh in on the ongoing negotiations and make all efforts to condemn and limit the practice whose principal victims are children, writes Sophia Kuby.

Sophia Kuby is the director of EU advocacy at ADF International.

Surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers, and medical doctors cash in on the business of selling sperm and egg cells, creating embryos in vitro, implanting them into a woman’s hired womb and providing the “commissioning parents” with a baby.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law, an intergovernmental institution comprising 82 members, including all EU member states and the EU itself, has stepped into the ethical and legal quagmire created by this business.

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IVF, Sperm Donor

UK – Single-mum gave birth to IVF baby conceived with sperm of a dead donor

Source:  Daily Record

Single-mum Kellie-Ann Fleming and daughter Haileigh, who was conceived through IVF (Image: Daily Record)

She will never know her dad but little Haileigh Fleming has brought incredible joy to her mum. The four-month-old is Kellie-Ann’s miracle, conceived through IVF with sperm from a dead donor. The teacher, who took out a bank loan to pay for the treatment, has no regrets after failing to find a partner. She said: “Haileigh has got a huge personality and it is as if she already knows just how special she is. “I turned 40 just before I had her so Haileigh is the best present I could have wished for. She is my wee star, my tiny miracle and my greatest achievement.

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Cancer, Infertility, Same Sex, Sperm Donation, Sperm Donor

Cancer patient outraged to discover he can only donate sperm to female partner (Video)

Source: Stuff NZ

A gay man suffering severe pain from cancer was mortified to discover he was only able to donate sperm to a female partner.

Logan Morton, 22, received the shock diagnosis he had acute myeloid leukemia in April last year, and after being warned the treatment could make him infertile, arranged to store healthy sperm through Fertility Associates.

Severely debilitated from the cancer, Morton asked a nurse to fill out the paperwork, and noticed afterwards that he was only given the option of donating his sperm to a female partner.

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Egg Donor, Embryo, Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy

Gay couples find path to parenthood at Greenwich Hospital

Source: Greenwich Time

Douglas Graneto (left) and Wear Culvahouse (right) with their 8-year-old daughter Katie (middle).

GREENWICH — When Wear Culvahouse, a Greenwich obstetrician-gynecologist, delivered a baby for the first male same-sex parents at Greenwich Hospital in 2004, he saw doors opening for himself as well.

The team assembled to to help the male couple included personnel from labor and delivery, the nursery and administration. They set up two rooms at Greenwich Hospital: One for the new fathers to learn how to bathe, feed and change their baby, and one for their surrogate to recover.

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Law, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Senator aims to repeal legal protections for surrogate births

Source:  St George News

With the issue now before the Utah Supreme Court of whether or not gay men should have the right to the same legal protections in surrogate birth arrangements as others have under Utah law, one senator wants to end those protections, at least for now, for all couples in order to keep a promise he made 13 years ago.

Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, is seeking to pass a bill that would end legal protections for surrogate births | Profile photo via senate.utah.gov, St. George News Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, is sponsoring a bill, designated SB 126, that would repeal Utah law on gestational agreements, law that came from a bill he sponsored in 2005.

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Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

A dad’s discovery: Raising a child is thankless work

Source: The Globe and Mail

A year ago, after their surrogate’s long night of labour, Globe business reporter Tim Kiladze, left, and his husband, Matt, finally got to meet their new daughter Eva. Tim took 10 months of parental leave to care for the baby.
A year ago, after their surrogate’s labour through the night, Globe business reporter Tim Kiladze, left, and his husband, Matt, finally got to meet their daughter Eva. Tim took 10 months of parental leave to care for the baby.

A year ago, after their surrogate’s labour through the night, Globe business reporter Tim Kiladze, left, and his husband, Matt, finally got to meet their daughter Eva. Tim took 10 months of parental leave to care for the baby .

I tried my very best to be calm, convincing myself that everything before this, all the agony and the ecstasy in my life, had been preparation for this moment.

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Ireland, Law, Same Sex

Ireland – Woman speaks of frustration as wife cannot be named on son’s birth cert

Source: RTE

A woman has spoken of her frustration at not being allowed to name her wife as a co-parent on their son’s birth certificate, despite legislation being in place for two years to enable same-sex parents to be named on such documents.

Sarah Stone-McDevitt told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke that her three month-old child Lochlann’s rights have been infringed by the fact that she could only put her name on the birth certificate and not her wife Ger’s name too.

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Cancer, Egg Freezing, Embryo Freezing, Frozen Eggs, India

India – Fertility preservation methods offer hope for cancer patients

Source:  Deccan Chronicle

Fertility preservation methods Fertility preservation methods offer hope for cancer patients. (Photo: Pixabay)

New Delhi: Many cancer treatments affect the ability to become pregnant, temporarily or permanently.

Fertility preservation (FP) is an effort to retain the fertility of cancer patients, thereby improving their quality of life.

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Surrogacy, UK

If you are thinking about having children through surrogacy, you should go to this event

Source:  Pink News

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Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular way for couples to have children, but the process varies around the world and where to start can be a challenge for some parents.

Well look no further – this event has all the information you need to get started on the process of starting your family with surrogacy.

In reality, surrogacy is as old as the Bible, but despite its rich history, parents-to-be and surrogates are both in need of a lot of support from the beginning of their journey.

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Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Surrogate mothers could be paid more than their expenses under Senate bill

Source:  The Spokesman-Review

This June 30, 2017, file photo shows the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Surrogate mothers could be paid for carrying a child for another couple under a bill that passed the Senate Thursday. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Surrogate mothers could be paid for carrying a child for another couple under a bill that passed the Senate despite criticism that it could turn babies into “commodities like a bushel of wheat or widgets.”

Washington law currently allows women to act as surrogate mothers, but not to receive compensation above the cost of medical and other expenses. A proposed change to the Uniform Parentage Act, which covers a wide range of issues involving parental rights and responsibilities, would allow a surrogate to be paid more than that by the couple who have arranged for her to carry a baby for them.

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