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UK – A Love Letter To The Family I Donated My Eggs To

Source Huntington Post

A while ago I went through an IVF cycle to donate my eggs to you, a couple in your 30s I didn’t know. Why? Because, at 35, it was now or never for me. Because a generous sperm donor had given us our family, and I felt a duty to pay it forward. It was about integrity, gratitude and doing the right thing.

I felt enormous responsibility for it to work. I wasn’t going through all the injected medication, diary rescheduling, overstimulated ovaries and endless driving back and forth to the fertility clinic for you not to get pregnant. I held your dreams in my hands and I couldn’t bear to let you down. Then the fertility clinic counsellor told me that wasn’t the point. I wasn’t giving you a baby, I was giving you a chance, and that was my gift whether it worked or not. And, as I relaxed about the whole thing, I realised the gift I was making was not just of my eggs; it was a gift of hope, of humanity, of love. That may sound weird and probably pretty corny. We’ve never met. I don’t know who you are. But a gift of love doesn’t just evaporate. It lasts

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Surrogacy and me: the choosing process is over, we have a donor

Source The Times

I realise some of the terms I use in this column may be a little confusing to the uninitiated, so I thought this week I would do some untangling. There are a few types of surrogacy, but the first distinction is between gestational and traditional. In gestational surrogacy, either the intended mother’s eggs (my ideal option, although sadly not possible for me because I don’t have any), or a donor’s eggs are used. In traditional surrogacy, a surrogate’s eggs are used, making her the biological mother of the child. The latter is rare because of all the next-level emotional and moral issues this understandably adds.

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Egg Donor, UK

UK – Why I donated my eggs at 21

Source The Times

What do you say to a child, born with your DNA, who you’ll probably never meet? This was the question I found myself trying to answer five years ago as I filled in a form after agreeing to donate my eggs to a fertility clinic. “Leave a goodwill message for children born from your donation,” read the instruction at the top of a blank sheet of paper. “Be happy” was the only thing I could bring myself to write.

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Australia, Mother serves as surrogate for daughter

Australia – Grandmother agrees to be surrogate for her own grandchild

Source Yahoo News

Often grandparents share the burden of child-rearing, but one family has taken that a big step further.

A very generous 49-year-old mum wants to help her 31-year-old daughter have a baby, and has agreed to be a surrogate for her grandchild-to-be.

Sherrie Zammit gave daughter Chloe the gift of life – now, history is about to repeat itself for the next generation.
“My days, I thought, were done and dusted with pregnancies, and never did I expect to be carrying my grandchild, but I’m really excited,” Sherrie said.

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Does exercise boost your egg production? Doctors weigh in on 5 common fertility myths

Source Today

It’s hard to understand what’s fact and fiction when it comes to getting pregnant, but the experts clarify what’s true and what’s not.

Everyone loves Chrissy Teigen for her brutal honesty and hilarious insights. And her candor about her struggles with fertility and using in vitro fertilization to become pregnant has helped many people feel less alone with their infertility struggles.

“The big question was why this wasn’t working for us when I was young and he was healthy,” Teigen told SELF magazine in 2016, before her daughter Luna was born. “I thought, ‘People get pregnant by accident all the time! How does this happen?’”

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Egg Donor, UK

UK – Selfless generosity or naive mistake? Kerri, 30, endures daily injections and painful operations to donate her eggs to women she doesn’t know – but doesn’t want children of her own

Source Daily Mail

For someone who says she doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body, Kerri Middleton will happily admit she was thrilled when she discovered a baby was on the way.

‘I was absolutely over the moon — so much so that I had a little cry,’ she says. ‘It was exactly what I had hoped for.’

Would it look like her? Would it inherit her colouring and her single-minded personality? All were questions that flitted through her mind — but they are ones she will likely never be able to answer.

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New Zealand, Surrogacy

New Zealand – Mother to be surrogate for daughter – to carry and give birth to her own grandchild 

Source New Zealand Times

A 49-year-old Australia mother is set to give birth to her own grandchild after generously offering to help her own daughter have a baby.

Sherrie Zammit is set to give her 31-year-old daughter Chloe Simmonds the gift of a new life after agreeing to be a surrogate for her grandchild-to-be.

A decade ago Chloe underwent a hysterectomy after she was diagnosed with cancer following the birth of her son.

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Ireland, Parental rights, Same Sex

Ireland – Same sex couples to be allowed to register names on child’s passport and birth cert

Source Irish Times

Bill to fix drafting errors in 2015 Act will also ban anonymous sperm, egg donations

Same sex parents will finally be able to register both their names on their child’s birth certificate after the introduction of a Bill to amend drafting errors in previous legislation.

The Children and Family Relationships (Amendment) Bill will also ban anonymous sperm and egg donation in fertility treatment and will allow children born through donor assisted human reproduction access to their genetic heritage once they turn 18.

Provisions for the ban and a register to allow children access to their personal family information were contained in the Children and Family Relationships Act passed in 2015

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New Jersey, NJ, Surrogacy Law

New Law Offers Hope For New Jersey Families Having Trouble Conceiving

Source CBS New York

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There’s a big change in New Jersey State law that’s making it easier to start a family for couples who are having trouble conceiving.

It involves a gestational carrier, which is a woman who’s carrying a baby that isn’t genetically related to her. That’s very different that a surrogate mother, who is related to the child.

The developing fetus in the gestational carrier’s womb came from someone else’s egg and sperm. It had been all-but-impossible in New Jersey until now.

By all appearances the Goldstein family is a normal, happy family. What makes them unique is that 9-year-old Russell and 6-year-old Jonah were both born from gestational carriers. After a number of miscarriages, the Goldsteins thought their chances for a family had hit a dead end.

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Donor Siblings

A Facebook Group Connects Three Portland Families Whose Kids Are Donor Siblings

Source Willamette Week

Soon after Abby Dotson and her wife, Jen Gordon, had their first child, they found out a friend was pregnant. They were thrilled at the chance to give someone their baby’s outgrown clothes.

But Dotson says she and her friend Lizzie Keith quickly discovered their kids would share much more than old T-shirts. Without knowing it, the couples had picked the same sperm donor—meaning their kids would be genetically related “diblings,” or donor siblings.

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Egg Donor, Surrogacy

Australia – ‘We can never thank her enough for helping us to achieve our dream’

Source Kidspot
After a hysterectomy to treat her severe endometriosis, Jennifer relied on the kindness of strangers to help her become a mum.

I was barely in my 20s when my fertility struggles began.

When I was 16, I was diagnosed with severe stage five endometriosis, a painful chronic condition that affected every aspect of my life.

I underwent a dozen laparoscopies to try and improve the condition, but when I was 21 it was decided that the only way to move forward in my treatment was to remove my ovary (I was only born with one).

Time was running out

I was single at the time but went through two egg retrievals before the procedure so that one day having a baby wasn’t entirely an impossible dream. I ended up with five eggs and after I had the surgery to remove my ovary I went into surgical menopause.

A year later I reconnected with an old friend Steve, I’d known him since childhood, he is the brother of one of my best friends. Steve and I quickly fell in love, and while we both wanted to start a family, my endo was just getting worse and the threat of me needing a hysterectomy was very real.

With that possibility looming, Steve and I decided to try IVF, knowing that time was running out.

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Egg Freezing

UK – Women freeze eggs waiting for partners, not for careers

Source BioNews

Women are more likely to freeze their eggs due to a lack of a stable partner, rather than for career planning, according to a new study.

The study, led by Professor Marcia Inhorn, an anthropologist at Yale University in Newhaven, Connecticut, is the largest qualitative study into the reasonings behind elective or ‘social’ egg freezing to date. Some 150 patients undergoing egg freezing without medical reason were interviewed from four fertility clinics in the USA and three clinics in Israel.

‘The medical literature and media coverage of oocyte cryopreservation usually suggest that elective egg freezing is being used to defer or delay childbearing among women pursuing education and careers,’ explained Professor Inhorn. ‘Our study, however, suggests that the lack of a stable partner is the primary motivation.’

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Sperm Donation

The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation

Source The Atlantic

Sperm donation offers a tidy solution to an aggravating problem: When a person or a couple wants a baby and needs a different ingredient than what they’ve currently got to make one, a man with viable sperm swoops in to help.

The process can look like a seamless way to create a family, and for many, it is. That’s a big reason why it has gained so much popularity in the past half century, a period when it’s gone from being a niche practice to being responsible for tens of thousands of births. In 2010, the most recent year for which good data is available, some 30,000 to 60,000 babies born in the United States were conceived through sperm donation, out of approximately 4 million American babies born that year.

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Israel, Surrogacy

Israel – SINGLE WOMEN SOON TO GET ACCESS TO SURROGACY, GAY COUPLES DENIED OPTION

Source The Jerusalem Post

A couple with their twin babies delivered by a surrogate mother. [Illustrative] (photo credit: REUTERS)

Until now, state-supported surrogacy has only been available for married heterosexual couples; the new law will expand the eligibility to single women as well.

Single women will soon be entitled to state support for having children through a surrogate mother, but gay couples will not, under the terms of legislation soon to be passed into law.

The surrogacy bill was approved in the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee on Monday for its second and third readings by an 8-4 vote, in a hearing that became noticeably emotional during comments made by two gay MKs, Amir Ohana of Likud and committee member Itzik Shmuli of the Zionist Union.

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Surrogacy

If your friend asked you to be their surrogate, what would you do?

Source Evening Standard

Do you have a friend that would carry your baby if you weren’t able to? This is the premise explored in Lauren Sams’ debut novel, She’s Having Her Baby. 

The book centres around Nina, who can’t conceive after years of trying, so asks her best friend Georgie – who, for the record definitely doesn’t want kids – to be her surrogate. 

Alcohol is involved and Georgie eventually agrees, but the process doesn’t come without its complications. 

Surrogacy, especially involving people close to you, is a subject not often explored in fiction, but Sams said the idea came to her after becoming a mother herself. 

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Pregnant Cambodian women charged with surrogacy and human trafficking

Source The Guardian

Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women hired to act as surrogate mothers were formally charged with surrogacy and human trafficking offences.

The women, who were arrested last month when police raided the illegal business, were charged on Friday at the Phnom Penh municipal court under a law that specifically targets surrogacy, which was outlawed in 2016 as Cambodia was becoming a popular destination for would-be foreign parents seeking women to give birth to their children.

Acting as an intermediary between an adoptive parent and a pregnant woman carries a penalty of up to six months in prison. The human trafficking offence is punishable by seven

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Anonymous, Ireland, Sperm Donation

Ireland – Anonymous sperm and eggs to be banned by autumn

Source Irish Times

The Irish Fertility Society, which represents clinics, consultants and scientists working in the sector, has expressed strong opposition to both pieces of legislation.

Anonymous sperm and egg donation in fertility treatment is set to be banned by next autumn on foot of revised legislation due to be introduced shortly, Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed.

Provision for a ban and for the creation of a register to allow donor-conceived children obtain personal family information once they turn 18 was contained in 2015 Children and Family Relationships Act. But the minister at the time did not commence enactment of parts two and three of the legislation which would have brought the measures into force immediately.

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Uterine Transplants

Uterine Transplants: Legal Perspectives on Reproductive Technology

Source The Legal Intelligencer

The use of uterine transplants avoids many of the legal issues and ambiguity associated with surrogacy. This article addresses the legal questions that arise out of surrogacy agreements, the legal benefits to uterine transplants, and the advances in reproductive medicine including the clinical trial currently at Penn Hospital.

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Egg Donor, New Zealand

New Zealand – Egg donor friends share special bond helping couples become parents

Source NZ Herald

It might be one of the most uniquely beautiful friendships in Australia.
Two women who formed a bond over their love for helping other women become mums, became best friends themselves — and have helped produce 35 babies, news.com.au reported.

If you count Melissa Holman and Sarah Connor’s own children, that number sits at 40 — and then there’s all the potential babies that could come from frozen embryos around the country one day giving parents desperate for a family a child of their own.

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Ireland, LGBTQ Parental Rights, Surrogacy

Ireland – ‘How can I move home when Irish law does not recognise I am my son’s father?’

Source Irish Times
Parents who have had children by surrogacy are put off returning because of a legal limbo

After tens of thousands of dollars spent on IVF over three years, Jay O’Callaghan and his husband, Aaron O’Bryan, became a family in 2017 when their son, Jake, was born through surrogacy in Toronto, where the couple have lived for seven years.

On Jake’s Canadian birth certificate, both O’Callaghan and O’Bryan are listed as his parents, but under current Irish family law, neither has any legal rights over their son.

In Ireland, the surrogate mother and her husband would be considered Jake’s legal parents, even though she has no biological connection to Jake – a donor egg was used – and relinquished all rights.

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