Infertility, IVF, UK

UK – Forty Years Since First Live Birth From IVF

Source: North County Leader

This year marks the 40th birthday of the first ever IVF baby Louise Brown. IVF has changed significantly since 1978.

In the early days of IVF, women had to be admitted to clinics for a long period of time for treatment while treatments such as egg donation, egg sharing, sperm sharing, specific fertility drugs, dedicated lab equipment, catheters, ICSI needles and many things taken for granted in modern day IVF treatments, were all unheard of in 1978.

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intended parents, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

How To Bond With Your Baby If They’re Born Via Surrogacy, According To Experts

Source: Romper

Long before we hit the “your baby can now hear” stage in pregnancy, my husband Dan began having nightly chats with my belly, listing the reasons he was excited to meet our daughter or telling her about her cool mom. It was their way of bonding given that Dan couldn’t do it the same way that I could — you know, the whole me-carrying-a-baby-in-my-womb part. It made me wonder about parents who go about having children in less traditional ways, like through surrogacy. Were there tips for how to bond with your baby if they’re born via surrogacy? Surely, I thought, you can establish a special connection in ways that extend beyond the act of physically carrying a child.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Can You Be A Surrogate For Your Sister? Take A Look At The Legalities

Source: Romper

With all of the fervor surrounding the possibilities that Kylie Jenner is actually Kim Kardashian West’s surrogate, much online chatter has revolved around the process of surrogacy. It’s a complicated process with a lot of potential landmines both ethically and legally. However, in the case of sibling surrogacy, it seems as though it should be easier as there is already a familial bond present. However, that might not always be the case. It begs the question, can you be a surrogate for your sister? What would that mean?

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Australia, Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

More gestational surrogates needed in Australia

Source: Manning River Times

Cassie Lakes’ Tinonee home, which she shares with her partner of three years, is filled with the joyful sound of her three children happily playing together.
It is a sound the 28-year-old woman believes nobody should miss out on hearing just because they aren’t able to have their own children.

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breastfeed, intended parents, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Can You Breastfeed A Baby You’ve Had Via Surrogacy?

Source: Women’s Health

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West just welcomed a baby girl to the world via surrogacy. And since it was revealed she was expecting, the reality TV star has been in full nesting mode, showing off alllll her sweet baby swag on social media.
The product she’s obsessing over? A nursing pillow that she says is “the most necessary thing of life.” In one Snapchat vid she even admitted to getting multiples to keep in every room of the house.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – I have been a surrogate four times – and this is what it’s really like

Source: Independent

I first looked into surrogacy about 20 years ago, purely by chance. I initially wanted to pursue egg donation – I’d finished my own family and at just 21 it felt like such a waste of my fertility.

However, upon researching egg donation I realised that I would have to act anonymously. I was disappointed, as I very much wanted to know what would happen with my eggs, who they were passed on to, and details about the child that may possibly be born.

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Egg Freezing, Frozen Eggs, Ireland, Sperm Donor

Ireland -Use of a dead partner’s sperm to be allowed under reproduction law

Source: Irish Times

The use of frozen sperm, eggs or embryos after a person’s death by their partner will be permitted following a one-year grieving period under draft legislation, the Oireachtas health committee has heard.

The State’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan briefed the committee on the process of drafting the forthcoming Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Bill on Wednesday.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – ‘The greatest gift’: How I became a surrogate

Source: BBC

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West have announced the birth of their third child – a baby girl delivered by a surrogate. Her surrogate had made their “dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give”, she said.

One woman who knows exactly what it is like to give that gift is Laura Mott, a 31-year-old from Essex, who acted as a surrogate mum last year.

On 5 February, she gave birth to a 6lb 14 oz baby girl. Moments later, the baby was in the arms of her intended mother, Melissa.

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Law, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Surrogate mother and MP: UK surrogacy law ‘outdated and inadequate’

Source: BBC

Sarah Jones – a parent, childminder, four-time surrogate and chair of Surrogate UK – said UK surrogacy law is “unacceptable”

A woman who has been a surrogate mother four times says “urgent changes” are needed to surrogacy law.

Sarah Jones from Epworth, Lincolnshire, backed by MP for Brigg and Goole Andrew Percy, said current laws, set up in the 1980s, are “outdated and inadequate”.

Surrogacy is when a woman becomes pregnant with the intention of giving the child to its parents after birth.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Woodland Hills surrogate mom loses custody battle for triplets

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Surrogate mom Melissa Cook speaks about her lawsuit at a friends home in Woodland Hills in 2016.(Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register/SCNG)

A Woodland Hills surrogate mother who charged that the triplets she gave birth to in 2016 were endangered by their father has lost her court battle to gain custody of the children.

Melissa Cook, 49, entered into a surrogacy agreement with Chester Shannon Moore Jr., a single man in his 50s, and gave birth to triplets on Feb. 22, 2016. Their relationship soured during the pregnancy when, according to court records, he said that he wanted one aborted because of financial concerns, and Cook refused.

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Singapore, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Singapore – Should commercial surrogacy be legalised?

Source: The Strait Times

Does Singapore condone commercial surrogacy? This question is in the limelight with a court judgment on a Singaporean doctor’s bid to adopt a boy he fathered through a commercial surrogacy arrangement in the United States.

The district judge, pointing to how in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures are limited to married couples under Singapore law, held last month that the doctor cannot use adoption to formalise the parent-child relationship he created through medical procedures that are not legal here.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Lodi woman serves as surrogate for couple in London

Source:  Lodi News-Sentinel

The Christmas season is all about giving unto others, and this year a Lodi woman gave the ultimate gift of parenthood to a family in London.

On Nov. 20, Holly Marie Baker gave birth to their twins, a boy and a girl, after serving as their surrogate mother.

Ever since high school, Baker said she always wanted to be a surrogate. While doing some research on surrogacy, she found out that she would have to give birth to her own child before she would be eligible for surrogacy. More than two years after having a child, Baker felt it was the perfect time to be a surrogate.

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Law, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Surrogate-born baby’s very life at center of legal fight


A baby boy born Thursday morning at Medical City Dallas is at the center of a custody dispute between the biological parents, the surrogate who carried the child, and now Dallas County and the state of Texas.

Attorneys for the surrogate, a woman from Collin County who’s successfully served as a surrogate twice before, said she agreed to carry the child for a couple from out of state. But at 16 weeks of pregnancy, doctors discovered the baby had a heart problem.

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Law, Singapore, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Singapore – Where to go, what do to? Family in Singapore’s gay surrogacy adoption case in limbo

Source: South China Morning Post

Out of the three bedrooms in Noel’s home, two have been dedicated to the four-year-old — one for sleeping, the other for toys. There are a lot of toys, mostly gifts from family and friends. Noel is very much the apple of his parents’ eyes, and the extended family’s too. Both sides of the family gather every few weeks in Noel’s home, humouring him with endless games of hide and seek in the 1,450 sq ft apartment.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Paramedic husband responds when wife, surrogate mom, goes into labor

Source:  KBTX-TV

A Washington County mother gave a special Christmas gift this past week.

She served as a surrogate for friends wanting to start a family. The babies came early.

“It wasn’t how we planned it. I was supposed to have a Caesarean,” said Nasreen Stump, the surrogate mother.

Last Tuesday morning, her water broke.

Nasreen’s husband, Greg, was working that morning. He’s a Washington County EMS Paramedic.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Surrogate mother delivers early for EC’s first child of 2018

Source:  Leader-Telegram

Christine Ravago, right, of Severna Park, Md., holds her son, Sterling, born at 8:43 a.m. Monday with surrogate mother Alyssa Johnson of Eau Claire. Sterling was the first baby of the new year born at Eau Claire hospitals.

Mayo Clinic Health System delivered the first baby of 2018 early Monday in Eau Claire as parents Christine Ravago and her husband, Simon Bone, of Severna Park, Md., sped across the country to be there for the birth of their son.

Ravago and Bone have been trying to have a child for years without success. According to a Mayo news release, the pair were connected with surrogate mother Alyssa Johnson of Eau Claire over a year ago, which paved the way for their son Sterling’s arrival.

Born at 7 pounds and 20½ inches, baby Sterling was born at 8:43 a.m. via cesarean section. The baby arrived 20 days before his due date after high blood pressure concerns sent Johnson into an early delivery.

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intended parents, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Surrogate mother refused to abort baby after heart defect found

Sourc:  The Washington Times

A surrogate mother who refused to procure an abortion after doctors detected a fetal heart defect gave birth to a baby boy Thursday.

The surrogate, who wished to remain anonymous, told WFAA in Dallas that she is “elated” the boy will receive life-saving treatment.

“Every time I think about it, I break down in joy,” the surrogate said. “There are so many people rooting and praying for this baby boy, the doctors, their staff, the hospital and now the parents. Everyone wants to see success, happiness, and hear what a fighter this precious baby is.”

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Australia, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Australia – State Government to allow same sex couples access to Surrogacy


WA Health Minister Roger Cook PIC: Attila Csaszar / Business News WA

The State Government has announced a shake up of the Human Reproductive Technology Act to allow same sex couples to have children using a surrogate.

An independent review will be undertaken by Associate Professor Sonia Allen who worked on similar reforms in South Australia.

Professor Allen’s work was successful in allowing same South Australian sex couples access to surrogacy from last year.

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Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Connecticut sees ‘gay baby boom’

Source:  The Hour

Chris Buckley and Mark Ciano pose for a family portrait with their twin children, Ayla and Connor Ciano-Buckley.

The day Mark Leondires first held his baby in his arms, he felt a surge of love and responsibility. Finally his dream of being a father had become reality.

Like countless parents before him, he and his partner learned how to give a bath and change a diaper, guided by a helpful nurse. And like countless parents before him, he marvelled over his newborn son.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

How does a surrogate mother work? Here’s what you need to know

Source:  Hello Giggles

Two hands of different people on the belly of a pregnant woman.

Thanks to modern medicine, couples struggling to become pregnant can choose from several different methods to start a family of their own. One such method is surrogacy, in which a woman, a third party to the parents, carries and delivers said parents’ baby. You may have recently heard about this thanks to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. But how does the process of enlisting a surrogate mother work? Parents must first choose which type of surrogacy they’d like to participate in — either traditional or gestational.

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