India, Scam, Surrogacy

India – Fake surrogacy scam busted: 5-member gang arrested, 11 children rescued, 18 more to be tracked in Karnataka

Source Newsable

The Bengaluru’s South Division Police managed to bust a well-networked five-member gang that was running a surrogacy racket and cheated childless couples.

The gang involving five members consists of two women and three men. According to reports, two of them are working as a nurse and one as a compounder at a private hospital.

Seeing the desperation among childless couples, the gang members used to look for gullible ones and then track them from fertility centers and source their contacts and later used to give them offers.

Meanwhile, some from the team used to scout for poor and helpless families that are willing to sell their newborn and little old babies.

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intended parents, Surrogacy


Source Digital Journal

Common causes of anxiety for intended parents at the beginning of their family building journey via surrogacy centers around finding the right surrogate match. When it’s time for the all important first “match meeting” there are some tried and true tips that help intended parents.

One of the most common causes of anxiety for intended parents at the beginning of their family building journey via surrogacy centers around the issue of finding the right surrogate match. Although there are universal criteria that all surrogates must pass in order to even be considered a suitable carrier, there are additional unique characteristics of all individuals that will make a certain match better or worse suited for you. When it’s time for the all important first “match meeting” there are some tried and true tips that help intended parents determine if it’s the right match, while at the same time setting the stage for an emotionally healthy, respectful journey ahead.

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Gay Parenting, Surrogacy

‘Born out of love’: Surrogate in Ohio gives birth to rare identical triplets for Michigan dads

Source Yahoo

AKRON, Ohio — When identical triplets Parker, Robin and Sylvie O’Neill are old enough to understand the full story of their journey to birth, they will learn about a story of serendipity, love and selflessness.

The 1-month-old girls are the daughters of husbands Kevin O’Neill and Eric Portenga of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Their surrogate was Maureen Farris of West Akron, Ohio.

“We love these girls’ birth story, and I hope someday we can sit around the table and share it with them and tell them and they’ll love it as well and be proud of it as we are,” Farris said.

The girls were born Sept. 9 by cesarean section at Cleveland Clinic Akron General and taken directly to the neonatal intensive care unit at Akron General. They spent 18 days in the NICU.

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Becoming a Parent Through Surrogacy Can Have Ethical Challenges — but It is a Positive Experience for Some

Source Edge Media Network

In her new book, actress Gabrielle Union became the latest celebrity to discuss her decision to become a parent via surrogacy. She joins the ranks of household names such as Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Kidman, Kim Kardashian, all of whom have hired a surrogate to give birth to their future child.

The publicity Union generated about surrogacy reignited ethical questions about this controversial form of assisted reproduction that range from whether women should be able to sell their reproductive abilities to what it means to be a parent.

There is global disagreement about the ethics of surrogacy. Several countries have banned it, while others have limited its scope. In the United States, laws permitting surrogacy vary by state.

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Fighting for surrogacy in MI, couples share their infertility stories

Source Wood TV

A photo of Rachael Lang (front left) and her cousins. (Courtesy Rachael Lang)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Rachael Lang grew up around lots of cousins, and she loved it.

“That’s what I wanted for my kids, to be close in age to their cousins,” said Lang from her living room in Grand Rapids

“Our niece and nephew are going to be five this year. So, every time I talked to my sister-in-law about that, I would just cry because I would count how many years apart our kids would be, and that was really hard for me to think about,” she said.

Lang had planned to have children of her own by now.

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Surrogacy, Covid-19 and Travel – What if I’m separated From My Baby?

Source Lexology

In the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen numerous cases of Intended Parents sadly separated from their children born via surrogacy, because of travel and quarantine restrictions, in some cases for many weeks and months.

Restrictions on entry and exit for non-nationals, alongside significant backlogs in immigration and passport processing, have all contributed.

For many there is no easy answer, and it is a waiting game until reunions become possible.

Hopefully, as global restrictions ease, these instances will reduce, but the unexpected impact of Covid-19 shows the importance of planning ahead as much as possible.

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Celebrity, Surrogacy

‘I felt like a loser’: Gabrielle Union talks surrogacy and the inner struggles that come with it

Source News 24

Actor Gabrielle Union has always been open about her fertility journey.

In a recent interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Union went into detail about her “brutal” experience with surrogacy. 

Union welcomed her daughter Kaavia with husband Dwyane Wade via surrogacy in 2018 after trying numerous fertility treatment options.

She shared this experience along with many others in her book You Got Anything Stronger?

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COVID-19, Surrogacy

Pregnant surrogates left feeling ‘like vessels’, as COVID causes ongoing isolation

Source ABC

Zara Stratton while she was being induced, covered in stickers from her daughters.

Gazing at her pregnant belly, feeling the kicks of the baby that wasn’t hers, Zara Stratton felt an overwhelming sense of isolation.

For nine months she’d been carrying a child for another couple, her childhood friend and her husband.

It was always supposed to be a shared experience.

The intended parents would be there for every scan, to share the joy of each milestone and support her all the way up to the day of birth.

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Kristen Welker Feared Not Having Maternal Instincts Before Baby Was Born Via Surrogate

Source Babygaga

Kristen Welker feared not having maternal instincts before her baby was born via a surrogate. But with a bit of encouragement from her OB-GYN on a way in which to feel connected from the moment the baby girl was born, those fears washed away and the NBC news correspondent felt nothing but a bond with her new baby.

On Monday, Welker shared her birth story with Hoda Kotb on SiriusXM’s The Hoda Show, according to Today. And like many mothers who use a surrogate or adopt, the doubt was there that she would not have the maternal instinct and feel that connection with her baby girl.

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Israel, Surrogacy

Israel -Merav Michaeli has baby through surrogate in US

Source The Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post  Israel News

Merav Michaeli has baby through surrogate in US


AUGUST 22, 2021 16:39

Labor Party leader Merav Michaeli.

(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli announced that she and her partner are the new parents of a son delivered by a surrogate.


Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli and her partner, comedian Lior Schleien, announced on Saturday night that they are the new parents of a son delivered by a surrogate mother in the United States.

“We are so happy to have him and to be his parents,” Michaeli wrote on Facebook. “This is a love story. Now it is a love story of three.”

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Couple’s search for stranger to have their baby after heartbreaking abortion decision

Source Star News

It’s a decision no mother-to-be should have to make.

Jorjia Nicholas, 25, was forced to have an abortion as pregnancy put her and her unborn child’s lives at risk following years of heart problems and damage done during surgery.

The Nelson woman and fiance Chris Allen, 28, are now on the difficult hunt for a stranger to have their baby.

Nicholas’ heart issues started in 2016. She was living in Christchurch and working in a hotel when, during a shift, she became dizzy, had double vision and her ears started ringing.

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Sister egg donor, sister surrogate mother, Surrogacy

Cancer survivor is finally a mother thanks to her two younger sisters after one donated an egg and the other became a surrogate when 14 attempts at IVF costing $100,000 failed

Source Daily Mail

A woman who had 14 failed IVF has finally become a mother after one sister donated an egg and the other offered to be her surrogate.

Sam Bryant, 44, from Melbourne, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and went through six months of chemotherapy before thankfully going into remission. 

However, despite medics preserving her uterus Sam went onto have 14 failed IVF attempts costing $100,000.

In a desperate attempt to have a child, midwife and primary school teacher Sam and her husband Ben, 45, travelled to a fertility clinic in Spain and accepted friends’ offers to donate their eggs but every effort failed.

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How To Effectively Support And Help Couples Who Are Struggling To Conceive

Source Girl Talk HQ

When a couple starts thinking about having a child, they set themselves on the path for new and exciting times. They always hope for great times and young families living a happy life. However, it is not always rosy. Not all of us have the same luck when it comes to conceiving.

You can easily assume that having a child is an easy feat, far from that. You may not realize this until you decide that it is time for you to add a new member to your family. One negative pregnancy test after another, and you start asking questions. You may question your ability to conceive or even challenge your partner’s fertility.

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intended parents, New Zealand, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

New Zealand – Make sure new law doesn’t make surrogates ‘useful wombs’

Source Newsroom

The Law Commission estimates that around 50 children are born through surrogacy each year, including through international commercial surrogacies. Photo: Flickr/Sergio Santos

Anne Else looks at the Law Commission’s proposals for new surrogacy law, and the key legal issue: how the intending parents become the legal parents

Agreeing to be a birth mother in a surrogacy arrangement is a precious gift to people wanting a child. But if it’s poorly regulated, it can lead to women being seen as just useful wombs.

No one knows exactly how many surrogacy arrangements have been made or how many children have been born this way to New Zealanders since the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act was passed in 2004, because no comprehensive records are kept. But surrogacy makes up less than 1 percent of fertility clinic treatment cycles here. There’s no guarantee of a live birth.

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Costs, Surrogacy

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost? Plus, All Your Questions About Surrogacy, Answered

Source Parade

So you’re curious about surrogacy.

If you haven’t heard of surrogacy before or if you don’t know of anyone personally who has gone through a surrogacy journey—either as a surrogate mother or as a parent—then the logistics of it all can be confusing. While it’s not exactly the “traditional” way that most couples get pregnant, it is becoming less and less taboo.

Look at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery, Elton John and David Furnish—high-profile celebrities who, at one point or another, all turned to surrogacy as a way to expand their families.

“This is an incredible thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone’s child,” Grey’s Anatomy star Pompeo said of her personal experience with surrogacy. “I am forever grateful and feel very blessed and grateful to her—she who will remain anonymous. I was there with her when they inseminated her, and we held hands. I looked into the microscope and I saw the embryo.”

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, UK

UK – Surrogacy: The pathway for future familiesSurrogacy: The pathway for future families

Source Legal Futures

This week is an important time for surrogacy as it marks ‘National Surrogacy Week’ and Anne-Marie Hamer at Spencer West LLP; Member of IDR  focuses on how the area of Surrogacy law is there to shape the future, and what ‘the future holds for surrogacy around the world’.

The future of family law will most certainly see changes in the coming years, to bring it in line with the various changes in society and around the world, but to also ensure that it recognises the needs of people in the 21st century.  Within the ambit of family law is the area of Surrogacy and Fertility Law, and this is a specialist area which is recognised around the world, to assist families/couples and intended single parents fulfil their dream of having a family.

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Egg Donation, New Zealand, Surrogacy

New Zealand – ACT backing Tamati Coffey’s surrogacy bill

Source 1 News

Labour MP Tamati Coffey’s surrogacy bill has today got backing from the ACT party. 

Coffey’s bill covers many areas, including identifying on the birth certificate who donated an embryo or cells, as well as the surrogate.

It also calls for a register listing potential surrogates and, crucially, the ability to create a legally-binding surrogacy order ahead of the child’s birth.

“So that the time that baby’s born, the intending parents become the parents. We’ve heard a few heartache stories along the way about that gap and what happens in there,” Coffey said

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Cancer, Surrogacy

Cancer survivor’s dream of motherhood comes true through surrogacy

Source 23 ABC News

The sound of their baby crying is something John and Kristen Krafthefer will never take for granted.

“I’m just thankful. I didn’t know I’d meet [him],” said Kristen.

“He was always that light at the end of the tunnel,” said John.

In July 2018, Kristen was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her cancer was estrogen receptor positive. That meant Kristen couldn’t do what she desperately wanted to do – have a baby.

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What You Should Know If You Want To Use A Surrogate In New York


For many years, New York was behind the times when it came to recognizing the nontraditional ways in which people have children. The practice of paid surrogacy was banned. But on February 15, 2021, landmark legislation went into effect that allows couples and individuals to have a child by a surrogate they legally hire for pay.

The Child Parent Security Act (CPSA) includes specific requirements for how compensated surrogacy arrangements can be made. Important provisions of the law concern:

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Israel, Same Sex, Surrogacy

Israel will allow same sex couples to access surrogacy

Source BioNews

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples and single men will be able to become parents through surrogacy.

The court had previously ruled that the law allowing only heterosexual couples and single women to access surrogacy was discriminatory (see BioNews 1037) and gave the government a year to revise the legislation. This deadline passed in March this year without changes being made. 

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