Surrogacy, Ukraine

Increasing Number of North American Couples Trying European Surrogacy Options

Source Digital Journal

Valencia, Spain – Nov 20, 2018 – With fertility rates decreasing, the price of surrogacy options in North America increasing and restrictive laws in Canada and in many US states, one Ukrainian clinic is reporting a staggering increase in applications from North American couples. 

One reason that surrogacy in Ukraine has become so popular in the past five years are the liberal laws which improve the rights of ‘intended parents’. Unofficially Europe’s ‘capital of surrogacy’, Ukraine is one of the few countries in the world which opens up its safe, regulated surrogacy programs to legally married heterosexual couples from all around the world. As a result, a number of Ukrainian surrogacy clinics have begun offering their services to international couples and, increasingly, those from the US & Canada.

Local laws ensure that intended parents appear on the birth certificate, meaning that the surrogate has no legal claim to the child. Ukrainian law also insists that at least one of the intended parents have a genetic link to the child, meaning that a sperm or egg donor can also be used in cases where one partner has struggled with fertility issues. 

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Canada, Surrogacy

Canada – Proposal to pay sperm and egg donors, surrogates spawns controversy

Source CBC

Kevin Martin was conceived with the help of a sperm donor in London, Ont.

On Wednesday, the 32-year-old was driving from his home in Ohio to Toronto to voice opposition to Bill C-404. The legislation would legalize financial compensation for egg and sperm donors — and could make Canada the new nexus of a global fight over assisted reproduction.

Martin and others are set to make their arguments at a public consultation hosted by Health Canada, not on Bill C-404 itself but other potential changes to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.

While many see sperm and egg donation as a way to make it easier for couples struggling with infertility, LGBT couples or prospective single parents to have children, the meeting does not explicitly invite donor-conceived people.

With commercial DNA tests on the rise, those donor-conceived people are finding their hidden genetic history online after decades of donor anonymity being the norm — and they’re demanding new protections in the world of assisted reproduction.

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Australia, Surrogacy

Australia – After a decade, WA’s surrogacy laws are still sparking controversy

Source Brisbane Times

For some WA women, surrogacy is a last chance for having a family and even though the practice has been legal in WA for almost a decade, it remains controversial.

An Australian surrogacy organisation has drawn fire from Christian groups for bringing international speakers associated with commercial surrogacy to Perth; a practice illegal in WA.

The state’s surrogacy laws, which have been in place for a few weeks short of a decade, restrict surrogacy to altruistic agreements aimed at helping women who cannot conceive or carry a child for medical reasons.

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Surrogacy

Monica and Lou Canellis share their surrogacy story

Source Fox

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – What was once a rare occurrence is now becoming more common in the United States.

The practice of using a surrogate to have a baby may be something people don’t always want to speak about openly, but we at FOX 32 are close with a couple who does. 

Their goal is to help other childless couples who can’t have a baby.

We bring you the story of our own Lou Canellis and his wife Monica and baby Gia, the child they didn’t think would be possible.

“She acts like her, she looks like me, that’s why she’s so cute,” Lou said.

She is the baby Monica and Lou thought they could only dream about. When they married 13 years ago, Monica knew she would never be able to bear her own biological child. Being a childless couple was something they accepted as their fate.

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Surrogacy

‘Wisconsin is kind of old school:’ Some say ‘the law has not kept up with the science’ of surrogacy

Source Fox 6 Now

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin is fertile ground for a growing industry — surrogacy — but a lack of laws could be putting those involved in vulnerable situations.

At noon on a Tuesday, Lauren Rigby and the rest of SSM Health St. Mary’s – Madison labor and delivery squad had already delivered six babies in six hours. Rigby is a mother of two, but she’s been pregnant more times than that. This is not a story, however, about the loss of life. Instead, it is about creating life for those who cannot create it themselves.

“We both wanted kids. We’d always wanted children. We just knew,” explained Brent Love and his husband Charlie.

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Canada, Surrogacy

Canadians paying bills for birth tourism

Source Toronto Sun

Call it birth tourism of another kind.

We’ve all heard stories about mothers arriving in Canadian cities just in time to give birth so their child can get Canadian citizenship.

But what about foreign parents having a kid in Canada via surrogacy?

It is happening and it is growing.

In 2016 and 2017 there were 102 babies born to surrogate mothers in British Columbia. A shocking 45 of those babies were born to parents from outside of the country.

Here is the crazy part, you are paying for it and the baby that is quickly whisked off to a foreign land is granted automatic Canadian citizenship.

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Surrogacy

Inside Surrogacy And The Path To Achieving Motherhood

Source Michronicle Online

What was previously a very private, and in some cases unspoken, way to conceive has become one of the most talked about ways to become a mother. Surrogacy has been life-changing for many women whose path to become a mother was not as simple as getting pregnant on their own. This includes several high-profile celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and Gabrielle Union, who have been open and honest about their journey to motherhood through the surrogacy process, however many still don’t seem to know exactly what having a surrogate actually means.

If you look at the comments underneath photos of celebrities who have used a surrogate to expand their families, you’ll see a host of trolls commenters who ask very insensitive, rude and downright ignorant questions about how a child can belong to a mother who did not actually carry her. Although a quick Google search could easily give you all the answers you need on the subject, but, the Internet. In an effort to educate, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the process that has helped many women around the world fulfill their dream of becoming a mother.

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Surrogacy

Gabrielle Union baby: What does ‘via surrogate mother’ mean?

Source Monsters and Critics

Gabrielle Union announced yesterday that she and Dwyane Wade had become parents to a little baby girl.

Fans were excited for the couple, who had kept the pregnancy private. In an emotional message to fans, she revealed their newborn arrived via surrogate — but what does that mean?

Traditional and Gestational surrogates

There are two kinds of surrogates: traditional surrogate and a gestational surrogate. Both are used when a hopeful mom-to-be has trouble getting pregnant.

A traditional surrogate sees a second woman — the “surrogate” — become naturally or artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm or sperm from a donor while she’s ovulating.

She then carries the baby to term, and it is the surrogate’s egg that is used.

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Surrogacy and me: Progress! The gods must be smiling

Source The Times

We’ve spent an inappropriately annoying amount of time trying and failing to understand how insurance works in America. Annual deductibles? Anyone? It’s the amount you pay each plan year before the . . . Anyone? Anyone? Before the insurance company starts paying its share of the costs. Anyone? Nope, us neither.

We reach out to our agency to help to decipher the US code, but the responses are almost as confusing.

One thing they are keen for us to understand in detail, though, is WhatsApp.

“Oh, it’s this cool thing where you can talk to each other across the Pond, but using wifi so you don’t have to pay!”

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Surrogacy

It’s time to be grown up about surrogacy

Source GQ

For years, the image I had of surrogacy was derived almost entirely from Friends. In 1998, at the height of the show’s popularity, there was a plotline in which Phoebe, she of the questionable life choices, offered to bear the child of her brother and his wife. After giving birth (to triplets, no less) Phoebe tried to keep one of the babies before tearfully, reluctantly having to say goodbye. At a time when surrogacy wasn’t prevalent in the UK, this idea that it was unorthodox and potentially traumatic took root – and asking around it seems I wasn’t alone.

Recently, however, surrogacy has re-emerged in the national conversation, this time as a perfectly normal option for couples who can’t otherwise have children. That might seem to have come out of nowhere, but the number of British parents having babies with surrogates – through the “traditional” method (artificial insemination) or the “gestational” method (the implantation of an in vitro embryo) – has been growing thanks to incremental amendments to the law.

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Nepal, Surrogacy

Nepal – No law on altruistic surrogacy despite Supreme Court directive

Source The Himalaya Times


The government has yet to do anything about the Supreme Court directive to the government two years ago ordering it to enact a new law to govern altruistic surrogacy.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population Mahendra Shrestha said the ministry was preparing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) policy, which was the first step to decide surrogacy issues.
“Surrogacy is not that bad but seems to have failed around the world. When a surrogate mother gives birth to a mentally retarded child or a child with congenital defects, nobody — neither the surrogate mother nor the intended parents — take custody of the child,” he said, adding that if surrogacy law was enacted, it would only be for Nepali nationals.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

NZ – Surrogacy: A roller coaster ride to parenthood 

Source NZ Herald

Sometimes when Amira Mikhail is caught up in the chaos of everyday life, getting her two young sons ready and out the door, she has to pause and remind herself what it took to be where she is today.
For while Mikhail always longed to have a family, her body was never on-board with the plan.

Becoming a mother has involved years of medical procedures, setbacks and heartache and, through it all, she held on to her dream, fiercely determined to see it realised.

“Honestly I didn’t have a plan B,” admits the Christchurch vet. “I just could not imagine not having kids. There was nowhere in my mind where I grew old and had no children.”

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

How to Find a Surrogate Mother

Source Fatherly.com

A surrogate mother is a woman who carries and delivers a baby on behalf of a couple. That makes surrogacy a multifaceted arrangement with a number of medical and legal implications, both for the surrogate mother and the parents. And those implications don’t even include the tricky task of finding a surrogate mother to carry the baby.

“The surrogate can be a person that the couple knows and they recruited themselves, like a sister, or somebody from the family, or a childhood friend,” explains Elena Trukhacheva, MD, MSCI, who is the medical director of Reproductive Medicine Institute in Chicago. “Most of the time, a surrogate is recruited by the surrogacy agency. And the couple uses the surrogacy agency kind of as a middleman, to navigate the process and protect them, to some extent.”

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China, Surrogacy

China – Court Orders Mother To Return $1.4 Million in Surrogacy Money

Source Sixth Tone

A court in China’s central Hunan province has ordered a woman to return the money she received for her surrogacy — a controversial case that highlights the murky legalities in the country surrounding the practice.

In a verdict announced last month but only made public Friday, the Tianxin District People’s Court in Changsha demanded Zeng Meili return the 10 million yuan ($1.44 million) from Peng Shimin — both pseudonyms used by the court due to privacy concerns — for delivering twin boys in 2013. Peng’s wife had filed a lawsuit against Zeng and her husband in 2016 asking the court to retrieve the money Peng spent from their joint financial account. The wife said she was unaware of the surrogacy as well as the birth of the twins.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

SURROGACY: Joy of carrying another woman’s baby

Source Vanguard

Would you as a woman get pregnant and bear a stranger’s baby? If not, would you at least do it for your sister or your other relatives? Whether you do or not, surrogacy is fast becoming an attractive assisted reproductive technique all over the world. Dozens of Nigerian couples have embraced surrogacy and are still embracing surrogates to complete their families, even though they are not talking about it as much as they ought to.

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China, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

More local surrogates are having Chinese babies thanks to an international business deal

Source Colorado Springs Independent

Like all countries, China is home to folks who long for a child but can’t (or don’t want to) become pregnant. Now, Colorado Springs may offer them a solution.

In November of 2016, Branda Hebert tells the Indy, a man and woman arrived from Beijing just in time to see her give birth to their baby.

“That’s my most favorite time, is when the baby’s born, and they’re watching, and they see their kid for the first time,” she says. “And the look on their faces, you can tell that they’re in love.”

Hebert, a Kum & Go manager who’s now 35, says that was her second time working as a gestational carrier, something she gets paid for but does mostly because she “loves being pregnant,” and helping people who can’t make a baby themselves. She says carrying a child for the Chinese couple wasn’t much different from her first surrogacy for a couple in Texas — other than the distance and language barrier, which wasn’t something email and Google Translate couldn’t fix.

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Ireland, Surrogacy

Irish surrogacy rates are world’s second-highest

Source The Times

Ireland has been found to have the second-highest rate of surrogacy use, according to a survey involving 90 countries. The Irish government is planning to ban all commercial surrogacy as part of its Assisted Human Reproduction Bill.

The survey — carried out last year by Families Through Surrogacy (FTS), an international non-profit organisation that supports couples going through the process — reveals Ireland is second only to Israel in the rate of use of surrogacy.

Families Through Surrogacy based its finding on the answers given by 30 agencies in nine countries dealing with clients from 90 nations. It found that 68% of surrogacies carried out for Irish couples took place in Ukraine.

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Canada, Surrogacy

How Canada became an international surrogacy destination

Source The Globe and Mail

Here’s an arresting statistic: Almost half of the babies born to Canadian surrogates in the province of British Columbia in 2016 and 2017 were for intended parents who lived outside the country. That’s 45 of the 102 babies born to surrogates there – 44 per cent.

What’s the national tally on such outbound babies? We don’t know. Rather, we aren’t told. The number could presumably be calculated, since individual physicians carry out the procedures and bill for them, and provinces issue birth certificates. But the information is not publicly available. Then again, we should hardly be surprised: In Canada, we don’t even know the total number of babies born to surrogates for any parent, Canadian or otherwise. I and others have been asking around for some time now.

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Crowdfunding Appeal , Surrogacy, UK

‘We’re appealing for help to pay for a surrogacy and make our dream of becoming parents come true’

Source Manchester Evening News

A couple have launched an online crowdfunding appeal to pay for a surrogate to make their dream of becoming parents come true.

Jamie Potts and her partner Mike, who live in Eccles, Salford, long for a child of their own and have been trying to start a family for years.

But complications with Jamie’s health mean she is unable to carry a baby herself. Now, she has taken to the gofundme fundraising platform to appeal for donations from the public.

The 36-year-old has been through two rounds of IVF, and both her and Mike, 26, have endured heartache after heartache after each attempt failed.

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Adoption, New Zealand, Surrogacy

New Zealand – Toni Street slams ‘outdated’ surrogacy adoption process and spurs PM to promise ‘fixing’ the law

Source TVNZ

Broadcaster Toni Street has elicited a promise from the prime minister that updating adoption laws is on the Government’s agenda after the media personality posted on social media about having difficulty adopting her biological son born via a surrogate.

Street wrote in an Instagram post that she had signed a change.org petition for the New Zealand Adoption Act to be updated.

“It is incredibly hard for loving parents to adopt in this country and our vulnerable children deserve better,” she wrote. 

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