Source Daily Mirror
A mother-of-two who is currently expecting her seventh surrogate child has vowed this is the final pregnancy.
Ria Pawlow, 40, from Portsmouth, has helped three couples start a family and undergone a total of 13 rounds of IVF.
The care worker, who has two children from a previous relationship and shares two sons with her partner Stacey, whom she married in September 2017, is due on March 26 but admitted she expects the baby to come early because she has gestational diabetes.
It’s the second time she’s developed the condition – and she nearly died during her fifth surrogate birth when she retained her placenta, leaving her in intensive care and needing a blood transfusion.
A selfless sibling is five months pregnant with her niece after her sister made the devastating decision to have her cervix removed.
Michela Nuno was left heartbroken when she discovered she had an adenocarcinoma, a type of cancerous tumour, on her cervix.
The 37-year-old made the tough decision to have the organ removed after giving birth.
After one year of trying for a third baby with husband, Alex, 38, Michela felt the risk of the cancer spreading was too great.
So she gave up on her dream of having a child naturally and began looking into surrogacy.
Source ABC Australia
Tara and Luke Kaspar have been trying to have a baby for the past decade.
They’ve spent nearly $100,000, raided their superannuation accounts and been through 28 rounds of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) — falling pregnant twice and miscarrying both times.
Luke, who comes from a big family, says as tough as it’s been financially, it’s been tougher still on their mental health.
“It was tough mentally and on the hip pocket, but more mentally,” he says.
After years in limbo, Tara and Luke are just months away from becoming parents using Tara’s sister as a surrogate and egg donor.
In the summer of 2018, I became a mom for the first time — and, like most new moms, I had so many questions. But besides the best car seat and stroller combo to choose for my daughter, I found myself having deep philosophical thoughts about how to raise her.
I had already relinquished the control I anticipated having when I decided to let her be carried by a surrogate. If it were up to me, I would have been the mom who ate nothing but organic food, exercised daily (but not too intensely), and played Bach through headphones attached to my baby belly, but that’s not how things played out. And while I trusted my surrogate was doing well by my daughter, I didn’t know exactly what that meant. As the pregnancy developed, I realized I had to work at letting go of that control since it was simply not an option.
Source INSC Magazine
Difficulties in conceiving and reproducing their own kind have no boundaries or nationality. It doesn’t matter where the person who dreams of a child is living – in England or the USA – for him there is nothing more important than leaving his continuation in this world. For problems with the natural process, you can always turn to assisted reproductive methods. But the laws of states are not always loyal to such methods of overcoming infertility.
Therefore, desperate people are forced to go on a surrogacy journey, so that the cherished dream comes true.
As many as 1000 babies born through surrogacy in Russia have been unable to meet their intended parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Intended parents would usually collect their baby a few days after birth, but Russia closed its borders in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, making it impossible for families expecting through international surrogacy arrangements to bring their babies home.
‘This is an urgent problem. These are children that are growing every day. They need their parents,’ Irina Kirkora, deputy head of the Kremlin’s Advisory Council on Human Rights in Moscow, told the Guardian.
Source Malay Mail
MOSCOW, Aug 3 — Eight Russians have been arrested and charged with human trafficking in the country’s first surrogacy probe, and a court today was to consider extending the arrests.
Surrogacy is legal in Russia and has been a lucrative business for many years.
However, a criminal probe was made possible due to “ambiguities” in legislation, defence lawyer Igor Trunov told AFP, adding it was the first such case in Russia’s history.
Source The New Times
On June 30, 2020, a judge at Kicukiro Primary Court in Kigali ruled to deny a couple the right to have children by surrogacy.
The ruling sparked debate as to whether surrogacy is legal in Rwanda or not.
The couple went to court after other infertility treatments were not successful and doctors advised them to get a go-ahead from courts of law before they can begin medical surrogacy procedures.
The judge ruled to block this procedure saying that the law provides that “procreation occurs between a man and a woman or with assistance” while the petitioners were seeking reproduction between two families which is out of the law.
When Breanna Lockwood’s first child, a girl, is born in November, Lockwood and her mom, Julie Loving, plan to tell the girl that she was “wanted so much that we did everything we could to bring you into the world.”
The newborn will be the biological child of Lockwood and her husband, Aaron, but she is being carried in pregnancy by Loving, who is serving as the gestational surrogate for her daughter.
“I feel like my mom is the closest place to home she can be rather than my own body,” Lockwood, 29, of Illinois, told “Good Morning America.” “My mom wants to be a grandma just as much as I want to be a mom so she’s doing everything she can.”
Source Khmer Times
A long overdue law on surrogacy will finally be enacted this year since it was drafted in 2017. Banning surrogacy, which is already prohibited in Thailand, is aimed at ending a lucrative business that is linked to human trafficking targeting women from low-income families.
Last week, Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Chinese national Liu Qiang and four Cambodian women under human trafficking laws over their involvement in commercial surrogacy. While Qiang was sentenced to seven years in prison for two counts of human trafficking, the four women were handed three to five years of imprisonment.
The case marks the latest association of surrogacy with human trafficking in the Kingdom as the draft law on surrogacy finally sees light this year since its inception on February 2017. As discussions on the draft law begin, several NGOs have expressed concern about the matter.
Source Valley News Live
A Fargo woman is having a baby next week–there’s just one problem.
The baby belongs to a family on the other side of the globe.
“I’m a gestational carrier and the intended parents of the baby are Chinese, living in China,” she says.
The Chinese family has been trying to have a child of their own for nearly a decade.
The day they’ve all been waiting for is fast approaching.
“To get this close, within months of being able to meet him, and then not being able to get here is awful.”
The coronavirus pandemic has not only made it tough but nearly impossible, to get into the U.S.
Meaning the family will not be able to get here in time for their child’s birth.
Restrictions on fertility procedures, coupled with a freeze on foreign travel due to the coronavirus, are drying up a bankable swath of the baby-making business … TMZ has learned.
Right now, fresh or frozen embryo transfers, in vitro fertilization and pretty much all elective surgeries are being scrapped as U.S. fertility clinics follow guidelines released by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
A rep there tells us, the financial pain is being felt industrywide … but even more so with clinics relying heavily on international clientele.
Source NBC News
New York state is overturning its long-held ban on paid surrogacy, “a bright spot for New York families in these difficult times,” said the co-sponsor of the bill.
The legislation was approved Thursday and was one of many non-fiscal measures included in the state budget passed amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit New York harder than any state in the United States. The budget included a grim prediction for the effects of the coronavirus, with state tax revenues estimated to fall by at least $10 billion.
Source Gay City News
A protracted battle over the future of compensated gestational surrogacy in New York was resolved on April 2 when state lawmakers approved a budget that included legislation proposed by out gay Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman and Westchester Assemblymember Amy Paulin that legalizes the practice once and for all.
Source Live Action
Lance Bass and his partner (Bass is best known for his role as a member of boy band NSYNC) have been trying to start a family. Like many celebrities and wealthy individuals, they turned to surrogacy. Unfortunately, in this case and in many others, the women who actually carry babies as surrogates are treated as practically invisible.
Source Above The Law
Extreme times call for extreme measures. That’s true in any crisis, but especially right now, when hospitals and medical professionals are doing everything they can to keep up with the exponentially increasing cases of COVID-19 until we manage to flatten the curve. The struggle has meant new policies and measures to keep patients and medical personnel as safe as possible.
Of course, there are other medical needs right now besides treating COVID-19 patients. Just like before, a lot of people are giving birth to babies! On that front, the COVID-19 measures have been, for some, terrifying and traumatizing. A number of hospitals have taken to banning all nonmedical providers in the delivery room, aside from the person actually giving birth -– meaning that not even a spouse or partner is allowed in. (Stories like this one of a man hiding symptoms before entering the hospital to be with his delivering wife, and then likely infecting her, are not helping!) And when it’s a surrogacy birth, hospital policies may also prevent the intended or genetic parents — the people who will actually raise the child – from being there for the birth of their child, the summit of their fertility journey
Source New York Times
The pandemic is not just impacting parents and pregnant people — all prospective parents are facing new challenges.
Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has upended life for those who are or hope to become pregnant in the United States. Fertility doctors have indefinitely postponed all advanced fertility treatments, and some major hospitals in hard-hit areas are trying to ban partners and doulas from delivery rooms.
But the pandemic is affecting expectant parents forming families through surrogacy, foster care and adoption as well.
Source NBC News
Ishem Sanchez and his husband, Stéphane, are expecting the birth of their baby girl any day now. After four years of navigating the complex surrogacy process, it seemed everything was finally in place — until the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down.
The couple lives in Paris, but they don’t know if they’ll be allowed to leave France in time for the birth of their daughter in the United States next month, or when they will be able to take her home.
Source Daily Mail
A hospital must pay for the cost of a young woman’s surrogacy in America after she was left infertile because her cervical cancer was not spotted for more than four years by doctors, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in London, UK, admits negligently failing to detect signs of cancer for over four years.
This negligence led to the woman, known only as XX, developing highly invasive cancer that required chemo-radiotherapy treatment, leaving her infertile at the age of 29.
Source The Telegraph
Family lawyers claim the Supreme Court ruling could pave the way for other hopeful mothers in the UK.
Women left infertile as a result of clinical negligence could be able to claim for surrogacy costs abroad following a landmark Supreme Court ruling.
A woman, who can only be legally identified as XX, has been awarded the costs of having surrogate children in America following a new ruling which family lawyers claim could pave the way for other hopeful mothers in the UK.