Egg Donation, New Zealand, Surrogacy

New Zealand – ACT backing Tamati Coffey’s surrogacy bill

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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

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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

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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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India, Surrogacy

India – A Controversial Ban on Commercial Surrogacy Could Leave Women in India With Even Fewer Choices

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It’s nearly noon when Pinky Macwan wakes up and rubs her eyes, shifting uncomfortably. She’s in her second trimester of pregnancy with twins and finds herself constantly sluggish. Still in her floral nightgown, she walks down the fluorescent-lit hallway and splashes cold water on her face in the bathroom she shares with 46 other women, all surrogates at various stages of pregnancy. It’s late February, and Macwan has spent the past four months living in the basement of the Akanksha Hospital in bustling Anand, a town in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Home to the headquarters of the major dairy cooperative Amul, Anand has long been known as the milk capital of India. But booming business at Akanksha has also garnered the town another label: India’s baby factory.

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Colorado Court Rules In Chinese Celebrity Surrogacy Case

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This case was shocking when it hit the news earlier this year. A Chinese megacelebrity actress, Shuang Zheng, was called out on social media by her ex, Heng Zhang (whom I’ll call, as the court did, “Father”) that she had abandoned their two surrogacy-born children in the United States. In China, the scandal was not that Zheng had abandoned her babies, but that she had used a surrogate to have a child — or, in this case, two surrogates to have two children. After the news broke, Zheng’s career plummeted, she lost roles and lucrative sponsorships, including one with Prada.

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Celebrity, Surrogacy

Amber Heard welcomes baby girl through surrogacy, reveals her name in heartfelt note



American actress Amber Heard is on cloud nine at the moment after she shared the news of her newborn through surrogacy. The actress took to Instagram and shared a picture while cradling the little one in her arms and penned a heartfelt note along to express her happiness. In the post, she revealed that she has named the daughter Oonagh Paige Heard and they welcomed her on April 8.

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Russia, Surrogacy

Bill banning foreigners from using surrogacy services in Russia submitted to State Duma

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MOSCOW. June 11 (Interfax) – A group of United Russia party deputies and a senator have submitted a bill to the State Duma proposing banning foreign citizens from using surrogacy services in Russia.

The document, which was published on the State Duma’s database on Friday, introduces a number of amendments to the Family Code, laws on health protection, and acts on civil status and on Russian citizenship related to surrogate motherhood and the citizenship of children born through surrogacy.

The bill requires that at least one of the future parents or a single person applying for surrogacy services in Russia should have Russian citizenship. However, in accordance with the initiative, any child born through surrogacy will acquire Russian citizenship by place of birth.

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Camilla Franks, 45, reveals she’s considering surrogacy to have another child… one month after undergoing lifesaving ovarian removal surgery

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She recently underwent surgery to have her ovaries removed as she continues to battle breast cancer. 

And a month later, Camilla Franks, who is a mother to three-year-old daughter Luna, has revealed she’s given up on conceiving a baby naturally and is hoping to have another baby via surrogacy. 

Eventually I had to come to accept that wasn’t going to be in my future,’ she told  The Daily Telegraph on Saturday about conceiving naturally. 

Russia, Surrogacy

Russia to grant citizenship to children born through surrogacy for foreigners — bill


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The bill sets out that only married Russian citizens or a single Russian woman who cannot carry or bear children herself can use surrogacy

MOSCOW, June 11. /TASS/. Children who are born by surrogate mothers for foreigners or stateless persons in Russia will be granted Russian citizenship by birth, reads the draft bill banning surrogacy for foreigners in Russia, which was submitted to the lower house of parliament by a group of lawmakers headed by Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy on Friday.

“A child both in Russia by a surrogate mother <…> receives Russian citizenship by birth if both potential parents or a single woman are not Russian citizens,” the bill notes.

Gay Parenting, Surrogacy

These twins were born 4 minutes apart. But only one is a U.S. citizen

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The two envelopes, one for each twin brother, arrived in the mailbox on the same day in March of last year.

The larger parcel, for Aiden Dvash-Banks, contained a new U.S. passport and a letter congratulating the boy on his American citizenship. A smaller, flimsier envelope came for Ethan Dvash-Banks. Inside, a letter stated that his citizenship application had been denied.

The boys were carried in the same womb, born 16 months ago in Canada, minutes apart. But now, only one of them is in the U.S. legally.

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sister surrogate mother, Surrogacy, UK

UK – The surrogate sister act: Rachael provides the eggs, her sister Leanne carries the baby. As they prepare to hand over a second child to the same couple, they tell what led them to such an unusual arrangement The surrogate sister act: Rachael provides the eggs, her sister Leanne carries the baby. As they prepare to hand over a second child to the same couple, they tell what led them to such an unusual arrangement 

Source Daily Mail

Twenty-nine weeks pregnant, surrogate mum Leanne Davis, 37, can’t wait to meet the IVF baby girl she’s expecting.

Nor can her excited younger sister Rachael, 34, whose fertilised embryo Leanne is carrying.

Delivering this newborn will be very special. A labour of love. ‘We’re so looking forward to saying hello and giving her a little cuddle,’ says Leanne, 37, a single mum to three sons aged 17, 14 and nine. ‘We’re already joking about whose nose she will have.’

Rachael, who — as Leanne’s birthing partner — will hold her sibling’s hand and give words of encouragement, agrees: ‘It couldn’t be more emotional.’

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First surrogate baby ever born in the Fox Cities soon to give birth to her own daughter

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APPLETON (NBC26) — Lacey Popke likes to say she has two moms: the one who gave her life and the one who raised her.

“I was told that I was a surrogate baby because my mom couldn’t have her own kids,” she said. “It turns out that her eggs were even rotten.“

Almost 28 years ago, her mother Annette’s cousin, Rachel Tolmacs, offered to carry a child for her.

“The one thing my mom always wanted was a little girl,” said Popke. “And she hoped and hoped and hoped. When I finally came out as a girl, she was so excited.“

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Kristen Welker Wrote Touching Letter To Unborn Daughter About Surrogacy & Infertility

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NBC News’ Kristen Welker is sharing the sweet letter she wrote her unborn daughter about her journey with infertility and surrogacy. It is easy to assume that a public figure has everything in life “handed to them.” Some believe they simply don’t face the same struggles that we all do. However, as more and more celebrities open up about their real-life struggles, the world is seeing that they are really just like us. It can also help normalize the struggles of women who suffer from infertility when they use their platforms to share their stories.

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Colorado Passes Pro-Surrogacy Legislation

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Colorado’s Gov. Jared Polis is poised, any day now, to sign into law new legislation passed by Colorado’s State Assembly codifying best practices when it comes to surrogacy.

A Major Victory

Colorado’s House and Senate Committees heard emotional and compelling testimony over the past few months, in favor of the passage of surrogacy-supportive legislation. One witness testified to turning to surrogacy to have a child after ten (10!) failed adoptions. She explained that the reality of surrogacy is not the stories of celebrities hoping to preserve their figures but those of regular people who very much want to be parents. (And, by the way, please don’t tell people struggling to have children to “just adopt”!)

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Grandmother as surrogate, Surrogacy

A 61-year-old woman gave birth to her granddaughter after volunteering to be her son’s surrogate

Cecile Eledge gave birth to her granddaughter at the age of 61 after volunteering to be her son’s surrogate. Ariel Panowicz

Loving and her daughter, Breanna Lockwood, opened up to Insider about the pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum depression — as well as the joy that baby Briar brings them every day. 

When Loving first volunteered to be Lockwood’s surrogate, her daughter didn’t even entertain the idea. 

“I thought she was crazy,” Lockwood told Insider. “I didn’t think it was even possible. I just read it and put my phone away. I didn’t want to get my hopes up and get my heart set on something.”

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COVID-19, Surrogacy

One year later, surrogate mum is still taking care of couple’s baby

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Emily Chrislip, 25, has been looking after a Chinese couple’s baby for almost a year due to Covid-19. Picture: Instagram @emilychrislip

Emily Chrislip, a 25-year old US citizen is still taking care of a baby she carried for a couple in China as a surrogate mother a year ago.

Two months before Chrislip gave birth to the child, the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic. Travel restrictions made it impossible for the Chinese couple to travel to the US for birth or for Chrislip to hand over the child. 

In September 2020, Chrislip was interviewed People magazine about her decision to be a surrogate and her experience thus far. 

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Canada, sister surrogate mother, Surrogacy

Canada – ‘Only feeling love’: How a Nova Scotia woman became a mom thanks to sister’s surrogacy’Only feeling love’: How a Nova Scotia woman became a mom thanks to sister’s surrogacy

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Sylvia Berrey and her late husband, Wallace, are pictured with their daughter, Lily, and son, Will, shortly after Will’s birth. Berrey’s sister carried Will through a surrogate pregnancy. – Contributed

Sylvia Berrey dreamed of being a mother, but for her, getting there was a harder journey than most women travel.

Berrey struggled with infertility, and medications did not work for her.

The thought of not being able to have her own children nearly broke the Kentville, N.S. woman. It led to suicidal thoughts, Berrey says.

“I felt like I failed my husband. I felt like I failed myself,” she says of that dark period in her life.

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Mother realizes her ‘dream’ of becoming surrogate by carrying her brother’s baby after his wife was told carrying a fifth child could be fatal

A mother-of-three has fulfilled her ‘dream’ of becoming a surrogate by carrying her brother’s baby after his wife was told she couldn’t have a fifth child.  

Hilde Perringer, 27, from Seattle, Washington, welcomed her niece Eloise into the world on January 25, 2021 after carrying the child for her brother Evan Shelley, 35, and his wife Kelsey, 33. 

The couple already had children Agnes 10, Emmerich, eight, Edith, five, and Otto, two, but felt their family wasn’t ‘complete’. 

They were devastated after being told another baby could be fatal to Kelsey, after her uterus ruptured during labour with Otto, which could lead to severe fluid loss and death if she had another baby. 

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Ireland, Surrogacy

Surrogacy – What is the law in Ireland? Here’s all you need to know with John Lynch

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What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is where a woman becomes pregnant with the intention of handing over the child to someone else after giving birth. Surrogacy is a way for a childless couple or individual to have a child, with a surrogate mother carrying the child. She then carries the child to term, intending to give custody of the child to the person/couple (known as the commissioning person/couple) with whom she has made the agreement.

How does surrogacy actually work?
Traditional surrogacy is where the surrogate carries a child conceived using her own egg and sperm from the intended father. Artificial insemination is used, and the surrogate is genetically related to the child. Gestational surrogacy is when the surrogate carries a child conceived using the intended mother’s egg or egg donor and sperm from the intended father. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is used, and the surrogate is not genetically related to the child.

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