Surrogacy

Surrogacy: ‘I gave birth to my daughter’s baby

Source Wilcox Guardian

A 55-year-old woman has acted as a surrogate for her daughter and given birth to her child.
Tracey Smith has a condition which means she is unable to carry a baby.

So her mother Emma Miles, from Lampeter in Ceredigion, lost six stone (38 kg) to allow her to carry baby Evie.

She was born last month – and as a review takes place, Tracey has called for a change in the law to make it easier for her to be legally named as her daughter‘s mother.

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Surrogacy

Authors Don’t Understand How Surrogacy Works

Source Law.com

There are no forced abortions or rejections of imperfect babies, nor do carriers suppress desires to keep babies which are not theirs.

Phyllis Chesler and Susan L. Bender are genuinely concerned with the well-being of women and all people and I respect that.

Unfortunately, they have no idea how surrogacy really works. They consider it only in the abstract, unaware that some of the restraints they lobby for already exist.

Why do Chesler and Bender assume a gestational carrier is weak and powerless? She is no mere vessel. First and foremost, carriers do not give up the right to termination. If these authors ever read a surrogacy contract, they would be familiar with this.

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Australia, Surrogacy

Australia – Renewed push to ban surrogacy

Source The Australian

A woman decides to have a baby for somebody else, perhaps because she needs the money or perhaps in an act of altruism.

Either way, it’s her choice, isn’t it? If we’ve learned anything since the mid-1970s, it’s that a woman can do what she wants with her body. It’s a central tenet of feminism: her womb, her decision.

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Surrogacy

Bill would end ban on compensated surrogacy in New York

Source 13 Wham

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There’s a new push to repeal a New York state law making it illegal to compensate a woman for carrying a child for another person.

New York is now one of a handful of states that ban surrogacy agreements, meaning prospective parents cannot hire or compensate a surrogate for carrying their child.

Legislation to permit and regulate surrogacy agreements has failed to get a final vote in Albany for years but supporters are optimistic about its chances now that Democrats control both legislative chambers.

Advocates gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to highlight the effort.
The bills’ Senate sponsor, Manhattan Democrat Brad Hoylman, now has two daughters who were born to surrogates. Hoylman said New York’s law forced him and his husband to travel out of state to find a surrogate.

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Surrogacy

Same-sex couple in Virginia paves the way for surrogacy

Source WUSA9

MCLEAN, Va. — A same-sex McLean couple who had to fight for the right to raise their youngest child, helped push through new legislation that will streamline the surrogacy process. Their goal is to help other families in Virginia.

Three-year-old Jacob is Jay Timmons’ and Rick Olson’s third child. All three of their children were born through surrogates. Their older two daughters are both biologically related to one of the dads (the kids call Rick “Daddy-O”).

The couple, who married in 2008, did not plan for more children after they had the girls. Then a female friend who also used a surrogate offered her embryos because she and her spouse were not planning to have more children, but did not want the embryos destroyed.

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Egg Donor, Surrogacy

Judge grants citizenship to twin son of gay couple

Source Four States

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother.
The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks because U.S. law does not require a child to show a biological relationship with their parents if their parents were married at the time of their birth, District Judge John F. Walter found.

A lawsuit filed by the boys’ parents, Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks, sought the same rights for Ethan that his brother, Aiden, has as a citizen.

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Surrogacy

‘Miracle’ Babies Born Just Weeks Apart After Mom and Her Surrogate Become Pregnant at Same Time

Source People

Andrea Valentine, of Cypress, Texas, was caught off guard when her neighbor, Tawnee Gonzalez, offered to be her surrogate after she and her husband had experienced fertility struggles.

Valentine, 39, and her husband, James Valentine, 42, had been trying for four years to have children with Valentine suffering two miscarriages. Over the years, Valentine had shared her family’s struggles with her neighbor-turned-friend Gonzales.

“As I got to know Andrea  and their struggle I wanted to help. I said, ‘If it comes down to it and you need a surrogate, I’d be willing to do it for you,’ ” Gonzalez, 35, recalls to PEOPLE. “There’s really no greater gift you can give someone than the gift of being a parent. That’s something they had wanted their entire lives.”

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Surrogacy

Spain to reject registration of babies born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine

Source Euronews

The Spanish embassy in Ukraine announced on Tuesday that the Spanish government had decided to begin rejecting registrations for babies born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine.

In the statement posted on Facebook, the embassy said that while a number of existing cases would be individually considered, “no new registration records of children born through the surrogate pregnancy technique can be authorised.”

This is not the first instance of Spanish authorities cracking down on international surrogacy.

Back in August of last year, dozens of Spanish families who had children via surrogate mothers in Ukraine were blocked from returning home for up to 10 weeks, with the Spanish government citing concerns of medical malpractice and human trafficking.

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Surrogacy

The Right Way to Legalize Surrogacy in New York

Source Gotham Gazette

New York State is on the brink of replacing an outdated and prohibitive law that criminalizes the practice of compensated surrogacy, one of only two states that does so. Legislation to reverse the law has been introduced in both houses of the state Legislature, and Governor Cuomo has demonstrated support for it by including it in his Executive Budget.

As a law professor who focuses on gender equity, I’ve taken great interest in issues related to surrogacy in the United States and abroad. I’ve closely reviewed laws in multiple states as well as internationally, and I support New York’s legalization of surrogacy.

When a woman chooses to support a couple or individual by serving as a gestational surrogate (where she is not genetically connected to the child because she did not contribute her egg), I believe she must have the autonomy to do so – provided she is protected by the law to ensure that any power imbalance between her, on the one hand, and the intended parents, surrogacy agencies and doctors, on the other hand, is mitigated

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Surrogacy

After The Surrogate Gives Birth: 20 Things That Happen When Mom Finally Steps In

Source Baby Gaga

More and more women are turning to surrogates these days. According to The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, births via surrogates have doubled over the last thirteen years. Most American surrogates earn between twenty-five and thirty-five thousand bucks for their services. Surrogates in developing nations may receive much less.

So, why are women who want to be moms more interested in surrogacy these days? There are a few key reasons. Women are having babies later in life these days. Some women take the time to establish themselves at work before they decide to become parents. When they wait, they may run into fertility issues which lead them to seek out services from surrogates. Women who’ve had very rough pregnancies, or just don’t want to carry babies for any other reason, may also make the choice to hire surrogates. Another scenario is that couples of the same gender may want to have children, and then choose surrogates to achieve their goals.

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Surrogacy: ‘I gave birth to my daughter‘s baby‘

Source Hanahan Herald

A 55-year-old woman has acted as a surrogate for her daughter and given birth to her child.

Tracey Smith has a condition which means she is unable to carry a baby.

So her mother Emma Miles, from Lampeter in Ceredigion, lost six stone (38 kg) to allow her to carry baby Evie.

She was born last month – and as a review takes place, Tracey has called for a change in the law to make it easier for her to be legally named as her daughter‘s mother.

Current rules mean Emma is named on the birth certificate and Tracey faces a lengthy court process to change that.
Aged 16, Tracey was told she had Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH) – meaning she was born without a womb.

It took her years to come to terms with not being able to carry a child.
But her husband, Adam Smith, persuaded her to begin IVF treatment.

The process involved taking an egg from Tracey and fertilising it with sperm in a laboratory so it could be placed in a surrogate‘s womb to grow and develop.

Against the odds, it was successful at the first attempt – all she wanted now was a surrogate, and her mother offered to help.

Emma was told she would need to lose six stone (38kg) in weight before attempting treatment, so she quit her job at the local Co-op and moved to Coventry to be near her daughter.

After shedding the pounds, she successfully carried the baby before Evie Siân Emma Smith was born on 16 January 2019, weighing 7lb 7oz.

But in the eyes of the law, Evie‘s parents are Emma and her husband Robert – not Tracey and Adam.

They have begun legal proceedings for a parental order – which would see them changed to parents at the family court.

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Surrogacy

Surrogacy and me: So here we are again

Source The Times

I need a hard reset. To restore myself to the state I was in when I left the factory. All settings and data added by the loss of our surrogate, removed. I’ve felt down so much that now I’m bored of it, it’s too constant and overbearing and it makes me feel like I’m existing rather than living. So I did what any IT person worth their salt would advise if a system were down. I tried turning it off and on again.

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Surrogacy

Two miracle babies born weeks apart after woman, surrogate become pregnant at the same time

Source KHOU

CYPRESS, Texas — Infertility is more common than most people realize. According to the CDC, about 10 percent of women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. 

But on Valentine’s Day, a Cypress couple showed us how their journey through infertility was paved with luck, faith, hope and the power of love.

Call it bad luck because Andrea and James, and their doctors, had no other reason as to why the couple couldn’t have a child.

Five and a half years of hormone treatments, several attempts at invitro fertilization, two miscarriages, a pulmonary embolism… and dwindling hope.
“It’s devastating to both of us… again, I was the emotional one.” said Andrea.

“James masked his emotions… to be strong for me.” she said. 

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – ‘It’s been the greatest honor of my life’: Selfless mom becomes a surrogate for strangers MONTHS after giving birth to her own twins – having seen a friend go through a devastating miscarriage

Source Daily Mail

A selfless mother decided to become a surrogate after she witnessed the pain of her friend’s miscarriage whilst she was expecting twins herself so she can enable couples the ultimate joy of becoming parents – something she calls the ‘greatest honor’ of her life.

Tierra Nelson, 23, from Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and fiance, Marty, always knew that they wanted to be parents when the time was right and after six months of trying to conceive were delighted to find out they were expecting twins, Isabella and Claire, who were born in October 2016, weighing 6lb 11oz and 6lb 12oz at 37 weeks.

Soon after discovering she was pregnant, Tierra found out that one of her closest friends was also expecting and they were both delighted. But this delight soon turned into heartbreak as Tierra’s friend sadly suffered a miscarriage. 

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Gay Parenting, Surrogacy, UK

UK – Miracle Twins Each Have Different Fathers & Their Dads Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way

Source Cafe mom

Typically, when we think of in vitro fertilization, we imagine one sperm sample that gets implanted into an egg, but for two dads from London, they are thanking modern medicine for allowing them both the opportunity to be the genetic parents of their babies — at the same time. Fathers Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards were stunned when doctors told them that they didn’t have to choose between the two of them as to who would get to become a father first and helped them to conceive miracle twins. Both men were able to fertilize donor embryos and implant them into the same surrogate’s womb at the same time. Now, they’re sharing their story with the world to show how advancements in fertility medicine have changed their lives.
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Canada, Surrogacy

Surrogacy and IVF in Canada: What you need to know

Source Toronto City News

A Toronto man’s journey to fatherhood via surrogacy in Kenya has drawn attention to the diverse ways in which people may choose to have children.

However it was also a reminder that the rules and costs around assisted reproduction may not be well known.

Here’s a look at the ins and outs of surrogacy and in vitro fertilization in Canada.

In vitro fertilization (IVF)

In Canada, IVF treatments cost about $10,000 to $15,000 per cycle on average. In some cases, the cost of fertility drugs and other tests and consultations can push that cost up to around $20,000.

Four provinces currently provide financial assistance for in vitro fertilization.

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Luxembourg, Surrogacy

Luxembourg – Court annuls decision to not grant surrogate child Luxembourgish citizenship

Source Today

In August 2016, the father of the twins was granted Luxembourgish citizenship in accordance with the 2008 legislation on naturalisation. The father then requested citizenship for his two underage children. As the man is married to another man, the now three-year-old twins were born in California through a surrogate mother.

In May 2017, Braz granted one of the twins Luxembourgish citizenship, but refused to grant the other Luxembourgish citizenship. Braz justified the move as a DNA test revealed that the Luxembourgish father was not the biological father of the second twin.

In June 2015, a court ruling in the California state court acknowledged both men as the parents of the twins. In January 2018, the parents took the issue to the Luxembourgish administrative court.

The first judge of the administrative court has remained by the ruling that the new citizenship legislation of 2017 should apply to the case, rather than the 2008 legislation. In particular, the parents are basing their claim on article 2 of the new legislation to prove that their son is eligible for citizenship.

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Surrogacy

‘The ultimate gift’: Local surrogate mother helps fulfill others’ dreams

Source WRAL

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. — Heidi Worthington, of Fuquay-Varina, is a pharmacist and a mother of two boys, but she has spent a lot of time pregnant.

“He knows, when mommy’s tummy gets big, that those aren’t my babies. Those aren’t our babies,” she said.

Since 2016, Worthington has carried three babies as a surrogate mother for two couples, including one set of twins.

“You have friends that struggle with infertility. You hear stories, and it is kind of heartbreaking. So, I had a desire to help and do something,” she said.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Most surrogates want to give up their parental rights from BIRTH, reveals survey

Source Daily Mail

Surrogates remain the baby’s legal mother until a parental order is granted, which can take months.

But a survey has now revealed 69 per cent of surrogate mothers feel the law – which has existed since 1990 – should be changed.

Surrogacy UK, a support network, has described the law as being ‘outdated and in dire need of reform’.

The current laws are under review by the Law Commission, which is to publish its updated proposals in the coming weeks.

The survey by Surrogacy UK was conducted on 102 surrogate mothers, The Times reports.   

Only two of the women who were polled revealed they thought they should be the legal parents at birth. 

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