Surrogate Mother

Metro mom of four set to give birth to fifth baby — for another couple

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Meg Daughtery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The joy of parenting is one many people want to experience.

For some moms and dads, once or twice is enough. Other families who struggle with infertility would give anything for the opportunity to bring their baby home.

And one local mom is choosing to give birth for the fifth time — but she and her husband aren’t the baby’s parents.
Every afternoon around 3 p.m., Meg Daughtery welcomes home her tribe. She and her husband Peter always knew they wanted four children. The faces of their four kids fill the walls of their home, and their laughter and personalities fill the space.

It’s a life Meg wouldn’t trade and an opportunity she wants everyone to have.

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Spain – Single mom from B.C. gives the gift of family to man from Spain

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Kara Erickson gave the gift of family by being a surrogate mother for Josep Cañadas, who’s from Spain. (Submitted by New Bloom Photography)

On May 1, Kara Erickson gave birth to a healthy baby girl and then handed her over to Josep Antonio Castelló Cañadas, a man she’d met only once before in Las Vegas.

In the fall of 2016, while at an industry trade show, Erickson, who co-owns Chilliwack’s Yellow Bird Birth, had a chance encounter with Nathan Chan, the managing director of Proud Fertility in Calgary. The two—who connected over their shared stillbirth and loss doula training—began talking about egg donation and surrogacy, which Chan’s firm specializes in, and Erickson said she felt like she could be of help.

“I’d always wanted to be a surrogate,” said 28-year-old Erickson in April, while rubbing her very pregnant belly. “But I never pursued it—it was more like if somebody I knew needed somebody to carry for them I could do it.”

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Surrogate Mother

Source Charlotte Five

Melissa Teeter has given birth four times – three of which were for strangers. Teeter, 35, is a surrogate or more accurately a gestational carrier (GC).

“I loved doing it for the other people,” she said. “I liked to see how happy and excited they are when they get their baby. I don’t feel the attachment to the baby. I don’t feel sad or heartbroken.”

Teeter first heard about surrogacy when she was 22 years old, while watching a television program. She thought, “I could do that.”

She didn’t act on that thought for a few years. She gave birth to her daughters, twins, when she was 26 years old. When they were two years old, she began researching surrogacy. She filled out three or four online applications and by the end of the week, there were two women interested in her services.

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Australia – Single mother who was surrogate and egg donor for 11 children

Source 7 News

While it is a special day for mothers everywhere, one mum has been giving some extraordinary gifts of her own.

Schoolteacher Carla Pincombe has now helped bring 11 children into the world through egg donation and surrogacy – and she is planning even more.

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BFF Goals! Virginia Woman Serves as Surrogate for Best Friend — and Gives Birth to Twins!

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Erica Huston-Elem and Katelin Buchanan have been best friends since birth.

“Our mom’s were best friends! Her mom is my godmother … we grew up very much like family,” Huston-Elem, 34, tells PEOPLE. “We just grew up together like siblings. Our friendship has been more than a friendship, it’s a sisterhood. We’ve been there through all our life’s experiences.”

As the best friends grew older, they celebrated milestones and major life events together, like graduations and even marriage. Huston-Elem welcomed two children — now ages 7 and 4 — but for Buchanan, the road to motherhood proved to be difficult. She’s suffered several miscarriages and has gone through many unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Barry Du Bois knew his children were his the precise moment they were created. He saw it, felt it. It was a hot morning in Mumbai, India, when the former builder was permitted into the hospital laboratory to watch his sperm being implanted into a donor egg.

As he writes in his new book Life Force, “I was there, watching, when I saw the cell, the single cell of one of my children go… blip… into two cells. I saw that happen with my own eyes. I was there for the creation of life.

“I knew this was the time. I knew they were my children, right there and then.”

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Surrogate Mother

A Two-Time Surrogate Talks Carrying Someone Else’s Child (and Getting Paid for It) 

Source Parade

It takes a village to raise a child, and sometimes it takes a small village to make one too. Fertility agencies such as Extraordinary Conceptionsspecialize in helping families grow in less conventional ways, connecting surrogates and egg donors with “intended parents” who may need a little help to expand their family.

Parade talked with Breana, a two-time surrogate and three-time egg donor, about her own experiences and her work as part of the admissions team at Extraordinary Conceptions.

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UK – ‘We fertilised half the eggs each’: Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black don’t know who the biological father of their unborn baby is

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Daddys-to-be: Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black don’t know which of them is their baby’s biological father

Olympic swimmer Tom Daley has confirmed that neither himself nor his husband Dustin Lance Black know which of them is the biological father of their unborn child.

The couple were able to conceive the baby boy, who Daley revealed is due in June, through “an egg donor” and surrogate mother.

“We found an egg donor and we are the sperm donors, we have fertilised half the eggs each,” Daley said in an interview with The Times. “We put in a boy embryo and a girl embryo and we don’t know whose is whose.”

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India – What If the Surrogate Mother Dies ? : Sonali Kusum

Source ET Healthworld

The recently proposed Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 emphasizes on controlling exploitation of surrogate mother but lacks adequate maternal health safeguards for surrogate mother. Surrogate pregnancy like any other pregnancy not only carries the risk of maternal mortality but involves aggravated health risks including negative drug reaction or allergies, nausea and vomiting, stomach pains and swelling, shortness of breath, faintness, ovarian hyper stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) (hyper stimulation) which may be life-threatening following hormonal treatment, in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique for facilitating conception in surrogate mother.

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Malta – IVF – two simple principles – Jason Zammit

Source Times Of Malta

Much is being said, and will be said, about the current IVF Bill being proposed. From the very outset of assisted fertilisation, two simple sacrosanct rights should always be maintained.

These are the principle of being pro-life and the principle of protecting the rights of the child – born or unborn.

Pro-life points to a mentality that seeks to create life and not destroy it. The rights of the child include primarily the right to know his identity and also to be given an upbringing by a parent/parents who strive to give the child what is best.

Any decision affecting reproduction/fertilisation needs to respect these two principles to the full.

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Canada – Surrogacies on the rise two decades after trailblazer Selina Robinson carried baby for friend

Source Vancouver Sun

When Selina Robinson agreed in 1999 to carry a friend’s baby, doctors did not do surrogacies in B.C. so she travelled to Calgary to have the embryos implanted. Today, surrogacies are far more common, thanks to an increase in demand from same-sex couples and infertile women. As a result, a debate is raging about whether Canada should change its laws to allow surrogates, as well as egg and sperm donors, to be paid, as they are in the U.S.

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Irish model Georgia Penna reportedly welcomes third child via surrogate

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Irish beauty Georgia Penna has reportedly welcomed her third child via surrogate with husband Joe.

The model revealed she was expecting a baby girl back in February and shared gorgeous snaps of the baby shower thrown for her.

The star is married to Joe Penna and already has twin boys.

The 32-year-old is very private when it comes to her personal life and rarely posts family pictures.

Their baby girl was reportedly born last week to an American surrogate. An inside source told Evoke.iethat everything went well and the couple are delighted.

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Cancer, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Would-be mother who has battled cancer TWICE in her 20s is finally fulfilling her dream of starting a family using a surrogate – after chemo crushed her hopes of carrying a baby 

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A young woman who has been diagnosed with both cervical and breast cancer all before turning 30 has revealed her plans to start a family with her fiance, with the help of a surrogate.

Still just 28, Helen Johnson, who says she has always ‘longed’ to be a mother, faced a double whammy, when she found a pea sized lump in her breast exactly a year after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Helen, from Bolton in Greater Manchester, froze her eggs after learning she had cervical cancer when she was 27, just 14 months after her first ever smear test – which was clear.

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Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

UK – ‘I wanted to give people the joy I have with my kids’: Selfless mother, 29, who was a surrogate for a same-sex couple, donates eggs to help childless people to become parents

Source Daily Mail

A 29-year-old mother has spoken candidly about her gracious decision to help couples struggling to conceive by donating her eggs.

Cassie Lake, from Tinonee on the Mid North Coast of NSW, wanted to share the joys of parenthood after having a family of her own.

And so she started helping childless families by donating her eggs, and eventually, she went on to become a surrogate for a same-sex couple.
The idea to donate her eggs sprung into mind after she tragically suffered a miscarriage with her fourth baby at 10 weeks pregnant in 2015.

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UK – Devon couple reveal what it’s like to have a child via a surrogate as they await birth of son

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Surrogate dads Ben, right, and Darren Tudor-Green from Torquay

Awaiting the arrival of your first child is an anxious time for any parent but even more so for Darren and Ben Tudor-Green because their baby boy is being born via a surrogate.
Yesterday she began being induced so the couple have had to travel from their home in Torquay to Yorkshire where their 23-year-old surrogate lives. This afternoon, Sunday, she was in active labour.

Darren, a health care assistant, has spoken to DevonLive about the highs and lows of their surrogacy journey so far, and has given a revealing insight into what awaits fellow Devon surrogate gay dad-to-be Tom Daley.

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Oregon is fertile ground for surrogacy

Source: The Bulletin

New parents are often in awe over their first child, and that is certainly true for Andrew and Courtney Reeves.

The Bend couple marvels at how much their son, Jon, looks like his father. They are amazed at how well he behaves on trips and how he sleeps through most nights. They have already taken their 5-month-old baby on family vacations to Utah and Hawaii.
But Jon’s presence is more a miracle than his good behavior. He was born through surrogacy, an arrangement in which a woman agrees to become pregnant and gives birth to a child for a couple, who will be the child’s parents. The surrogate carries an embryo created in a laboratory using an egg and sperm from the child’s parents.

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Canada – Should surrogate mothers be paid for their labour?

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Under Canadian law, the act of carrying a baby as a surrogate is not illegal, but payment for it is. (Shutterstock)

Is it time that we recognize labour as… labour? Or is paying women to act as surrogates a slippery slope to exploitation?

Under Canadian law, being a surrogate is not illegal, but payment for the service of surrogacy is.

Stephanie Plante, who was a surrogate for a same-sex couple in Spain, thinks women should be trusted to make decisions about their bodies, and be compensated accordingly.

“If I’m a man and I decide to go to Afghanistan and put my body in harm’s way, I’m given a book tour,” says Plante, “and I am given a speaker circuit, and I’m given a pension.”

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India – Surrogacy Regulation is Stuck Between Market, Family and State

Source The Wire

Through the years, India’s stand on surrogacy has varied from a medico-liberal to a carceral model, but the best safeguards for surrogates would be empowerment rather than relying on the market or the state for protection.

Surrogacy policy in India has varied from encouraging commercial surrogacy to allowing only altruistic surrogacy, a move that was condemned by a parliamentary standing committee Credit: Reuters

Law has long been the site of intense political, social and economic contest over women’s reproductive labour. Surrogacy is no exception. Over the past 15 years, numerous legislative drafts on surrogacy have been proposed, making India possibly the only country in the world to seriously consider all possible regulatory approaches to surrogacy ranging from a liberal, contract-based model in the late 1990s to a prohibitionist, carceral model in 2016.
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Impact of the All Families are Equal Act, 2016 for Surrogate Births

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The recent All Families Are Equal Act, 2016 (the “Act”) amends various existing pieces of legislation in connection with the goal of establishing new rules related to parentage (see the amendments here). For a general overview of the legislative changes brought about by the Act, please see our bulletin here.

Of importance to hospitals are the amendments to sections 9 to 11 of the Children’s Law Reform Act. Section 9 introduces the concept of a “pre-conception parentage agreement,” which allows potential parents to contractually define their parentage status. Sections 10 and 11 update Ontario laws to provide for surrogacy agreements, with a standard format allowing for up to four legal parents.

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Once I was married, it took me a while to be sold on having kids — all I wanted to do for many years was to travel, so that’s what my husband and I did. We visited as many states and countries as we possibly could each year, and I was glad to watch my bucket list dwindle as the years wore on. It was only after one particularly adventurous and eye-opening trip to Amsterdam, Cologne, and Brussels that I decided we should start trying for a baby.

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