Surrogacy, UK

UK – Surrogacy orders rise five-fold

Source The Times

Surrogacy is booming, with the number of orders that transfer legal parenthood from the surrogate to intended parents up nearly five-fold in ten years, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

The figures were released yesterday as an order was laid before parliament to allow single people who use a surrogate to become legal parents via a parental order. The aim is to create equality for single parents as well as people in a relationship where their partner does not want to become a legal parent.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Surrogate who has gifted six babies to women struggling with fertility reveals she’s planning to do it for a SEVENTH time – and she keeps in touch with ALL the families after giving birth

Source Daily Mail

Amy Trelease, 42, a management analyst, from Carson City, Nevada, said she was determined to help women struggling to conceive after learning about egg donation and surrogacy in college.
She gave the gift of a newborn for the first time at the age of 26, having donated her eggs twice before in her early 20s.

After having her third child Dillon, now 13, she went on to have five more babies in seven years, gifting them to women who were dealing with infertility.

She has scheduled an IVF transfer for next month, which will be her first step to carrying a baby for someone else for the seventh time. 

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – How the law is catching up with surrogacy

Source The Times

Advances in medical science and shifts in attitudes to the meaning of family have led to a growth in non-traditional methods of procreation, including surrogacy.

Ministry of Justice figures show that in the ten years to 2016, the number of parental order applications — the process by which legal parenthood is transferred from a surrogate to the intended parents — rose from 55 to 316.

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Egg Donor, UK

UK – Why I donated my eggs at 21

Source The Times

What do you say to a child, born with your DNA, who you’ll probably never meet? This was the question I found myself trying to answer five years ago as I filled in a form after agreeing to donate my eggs to a fertility clinic. “Leave a goodwill message for children born from your donation,” read the instruction at the top of a blank sheet of paper. “Be happy” was the only thing I could bring myself to write.

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Egg Donor, UK

UK – Selfless generosity or naive mistake? Kerri, 30, endures daily injections and painful operations to donate her eggs to women she doesn’t know – but doesn’t want children of her own

Source Daily Mail

For someone who says she doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body, Kerri Middleton will happily admit she was thrilled when she discovered a baby was on the way.

‘I was absolutely over the moon — so much so that I had a little cry,’ she says. ‘It was exactly what I had hoped for.’

Would it look like her? Would it inherit her colouring and her single-minded personality? All were questions that flitted through her mind — but they are ones she will likely never be able to answer.

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Egg Donor Selection, UK

UK – Infertile women can use facial recognition software to find lookalike egg donors

Source The Sun

Selfie service computers use facial recognition software to study 100 points on each face to ensure a close likeness and increase chance of the child looking like the egg-recipient mum.

INFERTILE women can now use facial recognition software to find lookalike egg donors.

The selfie service increases the chance of the child looking like the recipient mum.

Spanish firm Ovobank, which has eggs from more than 4,000 donors, says its computers examine 100 points on each face to ensure a close likeness.

Alberto Lale, from the company, said: “Most people, when they choose egg donation for their treatment, would like their children to resemble them as much as possible.

“It’s better to do it through an objective process, a mathematical algorithm, rather than a human.

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Sister egg donor

UK – ‘Having that taken away from me… I just wouldn’t know what to do’: Woman donates her eggs so her sister can be a mother after she went through menopause at just 23

Source Daily Mail

A woman who started going through menopause at the age of 23 has explained that without the help of her sister she wouldn’t have had the chance to become a mum.

Amber Spears, from Melbourne, had been trying to fall pregnant in 2014 when her body suddenly – and without warning – went into menopause.
Speaking on Today, Ms Spears said she started having up to 20 hot flushes a day, a situation she described as ‘horrendous’.

‘I went to a doctor and had some tests and it came back I was going through early menopause

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Surrogacy Costs, UK

UK – The ‘commercialisation of reproduction’: Desperate infertile couples are paying up to £60,000 to have babies through surrogate mothers in the UK

Source Daily Mail

Desperate couples are spending up to £60,000 to have babies through surrogate mothers giving birth in the UK, a conference was told.

The huge sums – more than double the average full-time salary of £28,000 – come despite a ban on commercial surrogacy.

Surrogate mothers in the UK are legally allowed to receive ‘reasonable expenses’ for carrying a pregnancy and giving birth.

Courts judge what ‘reasonable expenses’ are when transferring the parenting rights from the surrogate mother to the intended parents.

But courts can, and do, allow bigger sums if it is considered in the best interests of the child.

Critics yesterday hit out at the potential cost of having a baby through a surrogate and said it shows the ‘commercialisation of reproduction’.

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Surrogacy Costs, UK

UK – SURROGACY FEE FEAR  Up to £60k is being paid by some desperate Brit couples who choose to have a baby by surrogacy

Source The Sun

DESPERATE couples are spending up to £60,000 to have a baby using British surrogate mums, a conference has heard.

The huge sum is more than double the average UK salary of £25,000 and five to ten times what experts say it should cost.

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Parental rights, UK

UK – Rights for Surrogate Parents

Source Working Families

Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child. One or both of the couple may provide the genetic material for the child. You should seek legal advice before entering into a surrogacy arrangement.

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Fertility over 40, UK

UK – As Brigitte Nielsen announces she’s pregnant at 54, an expert warns that celebrities who are not open about using donor eggs to conceive are giving women ‘false hope’

Source Daily Mail

Last week, actress Brigitte Nielsen shocked fans by revealing she’s pregnant with her fifth child at 54, joining a long list of celebrities who have conceived in their 40s and 50s, such as Rachel Weiss, 48.

As fertility starts to decline after the age of 35, many women who fall pregnant in later life do so by using a donor egg.

Other famous women who have conceived in later life include Janet Jackson who got pregnant at 50 and Halle Berry who had her second child at 47, although it can’t be said for certain that any of these famous women did use donor eggs

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Egg Donor, UK

UK – What it’s really like to donate your eggs to a stranger

Source Cosmopolitan

30-year-old Kerri shared every aspect of the process with us – from why she did it to how it affected her, the health risks and the pay she didn’t know you got.


Most women have probably never even considered donating their eggs – and neither had Kerri, 30, until she saw an advert for it on a London tube.

“To be honest, I didn’t even know that you could donate eggs,” she told Cosmopolitan UK. But the curiosity got the better of her and, after weeks of playing on her mind, she googled the London clinic advertised on the underground, eager to know more.

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UK – TERRIFIC TWOSOME  Single mum’s IVF quest for kids led to twins — born THREE YEARS apart

Source The Sun

Samantha spent £12,000 on fertility treatments, with her five-year-old, Grace and 21-month-old Rory, conceived at the same time with her egg and donor sperm.

They were both born from the same embryos.

Grace came from the first batch implanted through IVF and Rory from the second, which was frozen for three years before being implanted.

Samantha, 46, says that despite their age gap, the bond between Grace and Rory is as strong as i

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Mother in law as surrogate mother, UK

UK – My mother-in-law gave birth to my son as I had no womb or cervix after tumour hell

Source The Sun

Patty and I had always got on well but when she offered to be our surrogate, I was overwhelmed.

By carrying our precious baby Kross, she’s made all my dreams come true.
My problems started when I was just 17 after I had problems with irregular and painful periods.

Doctors examined me and found a large benign tumour growing inside my womb.
Within just a few weeks, I had an operation to remove my womb and my cervix.

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Scotland – With IVF rates rising, we found out more about Scotland’s stretched facility services

Source The Press and Journal

Donor co-ordinator Hazel McBain taking blood from a patient

As the NHS approaches its 70th anniversary, this year marks the milestone of another significant UK medical achievement: the 40th birthday of the world’s first IVF baby.

Born in Manchester in 1978, Louise Brown was the first ever “test-tube baby” whose very existence made headlines around the world.

Four decades later and today IVF is much more common.

In the UK alone, most recent statistics show that more than 68,000 such treatments were provided in 2016, and the picture that emerges is a largely positive one.

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sister surrogate mother, UK

UK – SISTER ACT  Selfless mum-of-two carries surrogate baby for her sister whose heart defect means pregnancy would kill her

Source The Sun
EBONY Hutt is carrying her young sister Lauren’s baby after a rare heart condition would make pregnancy fatal for both her and her unborn child.

TAKING sisterly love and devotion to an entirely new level, one mother-of-two is currently six months pregnant… with her younger sister’s baby.

The baby’s biological mother Lauren Hooper, 31, received the heart-breaking news that her rare heart condition would make her too weak to survive a pregnancy after she married husband Michael in 2014.

Born with a hole in her heart, a malformation of the pulmonary artery and collateral arteries to the lungs, Lauren was never expected to survive beyond her first birthday.

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Parental rights, UK

UK – Surrogacy reform could remove automatic rights from birth parents

Source The Telegraph

The current law means intended parents must apply for a court order to gain legal rights over the child. CREDIT: DOMINIC LIPINSKI /PA

Surrogacy laws could be reformed to remove automatic rights from birth parents, under plans being examined by the Government.

Law Commission recommendations to reform surrogacy law have received Government backing and will be developed to make the rules “fit for the modern world”.

A three-year project will examine the current rules which give a woman and her husband automatic parentage over any child she gives birth to, even if the child is not biologically theirs.

It will “consider the legal parentage of children born via surrogacy, and the regulation of surrogacy more widely,” the Law Commission said.

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Celebrity, Egg Donor, Same Sex, Surrogacy, UK

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

Source The Standard

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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Fertility tourism: UK couples go abroad for IVF

Source Raconteur

Access to NHS fertility services can be a postcode lottery, resulting in couples travelling abroad for treatment

The UK may have been the birthplace of in vitro fertilisation (IVF), but cuts to NHS fertility services have led some people to consider travelling across the globe for fertility treatment.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends three cycles of IVF for those who are eligible, but whether you get anything approaching this depends entirely on where you live.

A survey carried out by Fertility Network UK and Fertility Clinics Abroad found that patchy NHS provision and the high cost of private IVF were the main drivers for people travelling overseas. Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Eastern Europe are all popular, along with destinations further afield such as the Caribbean.

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Egg Donor, No uterus, UK

UK – BABY BID A woman who started going through the menopause aged just 23 is desperately trying to raise £5,000 to pay for donor eggs

Source: The Sun

Hayley Gumble, 25, was diagnosed with a rare condition which causes a woman’s ovaries not to work properly and often results in infertility, two years ago.

The nursery nurse, who grew up in a foster family and has always dreamed of being a mum, was left devastated by the news after suffering two miscarriages.

Doctors said her condition – premature ovarian failure (POF) – meant she only had a five per cent chance of conceiving.

But determined not to take the news lying down, Hayley decided to try a course of IVF on the NHS.

Hayley, of Stevenage, Herts, said: “I am so desperate to be a mother and have a child with my husband.”

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