Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Woodland Hills surrogate mom loses custody battle for triplets

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Surrogate mom Melissa Cook speaks about her lawsuit at a friends home in Woodland Hills in 2016.(Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register/SCNG)

A Woodland Hills surrogate mother who charged that the triplets she gave birth to in 2016 were endangered by their father has lost her court battle to gain custody of the children.

Melissa Cook, 49, entered into a surrogacy agreement with Chester Shannon Moore Jr., a single man in his 50s, and gave birth to triplets on Feb. 22, 2016. Their relationship soured during the pregnancy when, according to court records, he said that he wanted one aborted because of financial concerns, and Cook refused.

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